Troop 505 Pilot Mountain Nature Expedition Specs Sep 26-28

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Troop 505 will spend the weekend at Pilot Mountain in Pinnacle, NC.  The scouts will enjoy a day hike to a swimming hole (so bring a swimsuit) and will work on the Nature Merit Badge.  Scouts will have the opportunity to show leadership in team building exercises and display scout spirit by participating in Scout Games.

Pilot Mountain, a metamorphic quartzite monadnock rising to a peak 2,421 feet (738 m) above sea level, is one of the most distinctive natural features in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is a remnant of the ancient chain of Sauratown Mountains.  Pilot Mountain State Park has numerous hiking trails as well as a picturesque monolith at the mountains peak.

Learn more about Pilot Mountain State Park at


Transportation: ~$10-14

Camping:  $8-12

Meals: ~$18-20


Adults who can drive – and camp this weekend – please contact Scoutmaster West by email or at the next Troop Meeting.


Prepare for a backpacking outing.

A swimsuit, hat and sunscreen are required as is insect repellent.

Equipment guidelines are posted on the Troop web site at


Wear your Class B uniform (Scout pants) on this outing. Bring your class A s for flag ceremonies, Scout’s Own, and the Campfire. Bring a complete change of dry clothes to be left in the vehicles for the ride home.


Meals are by patrol as arranged and finalized at the Troop meeting on Wednesday night. If you have questions about your responsibilities or cooking supplies contact your patrol leader. Patrols will be preparing four meals (Friday supper, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.

Grubmaster budgets:
Friday supper: $4 per person
Saturday breakfast: $3 per person
Saturday lunch: $4 per person
Saturday dinner: $5 per person



4:30pm – Depart from American Legion Post 6

7pm – Arrive at Campground – Set up camp / Dinner / Overnight – Work on Nature Merit Badges

9pm – Capture the Flag

10 pm – Lights out


7:00am – Reveille – Breakfast by patrol

8:15am – Head out to Pilot Mountain trail head (Park opens at 8 am).

8:30am- 1 pm – Hike to swimming hole, swimming, trail lunch, work on Nature Merit Badge

1pm – Lunch By Patrol

3pm – Return to Base Camp

3-5pm – Work on Nature Merit Badge, Team Building Exercises

6-8pm  – Dinner by Patrol – Scout Games/Campfire

8pm – Capture the Flag

10pm – Lights out


7:30am – Reveille / Breakfast / Clean-up

9am – Scouts own

Mid-morning – Depart for Chapel Hill (arrival around noon)


100 miles, travel time is about 2 hours

From the Mountain Section to Ivy Access Primitive Camping:

– To River Section North (Surry County) – 10 Miles – From US 52, take the Pinnacle exit and follow the signs to Horne Creek Farm. The park entrance is .4 miles past Horne Creek Farm.