By Mike Ventola

Since 2009, Boy Scout Troop 610 has conducted an annual fundraising event called Mulch Madness. The name is fitting because it is truly unbelievable what this event does for Scouting. Entering its sixth year, this project has had great momentum, establishing a continually growing following of repeat customers. Over 135 customers have been served and 4,200 bags of mulch have been sold and distributed. Troop 610 has been able to generate thousands of dollars in revenue, which assisted in the funding of their life-changing Scout High Adventure activities.

Scout High Adventure is a unique experience where Scouts embark on a journey that will test both their physical strength and mental capabilities. This is a great way to teach independence and leadership skills. The amount of growth and maturity that comes from these adventures is unmatched and memorable for the Scout. All of the comforts of home are removed or minimized, leaving the brave Scouts and adult leaders to survive in extreme conditions using only their acquired skills and advance preparations.

Last year in Troop 610, a crew of 10 boys and four adults embarked on the Northern Tier trek during the first week of August. Through the course of seven days, the crew canoed over 70 miles through the boundary waters of Minnesota and Canada while carrying all of their belongings through muddy forests and treacherous rivers. Taking part in such a trip is certainly no small feat and the personal development that culminates from completing a High Adventure activity is profound. Currently, four BSA sanctioned High Adventure ordeals exist:  the aforementioned Northern Tier in Minnesota, Sea Base in Key West, Florida, Philmont in New Mexico and The Summit in West Virginia.

Troop 610 Scout member, Austin Ventola, said, “Each year I go and experience a BSA scout high adventure, I come home more appreciative than when I left and better prepared for the future that lies ahead where my time invested will  eventually help others”.

Troop 610 provides the finest commercial grade pine bark mini nuggets in 3cft bags for $5.50 per bag. Delivery is available for a nominal fee which adds to the convenience customers appreciate in their busy lives. Take advantage of this year’s campaign before the cut-off date of Saturday, March 8. Delivery and distribution of the mulch is set for Saturday, March 22. For more information or to order mulch, e-mail


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