White River Canoe Trip

1.0 Overview

This outing will consist of an overnight campout in a private (commercial) campground near South Royalton VT followed by canoe trip 9.6 miles down the White River.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

On Friday 6 July, we will meet at 6:00 p.m. at the old hospital parking lot (on corner of Maynard, and South College Street). We will organize and then leave by 6:20 p.m. for South Royalton. We will drop at least one car that doesn't have a canoe on it at our take-out spot, the bridge that straddles the river between Quechee and West Hartford. We will then drive 9.6 miles north to our campsite at Henderson's Hide-a-way to set up camp for the night. In the morning we will have breakfast and strike our campsite, securing all overnight gear in cars. 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. We will need to start paddling by 8:00 a.m. The overall trip is 9.6 miles long and we will reach our take-out point at approximately 3:00 p.m. We estimate that we will get back to Hanover at approximately 4:30 p.m. after all of the cars and canoes are picked up and sorted out. Everybody needs to be in a canoe with one other person. Please try to pair up prior to trip. The trip will happen rain or shine unless there is a significant threat of thunderstorms on Saturday.

2.2 Schedule of Events

  • 6:00 PM 6 July 01 -- Meet at old hospital parking lot
  • 6:20 PM 6 July 01 -- Depart for South Royalton
  • 7:30 PM 6 July 01 -- Arrive at camp site and make camp for the night
  • 8:00 AM 7 July 01 -- Depart camp site by canoe
  • 3:00 PM 7 July 01 -- Arrive at take-out point
  • 4:30 PM 7 July 01 -- Return to Hanover

    2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

  • There is some tricky water and you will need to have a good canoe.

    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: 9 May 2001

    3.2 Roster Closing Date: 4 July 2001

    3.3 Costs

    There is a charge of $15 per campsite, and there is a limit of 4 people per site, so bring at least $3.75 per person.

    3.4 Equipment

    3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Class A uniform for travel between Hanover and South Royalton
  • Class B uniform (Troop T shirt) for in camp and on the river
  • Standard gear for an overnight outing.
  • 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 Floation Device (PFD).

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

  • Food by patrol or buddy pair

    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First aid kit
  • Tow rope
  • Spare paddles

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Old hospital parking lot on corner of Maynard, and South College Street.

    Drop-off Time: 6:00 PM Friday 6 July.

    Pickup Point: We will transport Scouts back to their homes or call parents if pickup is needed.

    Pickup Time: Estimated 4:30 PM Saturday 7 July.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

    Christian and Andrew

    4.2 Adult Leaders

    SMIC: Gregg Hoge
    Jeff Postupack
    Paul Olsen

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    Approved 3 July 01
    Gregg Hoge, SM