Shrewsbury – Boy Scouts from Troop 114 of Shrewsbury recently returned from the North Woods of Maine after a 10-day back-country hiking and canoe trek.
The trip was organized by Maine High Adventure, a Scouting organization which for over 35 years, has welcomed Scouts from across the country and around the world to experience a rare back-country adventure. As part of their annual High Adventure Program, this is the third Maine High Adventure trip for the troop in the past 10 years.
A total of 16 Scouts, 11 adult leaders and three trail guides formed three crews taking the trek. Groups each covered 70, 90 and over 100 miles of canoeing on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and hiking in Baxter State Park. Trip highlights included white water canoeing, cliff jumping, canoe sailing and wildlife spotting, including bald eagles, moose, bears and more.
While on the adventure, the boys honed leadership techniques and outdoor Scouting skills, including leave-no-trace camping, cooking, fishing and survival skills. To maintain eligibility for the trip, Scouts practiced their commitment to training, preparation plans, participation in the troop program and rank advancement.
Troop 114 meets every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. during the school year at the Shrewsbury First Congregational Church, 19 Church Road, and welcomes all boys from the ages of 10 to 18 who are interested in outdoor adventures, nature, service to the community and fun. For information, visit http://bsatroop114.org/.