From White Water Rapids to Culinary Contests - A Recap of Troop 526's Epic Summer
The Scouts of North Glendale Troop 526 for boys had an action-packed and unforgettable summer! From the scenic landscapes of Glen Jean, West Virginia, to the sunny vibes of Payson, Arizona, and the wild waters of Kernville, California, these Scouts truly made the most of their break.
In June, the older Scouts began on an exhilarating journey to Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia. Their mission? Conquer the thrilling white-water rapids of the New River during a five-day escapade. With a total of 50 miles to cover, the Scouts fearlessly paddled and navigated through Class III to Class IV rapids. Laughter filled the air as they surfed the waves and tackled the challenges of the river. Adding to the excitement, they concluded their waterborne exploits by taking on the Big Zip-5 parallel zip lines, each stretching over 3000 feet!
Meanwhile, another group of Scouts marked the 4th of July at Camp Geronimo in Payson, Arizona. The honor of raising the flags at the camp on Independence Day was a cherished tradition for Troop 526. With the spirit of patriotism, these Scouts stood tall as they paid tribute to their nation. Additionally, they took part in a culinary showdown known as “Cutthroat Kitchen.” With a playful competitive spirit, numerous Scouts engaged in this culinary contest, showcasing their skills. When camp came to an end, the Scouts proudly earned the coveted “Big G Gold”!
The adventures continued for the third group of Troop 526 headed out to California for merit badges and some white-water rafting of their own at Camp Whitsett in Kernville, CA. Scouts and leaders hiked Sentinel Peak with an elevation change of 1400ft and visited the Trail of 100 Giants in the Sequoia National Forest.
Troop 526 meets in North Glendale. For more information: https://www.aztroop526.org/