Category: Scout Backpacking

Are We There Yet?

Nothing annoys me more than a Scout who is constantly asking “how many miles until we get to camp?” It is the Venture Crew equivalent of “are we there yet?” which is a developmental stage that most children grow out of when they reach the age of 11 or so. Conscientious hikers should know approximately how long it is going to take them to reach camp before they even start hiking.

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It’s Spring and Spring is Backpacking Season for Real Scouts!

Its Spring – a time when every sturdy young Scout starts thinking about the backpacking season ahead. Across the country, young men are pulling packs out of the closet, cleaning out the leftover food from last year, and getting ready for practice hikes. Adults are enthusiastically stepping up to do the same. Many with the goal of completing their first 50 miler backpacking trip before the end of the summer.

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Rules of the Tent

This Spring, a Scout new to the Venture Crew was dealing with his fears and desperately trying to convince himself that he was “manly” enough to complete a 50 mile hike at age 13. As the youngest backpacker, a major concern was his older tent mate and whether they would be compatible. To deal with his anxieties, the apprehensive Scout wrote up the following “Rules of the Tent” contract. What do you think about these rules?

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Tale of Two Philmonts

Philmont sits at the apex of the Scout backpacking experience. For skilled backpackers the Philmont routes are not difficult. However, most Scouts are not skilled backpackers and the challenge of being on the trail for two weeks makes a trip to Philmont incredibly worthwhile. In addition, the fun activities and camaraderie with Scouts from every state make it a “Scouting Disneyland.” However, not every trip to Philmont is a good one.

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Free Range Scouts

Many Scout families struggle with the concept of high adventure outings. Some parents believe that backpacking, snow camping, and cycling are just too dangerous for today’s youth. The parental and peer pressure that used to propel boys out of the living room and onto the trail is getting weaker and weaker. As a result, outings are becoming less adventurous and boys are challenged less and less. Read what the Free Range Kids website has to say about this trend.

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How Do Scout Backpackers Eat?

Getting into camp every afternoon means achieving a brief sense of accomplishment which is followed by a flurry of activity. Backpacks have to be emptied of Troop equipment. Water has to be filtered. Bear bag trees need to be located. And most important for most, dinner has to be prepared and eaten. But how does it all get organized?

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How Expensive Is Scout Backpacking?

It’s difficult to determine how much Scout backpacking costs. The best we can do is calculate a replacement cost for all the things in a Scout’s backpack — regardless of whether they were actually borrowed, rented, purchased used, inherited, or given as gifts. You will, however, be surprised how much it’s all worth. The total cost to replace everything is staggering! (Please forward this to your friends who are interested in Scout backpacking.)

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Scout Snow Camping Requiem?

Snow camping is the most unforgettable of all outings. For many Scouts, their first night spent in a snow cave is a defining moment – and the tipping point between boyhood and manliness.

That’s why it is so distressing to think that snow camping for local Scouts may soon be a thing of the past.

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Is Backpacking Too Hard for Scouts?

The Meridian District has always been an “Alpha District” for delivering outstanding High Adventure programs to older Scouts. However, the number of backpacking outings dropped 25% in 2010! This makes you wonder if backpacking is too difficult for today’s Scouts.

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Trailhead for New Scouts

Many units have their own guidelines for equipment to be purchased by a new Scout. Always talk to the Scoutmaster if you have any questions.

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Scout Backpacking

Boy Scout backpacking reinforces Physical Fitness, Mental Awareness, Leadership, and Outdoor Skills. Scout backpacking also provides an opportunity for life-changing experiences. Scout Backpacking fosters camaraderie

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