Training Backpack Outing – Valley Forge – May 17-18, 2014

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Here is the plan for our May Camping Trip:  Training Backpack Outing from Red Box to Valley Forge Campsite, Angeles National Forest.
If you are interested in going, please bring the attached permission slip and $25 to the troop meeting on MAY 11th.  You must have all paperwork in by the meeting (or E-mail confirmation) so we can accurately plan food, tents, etc.  Any exceptions must be cleared by the tour leader, Mr. Hanhart.
 

Please note that this is a backpacking trip.  We do have extra backpacks for rent at $20.00 if you need one, so do not let that stop you from coming on the trip!  Just E-mail me to reserve.  FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED

 
The hike into Valley Forge is a good starter hike of 2.3 miles, down hill to start.  The hike starts at a parking lot called Red Box, in Angeles National Forest.
 
Here is a good website outlining the planned trip :
 
Saturday
6:45AM Meet at El Retiro
7:00am Depart from El Retiro Park, PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE LATE, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT WE WILL WAIT.  TIMELINESS IS CRITICAL
8:30am arrive Red Box Parking
10:30am Arrive at Valley Forge Camp.  Set up Camp and have lunch
12:00pm Have Lunch
1:00pm Backpacking MB
3:00pm  Scout skills time
5:30pm Dinner and clean up.
 
Sunday
7:30am Breakfast
9:00am Depart Valley Forge Camp
10:45am Arrive at Red Box Parking
 
Scouts leave and head home. Arriving about 12:30pm.
We will pass out an equipment list and discuss logistics/Grubmasters (Cooking MB Requirement #5 & 6) at the next meeting as well. 

Contact me with any questions.

Brian Hanhart, Scoutmaster
Tour Leader
Troop 718
OUTING UPDATE 5/15/14

It is almost here, Valley Forge Backpack outing.  We have added Ryan B. for the trip;  WELCOME

Attached is the EQUIPMENT CHECK LIST.

Once again we are having a Pack Out Meeting on Friday, May 16th, 5:00PM at El Retiro parking lot.  This is the equipment distribution, packing and weigh out for all backpacks. 

BRING TWO WATER BOTTLES WITH YOU.  I suggest one of them being a large (liter) Arrowhead type plastic bottle.  We will be mixing drinks in it and I don’t want to make a good waterbottle a “smellable”.  If you need any equipment:

Slight change in the weather:  http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/USCA0742
Perfect weekend for backpacking; highs 74, lows 42  10% chance of showers Saturday, wind up to 12 knots.

DON’T FORGET YOUR BACKPACKING MB WORK SHEET

THIS IS A TRAINING OUTING, SO WE WILL BE GOING OVER HIKING & BACKPACKING SAFETY, MAP / COMPASS, HOW TO DO THINGS, ETC.  If you need a sign offs, bring your Scout book also.

DRIVERS
:  Map/Directions to Location Below:  PLEASE PRINT OUT DIRECTIONS TO REDBOX PARKING LOT:
https://goo.gl/maps/nXzkp
Latitude – Longitude:
34.258174,-118.10495

Lat: 34° 15′ 29.4258″
Long: -118° 6′ 17.82″
I Will have Forest Passes for your vehicles.

 

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2 Responses

  1. jimmyw says:

    This sounds like fun, count me in.

  2. jimmyw says:

    Great outing! The boys ( and I ) learned a lot about backpacking, it was a great outing for training.
    Beautiful scenery, perfect weather too. Many thanks to Scoutmaster Hanhart!

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