Umbagog Lake Canoe Trip -- 11-12 Aug 12

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1.0 Overview

This 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.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

On 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 Events

Saturday, 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

Sunday, 12Aug12

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 Difficulty

The 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 Requirements

This 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).

  • All participants must wear a PFD at all times while in or on the water.
  • All participants must wear shoes (sandals, sneakers, water shoes) while in or on the water.
  • 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: 12Jul12

    3.2 Roster Closing Date: 8Aug12

    3.3 Costs

    There 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.
    ItemTotalPer Person
    Campsite$39 $4
    Food . $21
    Total cost. $55

    3.4 Equipment

    3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Class A uniform for travel between Hanover and Errol.
  • Class B uniform (Troop T-shirt) for in camp and on the river.
  • Standard gear for an overnight outing. (See Personal Equipment List)
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks for energy on the river. No glass containers!
  • Stoves and cooking equipment as assigned.
  • Waterproof bag for carrying dry items and food in canoe.
  • Sneakers, tight fitting sandals, or water shoes in canoes -- no bare feet!
  • Canoes, paddles, and PFDs if you have them and want to bring them

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment


    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • Throw rope
  • Spare paddles
  • Spare PFDs
  • Field Flag
  • Maps (Errol Quad, Umbagog Lake North Quad, Umbagog Lake South Quad, Teakettle Ridge Quad, Topozone
  • Food for 2 lunches (Sat&Sun), 1 dinner(Sat), 1 breakfast(Sun)
  • Cooking equipment

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-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.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Christopher

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Smith
  • Mr Simpson
  • Mr Low
  • Mr Harvard
  • Mr Soderquist

    Approved YJB 23Jul12
    Rev. 7Aug12

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