James E. West

photo of a boy scout.

The James E. West District serves Southwest Nashville in the Central Service Area.

District Chairman:
Howard Harris

District Commissioner:
John Conger

District Director:
Mark Dunlap
madunlap@mtcbsa.org

October
23 Commissioner Staff Meeting
November
13 District Committee Meeting
Roundtable
20 Commissioner Staff Meeting
December
11 District Committee Meeting
Roundtable

Adventure Of The Life Time
“Living above the clouds” is the way Life Scout Devan Greenfield described his action-packed summer trip to Alaska with 14 fellow Scouts and Scouters from Nashville’s Belle Meade United Methodist Church's Troop 87. During the first two weeks of July, Devan and other Scouts from his troop went ice climbing on the Matanuska Glacier, then backpacked and bouldered their way to Reed Lake. From there the Scouts headed to Denali where they went mountain biking and camped with a clear view of Mt. McKinley (which only 30 percent of visitors to Denali are lucky enough to see).

Troop 87 Scouts also went sea kayaking to a glacier in Prince William Sound with harbor seals following them along the way, and wound up this fabulous trip salmon fishing in the Kenai River.

Professional guides Troop 87 encountered were impressed with their full itinerary packed with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Rich Stone, one of the co-leaders commented, "Most boys their age don't get to experience ice climbing with ropes, ice axes, and crampons. It was moving to watch the boys conquer that challenge."

The Alaska Trekkers were fortunate to avoid any bear encounters, though a female moose ambled through their campsite one evening.

The troop prepared for the trip for almost a year, including regular training hikes, a kayaking training session, and several backpacking training campouts. Scouts earned money for the trip by selling Christmas trees, poinsettias, and camp cards.

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