Work done Saturday by Boy Scout units during Scout Service Day at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park provide benefits for park personnel and those who use the area.

Work done Saturday by Boy Scout units during Scout Service Day at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park provide benefits for park personnel and those who use the area.

“This saves us a lot of labor,” said Bill Arnold, natural resource manager for the Missouri State Parks division of the Department of Natural Resources. “The projects they are working on today you will see for years to come.

“We are always in need of labor and this fills a need.”

About 170 scouts and their leaders fanned out across the expansive park Saturday to work on a number of projects. Units cleared camp trails, cleaned out fire pits, replaced split rail fences, put in new seating at an amphitheater and picked up debris around the lake front.

It is the second year scouts have taken part in Scout Service Day at the park. Units from Jefferson City, Loose Creek, Wardsville, Hermann, Owensville, Camdenton, Sedalia and Columbia put in more than 1,020 service hours during the work day.

“This is a great opportunity for scouts to combine two things they are good at – camping and doing a good turn,” said John Young, one of the scout leaders who helped organize Scout Service Day.

Units began filtering in Friday night to the park’s Camp Clover Point for a weekend of camping. Others came Saturday morning to work for the day.

Those who came Friday night were treated to a program on bears. Arnold also talked with them about safety practices for Saturday’s projects.

Saturday morning began with a flag ceremony and a greeting and thank you from Bill Bryan, the director of the Division of State Parks.

Arnold again briefed the group on safety procedures before sending units out to their assigned work areas.

After a morning’s work, DNR treated scouts to a box lunch. Units finished up their projects Saturday afternoon before another night camping or heading home.