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In July, 12 Boy Scouts and four leads from Troop 113 in San Clemente formed two crews and headed to Northern Tier, a high-adventure Boy Scout camp located in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota along the Canadian border. The crews paddled and portaged over 100 miles through remote wilderness for nine days. Upon arrival at base camp on the first day, each crew met their interpreter, who advised them in packing their food and gear and planning their route. Because they were required to carry everything they brought from personal gear, food and cooking equipment to tents, paddles and canoes, the boys had to pack light. Both crews managed to paddle and portage their 75-pound canoes throughout the wilderness, as well as survive a severe thunderstorm with little warning that caused strong winds, heavy rain and fallen trees that blocked their routes. Upon returning to base camp and completing their journey, the Scouts and leaders enjoyed their first hot showers in over nine days.

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