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West Point Details/Logistics

Friday, May 1st to Sunday, May 3rd - West Point Camporee

Since we're not having a Troop Meeting before leaving, PLEASE CLICK ON DETAILS BELOW and REVIEW THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY.  WE ALSO NEED YOU TO RESPOND RIGHT AWAY TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE GOING, YOU HAVE A BACKPACK, WHETHER YOU HAVE A TENT, AND WHERE WE CAN MEET YOU ON FRIDAY FOR DEPARTURE.  Please respond here:  ==>  WEST POINT

Departure:
We need to depart as early as possible on Friday.  We are planning to pick up all Scouts at their school right after dismissal (WIssahickon, GFS, CHA, GA, Arcola).  Please let us know your school and dismissal time on the response form so we can determine if this is possible.  We will have a gear drop-off on Thursday night at 7:30PM at St. Dunstan's so you don't have to take your backpack to school.  We'll bring your gear with us when we pick you up on Friday.  We need to do this because if we arrive too late at West Point we won't be allowed to hike in. 

Meals:
You are responsible for bringing individual meals for yourself (only yourself, not the patrol) for the following:
  1. Breakfast Saturday
  2. Lunch Saturday
  3. Breakfast Sunday
The Troop will provide ingredients for you to make Sunday dinner and we'll stop for food on the car rides up and back.  For the two breakfasts you are bringing yourself we will provide you with hot water, if you want it (for oatmeal or cocoa).  Breakfast suggestions: one or two packs of instant oatmeal, one or two granola bars or cereal bars or energy bars, an apple, a banana, an orange, trail mix, beef jerky, an envelope of Tang or hot cocoa or other pre-measured drink mix (but only enough for one or two servings).  Lunch suggestions: crackers and peanut butter, unopened pepperoni stick (small size), hard cheese (that doesn't need refrigeration), envelope with tuna fish or chicken (not a can), beef jerky, cookies, trail mix, a piece of fruit, pre-measured drink mix.  Keep it lightweight!
Put each meal in a separate ziplock bag that you can find easily when it's time to eat or at night (to put it in the bear bag).  Remember: plan carefully and only bring enough for yourself.

Backpacks:
Everything you're carrying has to go in your pack.  Everything means nothing in your hands.  Your pack can be internal or external frame but it has to have a padded hip-belt and be considerably larger than a school backpack or day pack.  Please indicate on the response form if you need to borrow a backpack and we will make arrangements to get one to you ASAP (like Monday or Tuesday).

Tents:
On the response form please let us know if you have a tent that would be good for backpacking and that you're willing to bring.  It shouldn't be too large or heavy and we will divide it up to carry in on the hike (one Scout takes tent, one takes rain fly, one takes poles, etc.).  Make sure all the parts are included.  Better yet, set it up early in the week to be sure and to check its condition!

Three Forms to Bring:
  1. Troop 98 Permission Slip (will be emailed to you soon)
  2. West Point Waiver Slip (will be emailed to you soon or download it here:  ==> WEST POINT RELEASE and MEDICAL
  3. West Point Medical (will be emailed to you soon or download on the link above)
    Please note the Medical Form requires the Scout's Social Security Number.  You absolutely MUST have your SSN listed.  West Point is an active military base and they won't let us in without it!
Personal Gear to Bring:
  • Weather forecast is showing a chance for showers on Friday and Saturday.
  • To hike in on Friday wear shorts or pants (jeans aren't a good choice, especially if it's going to rain; use lightweight zip off or cargo pants instead), a T-shirt plus a long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt, plus RAIN GEAR (hooded rain jacket or poncho).  Don't forget a pack cover (a large trash bag works fine).
  • Wear hiking boots or the closest thing you have to hiking boots and two pairs of socks, thin cotton or polypropylene on the inside, thicker hiking socks on the outside.
  • Bring a second set of clothes for Saturday and a second pair of shoes (these can be athletic shoes but make sure they have grippy soles; no Tevas or other kind of open-toe sandal), but choose the lightest clothes you can.
  • Bring a sleeping bag warm enough for the 40 degree weather forecast at night.  If your sleeping bag is fastened to the outside of your backpack put a plastic bag around it first.  Bring a light sleeping pad if you have one.
  • Bring a jacket and a warm hat.  Work gloves are probably a good idea to work with rope and other things at the events.
  • Bring a headlamp or flashlight.
  • Bring personal eating gear (all you need is a bowl, a fork and a cup, ideally a mug with a handle).  Choose the lightest weight items you can.
  • Bring a minimum amount of personal items: toothbrush, sunscreen, and medications you need, a small first aid kit, pocketknife, insect repellent, compass, matches, fire starting material (nothing artificial).  Put anything "smellable" like toothpaste, sunscreen, etc. in a zip lock bag with your name on it.  We will need to put this in the bear bag at night.
  • Bring one or two water bottles (like a Nalgene sport bottle) of 1.0 or 1.5 quarts/liters.  If you don't have these you can buy a sport drink bottle (like Propel) but pick a sturdy one with a wide mouth (so it's easier to refill).  FYI, there is potable water at West Point but you should start hiking with at least one full water bottle.
  • Bring money for the trading post.  There also may be a snack bar.  The Troop will pay for your meals on the way up and back and BillMonk you later.  You will also be BillMonked $20 for the cost of the trip.
  • here's another list:  BACKPACKING GEAR LIST
Please reply with question or concerns.  See you Thursday and Friday!

Don't forget to RESPOND!  ==>  WEST POINT
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