Survival Hike -- 17-18 Sep 11

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1.0 Overview

Troop 45 will go on a survival hike to learn to make survival shelters and spend a night on the equipment you would take on a day hike. We will also do nighttime orienteering, and learn to navigate by night and by the stars. The purpose of this hike is to teach both new and experienced scouts how to survive with the equipment needed for a day hike. It will also teach the new scouts how to navigate by night. There will be advancement opportunities for Wilderness Survival Merit Badge, and Second Class navigation requirements.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

A. Troop Meeting, Wednesday 14 Sep: On Wednesday, we will review several packs with the gear and food needed for the outing describing what to bring and not to bring. We will also review survival shelters, cooking, and a special emphasis on emergency signalling.

B. Outing Sat 17 Sep- Sun 18 Sep: We will meet at the Appalachian Trail crossing on Three Mile Road. We will inspect everyone's pack before heading out. We will hike north on the A.T. to a suitable camping site. At the camping site, we will set up our shelters before setting out to do some cross country navigation. The task will be designed in such a way that we will navigate away from our camp site and return to it at the conclusion of the task. Once back at the camp site, we will have a small campfire and cook our dinners. After dinner we will work on finding directions at night using the stars. In the morning, we will clean up camp and then hike out early in the morning.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday 17Sep
1100 -- Meet at AT & 3 Mile Rd.
1115 -- Hit the trail.
1130 -- Find campsite.
1130 -- Build shelters, gather firewood, eat a snack.
1300 -- Go orienteering with map, compass & GPS.
1600 -- Be back at campsite.
1600 -- Dinner, get ready to spend the night.
1900 -- Night navigation, campfire, etc.
2100 -- Lights Out

Sunday 18Sep
0700 -- Breakfast, pack up.
0840 -- Return to trailhead.
0900 -- Pickup

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

The difficulty level of this outing can be tailored to each Scout's needs by the amount of gear brought along. If you feel prepared to really do a survival night with just a day pack, just bring a day pack and really challenge your skills. If you're not up for something that extreme, bring what you want up to full overnight gear and be comfortable. You can choose any level of preparedness you're comfortable with.

The terrain for the cross-country navigation is sometimes challenging, but the initial hike in is easy. It always rains on this outing, so count on it raining. It will be a cold and uncomfortable night if you are not prepared.

2.4 Special Requirements

None. Open to all Scouts, Scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 10 Aug 11

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 14 Sep 11

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 and survival equipment sections. Remember, the objective is to be able to spend the night with equipment that you would normally bring if you were well equipped for a day hike. Be Prepared for a day hike in wet weather!

Sleeping bags, pads and tents may be brought on this outing for use as a backup in case your improvised shelter and sleeping arrangements don't work--or if you just don't want to get along on a day pack.

Everyone is responsible for their own food. 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 overnight .

3.4.2 Patrol Equipment


3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • GPS?

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Intersection of the Appalachian Trail and Three Mile Road (located about one and one half miles north of Rudsboro Road and one and one half miles south of Ferson Road).
    Drop-off Time: 1100 Sat 17 Sep 11
    Pickup Point: Same as dropoff point.
    Pickup Time: 0900 Sun 18 Sep 11

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee


    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC:
  • Mr. Licht
  • Approval Pending

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