By Kurt Lewis
The Haldimand Press
CAYUGA—On Saturday, August 10, 2019, scout groups from Cayuga, Caledonia, and Dunnville joined with a scout group from southern Germany to make a seven-hour canoe trip down the Grand River. The groups began their journey at 10 a.m. at Seneca Park in Caledonia, took a break in York for lunch, then continued to row to Cayuga’s Kinsmen Park, where they finished at 5 p.m. for a barbecue of hot dogs and corn.
The German scout group, known as ‘Muggabadscher’ (German for ‘fly swatter’), has been participating in the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. Through the Hosted Hospitality Program, there are around 400 Germans visiting across Canada right now; the Muggabadscher group of 40 kids aged 12-16 made the six-hour drive to Ontario to first explore the Bruce Peninsula before arriving in Haldimand County on Thursday, August 8. The group was hosted in the Caledonia Presbyterian Church, and all organization was done by Amanda Hannus. The two groups participated together in activities such as archery, geocaching, and the Caledonia Haunted Ghost Tour.