February – July 2014
For all scouts and parents interested in any high adventure backpacking trip over the next several years…
Marta Henshaw from Backwoods will be doing a “Gear Talk” on February 3 at 6 PM at Prairie Star Middle School prior to the Troop meeting. This will be your opportunity to hear about the newest and best gear to take with you in your pack. She will also be giving tips on how to pack your backpack. You will have an opportunity to ask her any gear related questions.
Please RSVP to Krista Cox by 1/31 if you are coming.
Boundary Waters 2015 Meeting
We will meet at Prairie Star middle school at 6 pm on March 10, 2014 to discuss details of the high adventure trip to Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). The trip is planned for the third week of July 2015.
All scouts need to be 13+ years old and Star rank or higher at the time of the trip.
Boundary Waters is over a million acres of pristine wilderness with over one thousand lakes, over one thousand canoe paths and over two thousand camp sites. BWCA is part of Superior National Forest and is supported and regulated by the National Forest Service. To reduce the impact of people on this natural preserve, permits to BWCA are limited – limited to the number of groups (crews) which can start their canoe adventure by start point. For instance, Nina Moose Lake can have a maximum of seven crews launch there on any given day. Also, the size of any crew is limited to nine people or less. We will probably have two or three crews ply the waters of BWCA.
Since we will have more than one traveling group (crew), we potentially could have very different itineraries for each of the different crews. We could have one group want to cover as much territory as possible while a second group want to see as much wildlife as possible while a third crew want to do as much fishing as possible while a fourth crew want to spend most of their time in neighboring Quetico Provincial Park.
We have chosen a private outfitter (North Country Canoe Outfitters – NCCO) rather than the Boy Scout outfitter (Northern Tier – NT) for a few reasons. NT puts three people in a canoe while NCCO puts two people in a canoe. NCCO provides essentially all equipment while NT provides minimal equipment. NT requires payment for groups of eight, whether or not all spots are filled. NCCO is happy with any group of eight or more. NT provides a guide, but they take one of the nine spots allowed by the National Forest Service and you pay for this service.
We have targeted July 19-25 to be on the water. This means driving up to/near Albert Lea, MN after work on Friday, July 17, over-nighting at a hotel there and finishing the drive the next morning, arriving at Ely, MN around 3 pm on Saturday, July 18. We will go through orientation, have demonstrations and hands-on practice on how to use their equipment, finalize detailed route planning at NCCO and gather our equipment. We will overnight in bunk houses on the lake front property of NCCO, get up in the morning, be shuttled to our start point and start our journey.
The cost for the NCCO bunk house, use of NCCO equipment (canoes, paddles, life jackets, tents, sleeping bags, pads, rain flies, pots, pans…), meals for the duration on the water and shuttles to and from our trip in BWCA will be about $574 per person. Additional costs include transportation to/from Ely, MN, hotel and meals on the way and souvenirs (including patches at the Northern Tier shop).
The middle of July with a start on a Sunday is very much prime time up in Boundary Waters. We need to make reservations early to get these prime spots.
RSVP / Deposit
To secure a reservation with NCCO, we need to make a non-refundable deposit of $100 per person. Please bring a checkbook or a check in your wallet to cover your deposit and make checks payable to Troop 10. The Boundary Waters trip coordinator needs to collect these checks and hand them as a group to our Troop Treasurer, get a Troop check cut and send it to NCCO to secure our reservation.
If you have questions about the Boundary Waters 2015 high adventure trip, please direct them to Jeff Parrish.
Please sign-up online using registration link here.
No shows and cancellations after April 3rd will be charged the full amount. If you need to arrive late, leave early or leave during the campout, you MUST contact our Scoutmaster, Rob Day, firstname.lastname@example.org, before 8:00am Friday April 4th or you may not get credit for the campout.
Cost: $22.00+3.00=$25.00 Mustang Patrol Scouts, All Adults and SPL Staff
$10.00+$3.00=$13.00 All other Troop 10 Scouts (plus patrol food costs)
The campout fee will be charged to your account by Julia Day, Troop Treasurer
Activities & Schedule:
Mustang Patrol Scouts: (Arrive Saturday morning & depart Sunday morning)
- If you took a Troop tent home, you must bring it to this campout or arrange for someone to bring it.
- Meet at Price Chopper at 133 & MIssion at 7:30am, Saturday Morning
- Depart from the Price Chopper at 8:00AM SHARP!!!
- Arrive at CampTimberlake and set-up camp
- Work on Scout skills & early rank advancement.
- Work on cooking skills (see below)
- Fishing – bring own tackle & bait
- Attend and witness Order of the Arrow Tapout Ceremony (in Class A Uniform)
- Cracker-barrel Saturday evening.
All Other Troop 10 Scouts: (Arrive Friday evening, Saturday & depart Sunday morning)
- Arrive at CampTimberlake Friday evening and set up camp.
- ALL OA Members, Prepare for ceremony & build campfires
- OA Ordeal Members: Receive Brotherhood Study Materials in preparation for Induction Weekend.
- ALL OA Members; Participate and perform Tapout Ceremony. Tribal attire or Class A with OA Sash & Coups.
- Non OA Members; Help Mustang Scouts & Attend OA Tapout Ceremony. Class A uniform required.
- Fishing (as time allows) – bring gear & bait
- Cracker-barrel Saturday evening.
- Fishing in CampTimberlake’s well stocked Lake
- Work on Fishing Merit Badge
- Orienteering course for Mustang rank advancement. Bring a compass if you have one
- Conservation project
Friday Supper: Eat before you arrive
Patrols plan and prepare a Hot Breakfast
Mustang Scouts & Parents eat before you meet at PSMS
Adults & SPL Staff will cook & eat as the “Old Goat” Patrol.
Scouts: Bring a sack lunch, or make arrangments to cook lunch if the meal is needed for cooking or camping merit badge.
Adults & Mustangs: Mustangs will cook hamburgers for the Old-Goats and the Mustangs.
Patrols plan and prepare a hot supper
Mustang Scouts will prepare a hot supper – the food will be provided
Adults & SPL Staff will cook & eat as the “Old Goat” patrol.
Patrols plan and prepare a hot breakfast
Mustang Scouts will prepare a hot breakfast – the food will be provided
Adults & SPL Staff will cook & eat as the “Old Goat” Patrol.
Troop Policy: NO Lighter Fluid, “Match-light”, or accelerant to be used.
Charcoal chimneys are provided by the Troop
Mustang Patrol Scouts: (consult your Scout Handbook for a complete list)
- Cold/Cool weather clothing and extra dry clothing to change into at night
- Sturdy Boots or shoes and an extra pair of shoes.
- Sleeping Bag – (weather appropriate) and ground mat.
- Mess Kit (bowl, plate, insulated cup, knife, fork, spoon)
- Rain Gear
- Canteen or water bottle
- Fishing tackle & bait
- Troop Tents & ground cloth (if you took one home last month)
- SCOUT HANDBOOK and PEN (mark book with your name)
- Field Uniform (Class “A”) for Saturday Night Ceremony
All Other Troop 10 Scouts:
- Same equipment as above
- Patrol tents & tarps (check to make sure ALL parts are present)
- Patrol Cook Boxes (cleaned & stocked)
- Food for all meals
- OA Members need to bring tribal attire if you have it.
- OA Members – Remember to bring your OA Sash.
- Field Uniform (Class “A”) for Saturday Night Ceremony (if not in tribal attire).
Patrols must make sure that patrol tents and cooking boxes are brought to camp by assigned patrol members. If you have Patrol Equipment (tents, tarps, stoves, cooking equipment), make sure it makes it to this campout even if you aren’t attending. Contact your Patrol Leader, if he doesn’t call you by Wednesday, April 2nd. Patrol Quartermasters must speak to the Troop Quartermaster, Jeromy Rutledge, email@example.com , if ANY additional equipment is needed (i.e. cooking grates, bricks, tent poles, tent pegs, tarps, tents).
Coordinating Patrol: The coordinating patrol will be the Alligator Patrol. Alligator Patrol Scouts and ALL quartermasters are responsible for loading the Troop Truck on Thursday, April 3rd at 6:00pm and unloading the truck on Sunday morning after the campout. The Alligator Patrol must arrange for someone to drive the truck to the campout. The Troop Truck and locker are located at the storage facility at 133rd and Holmes Road.
NOTE TO NEW SCOUTS (MUSTANG PATROL)
The Troop has a large stock of equipment we use on our campouts and other outings. We provide: tents, ground cloths (tarps), cooking equipment, water coolers, propane lanterns, tables, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, first aid supplies & shelters for all Scouts. Adults must bring their own equipment (tent, ground cover, plates, spoons, etc.) On this Campout, Mustang Patrol Scouts will be cooking their own Supper & Breakfast. Troop 10 will purchase the necessary food and provide the needed cooking equipment. Plenty of older Scout & Adult supervision will be provided. Troop 10 Chair Policy: We honor our Eagle Scouts by allowing them to use chairs with backs. Any Scout who is not an Eagle must use a tripod-type camp stool. Adults should bring their own camp chair.
THE TROOP DOES NOT SUPPLY PLATES, BOWLS, CUPS, KNIVES, FORKS OR SPOONS !!!
ALL SCOUTS, LEADERS & PARENTS MUCH BRING THEIR OWN UTENSILS !!!
Directions: Go south on US HWY 69. Exit on 179th. Head West for LESS THAN 1/8 mile. Turn left (south) into Camp Timberlake entrance. It is the first left you can take on 179th after HW 69.
We will meet at Blue Valley Library to discuss travel options and arrangements for RMHAB.
Travel Options on the Way to RMHAB
Koshare and Kiva in La Junta, CO
Indian Kiva and Museum
Campout in the Kiva
Royal Gorge near Canon City, CO
Royal Gorge Zip Line
Travel Options on the Way Home
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Sandboarding and Sandsledding on the tallest sand dunes in North America
Hike to Zapata Falls