Boy Scouts of Ballardvale Troop 76 spent an afternoon last weekend camping and holding an open house at Andover Conservation Commission’s Pole Hill Reservation.
The troop, sponsored by Ballarvale 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 the Scouts host an event open to the public.
At this year’s event, on Saturday, April 6, the Scouts displayed their pioneering projects, fire safety skills and Dutch oven cooking abilities. The troop also held an orienteering scavenger hunt and invited visitors to join in, too. There were also demonstrations and information on geocaching, which has gained popularity in the area and is a new Boy Scouts of America merit badge.
Access to Pole Hill Reservation can be gained by land or water. Trailheads are located at the end of Marland Street and Pole Hill Drive.
Those wishing to paddle there can put in at the Shawsheen River at the Ballardvale millpond and head upstream. The reservation is on the right past the historic stone arch railroad bridge. For a 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. The troop meets Friday nights at 7 at Ballardvale United Church, 23 Clark Road, Andover.