Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Up in the North Woods

On Webster Brook in Maine's Baxter State Park

The northern forest of New England is a grand and mostly wild place. Nearly 30 years ago, I worked at a program in northern Maine run by the Boy Scouts National Council. Called Maine National High Adventure, it gave scouts the opportunity to paddle many of the wonderful rivers in northwest Maine. I started at MNHA as a camper, and after three years of trips, became a staff member. Those experiences had a huge impact on my love of wild places--like the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, West Branch of the Penobscot, East Branch of the Penobscot, Webster Brook, Loon Lake, Chesuncook Lake, and many others.

Unfortunately, the National Council of the Boy Scouts closed down MNHA several years back. In my opinion a HUGE blunder.

But, the local scout Council decided to keep the program running, and it still exists today.

Check it out here.