Backpacking and Camping at Hawk Mountain - March 7 to 9, 2014


Who says Scouts don't go backpacking or camping in the Winter?  Let's do both, on Friday to Sunday March 7th to 9th!  This is the third backpacking prep trip for Philmont and it counts for 50 points towards the 300 points required (DETAILS).

We'll camp overnight Friday in a cabin at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation (MAP - DIRECTIONS).  On Saturday, backpackers will set out from there and connect to the Appalachian Trail, hike part of the day and loop back to the cabin in the afternoon. Campers will stay at the Scout Reservation, explore the area, work on advancement, cooking and games. If it's open we may visit the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary or even hike to The Pinnacle.

Leave: Friday at 5:00PM from St. Johns.
Return: Sunday at Noon to St. Johns.

You should only backpack if you have the appropriate gear (as we've discussed at prior troop meetings).  If you're not sure, please come to the PLC meeting on Friday with your boots, backpack and sleeping bag so we can check you out!
If you need to borrow a backpack let us know on the RSVP form or email the Scoutmaster
  1. Wear hiking boots or solid athletic shoes that are waterproof.  Wear two pairs of socks, ideally thin polypropylene (wicking) socks or cotton socks against your foot, and a pair of thicker socks (ideally wool or wool blend) outside of them.  This reduces the likelihood of blisters.
  2. You must carefully plan what you are carrying.  MINIMIZE WEIGHT
  3. Pack your smellables separately in something you can easily take out and put in the bear bag.
  4. Don't forget eating gear (but not an entire mess kit).  MINIMIZE WEIGHT
  5. Take time to attach things to your pack (such as your sleeping bag) with compression straps or rope.
  6. Your pack and gear will be checked out before you start hiking. If you're not prepared we could ask you to not backpack, and instead stay with the camping group.
  7. You should drink a lot of water before leaving and you must carry at least one quart of water (in a durable water bottle).
  8. Scout uniform
Crew Gear (to be assigned by Acting Crew Leaders for this trip; let us know on the RSVP if you want to be Acting Crew Leader):
  1. Water purification
  2. Crew food (Sat breakfast, lunch, dinner; Sun breakfast)
  3. Cooking/food prep/serving gear
  4. Cleaning gear
  5. Bear bag and rope
  6. First Aid kit
  7. Compass (2)

    No need for firestarting materials

Planning and Packing:
  1. Cooking by patrol.  Please RSVP asap so your patrol leader or his delegate can make meal plans.
  2. There are tables and cooking equipment in the cabin, and we'll also bring our own stoves.  Patrol Gear (discuss with your Patrol Leader or Troop Guide).
  3. You will be sleeping on a bunk in a heated cabin but we've never stayed here so we don't know how warm it will be.  Prepare as if it will be cold!
  4. Wear hiking boots or solid athletic shoes for hiking (see #1 on the left side of this page).
  5. Wear multiple layers to regulate your body warmth.
  6. Check the weather forecast before you leave; plan accordingly (like rain gear).
  7. Bring eating gear and a water bottle.
  8. Scout uniform is not required.

At The Pinnacle on the A-T