Androscoggin River Canoe Trip

1.0 Overview

This outing will consist of a canoe trip and overnight camp at the Northern Waters Base Camp and School in Errol N.H. On Saturday we will canoe from Errol down the Androscoggin River to the Brown Company Bridge 7 miles down river. On Sunday we will practice more advanced white water techniques in the rapids under the Errol bridge.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

On Saturday, June 22, we will meet at the old hospital parking lot at 7:30. We will review equipment and then drive to Errol. We will get to Errol at about 11:00. We will check into the Northern Waters Base Camp and School. We will set up camp, eat lunch and then spend Saturday afternoon canoeing down the Androscoggin River about seven miles to the Brown Company Bridge. Prior to putting canoes in the water, we will carefully review the BSA rules for safety afloat and insure that all paddlers are prepared for the trip. After that, we will set the boats in the water and set off down river. When we get to our take-out, an adult or two will drive back to Errol to get the cars. The trip down river is expected to take 3-4 hours. The canoeing will be fairly easy but there are some places where we can practice white water techniques. On Sunday morning at 7:30 or so, we will put on Class-As and walk to the Errol Diner for breakfast. After breakfast we will take down our camp and then spend several hours practicing our white-water techniques in the class III rapids that run beside our camping area. We will then drive back to Hanover.

2.2 Schedule of Events

0730 22 June 02 -- Meet at old hospital parking lot
0800 22 June 02 -- Depart for Errol
1100 22 June 02 -- Arrive at camp site, set up and have lunch
1230 22 June 02 -- Head down the Androscoggin River
1630 22 June 02 -- Shuttle back to camp site for dinner and campfire

0730 23 June 02 -- Head to Errol Diner for breakfast
0830 23 June 02 -- Pack up camp
0930 22 June 02 -- Practice in the rapids by campsite
1230 23 June 02 -- Depart for Hanover
1700 23 June 02 -- Arrive in Hanover

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

The Androscoggin River contains Class II and Class III rapids.

2.4 Special Requirements

All participants will wear personal floatation devices at all times while in a canoe. All participants must be able to pass the BSA Swimmer test which requires swimming 75 yards using a strong "power" stroke and 25 yards using a resting back stroke.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 12 June 2002

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 19 June 2002

3.3 Costs

The campsite fee is $10.00 per person. An additional $10.00 to $15.00 is recommended for the purchase of meals.

3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

Class A uniform for travel between Hanover and Errol and for Sunday breakfast. Class B uniform (Troop T shirt) for in camp and on the river. Standard gear for an overnight outing. You may bring food for breakfast if you do not want to eat at the diner, but bring 2 lunches and a dinner at least. Waterproof bag for carrying dry items and lunch in canoe. Sneakers or tight fitting sandals for wear in canoes - no bare feet. Canoe and paddles if you have them. (We will buddy-up those who have canoes with those who do not.) Personal Flotation Device.

3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

Food by patrol or buddy pair.

3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • Throw rope
  • Spare paddles

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Old hospital parking lot
    Drop-off Time: 0730 22 June 02
    Pickup Point: Scouts will be dropped off at their homes.
    Pickup Time: Est 1700 23 June 02

    4.0 Leadership

    Gregg Hoge
    Yorke Brown

    4.1 Planning Committee


    4.2 Adult Leaders

    SMIC: Gregg Hoge
    Yorke Brown

    Approved GCH

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