Time to get outdoors

Troop 624 holding a ‘Hullabaloo’ June 8 at  LB Park

Mercer Island Boy Scout Troop 624 is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a traditional Scouting “Hullabaloo” at Luther Burbank Park.” All present and past Troop 624 Scouts of all ranks and their families are invited to attend between noon and 3 p.m., Sunday, June 8, in the Meadow area at Luther Burbank Park. There will be food and fun and scouting activities such as rope-making, fire building, knife sharpening, Dutch-oven cooking and more.

A “hullabaloo” is defined as a clamorous event. Boy Scouts often label some events as a “hullabaloo.” Hullabaloos are still held at Camp Parsons in Brinnon, Wash., on the Olympic Penninsula, which is the oldest Boy Scout camp west of the Mississippi River.

Volunteers are needed and will get a 50th anniversary shirt. Contact Tracey at with questions or to volunteer.

Celebrate parks and trails day

Three dates in June are state parks “free days.” The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission would like to remind the public that The following days are free for day-use visits to state parks; visitors do not have to display a Discover Pass:

June 7 — National Trails Day

June 7-8 — Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Free Fishing Weekend

June 14 — National Get Outdoors Day

On Mercer Island, National Trails Day will be celebrated in Pioneer Park from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, June 7. The event is sponsored by local business Bark Avenue.  A national initiative of the American Hiking Society, the day helps promote and protect foot trails and the hiking experience.

The City's Parks and Recreation Department will have a booth located off S.E. 68th Street across from the South-end Starbucks offering nature-based arts and crafts, hiking activities, and “letterboxing.”

The free days apply only to day use at state parks. For more information about state parks “free days” visit:

For more information about WDFW’s Free Fishing Weekend, click through.


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