Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Prep for Northern Tier Trip
Re: Prep for Northern Tier Trip
Thu, 26 Aug 1999 17:25:32 -0500
I would have the boys do some activities as a crew.
Some overnight canoeing would be a good idea. Canoeing overnight on the
Rock River is one option. They have a "canoe-in campsite" at
Castle Rock State Park south of Oregon. Call them at 815/732-7329 for
campsite reservation. You can rent from an outfitter in Oregon, Illinois
or through the Blackhawk Area Council BSA 815/397-0210, which has canoes
available for pick up at Camp Lowden right on the Rock river.
One of my favorite overnight canoe areas is the Wisconsin River at any
place between Prairie du Sac and Boscobel, Wisconsin (My troop was just up
there last weekend). It's only a few hours from northern Illinois, and a
great place for a canoe trip.
Those are river trips, you might want to pick a lake area to canoe in and
have them practice a portage to two.
The biggest thing is for them to develop is teamwork and a group identity.
If they are from different patrols, then learning to function well as a
small group is one of the best skills they can learn. That's true
for any high adventure activitity.
We have an annual clean up campaign on the Kishwaukee river every year.
It is a good community service, and gets the boys out on the river. The
paddlers go solo so canoes have maximum room for old tires, etc. It's a
great experience. I'm sure something similar could be done on the Des
For more information on canoeing in northern Illinois and southern
Wisconsin you can visit our watercraft page at...
Good luck to you. Paddling the Boundary Waters is a fantastic experience.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33
> Can anyone recommend how we might arrange our program this year to make
> sure that our youth are prepared for this, our Troop's first High Adventure
> trip? Thanks.