The most memorable hike I ever did 

“A Scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances.” I had heard this quote before and had read it many times, but it wasn’t until after I became a Scout that I realized how true it is. In my recent experience at an adventurous fall camp at the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area, I experienced this phrase in a whole new way.

It was time to go. I packed my bags and was so ready to have lots of fun, that in my overexcitement I forgot to pack my mesh-kit! Thankfully my Scout Troop had extras, so it was not an issue, and after a 2-hour carpool ride we arrived at the campground, ready for adventure.

As soon as I got out of the car, my first words were, “WOW… this place is awesome!” I thanked my parents for sending me to this camp and my Scouters for bringing me, and then we were off.

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During the camp, we got to go hiking in caves—that’s right, hiking in caves!

A hollow place in the ground, natural caves are formed by the weathering of rock and often extend deep underground. The word ‘cave’ can also refer to much smaller openings. There are seven caves in Warsaw Caves Conservation Area, which were formed thousands of years ago at the end of the last ice age by the rushing meltwaters of a glacier that covered Ontario.

My Troop hiked in two of the caves—we had to climb, jump on and jump off so many rocks! When it was time to go back to the campsite I was super tired, but I’d had the best moment of my life.

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If you want to enjoy one of nature’s jungle gyms like I did—the Warsaw Caves are the place to go. All you need is a flashlight or headlamp, hiking boots, pants and some gloves. It may be cold in the caves, but if dressed properly you can spend a couple of hours or the whole day exploring the cool caves. Be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. You will get lots of things dirty when you explore caves or go camping—you’re in the woods!

It was because of Scouts that I got the chance to visit the caves and have an amazing experience. I am going to keep this event in my heart for a long time!

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