A local Boy Scout troop three-day camp out will include a Keep Van Buren Beautiful cleanup at Lake Lou Emma as part of their activities.
Boy Scout Troop No. 2316 will be camping Sept. 18-20 in the open field next to Heritage United Methodist Church on Pointer Trail in Van Buren.
During the weekend, scouts will be cooking with outdoor stoves, participating in service projects and vying to win several competitions.
Saturday, Sept. 19, scouts will be at Lake Lou Emma from 8 a.m. to noon to clean up the park for National Public Lands Day, which is Sept. 26.
"The first half of the day we’re going to be doing a cleanup," said Troop Leader Mark Fimpel. "I want to invite everyone in Van Buren to come out there, and we’re going to feed them lunch."
Tyson employees will be on hand smoking chicken breasts, and there will be enough food to feed about 500 people who participate in the cleanup, Fimpel said.
Lunch is set for noon, then scouts will retire to their campsite for other activities, before returning to the lake for the Boy Scout Regatta Boat Races. The boys will be racing their own handmade cardboard boats, Fimpel said.
"Anyone can come down and watch, and cheer on the kids that make it across," he said.
Scout members will end the day with more events at their campsite, a potluck dinner and an awards ceremony.
Members will end the weekend by attending a vesper service Sunday morning.
Troop No. 2316 also will be on hand at the steak cookoff in downtown Van Buren today. They will be picking up trash for the event, Fimpel said.