Umbagog Lake Canoe Trip -- 21-22 Aug 04

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1.0 Overview

This outing is a canoe trip and campout in the Umbagog Lake Region of northern New Hampshire. Our route takes us down the Magalloway River, through part of Umbagog Lake, and then down the Androscoggin River. We will portage around the Errol Dam, shoot the rapids in Errol and then proceed to our campsite at Mollidgewock Campground. We plan to have lunch on Saturday near the mouth of the Magalloway, camp at Mollidgewock Saturday night, and return home Sunday morning.

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, August 21 we will meet at the Richard W. Black Community Center in Hanover and leave for Errol, N.H. by 7:30 AM. Once we arrive in Errol, we will stop at Northern Waters canoe/kayak rentals to pick up five reserved canoes. Northern Waters will drive us and the canoes to Culvert Camp on the Magalloway River where we will put in. Then we plan to paddle down the Magalloway to its mouth on Umbagog Lake where we will stop for lunch. After lunch we will paddle into the Androscoggin River and go downriver to the Errol Dam. After portaging around the dam, we will continue paddling down the Androscoggin, through the rapids at Errol, and on to Mollidgewock Campsite. There we will take out and set up camp at group sites 12, 13, and 14. We will have dinner, possibly a campfire or other activity, and go to bed. On Sunday we plan to get up and have breakfast at 7:00. The rental boats and a few of the adult leaders will be picked and transported by Northern Waters back to the rental place in Errol. There the adults will pick up the vehicles and drive back to the campsite. Meanwhile, the Scouts back at camp will be breaking camp and (depending on boat availability) practicing running the rapids on the Androscoggin next to the campsite. Once the vehicles arrive, we will load up and head back to Hanover. The scouts will be picked up at the Richard W. Black community center. Remember to check out before leaving.

2.2 Schedule of Events

August 21, 2004

0700 -- Meet at Richard W. Black recreation center in Hanover
0730 -- Depart Hanover
1030 -- Arrive at Northern Waters canoe/kayak rentals in Errol, rent five canoes(reserved), Northern Waters will transpot us/boats/gear to Mallagoway River(leave vehicles at Northern Waters)
1100 -- Put in at Magalloway River at Culvert Camp
1230 -- Stop at Umbagog Lake for lunch
1300 -- Depart Umbagog Lake via Androscoggin River
1400 -- Arrive at Errol Dam, portage around it
1500 -- Put in on Androscoggin River again, below the dam
1800 -- Arrive at Mollidgewock Campground(sites 12, 13, & 14), set up
1930 -- Dinner at the Campground
2200 -- Lights out
August 22, 2004

0700 -- Breakfast in camp
0800 -- Practice running rapids at campground
0900 -- Break camp
0930 -- Rental boats and drivers picked up by Northern Waters and transported back to Errol
1030 -- Drivers and vehicles back at campground, load up and depart to Hanover
1330 -- Arrive at Richard W. Black community center in Hanover. Scouts picked up there

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

Be prepared to shoot Class II and Class III rapids on the Androscoggin River. Also be ready to get wet while canoeing. The projected weather forecast is a possibility of rain showers and temperatures in the 50s-70s.

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: 12Jul04

    3.2 Roster Closing Date: 18Aug04

    3.3 Costs

    TBA ($6.50/night/adult for camping)

    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
  • Food for 1 lunch(Sat), 1 dinner(Sat), 1 breakfast(Sun), and snacks for energy on the river
  • Waterproof bag for carrying dry items and food in canoe.
  • Sneakers, tight fitting sandals, or water shoes in canoes -- no bare feet!
  • Canoes/kayaks, 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

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Richard W. Black Community Center in Hanover
    Drop-off Time: 0700 Sat 21Aug04
    Pickup Point: Richard W. Black Community Center in Hanover
    Pickup Time: 1400 Sun 22Aug04.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Chris Jayne

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Smith
  • Mr. Hoge
  • Mr. Brown
  • Mr. Jayne

    Approved TPS 18Aug04

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