Climbing to the Top

January 20th, 2009 by Peter Schmelzer

Boy Scout Troop 313 recently took a trip to test their strength on the indoor rocks at Vertical Endeavors. It was a good time for all!

The Troop was joined by Weblos from Pack 300. It was great to see the boys gain confidence in themselves as they conquered more and more difficult climbing routes.

Even I was able to give it a try. The environment was safe and supportive, with routes of varying difficulty with which to test yourself. Here I’m on a low- to mid-level difficulty wall, which was plenty advanced for my experience level. I actually made it to the top of this one!

Boy Scouts exposes boys to a variety of activities and emphasizes physical and mental fitness. If your son is between 11 and 18 and interested in joining the fun, please contact me! We are in the process of expanding the troop and the outings we undertake. Next month is skiing; following are two camping/hiking events on opposite sides of Minnesota.

The boys decide what outings they want to do at the beginning of the year, then work to plan and prepare for the events. That way, scouting caters to them and their interests, allowing them to decide for themselves what they like and want to pursue in life.

As an Eagle Scout, I can personally attest to the fun, the challenge, and the value of getting involved.

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