Snow Cave Campout -- 8-9 Jan 05

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1.0 Overview

Troop 45 will go on an outing to make snow shelters and spend a night in them. We will also do hiking and cross country skiing. The purpose of this hike is to teach both new and experienced scouts how to survive in a snow shelter. It is also a training outing for the Venture Patrol to practice their cross country skiing. There will also be a hike to the summit of Moose Mountain.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We will meet at Mr. Hoge's house on Ferson Road to inspect packs and start our hike. We will then hike to our campsite and build mounds of snow for snow shelters. While the snow mounds are consolidating we will travel to the summit of Moose Mountain (the Venture Patrol will ski). We will return before dark to dig out our snow shelters and set up to spend the night. In the morning we will rise early and hike by way of the Appalachian Trail to its crossing with Three Mile Road, where we will be picked up.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday 08Jan
1000 -- Meet at Mr. Hoge's house on Ferson Rd
1130 -- Arrive at campsite and pile up snow mounds
1300 -- Depart for summit (Venture Patrol may travel separately)
1500 -- Return to campsite and dig snow caves
1700 -- Dinner
1900 -- Campfire
Sunday 09Jan
0700 -- Breakfast
0830 -- Start hike out
1000 -- Arrive at Three Mile Road

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

It will be very cold, so be prepared. The hike itself is not difficult, but weather conditions at the summit can be very windy and cold. With proper preparation this will be a fun outing.

2.4 Special Requirements

Open to all scouts, scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 29 Dec 04

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 07 Jan 05.

Please email Mr. Smith if you are coming.

3.3 Costs


3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

Review the Basic Overnight Outing Equipment Checklist carefully. Pay particular attention to the clothing, winter supplement, and survival equipment sections. Remember that cotton is evil!

Even in a snow cave, you will need a warm sleeping bag and a sleeping pad. Be sure to bring a tent as well in case there is not enough snow for caves, or your improvised shelter does not work out.

Everyone is responsible for their own food. Cooking in buddy pairs is ecouraged. Remember that a good dinner meal and snacks at night will give your body the fuel it needs to keep warm.

3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • Snow Shovel
  • Map: Canaan Quadrangle. Topozone

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Mr Hoge's house; 46 Ferson Rd
    Drop-off Time: 1000 Sat 8 Jan
    Pickup Point: AT crossing on Three-Mile Rd
    Pickup Time: Approx 1000 9 Jan 05

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Oli

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Smith
  • Mr. Simpson
  • Mr. Brown

    Approved TPS 3Jan05

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