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Local scouts explore land of fire and ice

By on July 3, 2018 at 1:06 pm

Members of Boy Scout Troop 320 share a moment by the Orbis et Globus, a giant concrete orb weighing nearly nine tons on Grímsey Island that marks the Arctic Circle. Pictured, front row, from left, are Angie Broske, Jacob Weidenbenner, Brock Krueger, Alex Whelan, Dylan Roethlisberger, Mickey Wallace, Jackson Quante, Tom Krueger, Austin Mahon and Jacob Raisch; back row: Caleb Lung, David Broske, Mike Luebbers, Jarrett Lung, Robert Dake, Charlie Dake, Donny Muertz, Chris Neumann, Austin Luebbers, Kevin Whelan, Peter Gutknecht, Cathie Krueger, Edgar Weidenbenner and Bill Raisch. (submitted photo)

About halfway through their recent trip to Iceland, members of Boy Scout Troop 320 took a ferry to Grímsey Island, which straddles the Arctic Circle. 

After camping there overnight, they got a tour from the caretaker of the island, whose family has been running the island for generations.

The tour included a look at the island’s lighthouse, church and information about its history.

It culminated when the caretaker invited these strangers from America to her house for coffee and chocolates. 

“We did some really exciting stuff, but that to me really made the trip,” Troop 320 scoutmaster Chris Neumann said. “That somebody on an island with 43 families took the time to show us around, to invite us in and to serve us coffee. It was just the most charming aspect of everything.” 

The scouts traveled to Iceland, known as the land of fire and ice, for its high adventure trip. The troop goes on such a trip every two years. 

While deciding on a destination for this year, the troop considered various locations including Glacier National Park and Hawaii. 

The scouts then voted on possible destinations and Iceland won. 

To raise funds for the trip, the troop used a recycling initiative. Troop members said they could not have gone on the high adventure without community members donating to their fundraiser…>>>

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James Moss