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Friday, November 16, 2001


Boy Scouts canoe and camp

What better way to savor an autumn weekend than to combine canoeing with camping? Recently, Carlisle Troop 135 undertook its annual trip to Groton, Massachusetts. A fleet of 11 canoes, carrying 22 Scouts and parents, set out to explore the many bays and islands of the Nashua River while perfecting their boating techniques in not-always-conventional ways. Heading upstream to the Groton Town Forest to set up camp, their ranks expanded to 30, as late-arriving Scouts brought an influx of new energy into the group.
Boy Scouts and parents prepare to depart on a canoe and camping trip. In the foreground (left to right) are Michael Johnson, Jeffrey Pedersen, Eric Johnson, Lenny Johnson, Tim Galligan, Basil Bourque and Marty Galligan.

Highlights included the always-popular cooking-without-utensils, and the ambitious cooking of roast beef on a spit. Surrounded by trees in peak autumn color, some chose to sleep under the stars, in contrast with others who took refuge in huge tents. Assistant leader Steve Tobin, deprived of utensils, spent much of the weekend whittling a spoon, inspiring all with his industriousness. Sunday's activity culminated in a hike to a railroad bridge, a familiar and favorite destination for this venturesome group.

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito