March 10, 2005 — Recently, Boy Scout Troop 555, sponsored by Delphi Academy of Lake View Terrace, helped clean up San Onofre Beach. More than twenty scouts and adult leaders from Sun Valley, Glendale, La Canada and other Foothill communities helped remove debris and litter from the beach.
Scouts filled out International Coastal Cleanup Data Cards, provided by The Ocean Conservancy, to track pickup of all items from the beach. Debris included bottles, cans, caps, cigarette butts, wrappers, containers, straws, toys, rope and other items. More than 377 cigarette butts were picked up that day!
Local surfers expressed a warm thanks to scouts for helping keep their beach clean and safe from hazardous material such as broken glass and rusted cans. Keeping the environment clean and safe is just one way the boy scouts fulfill their oath â€œto help other people at all times.â€
After the beach cleanup Troop 555 camped overnight at the San Mateo Campground near San Clemente and worked on advancement skillsâ€”cooking, camping and other outdoor skills.
The following national and international organizations endorse and/or support the International Coastal Cleanup: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, IUCN-The World Conservation Union, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nationsâ€™ Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). For more information, go to .
Delphi Academy, located in Lake View Terrace, is a private school offering year-round programs for kindergarten through high school students. Delphi Academy is licensed to use Applied Scholasticsâ„¢ educational services. For more information visit www.delphila.org.
Delphi-sponsored Boy Scout Troop 555 community service projects planned for 2005 include trail conservation in the local mountains and gift-wrapping at Sports Chalet in La Canada during the Christmas holiday season. Troop 555 has assisted more than a dozen boys to reach the rank of Eagle Scout.