Samuel Jendrysik, Junior
Over Memorial Day weekend, Marblehead’s Troop 79 chose to unwind by taking their yearly bike trip to Nantucket. Every year, on the night before the trip, the troop meets in the parking lot of the Clifton Lutheran church. They then put their bikes on the trailer that will take said bikes to the ferry, before circling up for details about the trip from Scoutmaster Frank Massaro.
At 5:15 the next morning, the troop meets back at the parking lot to divide into cars for the long trek to the ferry port at Hyannis. Once the drive is complete, the troop boards the ferry. Two hours later, the troop divides into groups and bikes to the scout camp on the island. Camp Richard is a 100 acre scout camp on the island, reserved exclusively for scout troops. The scouts arrive at Camp Richard, set up camp, and have the rest of the day to explore the island before meeting back at camp for dinner at 5:00, and lights out at 9:00.
The next day after breakfast, the scouts have the day to themselves to traverse Nantucket. Free to shop, visit museums, splurge on overpriced ice cream. All that is asked of the scouts is that they don’t go swimming, and they return to camp in time for dinner at 5:00.
After everyone has returned and eaten, the campfire begins. This is when the entire troop comes together around a campfire, and the show starts. Scouts will go up and sing, do skits, and crack jokes. This is my favorite part of the weekend. I’ve gone on this trip twice, and both times the campfire has stood out to me. A true highlight, and a beautiful way to end the weekend.
The next morning people get up, eat breakfast, and break down the camp with near alarming speed. Then everyone gets one more hour in town before boarding the ferry and heading back to Hyannis, then Marblehead. This trip is so much fun. I hope to go as long as I can.