The trip has been in the making for several months, with the young men preparing themselves with daily walking, and shorter weekend trips. Their last trip was over the Labor Day weekend when they traveled to Montgomery Bell State Park and hiked over 20 miles.
“It was hot,” said Christopher Taylor, Scoutmaster for Troop 173. “The temperatures over Labor Day topped 100 degrees, and the boys really had to exert themselves to finish that event. This past week was beautiful and extremely comfortable.”
The group left on Sunday, Oct 7 and traveled to Shiloh, Tennessee. There, they completed five of the Historic Military Trails surrounding the Shiloh National Military Park, before returning home on Friday, Oct 12.
Each trail covered a different aspect of the Battle of Shiloh, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, fought on April 6-7, 1862. In just over 36 hours, more than 24,000 men, Union and Confederate, lost their lives on the fields and in the woods of Shiloh.
This week’s event helped these scouts earn two merit badges (Hiking and American Heritage) as well as earn the BSA 50-Miler Hiking patch, and several awards through the Shiloh Military Trails organization.
“Although exhausted, this was one of the greatest trips I’ve had an opportunity to make with these scouts,” said Taylor. “I’m proud of their efforts, and honored to have had the opportunity to learn, with them, more about the Battle of Shiloh.”
For more information about Boy Scouting in Lewisburg, you may e-mail Troop173Scoutmaster@yahoo.com.
Troop 173 is sponsored by Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, and meets there on Monday evenings.