INTREPID teenagers from the Knowle Sea Scouts will be spending a month in the Canadian wilderness.
Eight members (aged 16 and 17) will be paddling more than 100 miles up river and trekking over 25 miles - while carrying 500kg of kit.
The ten-day journey will take the group through dense forest and counts towards their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
A spokesman for the Knowle Sea Scouts said: “Most people who complete the award go for a short trek in Wales or Scotland - somewhere like that.
“Our journey is much more challenging but for our members it’s the pinnacle of being in the sea scouts. It’s something that the younger ones look forward to.”
During the rest of their four-week trip, the group will visit famous landmarks like the Niagara Falls and the CN Tower. They will also meet the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
On Wednesday, the scouts met for a final fitness session at Arden School - a four mile run carrying 25kg of weight. They will leave for Canada tomorrow (Saturday).
n Knowle Sea Scouts is a local group with some well-known alumni. Captain Paul Britton, who was awarded the Military Cross for his brave actions in Afghanistan, was a member for ten years. If you are interested in joining the group go to www.knowleseascouts.org.uk.