Scouting London

by Idaho Dad on August 21, 2014

Continuing the story of the big adventure to England that my son’s Scout Troop embarked on this summer.

Before they hit the trail, a few days of sightseeing were planned for London.

Most of these boys are from small towns and rural areas. They aren’t brimming with experience of dealing with the big city, especially not one of the largest in the world.

The traffic, the Tube, the people, it can all be so chaotic.

But, being Scouts, they were prepared. They dealt with it, even reveled in it. I think a few of them could see themselves living in a place like London.

We walked for miles. Rode the Tube for miles. Rented bikes. Took the train. And a boat.

Even got lost for a time.

In other words, these boys really moved through London.

Here’s a little bit of what they saw:

Meeting a Beefeater at the Tower of London

"If you're walking across England, you'll want to go this way."

It's a long way down from the top of St. Paul's Cathedral

They've been known to bite!

Admiring the tapestries at Hampton Court Palace

Household Cavalry

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Exploring the Thames on a rocket boat.

Queen Victoria, Empress of India

Harrod's Confectionary, Home of the $5000 box of chocolates

The Shard, Europe's tallest building

Westminster Abbey

Ancient Assyrian frieze at the British Museum

A sleepy guard

Bangers 'n' Mash

The Victoria Memorial, outside Buckingham Palace

Chilling on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral

The Baden-Powell House at night


Lake Life

by Idaho Dad on August 14, 2014

When you live near one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, you want to spend as much time at it as possible.

This is what we try to do all summer.

We look at it, swim in it, walk next to it, boat on it, take pictures of it, and brag a lot about it.

It will still be there in the winter, it’s just not as much fun.


The Biggest Challenge

by Idaho Dad on August 5, 2014

More about Troop 3′s amazing England adventure…

Who knew that the biggest challenge to taking a group of teens and adults halfway around the world for a week-long hike would be getting them all to look in the same direction at the same time for group photos?

It took an average of 7 clicks of the camera to get most of them facing forward and attempting a smile.

But there was always one who couldn’t quite get with the program.

Here are the boys on the deck of the HMS Belfast.

And also with some of the dads in front of Buckingham Palace. Notice the rare coordination of t-shirts!


Making History

by Idaho Dad on August 4, 2014

They did it.

Troop 3, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, became the first Boy Scout troop in the history of the Inland Northwest Council and the State of Idaho to travel to Great Britain and to walk the entire length of the Hadrian’s Wall Path.

They came, they saw, they blistered.

And they conquered the 84-mile trail from the North Sea to the Irish Sea.

They made history while seeing history.

It was a long journey, but worth every step. I’ll write more about it in the weeks to come.

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