2012-09-20 / Letters to the Editor

Boy Scouts Troop 1 have an eventful year

The Jamestown Boy Scouts have an organized, active and fun program. In January, Troop 1 participated in the annual ski trip to Ragged Mountain in New Hampshire. In early February, Jamestown’s scouts traveled to Camp Yawgoog’s scout reservation for the annual Klondike event, or scouting Iditarod, where area troops participated in a series of scout-oriented events that included shelter building, orienteering and first aid.

On St. Patrick’s Day, Troop 1 traveled on its annual ski trip to Stowe, Vt. The higher temperatures made it a perfect day for spring skiing. Later, toward the end of March, the Boy Scouts and their adult leadership backpacked in Connecticut. The first day, the scouts hiked five miles to the top of Mount Misery. The scouts carried all of their supplies on their backs and once they reached their site, they camped in leanto shelters and tents. The next day, the scouts took a shorter route down the mountain and returned to Jamestown before noon.

The scouts had more fun when they traveled to Mount Washington for their annual hiking trip in April. During the stay, the troop was able to sleep in a heated cabin not far from the mountain. The next morning the scouts hiked up the mountain, but low temperatures and high winds ruled out a hike to the summit. The scouts hiked for three hours up to a cabin near the base of Tuckerman’s Ravine. On the way down, several scouts visited Glenn Ellis Falls.

During Mother’s Day weekend, the scouts went on their annual biking and backpacking trip to Block Island. With adult supervision, they rode the ferry to Block Island and then rode two miles on their bikes to their campsite. They formed groups with their friends and spent the day biking around the island and shopping for Mother’s Day presents. The next day, the troop biked and then hiked along the beach to the lighthouse. After another bike ride to the campsite, the scouts packed up and took the ferry back.

The scouts are also active during the summer. Every year, scouts with the rank of star scout or higher have the opportunity to participate in an extreme wilderness outing. This year, several scouts and some of the adult leaders completed a canoe outing in northern Maine. This trip lasted seven days and the scouts slept in tents the whole way. The scouts traversed several rapids, traveling a total distance of 60 miles in all. The scouts made the trip with the help of a local guide.

The scouting year culminates in August when Troop 1 goes to Camp Yawgoog for one week of overnight scouting. The camp offers rifle shooting, archery, fishing, sailing, swimming, kayaking and a variety of other activities. Beyond those activities, scouts participate in merit badge courses that range from personal fitness to plumbing. Troop 1 concluded the week with a Court of Honor where the scoutmaster awarded merit badges and promoted the scouts that met advancement requirements.

A key upcoming event for the Jamestown Boy Scouts is the annual scout expo at East Ferry on Saturday, Sept. 23. This will showcase what scouting in Jamestown entails, and provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

Robert Cassidy
Clarke Street

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