Photo: Special to The Star
Pictured are the youth of BSA Troop 9 and BSA Crew 9 after their return to daylight. Front row, left to right, Avery Smith, Tyler Mitchell, Lee Dillard, Ben Schmitt, Jamal Russell, Will Milner, Daniel Yim, SPL Gregory Heathcock and Morgan Easterwood; back row, left to right, Elizabeth New, Hunter Davis, Kailee Peterson, Da’Wohn Stapleton, Jamie Jenkins, Brijesh Kumar, Ridge Seales, Daniel Bietel, Gregory Jones and Caleb LaFollette. Not pictured are the adults supporting this trip, Ted Heathcock, Amy Mitchell, Cal Seales, Stephen LaFollette, Dave Schmitt and Scout Master Brent Mitchell. Both Troop 9 and Crew 9 are sponsored and charted by St Mark UMC in Golden Springs.
Boy Scouts of America Troop 4009 and Crew 4009 took on a new challenge … caving within Raccoon Mountain. Nineteen youth and six adults started out the adventure by spending the night in the entrance to the millennia old cave. For five hours, the next morning, the scouts and crew members crawled, scaled, climbed and hiked 250 feet underground through over two miles of passages.