Scouts Canoe the Connecticut River

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The scouts from Troops 260 and 262 canoed a section of the Connecticut River in September. Our state is full of many beautiful treasures, the Connecticut River being one of them. The scenery was picturesque including views of local marinas, Goodspeed Opera House, Arrigoni Bridge, East Haddam Swing Bridge and Gillette Castle. Local wildlife sightings included ducks, swans and our nations bird, the American Bald Eagle.

Photo by Elizabeth Craig
Scouts patiently waiting to launch canoes on the Connecticut River.

Leading up to this trip the weather forecast wasn’t promising. Maybe it’s because the scouts were prepared for the worst, but they lucked out with much milder weather. The weather was overcast, in the upper 50s, with light rain and drizzle, perfect paddling weather.

Scouts were paired off based on experience and ability into the bow and stern position. Scouts loaded their canoes with overnight gear including dining flies, tents, food, water, cooking gear and personal packs. Scouts put their canoes in at the Rocky Hill Ferry Boat Launch. They camped overnight near Hurd State Park.

It was a long initial day of paddling, approximately 18 miles. Scouts arrived at the campsite at dusk, unloaded, set up tents and promptly began meal prep. The scout patrols had impressive menus on this outing including homemade chili, steak and macaroni and cheese. The next morning scouts concluded the remaining seven miles of their paddle at the Hadlyme Ferry Boat Launch.

In October, the scouts are looking forward to taking advantage of another local treasurer in Connecticut, cycling along the Farmington Canal Trail. Troops 260 & 262 offer fun, high adventure activities all year long while teaching important life skills and responsibility.

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