SHERBORN BOYSCOUT SUMMER ADVENTURES AND FALL KICK-OFF DINNER
A crew of 16 Scouts and Advisors recently returned from an 18-day high adventure trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM. The trip kicked off in Albuquerque and included stops in Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos National Laboratory Museum, Chimayo, and Taos (Whitewater Kayaking and Hot Springs). Then the Troop moved on to Philmont for an 11 day wilderness trek through the thousands of acres of pristine land that has been preserved since the 1920’s.
In Philmont, the Scouts carried everything they needed including camping gear, food and water in their 50-pound backpacks for 75 miles. Every morning they rose early, packed up and headed out on the trail to the next campsite. Along the way they were able to stop to enjoy some side adventures like mountain biking, rifle shooting, pole climbing, as well as horse riding. In addition to the beautiful scenery, the hikers saw rattlesnakes and bear, endured many miles of rough and varied terrain, and all kinds of weather including hailstorms. One of the highlights of the trip was when the crew made it to the top of Mt. Baldy, the highest point in the Cimarron Range at 12,441 feet. (Mount Washington is 6,289 feet.)
Another group of Scouts spent a week at Camp Resolute, Knox Trail Council’s picturesque 350-acre property in Bolton, MA. A crew of 15 Scouts along with Adult Advisors camped and participated in various activities for the week. Scouts completed 34 merit badges and got a start on some others. The camp has a large lake, mess hall, and various adventure opportunities like sailing, rock climbing, shot gun and rifle shooting, orienteering and swimming, to name a few.
In addition to Troop One’s summer camping and hiking adventures, last year a group of Scouts went to Sea Base in the Florida Keys for Scuba Diving, another group secured the overnight equipment, directed traffic and were runners for the staff at the Grange Fair, there was an annual trip to the “zip-line” in New Hampshire, various community service projects were completed including trail repair along the Bay Circuit Trail and rebuilding of the batting stand at the Jameson batting cage, the annual wreath and candle sale fundraiser, and various Eagle Projects.
The Boyscouts will have their Fall kick-off barbeque dinner on Tuesday, September 11th at Scoutmaster Mike Webb’s house. There will be swimming, canoeing, boarding and fishing on Farm Pond. The event is from 5-8. Sherborn Troop 1 is open to boys in grades 6-12. For more information contact Kim Gregory @ 508-650-1850.