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Scouts Hike 17 Miles

Above: These Archbold Boy Scouts participated in the first part of a 50-mile hike to commemorate a hike conducted 75 years ago by other boy scouts. From left: Chad Baus, assistant scoutmaster; Paul Reichert, scoutmaster; Ross Wm. Taylor, who was a member of Troop 63 and was on the original hike; and scouts Josiah Ruiz and Isaac Reichert. Missing from photo: Cam Short. Below: A juvenile bald eagle the group encountered on the hike.– top photo by David Pugh; below, courtesy photo

Above: These Archbold Boy Scouts participated in the first part of a 50-mile hike to commemorate a hike conducted 75 years ago by other boy scouts. From left: Chad Baus, assistant scoutmaster; Paul Reichert, scoutmaster; Ross Wm. Taylor, who was a member of Troop 63 and was on the original hike; and scouts Josiah Ruiz and Isaac Reichert. Missing from photo: Cam Short. Below: A juvenile bald eagle the group encountered on the hike.– top photo by David Pugh; below, courtesy photo

Members of Archbold Boy Scout Troop 63 hiked the first 17-mile leg of a 50-mile trip from Fort Defiance to Fort Meigs in Perrysburg.

But 90-plus degree heat and a 99-degree heat index forced the five troop members to postpone completion of the two additional legs.

The hike commemorates the same hike completed by members of Troop 64 in August 1945.

Chad Baus, assistant scoutmaster, said the boys followed the towpath of Miami and Erie Canal most of the way, until they were within two to three miles of Napoleon. From there, they had to hike in brutal sun on a black asphalt road.

“That really took it out of us,” Baus said.

The original plan was to camp overnight at Napoleon, then camp a second night in Grand Rapids before completing the journey. The scouts will restart the trip when weather conditions are more favorable.

During the hike, the group encountered a juvenile bald eagle. The bird allowed them to approach to within a few feet before flying off.

 

 

Making the trip were Baus; Paul Reichert, scoutmaster; Cam Short, Eagle Scout and former Troop 63 member; and scouts Josiah Ruiz and Isaac Reichert.