Kevin Doran of Troop OR-315 in North Plains helps clear fallen trees during the day of service. (Courtesy Jose Salame)
Kevin Doran of Troop OR-315 in North Plains helps clear fallen trees during the day of service. (Courtesy Jose Salame)
AMITY — A crew of 30 boys and men — kindergartners through high school seniors and their fathers — showed up May 15 with safety glasses, gloves and a willingness to work hard during a cleanup day at the Brigittine Monastery here.

The boys and teens are part of Trail Life USA, a Christian outdoor adventure, character and leadership program. They hailed from Troop OR-315, based out of St. Edward Parish in North Plains, Troop OR-1531 from St. Joseph in Salem and Troop OR-1571 from Good Shepherd in Sheridan. Trailmen strive to serve God and country, respect authority, be good stewards of creation, and treat others as they wish to be treated.

The daylong volunteering effort at the monastery began with Mass celebrated by Father Peter Arteaga, a Missionary of the Holy Spirit who serves at Mount Angel Seminary.

“It was a blessing to have Father Peter,” said Jose Salame, an adult leader at St. Edward.

After Mass, the boys and men split and stacked firewood and carefully handled chainsaws to clear fallen trees. They also worked to complete a volleyball court, drilling boards together for a frame and raking and shoveling sand over the area.

“We declared volleyball court victory by having the Trailmen play several games of volleyball on the new court,” Salame said. It was “amazing they had energy after such a long day of hard work.”