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First Year Hike - March 14, 2015

 First Year Hike (5-mile day hike)
When: March 14, 2015 from 12:30-5pm
Where: Rancho San Antonio (via alternate entrance, so you must meet at LAUMC to carpool) (map of preserve)
Who: First Year Scouts and Troop Guides
Why: Trail to First Class Skills
Cost: None
SIC: Troop Guides
Activity Coordinator: Kathleen McGall


Meet at LAUMC at 12:30 to depart for hike by 12:45.
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.

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
  • Snack
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.


K. McGall,
Feb 28, 2015, 5:28 PM