Tenderfoot Skills Camp -- 17-18 May 08

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1.0 Overview

As part of the New Scout Training Program, the troop offers a campout geared specifically to the needs of our newest Scouts. Although a simple campout at Storrs Pond, it will include the elements of more ambitious outings, including a hiking approach and the use of backpacking techniques. There will be numerous opportunities to learn basic outdoor skills, but also activities just for fun.

This campout will help meet requirements 1, 2, and 3 for Tenderfoot, and will introduce new scouts to Troop 45 outing procedures. It also offers opportunities to work on other requirements for Tenderfoot and Second Class.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We will meet at Storrs Pond Main Entrance on Saturday morning, and hike the half mile to our campsite at the end of the pond. We will make camp at our site, and engage in training and fun activities for the day. Sunday morning will be a quick pack and go, but with a navigation exercise on the way out.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday, 9 Jul 11
1000 -- Meet at Storrs Pond Upper Parking Area. Check Gear
1015 -- Hike into our camping area
1100 -- Make camp
1130 -- Flags
1200 -- Lunch
1300 -- Skill activities begin
1630 -- Fun Activity
1800 -- Supper
1900 -- Prepare campfire and other quiet activities.
2000 -- Evening Campfire
2100 -- Bed preparations
2130 -- Bed check
2200 -- Lights out
Sunday, 10 Jul 11
0700 -- Breakfast
0900 -- Break Camp
1000 -- Depart camp. Navigational challenge.
1200 -- Pick-up at Upper Parking Area.

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

The hike in to camp is easy on wide trails, but be properly equipped and packed for a hiking approach. There will also be physical activity during the events.

Be prepared for the forecast weather. This is a 100% uniformed event. Class A uniform is required for travel and for flags; class B otherwise.

The campsite is an established site. Fires are permitted but we will be using this outing as an opportunity to learn to use backpacking stoves.

2.4 Special Requirements

Open to all scouts, scouters, and parents.

There are no skills prerequisites for this outing.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 8 Jun 11

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 6 Jul 11

3.3 Costs


3.4 Food

Since this outing is intended as training for wilderness travel, we will be cooking by buddy pairs (or tent partners). Coordinate with your tent partners on a menu and on procuring food. Keep it simple! Plan your menu so that cooking can be done in a single pot on a backpacking stove, and don't forget to bring your cup and spoon. Canned goods are generally not recommended for backpacking, but in any event, Absolutely no glass containers!

3.5 Equipment

3.5.1 Individual Equipment

  • Class A uniform for travel and flags; Class B otherwise.
  • Overnight gear as described in the Personal Equipment handout.
  • Pocket Knife (in your pack, not your pocket)
  • Bring at least 2 liters of water per person. There is no potable water at the campsite. (But there is water not to far away.)
  • Boy Scout Handbook.
  • Personal cooking gear (cup and spoon)

    Scouts should organize themselves into buddy groups of two or three each. Each buddy group should share a tent and cooking gear as appropriate.

    3.5.2 Patrol Equipment

  • Patrol Flag.

    3.5.3 Troop Equipment

  • Flag kit.
  • First Aid Kit

    3.6 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Storrs Pond Main Entrance
    Drop-off Time:1000 Saturday
    Pick-up Point: Storrs Pond Main Entrance
    Pick-up Time: 1200 Sunday

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • David
  • Fletcher

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Brown
  • Mr. Passow

    Approved YJB 8Jul11

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