The sun’s descent and the day’s end is a sad moment for any Scout or Venturer thriving on the outdoor adventures of camp. But for Troop and Crew 140 of the Northwest Suburban Council, a trip to Alaska offered 12 straight days of sunlight.
The group of 35 Scouts, Venturers, and their leaders explored a rural area in the state, northeast of Anchorage. The nearly two-week excursion tasked the party with camping in broad daylight, fishing for salmon in chilly waters, climbing a glacier, spotting whales, and even zip lining.
And like the adventures, the daylight never ended.
“At midnight, it’s sunny out,” Assistant Scoutmaster Dean Maraldo told the Chicago Tribune. “One night, I woke up at two in the morning, and it’s broad daylight.
“Honestly, after 12 days, it started to affect me, but the kids didn’t have any problems with it,” he said. “When you’re young, none of that stuff matters.”
The ceaseless energy of Scouts is an experience most adult leaders can relate to. But the ceaseless daylight? That’s a distinct memory for the Venturers and Scouts who explored Alaska.
Read all about the trip by heading to the Chicago Tribune.