Troop 505 Blue Ridge Scout Reservation Summer Camp 2015

Men of TomorrowTroop 505 has confirmed Blue Ridge Scout Reservation as the destination for our 2015 Boy Scout Summer Camp. We will be in camp from June 14th until June 20th.

To sign-up for Troop 505 Summer Camp, please use the Troop 505 Planner Wikispace at: http://troop505tripplanner.wikispaces.com/home

Located in Pulaski County Virginia, the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation encompasses 17,500 acres of rugged beauty high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. For over 50 years, the Reservation has been a leader among Scout Camps, pioneering new and exciting programs, and providing thousands of Scouts and Scouters with a positive camping experience.

A commitment to attend camp and a $100 deposit is due at our first January Troop Meeting.

An additional $100 non-refundable deposit is due by our first March Troop Meeting.

The remaining Scout registration fee (estimated $110-$240 for a total of $310-$440 depending on program selected) is due May 1st.

The Camp Powhatan is the Blue Ridge Scout Reservations Merit Badge Camping Program  ($310) which includes: Indian Lore, Leatherwork, Geology, Nature, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Space Exploration and Orienteering (just to name a few). Tucked into the valley formed by the Big Macks Creek, Camp Powhatan is the largest council owned Scout camp in the United States. The big camp atmosphere surrounds you with excitement from morning flags till evening taps. Extensive camping facilities, wireless Internet, and many opportunities for advancement make Powhatan an ideal spot to live the Scout Oath and Law.

Any Troop 505 Scout over 14 years old will be eligible to attend the week long Blue Ridge Scout Reservation High Adventure Program. Scouts may choose between New River Adventure ($310), Voyager Trek ($440) OR Claytor Lake Aquatics Base ($400). Commitment to attend a Blue Ridge Scout Reservation High Adventure Program is due  by the end of January, a minimum 4 Scouts will be required for each High Adventure camp.

We hope all Troop 505 Scouts will be able to attend!

To find out more information visit: CLICK HERE for Blue Ridge Scout Reservation

Option 1 Camp Powhatan (Regular Summer Camp) While in camp, our Scouts will select up to six (6) Merit Badge sessions per week. A first draft of Scout Merit Badge selections will also be due at our first March Troop meeting. Merit badges, live with rest of troop, eat in dining hall – $310 – Troop 505 Scouts attending:

CLICK HERE for a Video of Camp Powhatan

Option 2 New River High Adventure If you are a thrill seeker and looking for a roller coaster week of challenge and fun, look no further than the New River Adventure. There’s so much to do! Whitewater Rafting, ATV’s (4 wheeling/All-Terrain Vehicles) and more! – $310 – max 6 Scouts – Troop 505 Scouts attending:

CLICK HERE for a Video of the New River Adventure

Option 3 Voyager High Adventure Trek Embark on a 5-day, 50-mile-plus canoe trip down the breathtaking New River. We are looking for a few stout mates who are ready to put their sense of adventure and their canoeing and whitewater rafting skills to the test. – $440 – max 6 Scouts – Troop 505 Scouts attending:

CLICK HERE for a Video of the Voyageur Trek

Option 4 Claytor Lake High Adventure Aquatics Base Located on a brand new facility situated on the 4,500-acre highland reservoir of Claytor Lake, this camp caters to older Scouts looking for thrills on the water. This is the first camp to offer the Personal Watercraft Safety as a BSA pilot program. – $400 – max 6 Scouts – Troop 505 Scouts attending:

CLICK HERE for a Video of Claytor Lake Aquatics Base

Troop 505 Florida National High Adventure Sea Base Summer Camp 2016

Scouts of Many TrailsTroop 505 has selected the Florida Keys National High Adventure Sea Base as their destination for Summer Camp 2016. More detailed information on date options will be released as soon as the Troop gets confirmation with Sea Base. Please stay tuned for more exciting information. To find out more information about what programs Sea Base has to offer our Scouts feel free to visit: CLICK HERE for Florida Keys High Adventure Sea Base

To sign-up for Troop 505 Summer Camp, please use the Troop 505 Planner Wikispace at: http://troop505tripplanner.wikispaces.com/home

The Florida National High Adventure Sea Base is a unique Scouting program that offers aquatics programs found nowhere else. Whether your interests lie in sailing, scuba diving, rustic camping on an undeveloped barrier island, fishing or a combination of all, this is the place for your troop or crew.

CLICK HERE to view a video about Florida National High Adventure Sea Base

The Sea Base began in the early 1970’s as a local program in the Florida Keys called the Florida Gateway to High Adventure under the guidance of Sam Wampler, a professional Scouter from the South Florida Council. It offered primarily sailing programs using local marinas and chartered boats sailing to the Bahamas and back. As the idea caught on and grew, it joined the high adventure offerings of the National Council of the BSA along with Philmont Scout Ranch and the Northern Tier High Adventure Base. In 1979 the Sea Base acquired a permanent facility on Lower Matecumbe Key and when this opened for Scouts in 1980 it was renamed the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base. As the popularity of this program grew, scuba diving was added and in 1984 the BSA received the gift of Big Munson Island from Homer Formsby. This undeveloped island offered tremendous program potential as an outpost for primitive camping, Robinson Crusoe style. During this time period the sailing program concentrated on sailing around the fabulous Florida Keys. New sailing programs were started that originated and ended in Marsh Harbour in the beautiful Abaco Islands of the Bahamas.

Sea Base programs continued to excite the imagination of Scouts and Scouters and as attendance grew the need for a second facility was obvious. Thanks to the generosity of J. Porter Brinton of Greenwich, CT, the Brinton Environmental Center opened in 2001 making the Sea Base even better. The Sea Base has continued to add and upgrade facilities and programs to meet the needs of Scouts.

Sea Base now operates eleven different adventures out of three different locations: two in the Florida Keys, and one in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. The adventures Coral Reef Sailing, Sea Exploring Adventure, Eco-Adventure, Scuba Adventure, Scuba Certification, and Live Aboard Scuba Adventure operate in the Florida Keys at Mile Marker 73.8 at Sea Base on Lower Matecumbe Key located 75 miles south of Miami (Lower Matecumbe Key – MAP). Out Island Adventure, Keys Adventure and Florida Fishing programs operate in the Florida Keys on Summerland Key at Mile Marker 23.8 at the Brinton Environmental Center located 125 miles south of Miami (Summerland Key – MAP). (Key West, the southernmost point in the Keys, Florida and the continental United States, is located at Mile Marker zero.) Bahamas Adventure and Bahamas Tall Ship Adventures operate out of the Bahamas Sea Base in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas, located about 100 miles east of Fort Lauderdale. (For mailing and physical address, visit the contact page.)

Scouting’s most complete aquatic facility offers a complete variety of water activities from scuba diving to sailing “Tall Ships”. All of our participants have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, and fish among the most beautiful coral reefs in the northern hemisphere. In 2010, in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of the Boy Scouts of America, the Florida Sea Base will celebrate 30 years of providing Scouts and Scouters from across America ocean adventures that make a lifetime difference.

Sea Base Adventures

Adventures of all kinds await Scouts with a taste for the sea.  Here is a list of the wide variety of adventures you and your crewmates can choose from.  For more details about Sea Base and the individual adventures, take a look at our Online Participant Guide.

Bahamas Tall Ship Adventure

Fly directly to the Bahamas! Experience all the Bahamas Adventure has to offer aboard a Tall Ship. This Adventure is for groups of 18-20 people who are willing to explore the Sea of Abaco. This is an active ship and requires everyone to work as a team as you learn and experience the workings of sailing and sea traveling. This is a seven day event. NOTE: The vessel currently being used in this program is a 60′ catamaran perfect for the depth and conditions in the Sea of Abaco.

Bahamas Adventure

The Sea Base is offering an exciting adventure based in Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island. Your crew can snorkel the beautiful, pristine reefs surrounding Marsh Harbour, wade ashore on the many small cays (pronounced keys) in the area, learn their unique history, and fish for the gamefish which are abundant in the Abacos. You’ll board traditional Bahamas sailing vessels designed to take you to such exotic places as Green Turtle Cay, Hopetown and Little Harbour. There’s plenty of time for fishing, snorkeling and swimming. Steady breezes, the protection of the barrier islands and the reef surrounding Abaco Sound provide perfect sailing getaways. This is a seven day event, and can accommodate crews of 6-8 or 10-12 based on availability.

Out Island Adventure

You think Survivor is tough? Check out Big Munson. The Out Island Adventure combines camping on a remote 100+ acre island, snorkeling on pristine coral reefs, trolling for sportfish, kayaking through red mangroves, and exploring the flora and fauna of Big Munson Island. You will wade ashore on Big Munson Island carrying all the food, water and equipment used during your adventure in a rugged camping setting. Powerboats will take you snorkeling and fish on selected days. A program mate will remain with you for the duration of your trip to assist you in appreciating this unique environment. This is a true high-adventure program, one that combines physical challenge with excitement and adventure. If your crew has strong camping skills and enjoys rugged camping, then the Out Island program is for you. This is a seven day event.

Sea Exploring (Keys Tall Ship)

Designed for larger groups (either a council contingent or a larger troop), offering your crew the opportunity to experience a sailing adventure of yesteryear. These are large vessels, 75 feet or more, normally gaff-rigged topsail schooners, fully equipped and prepared to provide an unforgettable adventure snorkeling the beautiful Keys’ reefs, fishing, and hands-on sailing as well as a port-o-call in Key West.

For a hands-on sailing adventure voyage, one that is exciting, ruggedly challenging, and excellent for larger groups, pack your sea bag for the Sea Exploring program. This is an eight day event.

Coral Reef Sailing

A 40- to 50-foot sailing yacht will become your home for a week. It has a large self-contained galley and dining area where you will prepare wholesome meals from the fresh or canned foods supplied by Sea Base, supplemented by fresh catches from trolling while underway.

Your captain will instruct you in navigation, fishing and sailing, and will remain on board for the entire trip. You choose your own float plan to explore the beautiful Florida Keys. This trip offers one-of-a-kind snorkeling and abundant fishing. You’ll spend a “port day” back at Sea Base and have the chance to demonstrate your sailing skills in our fleet of Hunter Sailboats. This is a seven day event.

Eco-Adventure

If you are looking for an up-close, hands-on educational adventure, then the Eco Adventure is for you. Your crew’s home and base of operation for the week will be two 40’ – 45’ sailboats. From there you will launch into your undersea world of exploration by means of snorkel, mask and fins; kayak; fishing pole and glass-bottom viewer. It is here that you will discover and explore the wildlife and ecosystems of the four major marine habitats of the Florida Keys, study the plant and wildlife, and understand their delicate balance. Scouts will return to civilization with a greater appreciation of the undersea world and their roles as stewards of this amazing environment. Crew size 10-12

Florida Fishing

Come enjoy the fishing you’ve only dreamed of, spending a week in the beautiful Florida Keys exploring the ocean as you try to hook that trophy fish! Play in the largest Scout camp in the world, spanning from the Gulf of Mexico to the Florida Straights in the Atlantic Ocean. The Florida Keys boast several different ecosystems you will have the opportunity to fish and explore.

Scuba Certification

Discover the excitement of SCUBA diving in the warm, tropical waters surrounding the Florida Keys. Crews are trained by professional instructors in our specially designed dive tanks. Approximately five open water dives are conducted on reefs just off shore from the Sea Base. Explicit health concerns require a special medical enrollment in this program. Please contact the Sea Base in advance for details. This is an eight-day event.

Scuba Adventure

Come dive the coral reefs and wrecks of the Florida Keys. Designed for certified divers, this program offers eleven dives (weather permitting). Explore the only living coral reef system in the USA, diving sites like Alligator or Tennessee Reefs, exploring uncharted dive sites up and down the Keys or adding to Sea Base’s own artificial reef.

Your dive itinerary features a night dive, a deep dive (to 60 feet), marine life studies, and other underwater adventures. All food, lodging and equipment is included. You must be a certified diver to participate in this adventure. This is an eight-day event. Explicit health concerns require a special medical acceptance in this program.

Scuba Live Aboard

The Florida Sea Base has combined the sailing and scuba diving programs for one incredible adventure. On this adventure you will be spending your days not only scuba diving, but sailing around the Florida Keys. With a crew size of 10 to 12 people, your home that will transport you from reef to reef is a 57-foot schooner or 2 40-foot sailing yachts.

During this adventure (weather permitting) you will get to dive 15 times, including 3 night dives. When you are not diving there are plenty of opportunities for sailing and fishing while cruising through the Florida Keys. This is an eight-day adventure. All participants must be SCUBA certified by a BSA recognized agency. Explicit health concerns require a special medical acceptance in this program

Troop 505 Camp Daniel Boone Boy Scout Summer Camp (2 of 2) Planning Meeting Jul 16

The ScoutmasterOur next Troop Meeting is scheduled for July 16th from 7-8:30pm at the American Legion Post 6 in Chapel Hill. During this meeting we will continue planning for our upcoming Camp Daniel Boone Summer Camp. Please bring all supplies you require for Summer Camp to this Troop meeting. Our Troop trailer will be at the meeting and we will start packing the trailer for our trip on Sunday.

Troop 505 has confirmed Camp Daniel Boone as the destination for our 2014 Boy Scout Summer Camp. We will be in the Chippewa campsite from July 20th untill July 26th. Anyone planing to attend Summer Camp must attend this meeting.

The 2011 Camp Daniel Boone Merit Badge Program includes: Indian Lore, Leatherwork, Geology, Nature, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Space Exploration and Orienteering (just to name a few). While in camp, our Scouts will select up to six (6) Merit Badge sessions per week.

To find out more information visit: http://www.campdanielboone.org

Troop 505 Camp Daniel Boone Boy Scout Summer Camp (1 of 2) Planning Meeting Jul 9

The ScoutmasterOur next Troop Meeting is scheduled for July 9th from 7-8:30pm at the American Legion Post 6 in Chapel Hill. During this meeting we will continue planning for our upcoming Camp Daniel Boone Summer Camp. Please bring all supplies you require for Summer Camp to this Troop meeting. Our Troop trailer will be at the meeting and we will start packing the trailer for our trip on Sunday.

Troop 505 has confirmed Camp Daniel Boone as the destination for our 2014 Boy Scout Summer Camp. We will be in the Chippewa campsite from July 20th untill July 26th. Anyone planing to attend Summer Camp must attend this meeting.

The 2011 Camp Daniel Boone Merit Badge Program includes: Indian Lore, Leatherwork, Geology, Nature, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Space Exploration and Orienteering (just to name a few). While in camp, our Scouts will select up to six (6) Merit Badge sessions per week.

To find out more information visit: http://www.campdanielboone.org

Troop 505 Hanging Rock Trek Philmont 2014 Shakedown Mar 23

High AdventureIt’s time once again to get out and get those boots dirty! This is the second of several hikes that we’ll be doing to loosen up the legs and and get a feel for our equipment.

This hike is highly recommended, so please plan to participate. This hike will be harder than the last, and should take us about 4 hours to complete. Time (and legs) permitting, the 1.3 mile loop out to Hanging Rock can be tacked on at the end.

Hanging Rock State Park

Moore’s Wall Loop

Distance: 4.3 miles

Level: Strenuous

Sunday March 23rd

Meet at 7:15 am at the American Legion Post.

Leave for Hanging Rock State Park at 7:30 am.

Arrive at Hanging Rock around 9:30 am. Park at the swimming area, the trailhead is off of the snack bar. See inset of park map: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/haro/pics/parkmap.pdf

From the swimming area, the trail heads west, crosses Cascade Creek, then begins its long climb up 2,572-foot Moores Wall.

Map (we’ll be following the loop in a clockwise direction):

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1533800

You must bring a printout of the trail with you and a compass for navigation.

A GPS IS NO SUBSTITUTE (A good compass)

Information

http://greatoutdoorprovision.com/expert/moores-wall-loop/

Park Website

http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/haro/main.php

We will stop around the halfway point to have lunch, then head out to complete the hike. We’ll be wearing our backpacks on this hike, and you should try to carry 20-30 pounds of stuff in it.

I suggest plenty of water (a bladder is a good choice) and a few healthy hiking snacks. Hiking poles highly recommended. Ideally everyone is wearing the boots they plan to wear on the trek to start getting used them if they haven’t already. The goal being to get out as a group to spend time together, build some confidence by putting in miles while not overdoing it on our first outing.

Troop 505 Official Boy Scout Health Forms Due May 1

To Keep Myself Physically StrongIt’s that time of year to start the process of renewing everyone’s health forms. For more information on the changes to the BSA Health Forms please feel free to visit: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/ahmr.aspx
The form needed for Regular Summer Camp:  http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf
Please start the process of getting these complete ASAP. New forms will be due to the Troop no later than May 1st.

Troop 505 2014 Camp Danial Boone Summer Camp RSVP Due Jan 15

High AdventureDEADLINE TO CONFIRM SUMMER CAMP ATTENDANCE IS JANUARY 15TH.

PLEASE USE THE TROOP WIKI TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR PREFERRED OPTION (DESCRIPTIONS BELOW):

http://troop505tripplanner.wikispaces.com/home

THE MINIMUM ATTENDANCE FOR HIGH ADVENTURE OPTIONS ARE x2 TROOP 505 SCOUTS.

FIRST DEPOSITS DUE TO TREASURER BY JANUARY 15TH

Troop 505 has confirmed Camp Daniel Boone as the destination for our 2014 Boy Scout Summer Camp. We will be in the Chippewa campsite from July 21st until July 27th.

A commitment to attend camp and a $95 deposit is due at our first January Troop Meeting.

An additional $100 non-refundable deposit is due by mid February.

The remaining $100 per Scout registration fee (Total $295) is due March 1st.

The 2014 Camp Daniel Boone Merit Badge Program includes: Indian Lore, Leatherwork, Geology, Nature, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Space Exploration and Orienteering (just to name a few). While in camp, our Scouts will select up to six (6) Merit Badge sessions per week. A first draft of Scout Merit Badge selections will also be due at our first January Troop meeting.

Any Troop 505 Scout over 14 years old will be eligible to attend the week long Camp Daniel Boone High Adventure Rock School ($350) OR Kayak Trek ($460). Commitment to attend a Camp Daniel Boone High Adventure Camp is due  by the end of January, minimum 4 Scouts will be required for each camp.

We hope all Troop 505 Scouts will be able to attend!

To find out more information visit: http://www.campdanielboone.org

Current Troop 505 Camp Daniel Boone 2014 Summer Camp Confirmed Attendees:

Option 1 Regular Summer Camp Merit badges, live with rest of troop, eat in dining hall – $295 – currently 1 Troop 505 Scouts confirmed:

Jonah Wyche

Option 2 High Adventure Rock School Five days of rock climbing in various locations across Western NC. Day one focuses on an overview of the climbing merit badge. The scouts then take those skills and test them at the chosen climbing crags. The locations include some of the Southeast’s most notorious walls, including: Looking Glass, Rumbling Bald, Table Rock, the Chimneys, and other notable climbing sites. The evenings are used either to travel between rock faces, or are spent enjoying the area by swimming, hiking, sightseeing, or just bouldering and learning more about rock climbing.

Due to the level of physical and mental maturity required, requirements for the trip are that all participants must be either 14 years of age with the climbing merit badge or at least 15 years of age. Participants should also be able to do 2 pull-ups and 20 pushups. We will furnish all harnesses, helmets, and climbing hardware. Scouts are highly encouraged, but not required, to bring their own climbing shoes to take full advantage of the climbing opportunities. Scouts should be prepared for climbing, backpacking, and swimming. Also, dinner out is an option on some nights. Participants who do not already have the climbing merit badge will earn it during the week. – $350 – max 6 Scouts – currently 2 Troop 505 Scouts confirmed:

Dylan West

Noah Wyche

Option 3 High Adventure Kayak Trek (5-day kayak trip )This trek will begin with a full day of canoeing on the Tuckaseegee River.  With three class II rapids, the Tuckaseegee is about nine miles of floating fun before the river empties into Fontana Lake.

Once on the lake, enjoy three days of paddling Lake Fontana in two man kayaks or canoes. The crew will canoe Robinson Crusoe style from shore to shore, island hopping across Fontana Lake. Friday will provide an opportunity to visit Fontana Dam, the largest dam east of the Mississippi River.

All participants are expected to bring personal camping and fishing gear. All personal gear will be stored in dry bags and transported on the canoes/kayaks.  Therefore, it is important for scouts to pack lightly.  We recommend one dry bag for every two scouts, and we will provide dry bags if participants do not wish to bring their own.  Swimming merit badge is a pre-requisite as Scouts will have the opportunity to earn Canoeing Merit Badge on the trip. Participants must also be able to pass a swim test at Camp Daniel Boone’s Lake Allen. Our pontoon boat will carry all of the food and patrol gear – $460 – max 6 Scouts – currently 2 Troop 505 Scouts confirmed:

Jose Smokowski

Dallas West

Troop 505 Camp Daniel Boone 2014 Summer Camp Jul 21-27

Troop 505 has confirmed Camp Daniel Boone as the destination for our 2014 Boy Scout Summer Camp. We will be in the Chippewa campsite from July 21st until July 27th.

A commitment to attend camp and a $95 deposit is due at our first January Troop Meeting.

An additional $100 non-refundable deposit is due by mid February.

The remaining $100 per Scout registration fee (Total $295) is due March 1st.

The 2014 Camp Daniel Boone Merit Badge Program includes: Indian Lore, Leatherwork, Geology, Nature, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Space Exploration and Orienteering (just to name a few). While in camp, our Scouts will select up to six (6) Merit Badge sessions per week. A first draft of Scout Merit Badge selections will also be due at our first January Troop meeting.

Any Troop 505 Scout over 14 years old will be eligible to attend the week long Camp Daniel Boone High Adventure Rock School ($350) OR Kayak Trek ($460). Commitment to attend a Camp Daniel Boone High Adventure Camp is due  by the end of January, minimum 4 Scouts will be required for each camp.

We hope all Troop 505 Scouts will be able to attend!

To find out more information visit: http://www.campdanielboone.org

Current Troop 505 Camp Daniel Boone 2013 Summer Camp Confirmed Attendees:

Option 1 Regular Summer Camp Merit badges, live with rest of troop, eat in dining hall. $295 – currently 0 Troop 505 Scouts attending:

Option 2 High Adventure Rock School Five days of rock climbing in various locations across Western NC. Day one focuses on an overview of the climbing merit badge. The scouts then take those skills and test them at the chosen climbing crags. The locations include some of the Southeast’s most notorious walls, including: Looking Glass, Rumbling Bald, Table Rock, the Chimneys, and other notable climbing sites. The evenings are used either to travel between rock faces, or are spent enjoying the area by swimming, hiking, sightseeing, or just bouldering and learning more about rock climbing.

Due to the level of physical and mental maturity required, requirements for the trip are that all participants must be either 14 years of age with the climbing merit badge or at least 15 years of age. Participants should also be able to do 2 pull-ups and 20 pushups. We will furnish all harnesses, helmets, and climbing hardware. Scouts are highly encouraged, but not required, to bring their own climbing shoes to take full advantage of the climbing opportunities. Scouts should be prepared for climbing, backpacking, and swimming. Also, dinner out is an option on some nights. Participants who do not already have the climbing merit badge will earn it during the week. – $350 – max 6 Scouts – currently 1 Troop 505 Scouts attending:

Option 3 High Adventure Kayak Trek (5-day kayak trip )This trek will begin with a full day of canoeing on the Tuckaseegee River.  With three class II rapids, the Tuckaseegee is about nine miles of floating fun before the river empties into Fontana Lake.

Once on the lake, enjoy three days of paddling Lake Fontana in two man kayaks or canoes. The crew will canoe Robinson Crusoe style from shore to shore, island hopping across Fontana Lake. Friday will provide an opportunity to visit Fontana Dam, the largest dam east of the Mississippi River.

All participants are expected to bring personal camping and fishing gear. All personal gear will be stored in dry bags and transported on the canoes/kayaks.  Therefore, it is important for scouts to pack lightly.  We recommend one dry bag for every two scouts, and we will provide dry bags if participants do not wish to bring their own.  Swimming merit badge is a pre-requisite as Scouts will have the opportunity to earn Canoeing Merit Badge on the trip. Participants must also be able to pass a swim test at Camp Daniel Boone’s Lake Allen. Our pontoon boat will carry all of the food and patrol gear – $460 – max 6 Scouts – currently 1 Troop 505 Scouts attending:

Troop 505 Philmont Scout Ranch 2013 Expedition Q&A

High AdventureThese Questions & Answers are based on opinions by Ken Parham, from troop 400 in Durham who has attended Philmont 4 times since 2007.  Ken led this discussion for Troop 505 and here are the questions we asked and his answers listed.

What is cell coverage like at Philmont?

Cell coverage is spotty but available depending on how high an elevation you are at when searching for a signal. Some scouts have brought iphones for video and photos and brought a solar charger to keep there electronics charged up. Philmont discourages too much electronics because they want scouts to enjoy the great outdoors.

Should we wear our scout uniform? 

Class A uniforms for Airline travel and during the first and last day in Philmont Base camp. Other than that, the scouts wore whatever they wanted on the trail.

How did you bring your backpack on the airline? 

Best way to carry your backpack is to put it in a large duffel bag. If it won’t fit in the duffel with all your stuff in it, you should put it in the duffel empty and load your other stuff around it. This will help prevent damage occurring to your backpack while on the conveyor belts at the airlines, etc.

Did your guys go to Philmont early to get acclimated to the altitude?

They arrived one day early and stayed in base camp at Philmont (you are allowed to stay one night at base camp prior to starting your trek) They do have canvas tents with bunks in them BUT they are on a FCFS basis and if they aren’t available you would have to sleep in your own tents in a designated area at base camp.

How difficult is the acclimation to elevation change?

The first day you are in base camp at 6,000 feet. The next day on the trail you hike about 1.5-3.0 miles with not much elevation change. Philmont tries to do a good job of helping you slowly acclimate.

Did anyone get sick from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or other elevation related issues? 

Not sure. One scout had nausea for several days but eventually it went away. A doctor at Philmont reported that the single most reported health issue at Philmont is Nausea. Nausea is one of the symptons of AMS and altitude illness.

Did anyone have any injuries during your trips?

One scout had a sprained ankle. Some adults were sick, etc. Philmont has a very good health facility and if you get sick or injured on the trail the philmont staff will take you off the trail and put you up at the infirmary until you are well enough to return to the trail and then they will take you back to rejoin your Crew.

What did you guys do to physically prepare for Philmont?

We went on several pre-trek backpacking trips. (Uwharrie, AT, etc) The single most reported regret of scouts that attended Philmont was that they didn’t do enough pre-trek hikes. This not only prepares your scouts physically but it also helps you to determine who works well together, what gear you don’t really need, how to pack your backpack for best comfort, makes you more efficient to setup and breakdown your gear, etc.  We also tried to encourage scouts to get out and walk in there neighborhoods, at school and during free time with their pack on there backs loaded up with weight.  Because even though you may be in great shape you can’t predict how the pack will wear on our body until you do it.  The last thing you want to do is be at philmont with a pack you haven’t worn much and it hurts your back.

How did you set up pre-trek hikes?

We set it up into crews just like we would at Philmont with a crew leader, etc and went on backpacking and hiking trips.

What was the average size/ weight of packs carried?

It shouldn’t be more than 1/3 your weight and it should be comfortable. In years past adults have carried 55 lbs +, but older adults are trying to pack lighter. Typical pack weights were 35-45 pounds.  Philmont recommends a 4500 cubic inch pack.  I mentioned I had purchased an Osprey Atmos 65, and he commented that this pack was borderline and almost too small.

Did anyone drop out of going after they signed up?

Yes, after the first pre-trek hike, a few adults dropped out. Also one scout was injured with a broken leg and couldn’t make the trip.

What about gear, does everyone need to bring a stove or water filter?

We only brought 2 stoves, one to use as a primary and one as a backup. Also Philmont issues each person water purification tablets made from Chlorine Dioxide. (Micropur), water filters are not really necessary but they did bring a c ouple of them.

What about getting water?

Most of the water comes from wells. Typically you will fill up your bottles from a faucet although it still needs to be treated it will look relatively clear.  Which you can use the tablets to clean or your water filter if you choose to bring one.

What about the weather and temperature?

Ken brought two pairs of shorts, one pair of long pants and one pair of rain pants. This was his particular layer system to keep warm.  A 30-40 degree sleeping bag is plenty warm. Anything below those ratings will likely be too warm and make your sleep uncomfortable.  Also a fleece or light down jacket would be nice. At night the temps get down to around 40 degrees, especially if you are at higher elevations or if it’s raining. It did rain a couple days so good rain gear is a necessity.  Also if you don’t want to use sun screen, consider wearing long pants and long sleeve light weight shirt.

Regarding the gear issued by Philmont do we have to use there’s or can we bring our own?

You can bring your own.  For example, Philmont issues a dining fly and poles, but they brought a 10x 10 tarp of there own and used trekking poles as the poles for there dining fly to cut down on weight. Also , some of the kitchen items were removed because scouts had there own items to cover those items issued by Philmont.

What about the trail food they issue, was it any good? 

Some of it is, and some is not. They issue you enough food that even if you don’t eat all of it, you won’t starve. Also, every staffed camp has a food swap container where people drop off food in the drop box that they didn’t want to eat. If you see something in there you like and want, take it. If you have something you want to drop off for others you can choose to or not. A big hit was mac and cheese, but some dishes were not great. Personal preference mostly.

What if you break your pack or some equipment on the trail?

Philmont has some nice packs for rent and if that happens they can get you another one to use while you are on the trail among other items.

What about food allergies?

Some scouts and adults had allergies. In those cases they brought there own food. It will be delivered to various staffed camps for you to pick up along the trail just like the Philmont provided food is. Its recommended that you bring just the food you need to replace the food that contains allergens. But its your choice if you want to replace it all, you just have to carry it one way or another.

What about tents?

Philmont has tents that they will loan out on a FCFS basis. The tents are relatively new and made by MSR. However they are heavy and rugged. Its recommended that you bring your own two person tent. Most of the people in there group bought the 2 person quarter dome type tents from REI and those worked fine.  They require two people to a tent. Once you are assigned to a crew you should pick your tent mates.

What about sleeping conditions?

You need to bring clean fresh sleep clothes. Your daytime hiking clothes need to go in bear bag in case you spilled a smellable on them. Some people slept in shorts and a tshirt while others slept in long underwear. Personal preference. But it sure does feel nice to sleep in clean clothes at night in your sleeping bag. The weather is dry so even if your clothes get soaked in sweat or rain they dry fast.  Although still smell sweaty.

What about camp shoes?

A lot of people brought Croc’s. They are bulky but light weight and you don’t have to worry about them staying wet for a long time, they dry fast since they are plastic/rubber material. Most people strapped them on the outside of there pack.  It was recommended that you wear your hiking boots on the plane to Philmont, because in the event that your luggage gets lost or arrives late, you don’t want to have to go buy yourself a brand new pair of hiking boots for the trail.

Is the mileage on the itineraries and treks accurate? 

No not really. If you go on a trek that states its 55 miles, it will be longer because you are required to do a 3 hour conservation project, plus staffed camp activities may require you to walk a couple miles for the activities, the bathroom may be quite a ways away as well. So if you go on a 55 mile trek, that’s just point A to point B mileage, the extra walking isn’t included,  for example a 70 mile trek will be more like 90 miles of walking.  Keep that in mind when selecting your trek.

What did most scouts pick in terms of treks?

Its not recommended that you go on a strenuous or super strenuous trek unless you are in great shape. When they say strenuous they mean it. Most scouts should pick Challenging or Rugged especially if its there first time to Philmont.

Troop 505 Camp Danial Boone Summer Camp Planning Session Jul 17

High Adventure

Our next Troop Meeting is scheduled for July 17th from 7-8:30pm at the American Legion Post 6. During this meeting we will continue planning for Summer Camp. Please bring all supplies you require forSummer Camp to this Troop meeting. Our Troop trailer will be at the meeting and we will start packing the trailer for our trip on Sunday.

Troop 505 has confirmed Camp Daniel Boone as the destination for our 2013 Boy Scout Summer Camp. We will be in the Chippewa campsite from July 21st untill July 27th. Anyone planing to attend Summer Camp must attend this meeting.

The 2013 Camp Daniel Boone Merit Badge Program includes: Indian Lore, Leatherwork, Geology, Nature, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Space Exploration and Orienteering (just to name a few). While in camp, our Scouts will select up to six (6) Merit Badge sessions per week.

To find out more information visit: http://www.campdanielboone.org