Canoe camping on the Wisconsin River

One of the most popular outings in the Troop’s repertoire is canoeing on the Wisconsin River west of Madison, and camping overnight on a sandbar in the middle of the river.

Because the river captures water from more than 10,000 square miles and because there are reservoirs upstream, the amount and depth of water can vary. The river conditions and weather forecasts are watched closely by the professional outfitter we use and by the Troop leaders.

The river conditions are posted by the U.S. Geological Survey at its web site. Last year the river was deeper and faster than typical, so while we were able to paddle safely, we were unable to camp on a sandbar … there weren’t any that were suitable. We used the outfitter’s alternate campsite, a town park right alongside the river in Muscoda.

Right now, conditions are just about perfect, so things are looking good for our trip later this month.

Welcome, Webelos

Troop 18 is inviting Winnetka’s Webelos (and their parents) to visit us on Tuesday, March 5, from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. We’d like you to have a chance to meet our scouts (and parents) and to answer any questions you may have about out troop.

The PDF file below contains the details for the invitation. We hope to see you there!


Welcome to Our New Blog

Welcome to the blog for Winnetka Troop 18, part of the latest update to our website. The blog will be a place where scouts and leaders share information about things we’ve done, things we’re working on, and things we’re planning or considering for the future. We’ll also provide links to interesting and relevant material we’ve found.