Boy Scouts & Cape Cod Adventures

Last weekend, I joined Shepard and Boy Scouts Troop 25 (Manchester, CT) for their spring trip. Since each boy spends seven years on the trail to Eagle Scout, the troop has a seven-year rotation of locations. This year’s trip was to Cape Cod.

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We drove up late on Friday evening, making our way to Camp Greenough in Yarmouth. The troop had a large site at this Scout camp, used as a summer destination for the Cape and Islands (Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket).

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It worked out to be a good base camp for our Cape adventures. On Saturday morning, I was up early, so I consulted the Internet and discovered that the Scout camp trails were part of a larger network that included land trust property and other open space that was adjacent. I found a link for NEMBA Greenough Trails, which was great. NEMBA is the New England Mountain Bike Association, and we are long time members. I had my bike, but decided to go for a trail run instead. I was back before the boys even got up.

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After breakfast, we split up into three groups. There were more than 100 Scouts, Staff (leaders), and parents/guardians (mostly Dad’s). We spent the first half of the day a the Cape Cod National Seashore. 

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Our group first visited Coast Guard Beach, a short walk from the parking lot. We got a tutorial on surf fishing. After spending some time on the beach, we returned to the cars, and made our way to Fort Hill. There, we did a short hike that took us through some marsh land around Salt Pond Bay, and then on to a great overlook. We learned about the Native American history of the area and enjoyed the beauty.

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The walk brought us back to the Penniman House, which has been beautifully restored. We learned a bit more history and then piled into the cars for the short drive to the Salt Pond Visitor Center. We saw two great movies about the seashore and the history of the Cape Cod whaling industry.

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It was sad to see how innocent whales were slaughtered, nearly to extinction. After the movie, we toured the museum and its informative exhibits. All three groups regrouped for lunch in the amphitheater.

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After lunch, our group drove back to Yarmouth to tour the Whydah Pirate Museum. This was the highlight of the trip for me. Both Shep and I loved the history of this place. I’ll leave it to you to read up on the museum and its story, but it is highly recommended. The Whydah is the only pirate ship every found. The shipwreck off the coast of Wellfleet, inside the boundaries of the National Seashore, was discovered by Barry Clifford in 1984. The site is an archeological gold mine (literally), but even more important than the sunken treasure, are the artifacts that explain what pirate life was like in 1717, the year the ship went down in a powerful Nor’easter.

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After our museum visit, we made our way east again to Linnell Landing Beach in Namskaket where the entire troop reconnected for an afternoon swim in the chilly waters of Cape Cod Bay. All day we had fantastic weather, and it was an awesome ending to a day packed with fun.

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Dinner was back at Camp Greenough. Songs around the campfire ended the festivities as the boys were calling for bed. They were knackered. The Sunday agenda called for another museum and gardens visit before returning home. Shepard and I skipped out on the troop activity as we had a different adventure planned. We packed our bikes because the Secret Squirrel Mountain Bike Race was at Freetown-Fall River State Forest, and was practically on our return route home.

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We broke camp by 6:45 A.M. and were in Freetown by 8:15 A.M. We had a blast at the race and then drove home through Providence where we stopped for a late lunch at Tallulah’s Taquiera which was conveniently located one block from Like No Udder. It was a fun ending to a great father/son weekend with the Scouts.

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