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Yaw Paw Sept 28-30th 2018 Cannonball Trail Medal

posted Sep 11, 2018, 3:39 PM by Peter Hamilton   [ updated Sep 12, 2018, 9:17 AM ]
Our first camping trip will be to Camp Yaw Paw in Mahwah on Friday, 9/28-Sun morning 9/30.  We plan to do a 5 mile hike along the Revolutionary War Cannonball Trail.  Northern NJ Council has designated a special medal the boys will earn upon completion of the hike.  Scouts will plan to depart the AOOL parking lot by the Ministry center around 6:30pm, and should arrive back on Sunday around 11am.

We will have the Dan Beard site adjacent to the parking lot at Yaw Paw up on the hill.  A nominal cost of $10 per scout to cover food is payable below.  There is no charge for adult leaders attending the trip.

What to bring - Tent or plan to tent with someone who has a tent. Sleeping bag, water bottle, mess kit with utensils, change of clothes for 2 days, rain poncho, fishing pole (optional), hiking boots, and scout handbook!

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New Jersey is renowned for its hiking trails and nature walks; however, trail goers at some of Bergen and Passaic County’s most popular parks could be walking in the footsteps of Continental Soldiers. The forests now known for their serene views and candid glimpses of wildlife, once roared to the thunderous metronome of Patriot soldiers. During some of the most disheartening months of the American Revolution, Washington and regiments of Patriots sought refuge in the river valleys of the Ramapo mountains. This area was predominantly Dutch, and this meant that Patriot personnel could freely conduct business without fear of Loyalist interference. The towns Along the Ramapo River between West Point and Paterson became a vital part of the Continental Army’s supply, intelligence, and maneuvering infrastructure. It was dubbed the “Cannonball Road” and ran throughout Mahwah, Oakland, Franklin Lakes, Haledon, Hawthorne, and Paterson following the banks of the Ramapo and Passaic rivers.  Between 1776 and 1781 over 25 skirmishes took place in Bergen and Passaic counties. By 1779 the Continental Army was spread thin, under supplied, and losing ground. The use of the Cannonball Road was vital to the American war effort, providing a more discreet means of transporting supplies as well as facilitating the guerrilla tactics of the Continental Army. The fighting moved away from the region around 1781, but the Cannonball Road is forever a part of New Jersey history.