Schedule for Campout #5 – First Year Mustang Scout Skills Campout
Saturday, May 30 – Sunday, May 31, 2015
Camp Moriah – Undeveloped Area in Back
10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131, USA
You will need to drive through the cemetery to get to the designated area. Please note that you may want to bring earplugs. There are train tracks nearby and the trains will blow their whistles.
- All 1st Year Mustang Scouts (even if not attending Summer Camp)
- Any interested adult, parent, or leader
- Troop Guides
- Older Scouts interested in helping new Scouts
Activities: There is advance preparation required for this campout. Please read carefully.
Saturday, May 30
- 8:00 am Arrive at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Set up Camp.
- 9:30 am Scout Skills Instruction
- Review safe use of knife, saw, and axe to prepare fire materials
- Totin Chip Card
- Review basic fire building skills
- Cooking Fire Demonstration
- Fire Man Chit Award
- 11:00 am Gather and prepare fire materials for lunch
- 12:00 pm Lunch
- 1:00 pm Scout Skills Instruction
- Using Lightweight Backpacking Stoves
- Using Troop Coleman Stoves and Lanterns
- Dutch Oven Instruction
- Basic Compass Instruction – Bearing Course
- 3:00 pm Environmental Science Plot Study Hike – Merit Badge Requirement 4a
- Be prepared to take detailed notes that will be used to write your report for the Environmental Science Merit Badge (eagle required) at Camp Bartle.
- 5:00 pm Prepare and Eat Dinner
- 7:00 pm Free Time – Fishing
- 8:30 pm Campfire
- 10:00 pm Taps – Lights Out
Sunday, May 31
- 7:30 am Reveille. Prepare and Eat Breakfast
- 9:00 am Scouts Own
- 9:30 am Break Camp
First year Scouts will plan and cook all meals. Each Scout is responsible for planning and providing all necessary food, recipes, cooking utensils, and other ingredients to cook two meals (hot dinner and hot breakfast) for three people: themselves, an adult, and an older Scout (Refer to 1st Class Req. #4a-d)
Equipment Needed: (consult your Scout Handbook for a complete list)
- Weather appropriate clothing, extra dry clothing to change into at night
- Sturdy boots or shoes & extra pair
- Sleeping Bag and ground mat
- Mess Kit (bowl, plate, insulated cup, knife, fork, spoon)
- Rain Gear
- Canteen or water bottle
- Bug Spray, Sunblock, Hat
- Cooking Utensils needed
- FOOD FOR ALL MEALS, menus, food costs, lists
- Meals will be cooked on open pit fires. Plenty of firewood is available.
- Work gloves
Bring the following items for Program Activity:
- Written response to the First Class cooking requirements
- Scout Handbook
- Pen & Paper
- Metal Cooking Grate (the troop only has a few)
- Environmental Science Merit Badge Book
- Prepare a First Aid Kit in accordance with Second Class #b6
- Toilet Paper
- Patrol tents & tarps
Free (other than personal food costs)
For further details, see the Philmont High Adventure 2015 page.
We depart on Amtrak on Thurs July 9. We return on Thurs July 23.
General Trip Outline
Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) is part of Superior National Forest. BWCA is in the northern extreme of Minnesota and it borders Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. BWCA is renown for its canoeing and fishing. It is over one million acres of pristine wilderness which includes over one thousand lakes, over one thousand miles of canoe routes and over two thousand campsites.
We will gather near Ely, Minnesota for a half-day of orientation, detailed trip planning, instruction on how to use the outfitter’s equipment and bunking in one of their bunkhouses. Then we head out early on the next morning for seven days on the water in BWCA.
We are targeting a path which leads from Nina Moose River to Mudro Lake. This itinerary has the benefit of several waterfalls, Indian pictographs, cliff faces, fantastic fishing and general scenic beauty. Not returning to the start point has the benefit of seeing new sights every day. There are enough days and distance to let the crews complete the trip without pushing too hard while earning the 50-miler award.
The National Forest Service requires all entrants to BWCA to break into crews of nine or fewer people. Permits are issued per crew with strict limits on how many crews may enter BWCA at each entry point per day. It is recommended that we have one crew travel from Nina Moose River to Mudro Lake while another crew head from Mudro Lake to Nina Moose River, allowing for a meeting half-way. Detailed plans of the trip on waterproof maps – which we will carry with us – will be reviewed during orientation.
We have chosen North Country Canoe Outfitters as our outfitter for this trip rather than the Boy Scout Northern Tier outfitter. There are many advantages of using a private outfitter – they provide better equipment, all equipment, including canoes, tents, water-tight bags for gear, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, stoves, pots, pans, rain flies and food. They require less paperwork and have fewer hoops for us to jump through. They are lower cost. They are more flexible in a variety of ways.
Age and Rank Requirements
All scouts going on this High Adventure trip need to be at least 13 years of age and at least Star rank at the time of the trip.
Fees and Deposit
A non-refundable $100 deposit is due by March 10, 2014. The balance will be due upon arrival at BWCA.
More details to follow as we get closer…
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