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Boy Scouts hiking the state

Boy Scouts hiking the state

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By: Chelsea Priest

The wind, the rain, and even some thunder couldn't keep one group of scouts indoors this April vacation. One scout said, "we're going to have to dry our stuff out later on." Another said, "Oh, the rain! It wasn't as bad as I thought, but a lot of things got wet."

Four high-schoolers from various Boy Scout and Venturing groups which include young men and young women, along with four chaperones are hiking 50 miles in one week. The group is also completing different community service projects along the way. 

Ted Donovan, a junior at Chariho High School said, "It's a lot of walking, it's a lot of really corny jokes and not much else besides being in the outdoors and enjoying what's here." 

The group left from Burlingame State Park on Monday morning with bags packed filled with anything they might need. Cumberland High School freshman Dave Barboza said, "I've never really done anything like this so it's kind of a whole new experience, carrying around everything." And those bags aren't light, weighing about 30-40lbs. 

The group equipped with a map marked with the path they are traveling took off, looking for tree markings along the way, and day-dreaming a bit. Donovan explained, "really, there's a lot of looking down at your feet and thinking about being at Dominos Pizza."

At the end of the trip, the scouts will be awarded with a 50-Miler badge. Barboza said, "It's cool to have, it shows that you've been through the experience."

And the group that started as strangers, is now a team of friends. Donovan went on, "Being thrown in with a bunch of strangers and not really knowing what to expect for the next 50 miles and 7 days is a big deal but I was pleasantly surprised, these are all great people."

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