After several months of fundraising and planning, the Earlville Boy Scout Troop 5 recently set out on a week-long adventure to discover historic Gettysburg.

The troop departed Earlville early on the morning of Aug. 8 and returned home the evening of Aug. 13 and had made a long list of things to do during the week. The Scouts explored three different hiking trails through Gettysburg and visited two parks as part of the Boy Scouts of America Heritage Trail Program. They visited the Museum & Visitor Center, as well as the Eisenhower National Historic Site.

The group also hiked the Billy Yank Trail (10 miles), the Johnny Reb Trail (four miles) and completed the Historic Gettysburg Trail (four miles). After hiking several trails and exploring downtown Gettysburg, the boys determined that they had spent almost 50 miles on their feet.

Leaders said that although the hot, humid weather took a toll on the Scouts at times, they persevered and made it through – learning more about the Civil War than they could ever imagine.

According to organizers, it was an experience of a lifetime and the Boy Scouts are grateful for the support of their leaders, parents and families and the local community in order to make this trip possible.

The above information was provided by Jodi L. O’Dell, secretary for Earlville Boy Scout Troop 5.