Introduction To Winter Camping -- 22-23 Nov 2003

1.0 Overview

Troop 45 will go on an overnight hike to learn to adapt to winter camping and spend a night with the equipment you would take on a normal overnight winter outing. New scouts will learn to boil snow and the art of layering your clothes. Breakfast will be served, we will be having omelets. Please come and have a fun time while learning about camping.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

A. Wednesday 19 November meeting: On Wednesday, we will review the gear and food needed for the outing. We will also discuss what to bring and not to bring.

B. Outing 22 and 23 November: We will meet at Mr. Hoge's house on Ferson Road. We will inspect everyone's pack before heading out. We will hike to the intersection of the AT and the stream behind Mr. Hoges. We will have lots of fun in the snow (if there is any) and maybe play a game. Also, learn how to build a fire on top of snow. We will set up our tents and get a fire started. We will spend the night, and in the early morning we will make another fire. Oli will make omelets and then we will break camp and hike back to Mr. Hoge's house.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday, 22 Nov 03
1330 - Assemble at Mr. Hoge's house and check equipment.
1400 - Begin hike to Campsite.
1500 - Make camp.
1530 Games.
1700 - Dinner
2030 - Night Activity TBD
2130 - Bed Prep
2200 - Lights out

Sunday, 23 Nov 03
0800 - Breakfast
0900 - Break Camp, pack up.
1000 - Return to Mr. Hoge's house for pickup.

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

Check the weather and dress appropriately. The weather is expected to be cold and snowy. It will be a cold and uncomfortable night if you are not prepared. Layering is necessary for an outing like this, you will probably get wet in the snow so bring extras.

2.4 Special Requirements

None. Open to all scouts, scouters, and parents.
There are no skills prerequisites for this outing.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 5 Nov 03

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 19 Nov 03

3.3 Costs

None

3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Suitable clothes for winter fun.
  • Overnight gear as described in the Personal Equipment List. Pay particular attention to the clothing, winter supplement, and survival equipment sections. Remember, the objective is to be able to spend the night in the cold winter night. Be Prepared for a day hike in cold, snowy weather!
  • Pocket Knife (in your pack, not your pocket)
  • Tenting will be done by buddy group.
  • Everyone is responsible for their diners, Oli will cook breakfast. 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.

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

  • None

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    This outing will take place after the Scouting for Food bag pickup on Saturday. There will be plenty of time to complete SFF, go home and get fed and equipped, and get to the Hoge's house by 1:30.

    Drop-off Point: Hoge's house; 46 Ferson Road
    Drop-off Time: 1330 Saturday, 22 November 03
    Pickup Point: Hoge's house; 46 Ferson Road
    Pickup Time: 1000, Sunday, 23 November 03

    Directions to Hoge's House: From downtown Hanover, take East Wheelock Street and Trescott Road to Etna. Turn left in Etna and follow the Hanover Center Road north to Hanover Center. Continue north about one and three quarter miles beyond Hanover Center to Ferson Road. Turn right on Ferson Road and follow Ferson Road up the hill for about 1 mile. 46 Ferson Road will be on the left. If you get to the T intersection at the top of the hill, you went about 100 yards too far!

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

    Oliver the Magnificent

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Hoge
  • Mr. Simpson

    Approved GCH 18Nov03

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