06/13/2009 – 06/14/2009
The 2009 Whitewater Rafting trip was a great success. It is traditionally scheduled for our last weekend before school is out for the summer. So on June 13th drivers came at around 6:00am to pick up the scouts at their homes. Mr. Ackley, Mr. Fogarty, Evan, Thomas, Robbie, Hugh, Andrew, Mrs. Jackisch, Mr. Berube, Brodie, Adam, Alec, Derek, Julien, Greg, and Jack T. all attended this trip.
When we arrived at the Adventure Bound camp, which is located in Caratunk, Maine, we decided that it would be nice to go to Moxy Falls. So we drove to the parking lot and hiked for about 30 minutes into the woods. At the end of the hike we were able to walk on a wooden boardwalk that was on the edge of the river. The water was a weird brown color but it was still cool watching stuff go over the falls.
After the hike we went back to the camp for lunch and then our assigned guide took us out to the ropes course in the woods behind the cabins. Adventure Bound has many different activities, some designed specifically for scouts and venturing groups. We specifically chose the Ropes Course because we knew we would have lots of fun jumping for a trapeze and walking on a log 30 feet in the air. Afterwards we played in the pool or arcade until it was time for dinner.
Dinner was hotdogs and hamburgers and we were all really hungry. After dinner the guides gather everyone around the climbing wall to explain how to climb safely. We climbed on the wall for maybe an hour then everyone went back to the arcade or played basketball until it was bedtime.
The next morning we got up, had breakfast, and listened to an instructor talk about how to safely white water raft. After the talk we put on our wetsuits and helmets and boarded the bus. As soon as we got to the river, we grabbed our rafts and carried them down to the water. Our guide pushed us off and we were off down the river. We hit some great rapids; Magic Falls and Big Momma were the biggest ones. On the lower half of the river we were allowed to go swimming and paddling in small inflatable rafts. Finally, we reached the end of our rafting and loaded all the rafts onto a truck and went back to the camp. There we had a big lunch which was a choice of steak, chicken, fish, or a vegetarian dish. After lunch we could barely move, but he had to bring our gear down to the cars so we could start our long drive home.