Umbagog Lake Canoe Trip

1.0 Overview

This outing will consist of a canoe trip and overnight camp at Umbagog Lake near Errol NH on August 22nd, 23rd and 24th. On Saturday we will canoe the Magalloway River, Umbagog Lake and the Androscoggin River and on Sunday we may practice more advanced white water techniques in the rapids on the lower portions of the Androscoggin River.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

On Friday August 22, we will meet at the Simpson residence at 1:00 PM. We will review equipment and then drive to Errol. We will get to Errol at about 5:00 PM and check into our campsite. We will set up camp, eat dinner and then spend some time canoeing in the lake near the campsite. Prior to putting canoes in the water, we will carefully review the BSA rules for safety afloat and insure that all paddlers are prepared for the trip.

On Saturday morning we will haul the canoes to a starting point on the Magalloway River. From there we will canoe down the Magalloway River into Umbagog Lake, through the lake and into the upper portion of the Androscoggin River where we will take the canoes out and return to the campsite.

On Sunday morning we will take down our campsite and then at 7:30 or so, we will put on Class-As go to the Errol Diner for breakfast. After breakfast we will spend several hours practicing our white-water techniques in the rapids on the lower portion of the Androscoggin River. We will depart the area in the early afternoon and drive back to Hanover.

2.2 Schedule of Events

1300 22 August 03 -- Meet at Simpson residence
1330 22 August 03 -- Depart for Errol
1700 22 August 03 -- Arrive at camp site, set up, have dinner, go canoeing.

0700 23 August 03 -- Breakfast in the campsite
0800 23 August 03 -- Depart campsite for canoe trip. Lunch on the trip.
1700 22 August 03 -- Return to camp site for dinner and campfire

0730 24 August 03 -- Pack up camp and go to Errol Diner for breakfast
0900 24 August 03 -- Canoeing in the Androscoggin River
1300 24 August 03 -- Depart for Hanover
1700 24 August 03 -- Arrive in Hanover

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

Umbagog Lake is calm water although some strenuous paddling will be required, particularly if it is windy. The Androscoggin River contains Class II and Class III rapids. Canoeing locations will be selected based on the conditions observed at the time and abilities of participants.

2.4 Special Requirements

All participants will wear personal floatation devices at all times while in a canoe. All participants must be able to pass the BSA Swimmer test which requires swimming 75 yards using a strong "power" stroke and 25 yards using a resting back stroke.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 30 July 2003

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 20 August 2003

3.3 Costs

There is a fee for use of the campsite and those participants who wish to rent canoes will be required to pay for the canoe rental. Mr. Simpson will coordinate expenses with participants.

3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

Food by patrol or buddy pair.

3.4.3 Troop Equipment

3.5 Transportation Plan

Drop-off Point: Simpson residence, 2 Emily Lane. Emily Lane turns east off of Route 10 near the Hanover-Lyme border.
Drop-off Time: 1300 22 August 2003
Pickup Point: Scouts will be dropped off at their homes.
Pickup Time: Est 1700 24 August 2003

4.0 Leadership

4.1 Planning Committee


4.2 Adult Leaders

SMIC: Mr. Simpson
Mr. Scavone

Approved GCH

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