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Venture Crew 9460 visits Acadia National Park

Venture Crew 9460 recently visited Acadia National Park and walked the Great Head hiking trail overlooking Sand Beach, in Maine. Pictured are (front) Travis Newham, Sam Scholmka, Emma Kaufman, Martin Stenske, Caleb Kaufman; (back) Josh Nysse, Noah Cork, Peter Auvin, Sean Pazdera, Amelia Zakrzewski, Alayna Zakrzewski, Adam Kuhlman and Luke Melby. Submitted photo

Venture Crew 9460, of New Richmond, recently visited Acadia National Park in Maine. On Saturday, July 7, 13 scouts and three leaders flew from Minneapolis to Boston and drove 250 miles north to Boy Scout Camp Roosevelt, Eddington, Maine. The crew spent six nights at Camp Roosevelt sleeping in rustic cabins and one night at a hotel in Boston. The scouts ate breakfast and dinner daily at the camp and were provided lunch-to-go before heading each day into Acadia National Park. Highlights of this year's high adventure trip included: rappelling and rock climbing at Otter Cliffs with Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School; hiking numerous trails; seeing Bubble Rock, Sand Beach, Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole, and Jordan Pond; eating fresh Maine lobster and oysters at Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound; and walking into history on the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston.

"This year's high adventure trip was especially challenging because the crew had to ship 16 sleeping bags and some of the crew's gear to Camp Roosevelt 10 days in advance of leaving New Richmond," said Crew Advisor Jeff Kuhlman.

Each year crew elections are held for various youth leadership positions and this year's co-presidents were Amelia Zakrzewski and Luke Melby. The co-presidents worked closely with the adult leadership team to plan and execute this year's high adventure trip.

"Amelia and Luke did a fantastic job this year of running the crew's monthly meetings, guiding their fellow scouts through the fundraising, preparation, and planning phases of the trip, and communicating with the adult leaders," said Kuhlman.

The crew returned to New Richmond on Saturday, July 13. Acadia is the fifth national park the Crew has visited in the past three years (Voyageurs, Badlands, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons are the others).