Fifteen members of Boy Scout Troop 73 of Westfield, along with three members of Venture Crew 23 of Fanwood, traveled to Rochester, NY, for a canoe trek on the Erie Canal. The trek corresponded with the 200th anniversary of the canal’s building. In addition to paddling from Rochester to Seneca Falls, the group visited museums, including the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, the General Store Museum in Palmyra, the Women’s Suffrage Museum in Seneca Falls, and crowd favorite Wayne County Museum in Lyons, which features an 1800’s county jail and sheriff’s department reputed to be haunted.

Scouts camped at canal locks and the Lyons Fire House, cooked meals in camp but also visited some local restaurants, and swam in Cayuga Lake. The group also coordinated a canal clean up, picking up trash and refuse in Newark, NY. A highlight was visiting the “Bedford Falls Bridge” made famous in the film It’s a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart.

Anyone interested in joining Boy Scout Troop 73 may contact Scoutmaster Seamus Cunningham at