Bike Hike to Orford -- 1-2Oct11

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1.0 Overview

This outing is an overnight bike hike from Storrs Pond to the Pastures Campground in Orford. It will inculde two crossings of the Connecticut River, and a small service project at our destination. If you don't want to bike, you can join us at the campground.

Advancement opportunities include new Scout Tenderfoot advancement, Cycling Merit Badge, and community service.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We will meet at Storrs Pond entrance parking lot and travel by bike to the Pastures Campground in Orford. The route is described below. Basically, we go north on Rt 10 to River Rd, cross the river on the Thetford bridge at Lyme. We then follow Rt 5 North long enough to get on some back roads that lead us past Lake Morey until we can get back across the river on the Orford Bridge. The Pastures Campground is in Orford.

We will not carry our overnight equipment. A sag wagon will meet us at the Pastures, where we will set up camp for the night. Activities in camp will include some Tenderfoot advancement skills instruction, a simple service project, a game, and a campfire.

In the morning we will break camp, load the sag wagon, and bike back to Storrs Pond for pickup.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday 1 Oct
1000 -- Meet at Storrs Pond entrance parking lot. Load sag wagon and organize for the trip.
1030 -- Start biking!
1200 -- Lunch at an opportune spot.
1245 -- Resume travel.
1500 -- Arrive at Pastures. Snack.
1515 -- Set up camp.
1545 -- Flags and camp opening.
1600 -- Activities, skills instruction, TBD.
1730 -- Dinner prep and dinner.
1830 -- Service project (Christopher).
1930 -- Campfire.
2045 -- Bed prep.
2100 -- Taps.

Sunday 2 Oct
0700 -- Reveille. Cooks start breakfast. Others start striking camp.
0800 -- Breakfast.
0900 -- Strike camp.
0930 -- Flags.
0945 -- Police and pickup. Load sag wagon.
1000 -- Start South.
1200 -- Lunch.
1245 -- Resume travel.
1500 -- Arrive at Storrs Pond entrance parking lot.
1530 -- Debrief, and depart.

Route

Storrs Pond
R. Reservoir Rd to NH 10
R. NH 10 to River Rd
L. River Rd
L. East Thetford Rd to cross bridge.
Cross Connecticut River
R. US 5N / VT 113
L. Latham Rd.
R. Schoolhouse Hill Rd
R. Clay Rd
L. US 5N
L. Lake Morey Rd
R. Clubhouse Rd
R. Lake Morey Rd
L. US 5N
R. Bridge St. Cross Connecticut River.
R. NH 10S
R. Pastures Campground

Total distance 20 miles.

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

The total distance to bike is 20 miles, but there are few hills or other difficulties. We will be on NH 10 and US 5 for part of the trip, so good biking safety procedures are imperative. The campsite is an established commercial site with water and toilets available.

August weather is highly variable. Be Prepared.

2.4 Special Requirements

Open to all Scouts, Scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing. You will need a roadworthy bike and a helmet.

If you don't want to bike, you are welcome to join us at the campground.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 3 August 11

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 28 September 11

3.3 Costs

  • $20 for food (4 meals).
  • Troop will cover cost of campsite ($22).

    3.4 Equipment

    3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Activity uniform (Class B tee-shirt) for the biking and in camp.
  • Bring Class A uniform for flags. We will be in public.
  • Standard summer camping equipment but supplemented for any possible autumnal weather. See the Personal Equipment handout for a checklist. Pack as if you were carrying your gear!
  • Bicycle. Make sure it is roadworthy for the trip.
  • Helmet.
  • Water.

    You will want to divide your gear between what you carry with you and what you send by sag wagon. Suggested breakdown:

    In a small backpack to carry with you:

  • Water
  • Mess kit
  • Rain gear
  • Hat
  • Handbook
  • Compass

    In a larger pack or duffel bag for the sag wagon:

  • Tent
  • Spare clothing
  • Swim suit
  • Towel
  • Other gear you may want in camp

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

  • Patrol cooking equipment.
  • Saturday Lunch
  • Saturday Snack
  • Saturday Dinner
  • Campfire snack (s'mores!)
  • Sunday breakfast
  • Sunday lunch

    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • Map
  • Bike repair kit

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Storrs Pond entrance parking lot
    Drop-off Time: 1000 Sat 1 Oct
    Pickup Point: Storrs Pond entrance parking lot
    Pickup Time: 1500 Sun 2 Oct

    Sag wagon departs Storrs and meets troop at campground at 1500 Saturday.
    Sag wagon meets troop at campground Sunday morning at 0930 and delivers gear to Storrs Pond at 1500.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Chairman: Christopher
  • Adult owner: Mr. Brown

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Stocken
  • Mr. Brown
  • Mr. Merritt?
  • Mr. Mendelsohn?
  • Sag Wagon Driver: Mrs. Stocken

    Approved YJB 26 Sep 11


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