For our June outing, Troop 147 went on a high-adventure trip on the Colorado River. We gathered at Lake Mead on Thursday evening, and bright and early Friday morning, scouts launched canoes from the base of Hoover Dam and canoed downstream to Arizona Hot Springs, a primitive campsite accessible only from the river. Boys (joined on this trip by many parents and siblings) set up a base camp and then explored the surrounding area. Our scouts worked hard on their canoeing merit badges, did some technical rock climbing, and took several evening hikes with our able guides Eric and Kavanaugh. Scouts also had plenty of free time for cliff-jumping, soaking in the hot springs, and generally enjoying the river. On Monday morning, the scouts broke camp, swept the area clean (always practicing Leave No Trace camping), and then we were on our way downriver through spectacular gorges and past bighorn sheep. The weather was hot and dry (think baking-in-an-oven hot) but the camaraderie and adventures made it all worthwhile. This is one we’ll be doing again.
Our last day on the water from this past June’s Colorado River canoeing trip.