Giving back to the community

angelina river jasper texasHow often do you give something back to your community?  The other day I was watching one of those Law and Order shows on TV.  Someone on the show made and interesting statement, it went something like this – “the same people that dodge military service, usually dodge jury duty.”  I don’t know if that statement is true and correct, but it does bring out a sub-culture of American citizens that do not serve their nation in any shape, form, or fashion.

If you think about it just for a minute, how much do you “really” give back to your community? Do you even vote, do you dodge jury duty, do you donate to local not for profit organizations?

I saw cleaning up the camp sites as a way to give something back to my community. My son, my nephew, son-in-law, step-son, friend of the family and I have all camped on the primitive camping spots. So if we can use them, w can help clean them up.

The Army Corp of Engineers has several primitive camping spots along the Angelina River close to jasper Texas. These camping spots are only accessible by boat. So its not like someone can just drive up there and clean the sites up. There are no hiking trails going to the sites, no ATV trails,,,, well, 1 camping site is at the end of a private road that runs through a hunting lease.

Since I used the camping sites more then 3 times, they sent me a letter asking if I could help clean up the sites. My son and I loaded up the boat, and arrived at the boat launch a little after 8:00am. I guess it was a little after 8:30 am or so that we received our instructions and we headed out.

The camp sites we helped clean up are popular because their on public hunting land. During November and December, people can camp at the sites and gain access to remote hunting lands along the river.

After helping clean up 3 camp sites, my son and I headed to a meeting place where we had lunch with all of the volunteers.  It was a nice chance to meet other people that use those camping sites on a regualr basis.

Post your comments in this forum thread about the National Public Lands Day Clean Up.