This was a special day in another way too. This year the SAIL Pathfinders were joined by Pathfinders from the Austin Knights and Bastrop Peace Warriors Pathfinder clubs. For the first time we were allowed to choose the main group of volunteers to participate in the planting opportunity for a specific date. The weather did not disappoint the SAIL Pathfinders as the day started out with a fine mist falling. Eagerly 30 Pathfinders fell in at attention to be given instructions for the day. This was a bit disconcerting for our Park Ranger as he was more used to pulling kids off the monkey bars than addressing a large group of young people attentively awaiting his instructions! He told them that they could relax and was amazed that they would only do so if given the command from a director. Even when the Pathfinders were given the command, “At Ease”, he was in awe. This led to an opportunity for the SAIL Pathfinder Director to share who Pathfinders are as the group moved up the hill to the planting area.
In a very short time the 50 members of our group, along with a few people from another group, had planted all the trees the parks department had allotted for this area. In about 2 hours time we had planted 1302 trees, the second highest number of trees planted in a day this year!
How proud I was of our Pathfinders when we were all finished and our park ranger stated that our group was welcome to come back next year as we had done a fine job and he had been happy to work with us. Thank you, Pathfinders, for being a good witness and for giving of yourselves to your community today!