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Crew 9460 visits Voyageurs National Park

Scouts pictured include: Aaron Tenner, Peter Auvin, Luke Melby, Emma Kaufman, Siri Traynor, James Nysse, Jack Peper, Josh Johnston, Noah Cork, Josh Nysse, Travis Newham, Caleb Kaufman, Adam Kuhlman and Martin Stenske. Photo courtesy of Venturing Crew 9460

From July 7—13, 14 scouts with Venturing Crew 9460 experienced a six-night high adventure trip through northern Minnesota. Scouts participated in indoor rock climbing at Vertical Endeavors in Duluth, toured Minnesota's first iron ore mine at Lake Vermillion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park and explored areas inside Voyageurs National Park on two houseboats.

The first two nights of the Crew's trip were spent at Boy Scout Camp Horace Johnson in Duluth, where the scouts finalized their itinerary, meal plans, and duty roster for their trip inside Voyageurs National Park. Highlights of Voyageurs National Park included sightseeing at Kettle Falls and Ellsworth Rock Gardens, fishing, swimming, exploring, and learning about the history of the area. During the trip, seven scouts completed requirements for both the Explorer and Scouting Heritage merit badges.

"Crew 9460 is a youth-led, youth-run organization and we had the unique opportunity this year to be able to rely on the expertise and experience of five Eagle scouts," said Crew Advisor Jeff Kuhlman.

Venturing is part of the program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women. Members must be at least 14 years old, or 13 years old and have completed eighth grade, through age 21.