After our 8 hour car trip to Camp Roosevelt where we stayed the
night we had another 5 hour car trip to get to the Maine High Adventure
Base. We stopped at a lake which we crossed as soon as we moved our gear
from the car to MHA's boat. The trip across the lake was 2 miles. When we
got to the other side we grabbed our bags and walked to the base.
The base was located at a beautiful field with large cabins
scattered across it. One of those building was the old mail building which
we went to first. There our guide Peter showed us a large map of Maine and
gave us a couple dozen categories that would determine what we would do on
our trip. The three categories we chose were Rump-Bumping, Exploration and
After that we packed the food bags and everything we
would need for the trip. Once those were all set we packed our personal
packs. Everyone had to chose a partner to share their bag with. Everyone
packed their stuff in water proof bags in which they place inside their and
their partners bag which had a garbage bag as a liner to keep everything
dry. Everyone had their own personal water proof day bag that they brought
with them. In it they kept everything they would need throughout the day.
After everyone had all their stuff packed we changed into our
swimsuits and went down to the water. The swim test was easy. After the swim
test we had to learn how to flip a canoe right side up so we were prepared
if needed. Teams of two scouts worked together with a canoe.
Once flipped we would put the front of our canoe onto a second canoe and
that team would help us flip it back upwards. After we finished this
training we headed to our campsite.