On Saturday, the Cub Scouts of Pack 9 logged a 3.5 mile hike deep into the heart of Leominster State Forest in search of the famous Crow Hill Ledges. The boys and their families met up at Wachusett Mountain Ski area, then hiked the Mid State Trail to Redemption Rock. After a snack, Wolf Leader John Stazinski, a professor of early American literature at Quinsigamond Community College, told the boys the true story of Mary Rowlandson’s capture by local Indian tribes and subsequent repurchase 11 weeks later. Following that harrowing tale, the boys hiked another 2.5 miles across varied terrain to reach the fabled Crow Hill ledges. The party ate lunch, played in the wood, then took a short hike across the top of the ledges to enjoy the spectacular view, then down under the base where the rock climbers begin their ascents.
It was a fantastic day and the boys were tired and proud of their achievement at the end.