This July, Crew 8 of Chatham New Jersey will be embarking on an 11 day, 74 mile
backpacking trek through the Swiss Alps. Starting in Verbier, this crew of nine scouts and two adults will hike through breathtaking trails, passing pristine glacial lakes, and summiting some of the world's most coveted peaks. Over the past two years, this crew has been meticulously planning every detail of the excursion. As the departure date nears, Crew 8’s excitement is impossible to contain.
Crew 8 on a practice hike (left to right): Matt Goldstein, Peter Hughes, Harrison Walker, Bradley
RIndos, Rodrigo Alarcon, Sam Richardson-Bozzo, Charlie Foy, Eric Reid, Phillip Nissen, Marty
Foy, Jimmy Foy
Departing from Newark International Airport on July 9th at 6:30 p.m., with everything they need for their hike on their backs, Crew 8 will begin this once in a lifetime trip. Upon arrival in Zurich, they will take a train to Verbier where the true adventure will start. Over the next 10 days, they will experience firsthand the wonders that Switzerland has to offer. From the Lac Louvie Glacier, to the rolling Arolla Alpine Meadows, and the tantalizing St. Niklaus Cable Car, even to exploring luxurious peaks such as the Jungfraujoch and the Weishorn, Crew 8 will have no shortage of activities to fill their days.
Perhaps the most noteworthy experience of this trip could be gazing upon the historic Matterhorn. While they will not be ascending the 14,692 foot giant that sits on the Swiss/Italian border, they will have a clear view as they ascend to the Hornlihutte, a mountain hut used by alpine climbers. By the end of their trek, Crew 8 will have hiked on average 5-8 hours per day, and ascended 24,186 feet, a little less than the height of Everest.
Crew 8 is an Venture Crew based in Chatham, NJ, which consists of some of the most skilled scouters and adventurers in the North Jersey region. It is a part of the Boy Scouts of America. Since scouting is a youth-run organization, Crew President Brad Rindos and Vice President Matt Goldstein worked together to arrange logistics, travel details, coordinatem fundraisers, map out the route, and ensure that the crew stays up-to-date on the necessary training.
The adult advisor’s job is not to plan the trip, but rather offer advice to the youth coordinating the logistics. Marty Foy, the Crew Advisor and adult-in-charge, has been in scouting since he was a youth.
“I am so proud of what these scouts have accomplished,” Marty Foy said. “The Scouting program has allowed these scouts to develop into a group of self-reliant young men that are executing their well-developed plan. These scouts have all participated in previous training experiences, including hikes in
New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and more.
"The scouts have also visited Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, for treks from 100 to 200 miles over the summer. The crew has practiced wilderness survival techniques, is experienced in mountaineering, backcountry cooking, and first aid, including having 2 EMTs on the crew. The Boy Scouts of America is truly the premier youth development program preparing these young men for future success in their lives. I look forward to seeing the very bright future these young men are embarking on and their contributions to our American society.”
The crew consists of youth members Brad Rindos (Crew Leader), Matt Goldstein (Chaplain’s Aide/Assistant Crew Leader), Phillip Nissen (Wilderness Guia), Eric Reid (Crew Reporter), Charlie Foy, Peter Hughes, Harrison Walker, Sam Richardson-Bozzo, Rodrigo Alarcon, and adult members Marty Foy (Lead Advisor) and Jimmy Foy (Associate Advisor).