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Rock River Adventure

Posted by Scout Webmaster on Jun 15, 2015

Scouts and leaders pulled in to White Pines State Park, near Oregon, Illinois about 8:00pm Friday, upon which the group immediately set up camp amid the tall oaks and pines of the forest. A tasty cracker barrel of grapes, cheese and sausage was served, and then everyone settled in for the night as a light rain on the tents lulled everyone to sleep. Saturday wake up was 6:30am. The scouts made a delicious breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, while the leaders enjoyed a morning coffee. 

Once camp was cleaned, the group ventured into town for their canoe pick-up at a local outfitter. Partners were chosen and the crew dropped into their canoes (11 of them) and began their 12 - mile adventure. The scenic river was full of sandstone bluffs, wildlife, lush islands and Castle Rock State park which served as a lunch stopover. Along the trip scouts and leaders enjoyed a “splash” battle and a sand bar swim break, known as “muck island”. The scouts even learned some new skills in the process.

The scouts got a little sunburned, maybe a few mosquito bites, a couple of blisters, but all adapted and worked well together as a team. Camp was in shape, duties were followed, and the meals perfect. Saturday’s river adventure was capped by an ice cream treat at a local establishment, and it was well earned by the scouts. Thanks to all of the leaders who helped make it a success.Once back at camp, scouts worked on various scout skills and getting approval signatures from leaders. Another rain began to fall, but the scouts were not fazed. They adapted well and cooked and served a delicious burrito dinner. After clean up, the rain fell a little harder, but the scouts didn’t complain (mostly from being tired) and everyone retired to tents for another rain filled night.

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