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Sycamore scouts trek to Missouri

Published: Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST
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Boy Scouts with Troop 16 in Sycamore took a canoe trip on the Current River in Missouri.

Boy Scouts Troop 16 of Sycamore took a trip to the Current River in Missouri, where boys canoed, fished, used such Scout skills and cooking and camping, and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.

Ten scouts and five adult leaders from Troop 16, chartered by the Federated Church in Sycamore, experienced this seven-day, 55-mile trek. This group includes scouts Jack Daurer, Dom Zibrun, Dustin Slider, Jonathan Kurtzman, Keagon Larsen, Kenny Brown, Noah McGuire, Bradley Ruetten, Trent Thompson, and Jason Ruetten, and adult leaders Jeff Daurer, Mike Zibrun, Rob Brown, DJ Kurtzman, and David Jones.

The Current River is part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri. The Scouts canoed from Baptist Springs to Two Rivers, explored three caves via canoe, enjoyed swimming holes and ate lunch on the banks in the middle of the river. They saw lots of wildlife, such as deer, mink and otter. They fished, then cooked and ate the fish they caught along the way. After canoeing and camping on the banks of the Current River, the adventurists from Troop 16 stayed in St. Louis on the way home, hosted by the St. Louis BSA Council, and enjoyed a day at Six Flags St. Louis.

High adventure expeditions are one of the most popular activities for scouts 14 years or older. They grow individually and together as a team by using all of their education learned from completing a variety of merit badges, as well as challenging them both physically and mentally, and are offered a unique and distinct experience that will stay with them for their lifetime.

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