The Uwharrie Trail recently witnessed a dramatic increase in the
number of folks passing over its course. For
the sixth consecutive year a group from the Boy Scouts of America, associated
with the Old North State Council out of
This year’s beginning point was located at the Dark Mountain Trailhead
near the locally famous Jumpin’ Off Rock.
The groups then headed south along the Uwharrie Trail as they traversed
In addition to simply hiking the 50 miles, the scouts have a special opportunity to work on merit badges they need in order to continue their advancement in scouting. Some of the merit badges that could be secured on the trip include: Astronomy, Backpacking, Camping, Cooking, Forestry, Hiking, Nature, Wilderness Survival, and numerous others. Members could work on the merit badges at home, but what better opportunity to learn about nature than by spending four nights sleeping in her presence.
As an Eagle Scout, I commend these youth and their supervisors for creating such a yearly tradition. It speaks very highly for the scouts that they are willing to come out immediately after Christmas and brave the elements instead of laying around the house playing their new video games. It’s virtually certain that these guys will one day reflect upon the “50 miler” and recall many of the lessons they learned along the way. Furthermore, this time offers one more opportunity to develop their characters such as the scouting tradition strives for.