Mill Creek Park Boy Scout Trail Patch 2015 and Beyond
In 1961 the Activities Committee of the Mahoning Valley Council undertook the task of finding a suitable location where Boy Scouts Scouting requirements in an area relatively free of traffic hazards and where there was a camp like atmosphere and the ability to observe nature. Mill Creek Park in Youngstown seemed a good choice for these activities, so contact was established with the Park Commissioners. Through cooperation between the council and the district, a map was developed, rules for use were set forth, a patch incorporating the park emblem was designed, and the plan for a 10 mile trail set into effect in May, 1962.
The Scouting organization - now the Greater Western Re-serve Council, serving Mahoning, Trumbull, Ashtabula, Lake, Geauga and the eastern portion of Portage County and the park district now the Mill Creek MetroParks, serving all of Mahoning County, have undergone many changes. However, the beauty, history and nature along the Boy Scout Trail has remained relatively unchanged for over 50 years as it has been hiked, enjoyed and remembered fondly by generations of Scouts and Scouters.
Mill Creek Park was established as a township park in 1891. By an act of the State Legislature and a favorable vote of the people of Youngstown township. The creation of Mill Creek Park is the result of the foresight and untiring efforts of Volney Rodgers. On this monument, at the Memorial entrance to the Park, is this inscription: “Conceived in his heart and realized through his devotion.”
See the attached forms for the Mill Creek Park Boy Scout Trail Patch Application. NOTE: Print the application dual sided in booklet setting on your printer for best results.