Mike's team had won on the last shot-the curling equivalent of LeBron James knocking down a last-second jumper to knock your team out of the National Basketball Association ayoffs. e Scouts of Troop 007 in Lewiston, Me., spent a day last February at Maine's Belfast Curling Club learning and competing in the sport. Stone Cold Under the watchful eye of Eagle Scout Rob Dietz and other members of the curling club, the 15 Scouts began their lessons by learning the basic rules and techniques. The sweeping creates friction, which slightly melts the ice and makes the stone curl less and slide farther.
Thrills SpillsMaine Scouts discover the world of curling, a sport that features a mix of strategy and action, combined with the constant challenge of staying on your feet on the slippery ice. Da il y u ra By La r It might look like organized chaos, but there’s a lot me of strategy involved in curling. om Ph S ie ot o g ra p h s b y E m il 32 BOYS’ LIFE F DECEMBER 2008 Curling.indd 32 10/15/08 10:29:57 AM ife Scout Matt Reed figured his curling team had this competition s won. After all, his last stone had slid perfectly into the center of the target—a bull’s-eye. But that was before Mike Paradis, Matt’s best friend (and rival) since the first grade, had taken his turn. Mike threw his first stone and took out one of Matt’s stones. Not good for Matt’s team. “Then the second one hits mine dead center and knocks all our stones out of the house,” says Matt, 16. “I couldn’t believe it.” That’s part of the strategy—and excitement— of curling. Mike’s team had won on the last shot—the curling equivalent of LeBron James knocking down a last-second jumper to knock your team out of the National Basketball Association When in doubt, just slide: playoffs. Christien Rodrigue takes an The Scouts of Troop 007 in Lewiston, Me., intentional tumble across the spent a day last February at Maine’s Belfast ice during a break in
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