With Hodag Over, Boy Scout Troops help Clean Up

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email
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Thousands of Hodag-goers leave the grounds Monday morning with plenty of memories and country music in their heads. But there are some people staying behind.

"We're picking up garbage and cans," Logan Esker said.

"Each year we come to Hodag," Jacob Robbins said, "its our biggest fundraiser, we come cleanup the main grounds, and take the cans and cash them in for our fundraiser."

Troop 200 out of Rosholt clean up the main stage area Sunday night and Monday to help fund trips throughout the year.

"We're a troop that, each year tries to go to a different state," Robbins said, "we've been to all 48 continental states, Canada and Mexico at least once."

Depending on how many cans they collect, they'll pocket a couple hundred, to a couple thousand dollars each year. Without the fundraiser, their trips to memorials and monuments wouldn't be possible.

"There's no way we could afford it," Robbins said, "each person would have to pay too much money."

While the thought of picking up garbage, old food and some unmentionables doesn't sound fun, the scouts say the garbage isn't the hardest part.

"Staying awake and not thinking about what you're picking up," Esker said, "kinda like, ewww, I don't want to touch that, but we've got gloves, so its like whatever."

Troop 200 isn't the only troop helping clean. Rhinelander boy scout troops clean Thursday through Saturday nights after the main performance is over, sometimes until 5 or 6 in the morning. Those groups use their money to fund summer camp and other activities throughout the year.

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