Cherokee Creek Students Earn 50-Mile Merit Badge

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Cherokee Creek Boys School students recently completed all of the requirements for the Boy Scouts of America.

Cherokee Creek Boys School students recently completed all of the requirements for the Boy Scouts of America 50 Mile merit badge with room to spare! 50 miles of trail and 10 hours of service work would be very impressive by itself, but these boys also had to complete classwork, attend trail side group therapy sessions and be prepared for breaks to relieve anxiety and emotion as well as rehydrate and rest. Even more impressive is that this trip was entirely conceived by, proposed and planned by students. Staff came in at the end to complete permitting for use of public land and paperwork for the Boy Scouts.

Students and staff set out in a downpour on August 21st. By August 28th the weather was considerably brighter as they arrived at Oconee State Park for a celebratory cook out with staff and family. In between they had hiked almost 50 miles of Foothills and Chattanooga River Trails, canoed section 2 of the Chattanooga and cleaned three popular camping sites along the way. Their service work was noted with gratitude from local Forest Service staff who went to do their end of season cleaning only to find trash bagged in bear proof cans and debris neatly piled for pick up.

The trip was part of the Cherokee Creek Treks program with additional counselors and therapists rotating in to work with the Treks staff. Cherokee Creek Treks are the weekend adventure program for Cherokee Creek Boys School, a therapeutic boarding school for middle-school boys in Upstate South Carolina. Treks are a wonderful opportunity for students to experience the power of nature, build outdoor skills such as whitewater canoeing and backpacking and to, “discover what is real and true about themselves and the world around them.”

About Cherokee Creek Boys School

Cherokee Creek Boys School was established in 2003 and is located in Westminster, South Carolina. The all boys’ school is devoted to helping middle school students gain personal insight, reconnect with those powerful, loving, creative, and wise parts of themselves that have become hidden or lost. Cherokee Creek is accredited with the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools since 2005.


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