Troop 1 Seekonk News
Troop 1 Seekonk has had a busy spring with lots of traveling,camping and hiking . In early April the troop held its annual first year campout. Cool temps and the threat of rain kept the fires burning for most of the day and night. New scouts learned to set-up camp, using a pocket knife and got to cook and eat lunch on a fire they made. Scouts working on their cooking merit badge made breakfast lunch and dinner for the troop. No one went home hungry.
Our bike trip took us to Poughkeepsie NY at the beginning of May where we stayed at a state forest campground and rode the Walkway over the Hudson. We peddled to the end, turned around and went south over the Mid-Hudson Bridge where we were able to listened to music that was produced and recorded by banging different sections of the bridge with tools and building materials. It was quite interesting. After leaving the bridge we continued back to the Walkway and rode a huge elevator (with our bikes) to the top. Not only was the elevator a big hit with the scouts, but there was a huge demonstration and march going on when we got off the elevator. That’s when things really got interesting. Riding our bikes through the crowds became impossible and impassable. We had to stop riding and continue on foot for a mile. At the end of the demonstration we got back on our bikes and rode another 10 miles. We grabbed some Italian Ice and headed back to the car and camp were we enjoyed the campfire and a good dinner.
We stayed close to home for our hiking trip this year and took on Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey NH. This mountain is the second most climbed mountain in the world. We started our climb from the nearby Boy Scout Camp and proceeded up the trail. There were not a lot of people on this trail and I couldn’t believe that it was climbed as much as I heard. That was until we got to the top and found out that many people took a shorter trail that was packed with people. Up on top, there was not a lot of room to stand. We found a large rock off the summit and ate lunch. After a long rest and found our way down the mountain and back to camp.
Our last adventure had us traveling to Warrensburg NY along the Hudson River where we went whitewater rafting. After a hot shower and breakfast we walked over to the fitting room where we received a helmet, life jacket and a paddle. Next we were loaded on an old school bus and driven a half hour up the Hudson to Indian River. We split up into four rafts and after a quick lesson in a lagoon we were off. For three miles we rode on the Indian river thanks to a dam release. There were plenty of rapids right from the beginning. Eventually we made are way to the Hudson. The views were amazing and going through the Hudson River Valley Gorge was a sight to behold. There was plenty of time to swim and everyone had a chance to jump off a 15 foot rock! Continuing on and seventeen miles later we eventually pulled our raft off the river to our waiting buses. Once back at camp the rafting company had dinner for us. Later on that night we invited another troop that went rafting over for a campfire show and dessert. It was an awesome trip.
Our next trip is to Mt. Mansfield VT where we will attempt to climb Vermont’s highest peak on July 28-30 followed by Summer camp at Yawgoog week seven on August 6th through the 13th. It should be a great Summer.