Local Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are preparing for a summer canoe trip in northern Maine from August 7-17. The group is referred to as Crew M88A by Maine High Adventure, BSA, a high adventure camp based out of Patten, Maine.

Maine High Adventure Crew M88A participants include Brendan Smyth and Thomas Bubniak from Troop 49 (Jefferson), Matthew Blanchard and Max Russell from Troop 111 (Jefferson), and Scott Connelly from Troop 113 (Rockaway). Adult advisors include Greg Bubniak, Ryan Russell, and Doug Connelly. The local troops are part of Patriots Path Council’s Black River District, which includes the western half of Morris County.

Youth and adult crew members must pass a physical examination for challenging physical activity, complete a swim test, and successfully perform canoe-over-canoe rescue prior to beginning the trip. They will be challenged to use all the skills learned as Scouts, providing a great opportunity for personal growth.

The day before departure, the crew will gather with camp staff to design their unique trip with a Maine High Adventure guide. Options include the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Penobscot River, and St. Croix River on the Canadian border. Other options are whitewater canoeing and climbing Mount Katahdin, the highest point in Maine. The Scouts plan to complete all requirements for the BSA 50-Miler Award. In addition, they will be the only Scouts from the local Patriots Path Council participating in the Kodiak Challenge, a leadership course designed to be completed during the trip.

The crew will meet several more times to plan the details. Additional Scouts and adult advisors are welcome to join the crew. Registered Scouts must be at least 13 years old and have achieved the rank of First Class. Those interested may contact Greg Bubniak, M88A Crew Advisor, at Gregory.m.bubniak@gmail.com.

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