Missouri River Expedition 2019 – Troop 1911
Fourteen members of Troop 1911 embarked on a 5 day journey through the White Cliffs section of the Missouri. Along the way, they visited Lewis and Clark campsites, encountered thunderstorms, coyotes and wind, and made countless memories in the scenic wilds of Montana. These are their stories.
Preparations included a shake-down the day before our departure. Expedition members gathered at Ian’s house to go through their personal and patrol gear to ensure adequate preparation. On the big day, we gathered at the old ShopKo parking lot early and departed for Fort Benton. At the Fort, we were guided by Mark through some of the old town, including a visit to the Hornaday Buffalo.
Coal banks Camping
That night, we camped at Coal Banks Landing. We found our canoes to use for the trek and registered at the put-in. After reviewing Safety Afloat and some basic canoeing skills, we turned in for the night.
Day 1: Coal Banks to Eagle Creek
The next morning, we packed our canoes and got paddling at about 11 AM. The first stop was lunch a few miles down river. We next stopped at the first crevice in the White Cliffs, where we explored the hoodoos and rock formations while waiting out a storm. We arrived at Eagle Creek around 4 PM, where we set up camp, cooked dinner, and worked on the Astronomy merit badge after dark.
Day 2: eagle Creek
We spent a full day at Eagle Creek. We hiked the slot canyon and did a conservation project of watering sapling trees and cleaning up the river bank. Several of the Scouts remarked that the slot canyon hike was the best hike they had ever been on! That night, the Scouts swam and went fishing. Alex even caught a sturgeon!