Thanks - Canoe treks (White Otter Wilderness, Quetico, BWCA)
Nathan Mann (ndmann@TACL.DNET.GE.COM)
Mon, 21 Jul 1997 15:51:09 -0400
Thanks to all on SCOUTS-L, many of you I communicated with in planning & prep
for our canoe trek to Canada's White Otter Wilderness. Everyone returned home
safely, with stories and experiences to share with younger scouts, moms & dads.
If you get a chance - DO IT.
We crossed paths (at overnights and on the water) with troops from Rockford, Il
Topika Kansas, Wisconson Dells Wisconson, A troop of 4 scouts. 2 leaders + guide
from Texas, and saw at least 8 or 9 troop trailers in the 2000 miles driving.
Scout comments overheard:
"I just couldn't sleep - It's like the night before Christmas"
"I can't believe we're really 1000+ miles from home!"
"This is the LONGEST scout trip I've ever been on" (10 1/2 days)
"Quite a contrast - wilderness to Wisconson Dells"
"An EAGLE!" (or beaver, loon, pike...)
Urging the scouts to take refresher 1st Aid & CPR training paid off when a
leader's knee gave out at day 1 1/2 of the 6 day trek. Everyone worked a bit
harder and the aviation radio stayed in the drybag. We challanged our scouts
to come back in 30 years and make the trek again (when they are our age!), when
we were the first to shore after the 50 miles.
We'll do it again - in 2 or 3 years. First my knee gets a rest ;-)
Nate Mann Fish, Eagles, Moose, Beaver, Loons, Fox, Deer...
ASM T40 Venture Scouts Flys, Leaches, Mosquetoes, Bees, Gnats
Louisville, Ky Sun, Wind, Rain, Lightning, Storm
(( It was GREAT!! ))
(Glad to share experience with others contemplating such a trek - email me)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City