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Camp Osborn hosts volunteers to help clean

Volunteer chops branches off tree that flew into the lake (Source: WALB) Volunteer chops branches off tree that flew into the lake (Source: WALB)
Volunteer works to rebuild the fence at the archery range (Source: WALB) Volunteer works to rebuild the fence at the archery range (Source: WALB)
Jackson Belusko, 12 year old, Boy Scout in Troop 3 based out of Albany (Source: WALB) Jackson Belusko, 12 year old, Boy Scout in Troop 3 based out of Albany (Source: WALB)
Mike Johnson, VP of Properties (Source: WALB) Mike Johnson, VP of Properties (Source: WALB)
Volunteer cleans up debris in the amphitheater (Source: WALB) Volunteer cleans up debris in the amphitheater (Source: WALB)
WORTH CO., GA (WALB) -

For the first time since January storms caused major damage, Worth County's boy scout camp, Camp Osborn, reopened to the public on Saturday.

From clearing trees out of the lake to removing debris along the amphitheater, volunteers worked hard to rejuvenate the camp.

More than 50 boy scouts from four different troops along with Camp Osborn staff and some local volunteers got to work cleaning and rebuilding a South Georgia boy scout camp. 

"It makes me feel great because it's amazing to see all these people come together and work on what was destroyed," said Jackson Belusko, 12. 

Belusko is with Troop 3 out of Albany. He showed up looking to make a difference.

"I think it's an amazing experience helping all these people and the camp was really amazing to go to when it was not like this," said Belusko.

Staff members said they wanted each of the four troops to tackle four different projects- cleaning up the amphitheater, removing debris from the lake, rebuilding the fire bowl, and building a new fence for the archery range. 

Mike Johnson is the Vice President of Properties with the South Georgia Boy Scout Council and is the architect of the project.

He said the primary focus is rebuilding the infrastructure like roads and storm drain systems. And of course replanting trees, nearly 180 thousand pine trees that is. 

"There's been so many times that people have asked to come out here and help rebuild and we had to get it safe. We had to get it where people could come in here safely and work--the volunteers," explained Johnson, "And now that they can do it, it's just heartwarming to see." 

And now Belusko and other scouts say they can't wait to see their camp be a camp, once again.

"I'm hoping we can make a difference on this camp, so other people can come here again," said Belusko.

Of course, this is a work in progress.

But, Camp Osborn staff said their next goal is to add plumbing and electricity.

They hope to re-open the camp for scouts by Spring 2018. 

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