What would you do if you were on a day hike and needed to spend the night on a mountain using only what you have in your daypack? This outing is an exercise in land navigation with an "unplanned" overnight that will use our skills and resources to make due with contingency equipment to spend the night in the woods.
The Scouts should pack for a day hike (not an overnight trip), and bring the bare minimal essentials to be able to last the night in 30 degree temperatures.
The overnight will be practiced with 'Leave no Trace' principles.
Advancement opportunities include second and first class hiking, Hiking MB, and Wilderness Survival MB.
2.1 DescriptionWe will start at the AT trailhead on Three Mile Rd, and hike up to the Mink Brook crossing. From there we will hike overland by map and compass to a destination. Upon reaching the destination, we will travel back to the Mink Brook Crossing where we will bivouac for the night.
2.2 Schedule of EventsSaturday 3 November
1230 -- Meet at Three-Mile Rd AT crossing (after Scouting for Food)
1310 -- Hike to Mink Brook campsite
1415 -- Review map and compass skills
1430 -- Start compass course to destination.
1530 -- Arrive at destination. Debrief.
1545 -- Hike back to Mink Brook campsite
1645 -- Arrive at campsite
1700 -- Setup bivouac
1800 -- Eat emergency dinner food
1900 -- Evening activity
2030 -- Sleep
Sunday 4 November
0700 -- Wake up
0715 -- Pack up, eat any remaining survival food
0800 -- Extraction to 3-Mile Road
0830 -- Arrive at cars and travel home
2.3 Expected Conditions and DifficultyMoose Mountain is not very high, but it will be fall weather, so anything could happen. We will be off-trail much of the hike, and part of it will be after dark, so be prepared for a rigorous day hike.
2.4 Special RequirementsOpen to all Scouts, Scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing.
3.0 Administration and Logistics
3.1 Announcement Date: 4 October 12
3.2 Roster Closing Date: 1 November 12
3.4.1 Individual EquipmentAll should think about what 'additional' gear they should take on a fall day hike without actually taking what you would normally take on a fall backpack. This includes extra food, layers, ability to stay dry. It is not expected that we would carry stoves, cook gear, tents. Due to the season, it is prudent that people have a 20 degree or warmer sleeping bag as backup, although all should bring and attempt to use other options to stay warm.
Additional gear was discussed at the troop meeting on 24 October. You can use what was learned at the meeting, the Personal Equipment List on the Troop 45 website, or ask an adult leader.
3.4.2 Patrol Equipment
3.4.3 Troop Equipment
3.5 Transportation PlanDrop-off Point: Community Center
Drop-off Time: 1200 Sat 3Nov12
Pickup Point: AT crossing on Three-Mile Road
Pickup Time: 0830 Sun 4Nov12.
We will need parents to drive from the Community Center to Three-Mile Road.
4.1 Planning Committee
4.2 Adult Leaders
Approved: YJB 27Oct12