Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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January 2, 2014

A deep-freeze hike to Ethan Pond for Troop 76's Super Ducks

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Breakfast was quick and gear was briskly packed. Troop leaders said both the Scouts and adults quickly learned that everything moves slower in the cold, especially fingers. Fortunately, despite being cold, leaders said most were prepared with enough layers and proper clothing and true to Scout values, others lent spare gear to those who needed it. They said it was a learning experience for everyone on the trip, even those who have been on these hikes before.

The hike down the snow-covered trail was quite beautiful, troop leaders reported, with the heavy tree line offering protection from most of the wind. The Super Ducks made a stop for warm burgers before returning home. Surprisingly, no one ordered ice cream, leaders said.

Troop 76 meets Friday nights at 7 at the Ballard Vale United Church on Clark Road and is part of West Wind District, Yankee Clipper Council, BSA.

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