1.0 OverviewThis outing is a canoe trip and campout in the Umbagog Lake Region of northern New Hampshire. On the first day we will canoe up the Androscoggin River from the Errol dam and camp on one of the islands on the lake. On the second day we return to the boat launch, leave our camping gear, portage around the Errol Dam, then shoot the rapids through Errol. We will depart right after lunch.
The outing will provide advancement opportunities for Second and First Class, and for Canoeing and Camping Merit Badges.
2.1 DescriptionOn Saturday morning we will meet at the Richard W. Black Community Center in Hanover, make sure our gear is in order and and leave promptly for Errol. Once we arrive in Errol we will park at the boat launch just above the dam, embark, and paddle up the Androscoggin river to Umbagog Lake. We will spend the day exploring the many islands and marshes on the west shore of the lake and in the outlet of the Magalloway river. Scouts have fished and seen eagles on this lake in the past. Saturday evening we will camp at one of the designated campsites on an island or the shore of the lake.
On Sunday morning after breakfast we will break camp and paddle back down the Androscoggin to Errol. At the boat launch we will unpack our canoes and put all our camping gear in the cars. We will then shoot the rapids below the dam and under the highway bridge at Errol. The rapids can be class III and are always exciting. After lunch, we return to Hanover.
2.2 Schedule of EventsSaturday, 11Aug12
0700 -- Meet at Richard W. Black recreation center in Hanover
0730 -- Depart Hanover
1030 -- Arrive at Errol boat launch
1100 -- Put in on the Androscoggin River and paddle upstream to Umbagog Lake
1230 -- Stop at Umbagog Lake for lunch
1400 -- Arrive at Campsite, set up camp
1500 -- Swimming, canoeing and time on the water
1800 -- Dinner at the Campground
2200 -- Lights out
0700 -- Breakfast in camp
0800 -- Break camp
0930 -- Back at Errol Boat Launch. Pack camping gear in cars.
1000 -- Run the Errol Rapids
1130 -- Early Lunch
1200 -- Depart for Hanover
1500 -- Arrive in Hanover.
2.3 Expected Conditions and DifficultyThe Androscoggin river upstream of the dam is moving water but not swift. There is substantial open water on the lake, but we will not be venturing very far from shore. Be prepared to shoot Class II and Class III rapids on the Androscoggin River. Also be ready to get wet while canoeing.
There is no shade on the water, so be prepared with hat and sunscreen.
2.4 Special RequirementsThis activity will be conducted in compliance with BSA Safety Afloat and BSA Safe Swim Defense. Please be prepared to cooperate with these requirements (consult your Boy Scout Handbook).
3.0 Administration and Logistics
3.1 Announcement Date: 12Jul12
3.2 Roster Closing Date: 8Aug12
3.3 CostsThere is a fee for the campsite. Also, if we need to rent canoes, we will split that cost. But the final fee depends upon the size of our roster, and the number of canoes we can supply.
3.4.1 Individual Equipment
3.4.2 Patrol EquipmentNone.
3.4.3 Troop Equipment
3.5 Transportation PlanDrop-off Point: Community Center
Drop-off Time: 0700 Sat 11Aug12
Pickup Point: Community Center
Pickup Time: 1500 Sun 12Aug12.
Transportation to be provided by participating adults.
4.1 Planning Committee
4.2 Adult Leaders
Approved YJB 23Jul12