Boy Scout Troop 99 attends Al White Memorial Hike

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Participating in the Al White Memorial Hike from Boy Scout Troop 99, Greencastle, were (from left) Brian Ramey, Troop Committee; Cami Hopper, parent; Scouts Danny Cummings, Sean Ramey, Craig Helmers, Henry Carter, Henry Massing, Jonathan Kirby and Tyler Hopper; Pamela Kirby, parent; and Carla Cummings, Troop Committee.

A group of Greencastle Troop 99 Boy Scouts and Scouters attended the Al White Memorial Hike on Saturday, March 9.

The Al White hike consists of a 5.25-mile forested loop trail through a pine forest, heavily wooded ravines and across Gold Creek at former BSA Camp Bradford (now known as Bradford Woods - North End Property).

Weather conditions were pleasant, however the trail was rather muddy in places.

The trail was named in remembrance of longtime Scouter Al White, who died in October 1963 following a propane gas explosion at a Holiday on Ice Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum.

The Al White Memorial Trail was originally dedicated in his honor on April 30, 1966 and operated for 36 years until its closure in 2002.

Through a continued relationship between the Wundchenneu Chapter (Boy Scouts of America, Order of the Arrow) and Indiana University, the trail reopened after a decade of inactivity. Additionally, the scouts hike provided credit toward for their Hiking Merit Badge.

Anyone is interested in additional information regarding participation in the Greencastle Boy Scout Troop 99, contact Scoutmaster Rod Weinschenk.

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