Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Forest Glen Day Hike

Lookout Tower Here We Come!

Troop 9 is hiking at Forest Glen Preserve to test our orienteering skills and enjoy some beautiful scenery!  We will hike using map and compass and the orienteering training Mr. Amacher has been providing in Troop meetings.  After we successfully navigate the trail, we feast on grilled hot dogs!!!

Permission slips are required and are due at the next meeting on Tuesday, March 26.
There is no fee but please be sure to RSVP so we can Be Prepared!

Saturday March 30, 2019
8:00am    Meet at Holy Cross
8:15am    Depart for Forest Glen
9:15am    Arrive Forest Glen
9:30am    Orienteering Hike
3:00pm    Hot dog lunch
4:00pm    Depart for Holy Cross
5:00pm    Arrive at Holy Cross
  • Scouts should dress for the weather; wear layers if it will be cool.
  • Scouts should wear proper footwear: comfortable broken-in hiking shoes or boots.
  • It will be muddy so plan on getting dirty.
  • Scouts should bring the 10 Essentials as listed in their Handbook packed in a day pack.
    (Do NOT use drawstring backpacks)
Please RSVP using THIS SIGNUP LINK.
Please download and print the permission slip linked HERE.


Update 3/27/19
Rain or Shine: What to bring? What to wear?
The hike will take place rain or shine unless there is threat of dangerous thunderstorms.  We may hike an alternate orienteering course closer to home if conditions are too poor at Forest Glen.  We will make that decision on Saturday morning.  Everyone should still arrive at Holy Cross at 8:00am.

The Ten Essentials
We talked last night about the Scout essentials found on page 283 of the Scout handbook.  These items should be packed in a small or standard sized backpack and brought to every outing.
Image result for bsa handbook 10 essentials
  1. Water Bottle (2)
  2. Extra clothing (extra socks for day hike)
  3. Sun Protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
  4. First Aid Kit
  5. Rain Gear (lightweight rain coat and rain pants)
  6. Flashlight and/or headlamp
  7. Trail Food
  8. Map and Compas
  9. Matches and fire starters
  10. Pocketknife

Layer Up For Comfort
Layering is a good idea in all weather conditions.  For hiking, a good layer system includes:

Clothing:

  • Base Layer: Synthetic undergarments: compression shorts and shirt (underarmor type)
    • This layer helps wick moisture away from the skin AND helps prevent chafing on long hikes
  • Mid Layer: long sleeve t-shirt or button up shirt, jeans or Scout pants
    • NOTE: shorts are OK as long as proper footwear and socks are worn - see below
  • Insulating layer: fleece pullover or hoodie, fleece pants
    • Optional for cool to cold weather
  • Outer Layer: Rain coat or jacket, rain pants
    • Lightweight and easy to carry

Footwear:

  • Socks Base Layer: synthetic athletic socks
  • Socks Outer Layer: thick long synthetic or wool hiking socks
  • Shoes / Boots: comfortable shoes or hiking boots that lace up snug and can get dirty and wet (preferably water resistant)





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