TROOP 750 EAGLE SCOUT Max Barrette (foreground) finds a new way to navigate this Class II rapid on the Allagash River in Maine. (Courtesy Photo)


NORTH READING — Adventure is in high demand in the deep backwaters of northwest Maine. Since 2015, North Reading’s Boy Scout Troop 750 has completed three treks “off the grid” with Maine High Adventure ( This unique opportunity, almost in our backyard, consists of crews of up to nine scouts who literally custom-build their own week-long adventures.

The list of available activities around which each trip is built is very long and includes: whitewater canoeing, climbing Mount Katahdin, finding an old steam train in the woods, sluice jumping (google that!), rump-bumping, canoe sailing, fishing, wildlife photography, and visiting abandoned logging villages.

Each crew is led by a highly-trained wilderness guide, and North Reading is home to four of them – Owen and Brandon Decleene and Max and Sam Barrette. Unforgettable adventures like this and many others are available to scouts in Troop 750.

In addition to Maine High Adventure, Troop 750 is a regular attendee at the annual West Point Camporee during which Army cadets run 15 outdoor skills stations including a confidence course, rubber boat races, crawling in the mud, fire building and archery.

Troop 750 is planning a sailing trip to the Caribbean in 2022 and a hiking trip to New Mexico in 2023.

If you are between the ages of 11 and 17 and are interested in high adventure and learning valuable outdoor skills, please look for the Troop 750 page on Facebook and reach out for more information. Our weekly meetings are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Saint Theresa Parish Hall, 63 Winter St.