Archive for Saturday, August 11, 2001

Scouts take adventurous trip to Canada jamboree

August 11, 2001


A dozen Lawrence Boy Scouts participated in a 15-day trip to the Canada National Jamboree at Prince Edward Island.

Scouts who participated were Phillip Wrigley, Zachary King, Jordan Wright, Alex Anderson, Justin Esau, Ryan King, Robbie Kocour, Christopher Neal, Jeff Standing, Kevin Workman, Philip Anderson and Andy Foerschler.

The Scouts started their adventure by stopping in Boston, where the group took a private tour of the U.S.S. Constitution and visited the Boston Science Museum.

The group also toured Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., American Revolutionary War sites and the Minuteman National Park Visitors Center.

The group celebrated Independence Day at a town picnic in Bar Harbor, Maine. They enjoyed a lobster feast and fireworks display.

The Scouts took a three-hour ride aboard the CAT, a high-speed ocean ferry to Nova Scotia, Canada. The group visited the Maritime Museum, where most of the artifacts recovered from the Titanic are on display.

They attended the Nova Scotia International Tattoo, a musical extravaganza that included bagpipes, marching bands and other groups from 12 countries.

The Scouts toured the Citadel, a 250-year-old fortress, before driving several hours to cross the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island.

The Scouts then joined 15,000 others from every province and territory in Canada plus the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Grenada, Thailand, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Egypt and the Czech Republic for a week of activities.

Because Prince Edward Island is sparsely populated, the Jamboree site temporarily became the second-largest city in the province. The Scouts lived in their troop tents, cooked their own meals and participated in 10 three-hour activity periods.

The Scouts participated in activities such as paddling a 10-man canoe, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, rowing a whaling boat, sliding down a half-mile zip line, touring historical sites and museums and fly-fishing for trout.

Adult troop leaders who participated were Susan Bashinski, Matt Foerschler, Jon Standing, Mark Workman and Frank Wright. Keith Wood helped plan the trip and traveled with the group, but served on the canoe activity staff for the week. Barbara Wood assisted in trip planning and accompanied the group during the pre-Jamboree activities, but returned home at the start of the Jamboree.

The group enjoyed meeting Scouts from throughout the world. Several plan to attend the 100th Anniversary World Jamboree in August 2007 in Cheltham, Essex, United Kingdom.

Troop 59 is chartered to First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence. John Scarffe is troop committee chair, and Mark Gleeson is Scoutmaster.

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