Scouts from Troop 404 of Hartland, St Albans, and Palmyra and Troop 65 of Corinna, braved cold weather, colder winds and deep snow to tackle the Klondike at the Maine Maritime Academy, hosted by Alpha Phi Omega – Phi Epsilon Chapter this past weekend. The Scouts “camped” inside a remarkable indoor gymnasium. They worked together to guide a sled carrying essential gear through local woods, stopping at various stations to demonstrate and be graded on specific Scout skills such as shelter building, knots, and First Aid, all-the-while competing against nearly two hundred other Scouts from across New England.
Following a meal of moose steak sandwiches, which the team prepared out-of-doors in extreme conditions, the Troop 404/65 team excelled throughout the challenging course. These young men proved their salt and secured second place overall. Following the romp through the woods, they returned to the school’s extensive indoor gym and thawed out, playing a little basketball and 4-man chess, swimming and taking on a climbing wall.
Anyone interested in Boy Scouts only needs to have finished the 5th grade or be at least eleven years old. There is no requirement to have participated in Cub Scouts. Troop 404 meets at the St Albans’ Elementary School every Sunday night at 6 PM. Please contact Scoutmaster Russell Wilson at 938-3030 to join or to get more information on area Scouting.

Pictured in their makeshift shelter from left to right: Logan Rowell, David Wilson, James Boyd, Jonny Bowman, Breac Baker, Jackson Peck, and Josh Emery.
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