Cub Scouts from the Forest Park-based Pack 109 celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by picking up litter on Lehmer Avenue from Lathrop Avenue to Veterans Park at Circle Avenue as well as the park itself.

Ten Cub Scouts and their siblings joined eight adults in collecting four giant bags of trash in 90 minutes.

Ken Snyder of Pack 109, who was along the adults who participated, said the community service project involved Cub Scouts of all ages and was led by the second graders in the Wolf Den, noting that community service is a “big thing” for den members.

“They spent a meeting talking about different ideas to help the community and this year the Scouts wanted to do something to beautify Forest Park,” he explained. John Doss, Public Works director, provided some options and the Cub Scouts voted to do a cleanup, Snyder added.

“The village gave us the equipment and the area to clean, which helpfully included Veterans Park on Circle so the boys could have some fun, too,” he added.

Snyder said Pack 109 regularly does various service projects including cleanups, food drives and helping to serve or clean up at fundraisers such as the Kiwanis Club Spaghetti Dinner and PTO events.

Cub Scouts and their siblings who participated are Braxton Brown; Hollis Cross;

Aiden, Bella and Ben Mack; Connor Ng; Jason and Kenny Snyder; and Quinten and Kaleb Thomas.

Other adults who assisted are Monica Angelo, Daniel Cross, Angela Moorehouse-Brown, Mint Ng, Karrie Schlichting and David Thomas.

Go Green Forest Park also celebrated Earth Day with cleanup.