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TROOP 113: HIGH ADVENTURE - PLANNING FOR THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME

This is where you find out what High Adventure trips Troop 113 has planned...

Nobody offers more exhilarating or a wider variety of high adventure for young people than the Boy Scouts of America. Through high adventure experiences, The Boy Scouts of America leaves lasting memories with youth and fosters development in character and leadership. Challenge yourself at BSA’s High Adventure Bases. From the aquatic adventures of Florida Sea Base to the canoeing or winter camping challenge of Northern Tier, from the backpacking expeditions at Philmont Scout Ranch to the adventure sports programs at The Summit Bechtel Reserve, these experiences will shape you and teach you about yourself!

Troop 113 is going BACK to Philmont Scout Reservation!

Troop 113 is going back for the 3rd time to Philmont Scout Reservation in July 2018! Participants: here are a few nice resources for your convenience. Download the 2018 Philmont Trek Matix. Download the 2018 Philmont Gear Checklist. Download Garmin BaseCamp and Philmont basemap to help plan picking itineraries (ask Mr. Mello). Please watch the Philmont Backcountry Cooking Method video on YouTube. Please read the information on the Fitness Program page. When you have time, look through the Guidebook to Adventure. Please read Philmont’s Dining in the Backcountry by clicking here.

Upper James River Canoeing, Kayaking, and Appomattux Courthouse (Archive)

In July 2017 Troop 113 canoed 56 miles followed by another 7 miles of kayaking on the Upper James River in the Virginia countryside. In addition to the time spent on the Upper James River, Troop 113 members also visited the Museum of the Conferacy where they learned about many of the heroes of the War Between the States, filled out a lengthy questionnaire, and earned a cool special patch for their uniforms. Troop 113 also spent a day in the Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park where they hiked another 5 miles, filled out another questionnaire, and earned yet another cool patch for their uniforms. Participants all earned the BSA 50-Miler Award by recovering and recycling several dozen automobile tires that had been dumped into the James River.

Appalachian Trail & Gettysburg Heritage Trail (Archive)

Between Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, August 7, 2016 Troop 113 hiked from the Appalachian Trail Headquarters in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia through the entire state of Maryland and into the Old Forge Picnic Grounds in Pennsylvania. They drove to Gettysburg National Military Park, PA where they hiked another 16 miles through Gettysburg NMP participating in a special program for Boy Scouts. All participants earned the BSA 50-Miler Award by collecting many pounds of trash along the way and disposing of it properly.

Philmont Scout Reservation (Archive)

TROOP 113 SENT 2 CREWS TO PHILMONT ON A 12-DAY TREK IN JULY 2015.  “Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.”   Philmont participants must be 14 years of age OR completed the eighth (8th) grade and be at least 13 years of age by the expedition start date. To avoid disappointment, please do not request or expect exceptions! Philmont can make no exceptions to the minimum age requirement for attendance. A minimum of two adult leaders is required for each crew. The maximum number of adults per crew is four. “A Philmont trek is physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. Each participant must be able to carry a 35 to 50 lb. pack (but no more than 25-30% of their body weight) while hiking 5 to 12 miles per day in an isolated mountain wilderness, ranging from 6,500 to 12,500 feet in elevation. Climatic conditions include temperatures from 30 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, low humidity (10-30%) and frequent, sometimes severe, afternoon thunderstorms. Activities include horseback riding, rock climbing and rappelling, challenge events, pole climbing, black powder shooting, 12 gauge trap shooting, .30-06 shooting, trail building, mountain biking and other activities that may have potential for injury. Philmont strives to minimize risks to participants and advisors by emphasizing proper safety precautions. Refer to the Guidebook to Adventure for specific information. Philmont staff instructs participants in safety measures to be followed. Each participant and crew is expected to follow these safety measures and to accept responsibility for the health and safety of each of its members.”   Philmont requires that all participants meet the height/weight limits. Please visit the Philmont Scout Ranch website.

Allagash Wilderness Canoe Trip (Archive)

In August 2014 Troop 113 members canoed 50 miles on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway in Maine. After camping over night they drove to Baxter State Park and hiked the last 6 miles of the Appalachian Trail to the summit of Mt. Katahdin. Troop113 has done this trip two times previously and everyone still talks about the wonderful experience.

Itinerary:

Fri 1-August: Travel to Camp Nutter and shopping for food at the Hannaford supermarket Sat 2-August: Travel Pelletier's Campground Sun 3-August: Canoe along Allagash River Mon 4-August: Canoe along Allagash River Tue 5-August: Canoe along Allagash River Wed 6-August: Canoe to Pelletier's Campground and eat at the Swamp Buck Restaurant & Lounge Thu 7-August: Travel Baxter State Park Fri 8-August: Hike AT Baxter State Park (Trailbase Map) Sat 9-August: Travel Home
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