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Work, Play, Sleep, Repeat..the life of the BCT-YOP Teen Trail Crew

July 7, 2017
Dirty crew
Masuzyo MhangoYOP crew is ready to take on any trail challenge.

“It was the best week I’ve ever spent. I had fun and learned so much from these new experiences.” – Matthew F.

“This experience made me a better person through hard work.” – Kahlil L.

A week working out in the woods certainly left a mark on the Bay Circuit Trail Volunteer Program’s first teen crew of the season. For the second year in a row, we ran a program in partnership with the Youth Opportunities Program (YOP). Eight teens from Boston, New Haven, CT, and Portsmouth, NH bonded over trail work, canoeing, and camping. 

group on stairs
Masuzyo MhangoOverlapping timber crib steps ease way for BCT hikers, runners, dog walkers and more.

Throughout the week, the crew worked on a stretch of  BCT along banks of the Merrimack River owned by local land trust Andover Village Improvement Society.  The crew constructed and set 13 box steps on a steep, eroded slope – continuing improvements on this section that last year’s YOP crew started. 

On Tuesday the crew spent the morning brushing out over 3 miles of overgrown trail at Harold Parker State Forest near their campsite. They then traded their PPE for PFDs (stands for Personal Protective Equipment and Personal Floatation Device, respectively)!  YOP staff member Nate Schumacher guided adventure afternoon canoeing on the Nashua River’s Pepperell Pond, followed by a backyard BBQ with discussion about conservation and the difference an individual can make. Oh, and don’t forget the multiple double rainbows and fiery sunset that capped off the day!

canoeing
Kayla DoreyRafting up on the pond.

Returning Crew Leaders Kayla  and Masuzyo helped the crew have a great time while working hard both at the worksite and at camp.

“10/10 would totally go again, my dude. Also Masuzyo and Kayla are a really good team and leaders.”– Aliana A.

“IT WAS UNFORGETTABLE!”- Isobel B.

Rainbows
Kayla DoreyRainbows!

 

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