NP Scouts take trip of a lifetime

NP Scouts take trip of a lifetime

Scouts from Troop 5 in North Providence climb Mount Washington. The Scouts are planning a number of other trips this summer.

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Troop 5 North Providence recently got back from a week in New Hampshire spent camping, hiking, white water kayaking and swimming.

Older scouts were scheduled to attend the National High Adventure Camp Philmont in New Mexico for 10 days of backpacking, but due to COVID-19, the camp closed, said Scoutmaster Joe Riccitelli. So, he said, the troop decided to run a high-adventure program in New Hampshire.

The first day the troop went white water kayaking with Great Glenn Outdoor Center on the Bear River in Errol. After a safety briefing and introduction to the boats, it was time to get on the river. Scouts learned the proper and safe way to exit a kayak underwater, then learned different strokes and how to read a river.

Shortly before lunch, the Scouts were cruising moving water, and after lunch they were able to tackle Class II rapids.

“Having waves of water crashing over my head was scary but was amazing getting through the tough rapids,” said Conner Malone. “Even though I flipped on some of the harder rapids, it was wicked fun.”

After an exhausting first day, day two brought a different challenge. At more than 6,000 feet above sea level, and with countless records for the worst weather in the world, is Mount Washington. It was a perfect weather day for hiking, starting out on Tuckerman’s Ravine Trail and passing several waterfalls. Scouts quickly found the trail closed due to snow, so they took a quick detour to the Lions Head Trail. Passing the tree line, they said they were left in awe by the amazing views. Reaching the summit, they were literally touching the clouds.

“Mount Washington was the toughest thing I have ever done,” said Noah Riley, “but very rewarding. We laughed all the way up and the endless views were beautiful.”

The third day brought an easier time, including a several-mile hike to a hidden river and waterfall. As the temperature reached the 80s, the water remained freezing. This provided a great opportunity for cliff jumping and swimming.

On Thursday, the Scouts headed up Mount Madison, hunting for more waterfalls and swimming. Friday saw them checking out Franconia Notch State Park and the Flume Gorge before returning home.

Troop 5 has several more day trips and overnight programs schedule for this summer, including a multi-day canoe trip in Vermont, day trips biking and hiking in Rhode Island, and more. For more information about scouting, call Riccitelli at 401-837-6421 or email scoutinginnp@gmail.com .