On the trail On July 17, Boy Scouts from Cranston troops 6, 8 and 66 gathered at the Knight Farm Trail off Laten Knight Road to help restore portions of the path that had become overgrown and difficult to navigate. Tom Capirchio, scoutmaster of Troop 8,
On July 17, Boy Scouts from Cranston troops 6, 8 and 66 gathered at the Knight Farm Trail off Laten Knight Road to help restore portions of the path that had become overgrown and difficult to navigate.
Tom Capirchio, scoutmaster of Troop 8, said the gathering provided a rare opportunity for members of the three local troops to take part in a joint activity.
Doug Doe of the West Bay Land Trust, which manages the trail, had reached out to the troops to gauge their interest in the project. All three troops spent a week each summer at Yawgoog Scout Reservation, so the three scoutmasters worked together to find a weekend where all the Scouts would be available.
“The Scouts were asked to come with loppers, shears, and work gloves. We broke off into two teams to cover the trail loop. Along the way, we cut back overgrown brush that grew into the path and removed fallen trees from the path,” Capirchio said. “The three troops don’t do many activities together. We found this was a great opportunity to bring us together and all three troops agreed, we need to do more events like this together.”
Capirchio noted that Troop 8 meets at Shepherd of the Valley Church on Scituate Avenue, not far from the trail, and hopes to utilize the trail more in its programming going forward.
“Now that we have become aware of Knight Farm Trail, we have already discussed making it a meeting place where we can take the boys on a short hike to learn skills such as tree identification and presence of animals,” he said. “In addition, we hope to make it one of our routine community service projects for years to come.”
Caleb Hamilton, Troop 8’s senior patrol leader, also plans to erect a kiosk with historical information and maps at the trail as part of his Eagle Scout project.
Heather Thibodeau of the West Bay Land Trust said the organization was “honored” to involve the local Scout troops in the project.
“We sincerely appreciate the Scouts’ efforts to make the trail more accessible to the community,” she said. “The troops worked hard, demonstrated leadership and were model citizens. The West Bay Land Trust looks forward to future collaboration.”
(Photos courtesy of Tom Wojick)