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Mesa teen organizing sand dunes cleanup as an Eagle Scout project

March 14, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL

Staff Writer

John Burton, of Mesa, Ariz., is organizing a mini-cleanup at the Imperial Sand Dunes on Saturday as part of his Eagle Scout service project.

The 13-year-old has been a Boy Scout since he was 8 years old and said he has put about 20 hours into the project so far.

Josh said his family goes to the dunes regularly. The emphasis of his project is public safety and service.

The American Sand Association is helping Josh with the cleanup.

Volunteers are scheduled to meet at the base of Competition Hill near the Buttercup Campground in the south dunes off Interstate 8 at 8:30 a.m.

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Josh is also planning to hand out "Duner's Survival Kits" after the cleanup, contact American Sand Association spokesman Greg Gorman said. The kits have information on safety, rules and a trash bag to encourage people to continue to clean up after themselves at the dunes.

According to the Boy Scouts of America, only four in 100 scouts achieves the Eagle Scout award.

For more information, contact Greg Gorman at (602) 770-7878.

>> Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or lauramitchell9@yahoo.com

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