Girl Guides and Scouts will be out in force to take part in Pitch-in Canada on April 20.

Girl Guides and Scouts will be out in force to take part in Pitch-in Canada on April 20.

Gathering to keep Golden clean

Local Scouts and Girl Guides will be taking part in Pitch-in Canada on April 20.

On April 20, local Girl Guides and Scouts will be doing their part to keep Golden clean when they head to the Kicking Horse River and clean up garbage that has been building up on the banks.

The event, called Pitch-in Canada, originated in 1967 when a group of concerned citizens decided to hold a week long event in Victoria, B.C.

Cailyn Gevhart is in her first year as a part of the Golden Scout Troupe and is encouraging people to help clean up on the day of the event.

“What we would like to do is encourage people to go out for 20 minutes on that day and clean up garbage,” she said.

Gevhart hopes this will help people recognize the importance of not littering in or around the river.

“I hope this will raise awareness to help keep the area clean because as the water comes down all of the litter that was put in it is now caught on the sides,” she said. “It is seen when you are walking on the trails next to the river and it is horrible.”

The 1st Golden Scouts are asking anyone who takes part in the clean up to email 1stgoldenscouts@gmail.com and let them know where they took part in the 20 minute makeover.