Canoe Trip on the Connecticut River -- 10 Jul 04

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1.0 Overview

This outing will be a one-day paddling trip on the Connecticut River from Sumner Falls to Cornish (about eight miles). The river in this area is an easy, pleasant combination of flatwater, quickwater, and the occasional class II rapid when the water level is right. Good scenery and wildlife abound. The trip provides an excellent opportunity for novice paddlers to learn the basics and for experts to enjoy the water and the scenery. Advancent opportunities include some requirements for Canoeing MB, Whitewater MB, and Second and First Class water safety and nature observation requirements.

Immediately following the canoe trip, the troop will be helping out at the Prouty Ride. See the Prouty Service Project plan. All scouts participating in the canoe trip are expected to help out with the service project.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We will meet at the Maynard Street parking lot on Saturday morning, coordinate boats and transportation and then drive to the New England Power company's Hartland Falls Picnic Area and Boat Access. This site is just off US 5 about 2 miles south of where the highway crosses under I-91 in N. Hartland, VT. The actual put-in is below Sumner Falls (aka Hartland Rapids, aka Hartland Falls). After unloading, we will review the requirements for Safety Afloat, establish crews and buddy boats, and then depart.

During the trip downriver we will stop regularly for instruction, nature observation, lunch, and even swimming. Most stops will be determined enroute, but we will certainly stop at the Burnham Meadows Campsite (built as an Eagle Project by a scout from Troop 45).

The takeout is the Cornish Boat Ramp, a quarter mile upstream from the Windsor-Cornish Covered Bridge on the New Hampshire (left) side. It is recognizable from the river by the large, steel retaining wall. Do not proceed past the catenary! By road, the boat ramp is about a quarter mile north of the covered bridge on NH 12.

The boat ramp is the trasportation pickup point. Coordination of boat transport will complicate this pickup, so be prepared to help load boats and equipment. As always, do not depart without checking out with the Scoutmaster-in-Charge! (Since this is a water site, a missing scout is an immediate emergency.)

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday 10Jul

0800 -- Meet at the Maynard Street parking lot
0815 -- Depart for Sumner Falls
0900 -- Arrive at Sumner falls and unload canoes and gear
0930 -- Begin trip on the river with stops to practice canoe skills and to enjoy the scenery.
1130 -- Stop for lunch
1230 -- Continue trip on the river
1400 -- Arrive at covered bridge and load canoes and gear
1445 -- Depart for Hanover
1530 -- Arrive at the Med School for the Prouty service project

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

The paddling will be mostly easy, and is suitable for beginners. Most of the trip is on flat water, although there are a few minor rapids. Water levels, speeds, and currents can change rapidly if the Wilder Dam releases water. Be prepared for summer weather including the possibility of bugs, high temperatures, bright sun, and rain.

2.4 Special Requirements

There are no special requirements; it is open to all scouts, scouters and parents. Some paddling skills would be good to have, but there is time to shepherd novices. The Safety Afloat rules will be followed for the entire trip. All participants must wear a personal floatation device (PFD, aka a life jacket), and water shoes (sandals, sneakers) whenever they are on the river.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 9 Jun 04

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 7 Jul 04

(This is a critical date because we must arrange for boats.)

3.3 Costs

None.

3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

Class A uniforms will be worn for car travel to and from the outing location. Class B is recommended for paddling. You will get wet!

Bring individual equipment necessary to be prepared for a day on the water. Equipment should be packed in waterproof bags or in plastic bags inside a backpack.

  • Lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Water Shoes
  • Rain Gear
  • PFD (If you have your own.)

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

    None

    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

    The troop will need to assemble enough canoes, kayaks, paddles, and PFDs to carry the group, preferably with two people in each canoe. To assist the planning committee in providing boats, be sure to indicate what equipment you have when you sign up for the outing.
  • Canoes and kayaks
  • Paddles
  • PFDs
  • First Aid Kit
  • Map

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Maynard Street Parking Lot
    Drop-off Time: 0800 Sat 10Jul04
    Pickup Point: Med School Parking Lot (We're going to the Prouty Service Project directly after)
    Pickup Time: Approx 1730 Same Day (After the Prouty project)

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

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    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Smith
  • Mr. Hoge
  • Mr. Brown

    Approved TPS 5Jul04


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