Scouts to the Rescue!


These are the Scouts of the Pioneer District, Miwok Chapter – members of Scouting’s National Honor Society: The Order of the Arrow. And luckily for us – they are experts at removing blackberry roots!


When Homeward Bound needs extra hands, talented builders and strong backs, these are the guys we turn to. Last summer, they built beautiful shade enclosures with seating by the pond for us, so our dog walkers would have a quiet place to work with the dogs. Today was all about digging. Within a few short hours, this crew obliterated the last of the blackberry roots from our raised beds, leaving them spotless and ready for planting Highbush Blueberries.


Meanwhile, the more senior members installed a new length of split rail fencing which now fronts the center of the garden, and creates a beautiful frame for Ina’s California Native Garden.


The Arrowmen of the Order of the Arrow are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, and for providing cheerful service to others. Truly. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that their efforts were powered by hot chocolate and donuts this morning! The Scouts perform service projects throughout their Miwok Chapter region. We’re so thankful it includes us.


Their generous service saves valuable resources for our organization that can be redirected to the rescue of hundreds of dogs each year. You’ve heard of Pitbulls and Parolees? Well, we have Scouts and Goldens. We think they make a wonderful combination.


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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

12 thoughts on “Scouts to the Rescue!”

  1. Way to go scouts. Thank you so much for all your hard work you did today. You have done so much for HB and we all really appreciate it. You are all awesome.

  2. As a former Boy Scout myself, Troop 42 and 113 Old Colony Council and a retired Cub Master for my Son’s Pack 42 Old Colony Council…Many props to them coming out and helping! Scouting is a GREAT resource for young boys and girls to learn “Life Skills”. They did Excellent work as well!

  3. How great to hear about kids so regularly involved in service, learning when they are young how wonderful it feels to help others reach important goals! Great way to start my day, instead of with the “news” that tells me how dark the world is…it all depends where you look, and I’m glad I looked to your post first! 🙂

  4. Yeahhhhh, what absolutely wonderful work by the scouts this weekend, I’m just thrilled to see the nice clean beds and sturdy and attractive new split rail fence. Thank you so very much!

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