Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 4, 2013

Scouts will showcase conservation land Saturday

The Andover Townsman

---- — Boy Scouts of Ballard Vale Troop 76 will be camping and holding an open house at the Andover Conservation Commission’s Pole Hill Reservation. Visiting hours are noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday, April 6.

The Troop, sponsored by the Ballard Vale United Church, was recognized as stewards of the reservation by the ACC as part of its efforts to get local Scouts to help spread the word about Andover’s green spaces. Part of the agreement is that each year they host an event open to the public.

The Scouts will be displaying pioneering projects, fire safety, and Dutch-oven cooking. The troop will also have an orienteering scavenger hunt that visitors are welcome to try. There will also be demonstrations and information on geocaching, which is has gained popularity in the area and become a new merit badge offered by the Boy Scouts of America.

Access to the area can be gained by land or water. Trailheads are located at the end of Marland Street and Pole Hill Drive. Those wishing to paddle can put in a canoe on the Shawsheen River at the Ballard Vale millpond and head upstream. Once you pass under the historic stone arch railroad bridge, the reservation is on the right. For a much shorter paddle, put in at the ACC’s canoe launch, across from Pfizer Corp. on Lowell Junction Road and head downstream.

Troop 76 is part of West Wind District, Yankee Clipper Council, Boy Scouts of America. It meets Friday nights, 7 p.m., at the Ballard Vale United Church, 23 Clark Road in Andover.