Troop 45 will go on a survival hike to learn to make survival shelters and spend a night on the equipment you would take on a day hike. We will also do nighttime orienteering, and learn to navigate by night and by the stars.
The purpose of this hike is to teach both new and experienced scouts how to survive with the equipment needed for a day hike. It will also teach the new scouts how to navigate by night.
A. Wednesday 11/14 meeting: On Wednesday, we will review several packs with the gear and food needed for the outing describing what to bring and not to bring. We will also review survival shelters, cooking and first aid.
B. Outing 11/17-11/18: We will meet at the Appalachian Trail crossing on Three Mile Road. We will inspect everyone's pack before heading out. We will hike north on the A.T. to a suitable camping site. At the camping site, we will set up our shelters before setting out to do orienteering. Mr. Hoge will pose the orienteering task for us to accomplish. The task will be designed in such a way that we will navigate away from our camp site and return to it at the conclusion of the task. Once back at the camp site, we will have a small campfire and cook our dinners. After dinner we will work on finding directions at night using the stars. In the morning, we will clean up camp and then hike out early in the morning to escape the cold.
The terrain is sometimes challenging, but the hike in is fairly easy. The weather is expected to be cold, and it has rained the past two times that we've had outings similar to this, so count on it raining. It will be a cold and uncomfortable night if you are not prepared.
Review the Basic Overnight Outing Equipment Checklist carefully. Pay particular attention to the clothing, winter supplement, and survival equipment sections. Remember, the objective is to be able to spend the night with equipment that you would normally bring if you were well equipped for a day hike. Be Prepared for a day hike in cold, wet weather!
Sleeping bags, pads and tents may be brought on this outing for use as a backup in case your improvised shelter and sleeping arrangements don't work.
Everyone is responsible for their own food. Cooking in buddy pairs is encouraged. Remember, a good dinner meal and snacks at night will give your body the fuel it needs to keep warm.
Approved - GCH 13 Nov.
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