Today, BSA Troop 199 departed for The Current River in Missouri. We begin a 10 day adventure of canoeing, camping and fishing. This collection of 16 scouts and leaders of various rank will team together for some high adventure.
It was almost 40 years ago that I canoed a small portion of the Current River with my 6th grade class from Bridgeway Elementary School near St. Louis, MO. The Current River forms in the southeastern portion of the Ozarks of Missouri. The beautiful river flows southeasterly out of the Ozarks into northeastern Arkansas where it eventually becomes a tributary of the Mississippi River. Our group with travel about 85 miles of the 184 miles flowing mostly in Missouri.
Our normal routine would be to travel to Lac La Ronge, Canada. Due to the severe fires in our normal trekking spot the decision was made to traverse the Current River near the beautiful Lake of Ozarks.
This year, I have the distinct privilege of being a Counselor for the Fishing Merit Badge. All the years of fishing my parents allowed me to experience is being passed on to the next generation! This year we will not be focusing on Walleye and Northern Pike but on Trout, Bass, and Pan Fish. Thanks to the gifting of Rob Cassidy and Tim Boettcher, I have fly rods and spin reels ready to catch an underwater feast. I will also have the distinct joy of fishing with my friend Asst. Scout Master Les Robinson. The poles are tuned and the tackle boxes filled!
Let the pastoral piscary commence!