Fifteen brothers volunteered their time over Christmas Break assisting in the cleanup of Hurricane Irma.
The community service trip to Summerland Key in the Florida Keys was planned in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America’s Sea Base and the Indiana State Center for Community Engagement.
They created a group called the “Pike Patrol” through the Boy Scouts. They assisted the Sea Base with clean up at the Brinton Environmental Center January 4th through 11th.
Brother Elijah Gottlieb said, “This week was one I’ll remember forever – an experience that was truly unlike any other. I am grateful for everything that I have, so seeing what I can do to help is now a priority.”
They began the cleanup effort at the Sea Base clearing debris surround Highway 1 and the Heritage Bike trail that parallels the highway. Fallen trees along with large amount of debris blown and carried by waters during the hurricane was removed and cleared. Work was also completed within the base to assist with preparing the base for summer programs it hosts.
A highlight of the trip included spending time on Big Munson Island, an uninhabited island a few miles from Sea Base. The island allowed the Pikes to experience primitive camping, and provided witness to various wildlife that habited the island.
Along with sleeping in tents along the beach and cooking their own meals, brothers were treated to a morning of snorkeling along the Coral Reef for their efforts.
Brother Jarret Posz stated, “If you count the amount of hours we spent on the island and the work we did every guy has contributed almost 200 hours’ worth of service!” This was an amazing effort by our brothers to help make a difference to those impacted by Hurricane Irma.