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Boy Scouts enjoy visit to Ricketts Glen State Park

Posted 9/6/17

Londonderry Township’s Boy Scout Troop 97 took advantage of a beautiful lake and hiking trails in order to make a memorable camping weekend recently at Ricketts Glen State Park.

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Boy Scouts enjoy visit to Ricketts Glen State Park

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Londonderry Township’s Boy Scout Troop 97 took advantage of a beautiful lake and hiking trails in order to make a memorable camping weekend recently at Ricketts Glen State Park.

Located in Benton, it is regarded as one of Pennsylvania's most beautiful state parks. It is named after Robert Bruce Ricketts, who enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army in 1861 during the Civil War. He fought for the Grand Army of the Potomac and led Battery F during the Battle of Gettysburg. Ricketts moved up the ranks quickly and when the Civil War ended, he was discharged as a colonel.

Ricketts outright owned or controlled more than 80,000 acres of land in the Benton area. Beginning in 1942, Ricketts’ heirs sold more than 10,000 acres in the falls and glens areas to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a state park. The current property includes a 245-acre lake, which is perfect for swimming, boating and fishing.

The troop viewed 21 waterfalls along the 7 1/2-mile Falls Trail. The waterfalls ranged from about 17 feet to more than 47 feet in height. The rock formations and thick forest provided backdrops for the waterfalls and hiking trails.

The Scouts enjoyed the rock walls and scenery during their trail cooking rest stop. Hikers passing by commented on the aromas coming from their trail cook stoves. Chicken and stuffing was the special of the day.

Lake Jean provided fishing opportunities after a day of hiking.

Troop 97’s upcoming events include Appalachian Trail hiking and camping, Adopt-a-Highway road clean-up, wilderness survival weekend at Camp Mack in Newmanstown, STEM Rendezvous Weekend at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation in Loysville and Hill Island camping and canoeing.

For more information, contact Kevin Little at 944-1957 or Ted Pauley at 944-2766.

Troop 97 is sponsored by Londonderry Fire Company.

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