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First Year Hike - March 9, 2013

What: 5-Mile Day Hike
Who: First Year Scouts & Troop Guides (parents welcome too!)
When: Saturday March 9, 2013 from 1:00-5:00pm
Why: Trail to First Class Skills


This will be a 5-mile day-hike to fulfill Second Class requirement 1b. We will practice some basic compass and map reading skills, and review the ten essentials, before we take off on the hike. Scouts will receive credit for one activity toward rank advancement. Scouts will also have the opportunity to be tested for requirement Second Class 1a.

1a. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean.
1b. Using a compass and a map together, take a five-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.*

NOTE: Meet next to the small building that houses the bathrooms.

What to bring

Scouts should wear their Boy Scout uniform (hat to socks) and bring the following required items from The Ten Essentials in a small backpack/fanny pack:
  • 1L water bottle (filled)
  • Compass (we recommend basic Silva or Suunto like the picture below)
  • Shoes for hiking/walking (no flip-flops or smooth soles!)
  • Rain gear
NOTE: Please print out and bring the Activity Consent form below to the Tuesday meeting or to the hike itself. No Scout will be able to go on the hike with out the Activity Consent form filled out and signed by a parent or guardian.

NOTE: Parents - check out Ten Essentials for more information about hydration options and compasses.

Brent Browning,
Mar 4, 2013, 8:23 PM