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When SummitCorps wrapped up in West Virginia at the end of July last year, over 1,000 Arrowmen had built almost 13 miles of trail. But for the Otahnagon Lodge in Binghamton, New York, the end of SummitCorps was the just the beginning.

Members of the Otahnagon Lodge put the trail-building skills they learned in West Virginia to use at their spring weekend. The trail to Camp Barton’s waterfall needed some work, so the guys from Otahnagon rolled up their sleeves and broke out their shovels.

[pullquote]“After building two pavilions at Camp Barton, we decided to perform another lasting project: Trail building.” – Matt Slimowicz, Lodge Adviser[/pullquote]

“Otahnagon Lodge has a history of performing legacy projects,” said lodge adviser Matt Slimowicz. “We decided to use the knowledge that several of our lodge members gained from ArrowCorps5 and SummitCorps in trail building to provide a legacy at Barton by providing another way to access the majestic Frontenac Falls, a 95-foot waterfall located on camp property, surrounded by 200-foot cliffs in an awe-inspiring amphitheater.”

By the end of the weekend a total of 750 feet of trail was built. Over 40 Arrowmen assisted in the construction, including five Arrowmen who attended SummitCorps and two Arrowmen who attended ArrowCorps5.

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