Boy Scout Troop 33, chartered by First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, sent thirteen members on a summer high adventure trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota.
Their adventure took them paddling into a one million acre wilderness which provided opportunities to fish, canoe, portage, cook and camp. Portages are a means to travel from one lake to another with all canoes, food, camping and personal equipment carried along a rugged trail between the lakes. They worked together as a team to overcome some strenuous portages along their route.
The itinerary included canoeing through 25 lakes and paddling just over 50 miles with about one third of that distance skirting the Canadian border. Some lakes were connected by a section of rushing rapids which made paddling even more exciting. Heavy rains were endured on several days including thunderstorms that brought high winds and hail.
After reaching their campsites Scouts enjoyed more exploration and adventure, which featured some great fishing, cold water swimming, and the thrill of jumping off a rock cliff. One dinner was highlighted by freshly caught crayfish.
The thirteen members consisted of eight Scouts; Hank Barnes, Bryce Comer, Travis deOliveira, Keegan Donnelly, Noah Larsen, Ryan McNett, Tim Schlick, and Aiden Witthoff, with two former Scouts turned young adults; Jeremy Snow and Nathan Overmann, plus three other adult leaders; Cohen Barnes, Tom Comer, and Chad McNett.
Each day took them deeper into an unknown wilderness bringing a sense of freedom and accomplishment that went beyond anything they could have imagined.
Boy Scout Troop 33, first chartered in 1925, continues their long tradition of exciting outdoor programs. Two other canoe adventures experienced in 2015 included paddling the Rock River south of Oregon and a canoe trip on the Hennepin Canal located in central Illinois. You can visit them online at: http://troop33dekalb.org