Trip of a lifetime for Scouts

Justin Dickie
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AMHERST - Members of the 1st Fenwick Scouts are off to Quebec to celebrate 100 years of Scouts in Canada.

Nineteen scouts and six leaders left from the Amherst train station Monday for a week and a half of outdoor activities at the Canadian Jamboree at the Tamaracouta Scout Reserve just north of Montreal.

The Fenwick group has been preparing for this for almost two years.

Leader Andrew Polegato is excited to see the work finally paying off.

"This will be the trip of their lifetimes. They'll get to spend a lot of time with other kids across Canada, they'll make a lot of new friends and they'll get to share their scouting experience with the other kids," Polegato said.

There will be over 6,000 kids at the in

Trip of a lifetime for Scouts

AMHERST - Members of the 1st Fenwick Scouts are off to Quebec to celebrate 100 years of Scouts in Canada.

Nineteen scouts and six leaders left from the Amherst train station Monday for a week and a half of outdoor activities at the Canadian Jamboree at the Tamaracouta Scout Reserve just north of Montreal.

The Fenwick group has been preparing for this for almost two years.

Leader Andrew Polegato is excited to see the work finally paying off.

"This will be the trip of their lifetimes. They'll get to spend a lot of time with other kids across Canada, they'll make a lot of new friends and they'll get to share their scouting experience with the other kids," Polegato said.

There will be over 6,000 kids at the international gathering, with Scouts coming from the United States and Europe as well.

The 1st Fenwick group is the only contingent representing Cumberland County at the jamboree.

The scouts raised $17,000 to go to Quebec by doing things like packing groceries, collecting bottles, selling chocolate bars, ice cream, and hot dogs and much more.

"It really gave something for the group to focus on for the last two years," Polegato said. "We were able to go out and do some training. We did a lot of overnight camping, we did some winter camping and the kids brushed up on their skills."

In Quebec, the scouts will be canoeing, swimming, kayaking, camping, travelling on zip lines, running obstacle courses, building rafts, among other activities.

Zach Bourque and Erik Bjarnason said they're most looking forward to playing on the zip lines.

"It's going to be awesome," Bourque said.

Patrick Milner can't wait to go camping.

"I like camping with friends and it's like week-long camping," Milner said. "It's like a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Organizations: Canadian Jamboree, Tamaracouta Scout Reserve

Geographic location: Quebec, AMHERST, Canada Montreal United States Europe Cumberland County

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  • John
    January 18, 2010 - 11:08

    Awesome to see scouts still attending these jamborees. I attended CJ 77 and 81 from Cumberland county. I hope they enjoy the experience.