Three scouts and five adult leaders from Boy Scouts of America Troop 2810 in Sycamore traveled to the Boundary Waters between Minnesota and Canada for a six-day, 45-mile trek.
Canoeing, fishing, lightweight cooking, map and compass use, bear safety, knots and other scouting skills were a part of the experience.
The close-knit group included Scoutmaster Terry Handel, his wife, Connie Handel, and their son, Life Scout Alex Handel; Assistant Scoutmaster Marc Shipman; Life Scout Brandon Nelson and his dad, Ken Nelson; and Star Rank Jack Richardson and his father, Mike Richardson. This was the first Boundary Waters and high adventure experience for several of these adventurers, but it was the fourth time Terry Handel and the second time Shipman had trekked to the Boundary Waters.
After six full days of viewing beautiful scenery, the adventurers from Troop 2810 returned from a life-changing experience with many stories to tell.
High-adventure expeditions are one of the most popular events for scouts age 14 and older. They grow individually and together as a team by using all of their education learned from completing a variety of merit badges. They are challenged both physically and mentally, and have a unique and distinct experience that will stay with them for their lifetime.