From Ken Green (Trip Honcho):
Last Friday, on the first day of summer 2019, eleven Troop 132 scouts journeyed to northern Maine for a white water rafting adventure. The destination was a twelve mile trip on the Kennebec River with class IV+ rapids. At 9 am Saturday morning the group met to get outfitted with wetsuits, helmets, and PFDs, and to learn the difference between scheduled swims and unscheduled swims. Next up was a class V bus ride (you have to see the video to believe this) to our entry point on the river where we broke up into rafting groups and received paddling instruction. Soon we were paddling down the river, catching eddies here and there. The rapids started small, but soon we were getting bounced around as we encountered the rapids "Big Mama", "Three Sisters", "The Alleyway" and "Magic Falls". Later, as we reached some easier rapids, some scouts jumped in and swam through the rapids, and some got in and paddled tandem inflatable kayaks. The next day the scouts did a short hike into Moxie fall, one of the highest waterfalls in New England before making the trip back to Concord.
From Bill Duggan (Scoutmaster):
Thanks to Ken Green and Melissa Liazos taking the Troop on the rafting trip. Well done.
The prior week the Troop held the spring Court of Honor (COH). Congratulations to the many scouts who earned rank, merit badges and special awards this week at the Troop COH. There are plenty of opportunities over the summer to work on advancements and merit badges at summer camp and the next COH will be at the end of September. Remember, start with a blue card and signatures if you are working independently.
Luke Pautler had his Eagle Project proposal approved and will be looking for scout and adult help to build a kiosk for the Great Meadows/Oxbow recreational area.
Congratulations to Xander for passing and earning his Eagle Scout. He was well prepared for the board of review. Good Job.
I will see you next at Storer Summer Camp.
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