Our 6th Buffalo River Canoe Trip was outstanding. We left at 6:00 am the day after school got out, made the drive to Silver Hill, AR, got our equipment loaded into canoes and managed to get a couple miles down the river. It was a heck of a day..as always.
For this trip, we decided to go from the Carver put-in to Grinders Ferry. At 32 miles, this trip would be the longest one we’d attempt. The route and distance were chosen by Mr. Trautman based on the river level..which was perfect.
26 boys were divided into 3 patrols and 12 adults rounded out the adult patrol. A crew of 38 meant we’d have 19 canoes. This wasn’t our largest crew but it was close. We carried everything we’d need to spend 3 nights and 4 days on the river. Along with food, we had 4 large tents, several smaller tents, fire-building and cooking gear and lots of water.
The weather was outstanding; 85 degrees during the day and about 50 at night. We had some epic campfires, told stories and spent a lot of time hanging out among some beautiful scenery.
During the float, we had a fishing contest. The scouts compete for: most fish, smallest fish and largest fish. Cameron F won the contest for largest fish with a 16.5″ Bass. Matthew was a close second with a 16″ Bass.
We came off the river on Tuesday and headed to our campground in Mountain View. After setting up camp and running thru some much-needed showers, we headed to Jo-Jo’s Catfish Wharf. After the dinner, half the boys played basketball and the other half took a spin on the merry go round (we call it the wheel of hurl). From there, we rolled into town for ice cream and folk music. As is our tradition, we sang the crawdad song for the crowd and got to visit with a handful of old-time scouters.
The BRCT is a special part of our troop; one that I hope will continue for a long time. Thanks for another great trip.