Long Trek V
Canoe Trip on Connecticut River -- 25-29Jun10

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1.0 Overview

Our fifth summer Long Trek will be a canoe trip on the Connecticut River from the confluence of the Passumpsic south to the village of Orford. We will camp at establised sites along the way, taking time for fishing and swimming.

This outing is an opportunity to work on basic Scout skills, canoeing, swimming, camping, and fishing merit badges.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We will drive to the Passumpsic River put-in on Friday, and then paddle south stopping each night at one of the series of campsites along the river. We will arrive at Orford on Tuesday and drive back to Hanover from there.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Wed 23Jun -- Troop Meeting Aquatic activity safety training.

Thu 24Jun -- at the Community Center 1600 -- Preparation meeting including

  • equipment distribution
  • pack inspection
  • food division, packing, and distribution

    Fri 25Jun
    0800 -- Meet at Community Center
    0830 -- Travel to Passumpsic River
    1000 -- Final safety briefing.
    1015 -- On the water
    Portage McIndoe Dam
    Camp at Fiddlehead Island

    Sat 26 Jun
    Portage Ryegate Dam
    Camp at Howard Island

    Sun 27Jun
    Stop at Bedell Bridge for Mr. Reed to leave and Mr. Passow to join.
    Camp at Vaughan Meadows

    Mon 28Jun
    Camp at Underhill

    Tue 29Jun
    1100 -- Arrive orford Boat Ramp
    1200 -- Pickup and drive to Hanover
    1300 -- Pickup at Community Center

    2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

    Although there is no whitewater along the Connecticut on this route, it is moving water. We must be prepared for summer weather including heat, sun, rain, and bugs. The campsites are established sites. There are two portages around dams.

    2.4 Special Requirements

    Open to all scouts, scouters, and parents. Scouts must be qualified as swimmers.

    3.0 Administration and Logistics

    3.1 Announcement Date: 1 April 10

    3.2 Roster Closing Date: 16 June 10

    3.3 Costs

    $15 per day per person for food. Please bring your payment to the troop meeting 23 June.

    3.4 Equipment

    3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Class A uniform for travel.
  • Activity uniform (summer troop tee shirt) otherwise.
  • Standard summer camping equipment. See the Personal Equipment handout for a checklist.
  • Sun hat. Required. There's no shade on the water!
  • Sunscreen. Required. There's no shade on the water!
  • Insect Repellent. Highly recommended. It's June, and we're near water.
  • Swimming shorts. Required. You don't want to be sleeping in wet clothes.
  • Water shoes. Required. You will be wading in the water, and we can't control bottom conditions. Old sneakers are fine. You must have closed toes.
  • Fishing equipment as desired. You'll need a fishing license if you are 16 or older and want to fish. A New Hampshire license will be valid for everywhere we will be.

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment


    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • Map
  • Field Flag
  • Cooking equipment
  • Safe swim equipment.

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Community Center
    Drop-off Time: 0800 Fri 25 Jun
    Pickup Point: Community Center
    Pickup Time: 1300 Tue 29 Jun

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Fletcher
  • Adult owner: Mr. Smith

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Smith
  • Bill Reed
  • Christian Passow

    Approved TPS 23Jun10

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