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Moose, eagles and bears, oh my! Boy Scouts take Alaska

LISTEN TO THOSE ENGINES — Boy Scout Troop 524 also took a monster truck tour of Denali National Park and Preserve with Denali Sightseeing Safari. The boys took a break from adventuring to pose for a photo, with one of the trucks.

SPRINGVILLE — Boy Scouts from Troop 524 spent 10 days touring, fishing, hiking, canoeing and swimming in Alaska, as part of the troop’s summer trip.

Twelve Scouts and four leaders flew into Anchorage on July 15. The group was housed at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, where they stored their gear and spent the night.

On the first day, the Scouts loaded a van and headed south to Seward, where they went salmon fishing on a chartered boat named the Perseverance. The boat departed from Resurrection Bay and went out 25 miles, allowing the Scouts to cook their dinner on grills provided by American Legion Post No. 5 in Seward.

ICY TOES — Springville’s Boy Scout Troop 524 traveled to Alaska, for its winter trip. The expedtion included a glacial hike. Pictured, from left, front row: Jeff Maybray, Chandler Edbauer, Eric Campanella, Jon Maybray, Evan Murphy, Alex Wendley and Luke Newman. Second row: Mike Fullington, Dean Campanella, Connor Edbauer, Levi Von Iderstein, Henry Yaeger and Collin Edbauer. Third row: Bob Yaeger, JP Oatman and Jordan Sanderson. Photos submitted by Lori Nason.

Next, the Scouts drove to the Matanuska Glacier, which they hiked with the assistance of MICA guides. After the hike, they pitched tents and made a campfire near Willow Creek.

The troop next drove to Cantwell, where they explored Denali National Park and Preserve with Denali Sightseeing Safaris. The expedition allowed the Scouts to see moose, elk, beavers and more. The troop also took a dogsled tour, given by park rangers.

The troop also stopped in Fairbanks, where the boys visited the North Pole to have a photo opportunity with Santa.

HIKE TO THE TOP — The Troop 524 crew took in the view, as well as a few photos, during one of their Alaskan hikes.

The troop then headed up the Chena River and took a guided canoe trip down Paddlers Cove. The Scouts hiked to Angel Rocks, the next day, and also visited Chena Hot Springs for a relaxng swim.

The Scouts took tours of the Alaskan Pipeline and the mine at Gold Dredge 8, where they had an opportunity to pan for gold. Next, the group toured the Fountain Head Antique Auto Museum, where they spotted a Pierce Arrow from Buffalo.


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