Backpack Camp – October 14-16

Our monthly campout for October is our yearly backpacking treks. Backpacking is a fun and enjoyable experience that anyone can do, even if you have never backpacked before! We will be going over important information and tips about backpacking in the weeks leading up to camp, including at our upcoming Parent’s Meeting this Tuesday. Our youth and adult leaders are here to help everyone best prepare for camp so that they will have a successful, safe, and fun trip! We really encourage as many of our Scouts as possible to join us for backpacking, as it’s a great way to learn some important skills and prepare for future high adventure opportunities.

Sign-ups are available on TroopWebHost. For this camp, we split up into two different crews based on age:

Our Beginner Crew (6th & 7th graders) will be meeting on Saturday morning, October 15th, and going to Mohican State Park to participate in our traditional Mohican Trek. This is a great opportunity for our younger Scouts to have a positive and fun backpacking experience. Please read the information in the following link for additional information on Mohican Trek, why we structure it the way we do, and the importance of encouraging your Scout to participate:

Mohican Trek – Mile 1

Our Advanced Crew (8th-12th graders) will be leaving on Friday, October 14th, and traveling to Raccoon Creek State Park in Pennsylvania. There are two options for this trip.

Friday morning departure: For those members of our troop who want to earn some additional Boot Club miles, we are providing the option for a group of Scouts and leaders to leave for camp on Friday morning, so that they can do some backpacking during the day. For those Scouts who may be interested in earning the Backpacking merit badge, one of the requirements is to participate in three 15-mile or longer backpacking trips. Doing some backpacking during the day on Friday would allow us to complete 15 miles over the course of the weekend.

Friday evening departure: For those members of our troop who are interested in a normal-length weekend camp, they would meet at Chapman like usual on Friday evening, and travel to Raccoon Creek SP to meet up with the rest of the group, who would all then backpack together on Saturday and Sunday.

For our Advanced Crew participants, it is very important to indicate in the comment field of your TroopWebHost sign-up if you will be doing the Friday morning departure or the Friday evening departure so that we can plan accordingly. Also, if you are not able to join us on Friday due to other commitments, but would still like to participate in camp, you can sign up to meet the Beginner Crew at Mohican State Park. Just make sure to note that in the comment field.

Remember, Scouts are responsible for bringing their own food for the weekend. We will be sharing more details about camp over the next few weeks, but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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