Shareholder Mark Eckels was recently featured in a San Marco resident community newsletter article titled, “Boy Scouts Trek Northern Tier.” Mark is an Eagle Scout and currently serves as Scoutmaster for Troop 906 chartered by St. John’s Cathedral.
Excerpts of the article appear below.
“San Marco members of Boy Scout Troop 906 chartered out of St. John’s Cathedral recently returned from a trip to the Northern Tier. Along with their leader, Mark Eckels, the scouts participated in a five-day canoe trek out of the Charles Sommers National High Adventure Base in Ely, Minnesota.
They ventured for five days and four nights into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness where they paddled over 55 miles, portaged over four-and-a-half miles, and carried all their gear and food. The scouts were disconnected from Wi-Fi and cell service while immersing themselves in the nature and wildlife surrounding them. Along the way, each scout earned three awards: 50-Miler, Historic Trails, and Duty to God.
The same crew attended a high adventure trek at Sea Base in the Florida Keys last summer and is slated to complete a trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico next summer. These trips are part of a quest to earn the coveted High Adventure Triple Crown Award, which is given to those who complete treks at three of four high adventure bases.”