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Advancement Survivor II Campout!

posted Apr 8, 2021, 1:09 PM by Dan Walton   [ updated Apr 11, 2021, 10:21 AM ]

April 17th-18th, 2021

Per PLC request, this will be our 2nd "Advancement Survivor" Campout!

A “Survivor” TV Show style campout, focusing on Advancement games. Boys arrive Saturday AM with minimal gear and will be transported to the island for the weekend. Once on the island, they will be given buffs and divided into teams. As a team they will build their own shelter, and compete throughout the weekend for food & tool rewards. 

Unlike other survival-type campouts, there will be plenty of food to earn for everyone, no one will go hungry. However, winners will eat much better.   Upon  rejoining on land, we’ll enjoy a “better cheddar” party meal together!

We will be camping on Spoil Island BC46 (where we went last time), in the Indian River in Grant.  We'll be going over by boat.

The competitions are as follows:
  • ROPES  - Tie knots & use lashings to build a devices.   
  • FIRE  - Properly build a fire and burn a string first
  • FIRST AID - Bandage, Splint and Stretcher Skills
  • COMPASS  - Navigate your way through the Island with just a map & compass.  Will you get lost?
  • TREASURE HUNTING - Use modern devices to find hidden treasure.
  • KNIFE & AXE - Test your skills and safety with Knives & Axes.
  • SHELTER JUDGING - Best shelters win better prizes.
PARENTS - For you son to attend this campout, please do the following:
  1. Please carefully read the INFORMATION SHEET  as well as all information supplied to the scouts below.
  2. Fill out the ONLINE REGISTRATION/RSVP/PARENT PERMISSION FORM -  This is to be filled out by the parent and scout, prior to Tuesday, April 13th at midnight.  There is an option to pay in the form, or a check or cash can be turned in at Monday's meeting.
  3. Covid Precautions - Pre Health Check - Please use good judgement.  Please check your sons temperature and do a health check before sending him. 
SCOUTS (NOT PARENTS) MUST DO THE FOLLOWING 4 STEPS to attend this Campout (see print & download instructions below):
  1.  INFORMATION SHEET - Print it, READ IT, and put it in your Troop notebook  Use it carefully to prepare/pack for the trip.   
  2. With your parents, fill out the  ONLINE REGISTRATION/RSVP/PARENT PERMISSION FORM as instructed above (sit with your parents and use link above)
  3. Pack, but unlike most campouts, there is a VERY specific packing list, and you are only allowed to bring what is on it (see info sheet)
  4. Parents are not allowed to tell or direct scouts to secret word (look closely for it nearby)  Better Cheddar

INSTRUCTIONS on how to Download & Print Documents: Once you click on the forms above, you may hover near the bottom of the page to print and/or download them using the disc icon.  Also, you may download documents at the bottom of this page (see arrows).

Alexander Springs Hiking Campout

posted Feb 12, 2021, 6:33 AM by Dan Walton   [ updated Feb 14, 2021, 8:57 AM ]

March 13th-14th, 2021

This is a One Night, Two Day Campout  (Sat early AM -> Sunday late Afternoon)

This will be a fun 12 mile hike along the3 Florida Trail from Lake Clearwater in Paisley, to Alexander Springs, stopping in the middle of the Ocala Forest and making our own campsite!   At our remote campsite in the woods, we'll use our newly-made reflector ovens to make our now-famous Troop Pizza bread!   At the springs , we'll swim, snorkel, play field games, have lunch and come home well before dinner!

You'll need to do a lot of preparations including a Saturday morning bagged breakfast, a backpacked lunch,  tent (personal or shared troop)/hammock planning, backpack packing and another bag to pack just for Alexander springs.  Working with your buddies and sharing resources can make this trip more fun.

The four Troop Meetings prior to the campout will be used to train & teach the new scouts about everything backpacking, so that by the trip, they'll be ready.    Additionally, we will have a "Shakedown Hike" (date TBD) where you try out your backpack and shoes on a short hike starting at the Scoutpost.
 
PARENTS - For you son to attend this campout, please do the following:
  1. Please carefully read the INFORMATION SHEET (2 pages) as well as all information supplied to the scouts below.
  2. Fill out the ONLINE REGISTRATION/RSVP/PARENT PERMISSION FORM -  This is to be filled out by the parent and scout, prior to Monday, March 1st.   There is an option to pay in the form, or a check or cash can be turned in on or before Monday.
  3. Covid Precautions - Please Read
    • Pre Health Check - Please use good judgement.  Please check your sons temperature and do a health check before sending him. 
    • Masks in Vehicles - Please bring a mask to wear in the van/vehicles.  We'll open windows as well
SCOUTS (NOT PARENTS) MUST DO THE FOLLOWING 8 STEPS to attend this Campout (see print & download instructions below):
  1.  INFORMATION SHEET - TWO PAGES! - Print it, READ IT, and put it in your Troop notebook  Use it carefully to prepare/pack for the trip.   
  2. With your parents, fill out the  ONLINE REGISTRATION/RSVP/PARENT PERMISSION FORM as instructed above (sit with your parents and use link above)
  3. CAMPOUT AGENDA -  Please print this, and pack it for the campout.  Might want one for your Troop Notebook too!
  4. TRAIL MAP (click) - This custom Troop 337 Map shows points of interest on our journey.  Please print this and bring it with you, as well as a compass! New Scouts can get a LOT of hard requirements done if you bring the Trail Map and a Map Compass (clear square base - Cheap from WalMart)
  5. BACKPACKING SPECIFIC PACKING LIST - The yellow highlights are the only things required, the rest are optional.  Note:  This list is only if you are not responsible for your own cooking (which for this campout you are not)
  6. BACKPACKING HELPFUL HINTS - Print and read this and put it in your Troop Notebook (updated for this trip).  Note: You can find this any time in scouts-> documents.
  7. Read the IMPORTANT INFORMATION & REMINDERS below.
  8. Parents are not allowed to tell or direct scouts to secret word (look closely for it nearby)  Pizza
    INSTRUCTIONS on how to Download & Print Documents: Once you click on the forms above, you may hover near the bottom of the page to print and/or download them using the disc icon.  Also, you may download documents at the bottom of this page (see arrows).

    ABOUT BACKPACKS - Check out his Backpacking Type Information to help you know about back packs.  If you need more help selecting, purchasing, or if you want to see if you can borrow one, please talk to the Scoutmaster.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION & REMINDERS
    • Whistles - Every Scout MUST wear a whistle on the hike.
    • Sleeping Shelter - You must do one of the following for sleeping shelter:
      • A LIGHTWEIGHT backpacking personal tent
      • A hammock (must have mosquito netting and rain cover)
      • Make arrangements to share a tent with 2-4 other scouts and split up the tent for the hike.
    • Food & Water - Carefully prepare for your meals and Water.  It's complicated, but if you read everything, you'll do it right. Don't forget to bring your reflector oven for Pizza Bread on Saturday Night (if you haven't finished it, bring it into a meeting for help)
    • Test your Backpack - Do a test walk with your backpack.  Be sure the weight is mostly on your hips, not your shoulders.  Adjust the torso length to fit you if your backpack is adjustable.   Distribute your weight close to your back and HIGH. 
    • Hiking Shoes - You don't need heavy hiking boots, that's for rocky terrain, and tend to tire you out and create blisters.  Use hiking shoes (shoes with heavy soles) with no, low, or mid ankle support.   No need for high ankle support on our terrain.
    • Paper Work - Print & Bring the Trail Map and Campout Agenda in your Backpack!
    Other Things you should do:
    1. Visit the Alexander Springs Website and read about the springs and trails. Or look at Springs Information.
    2. Look at the interactive map below, or you can use the  LARGE INTERACTIVE MAP 

    Hike & Lash Campout

    posted Jan 28, 2021, 7:12 PM by Dan Walton   [ updated Feb 1, 2021, 6:59 PM ]

    February 5th-7th, 2021

    We will be camping in this spacious, wooded campsite within the St. Sebastian Preserve, near the C54 Canal.   

    Activities include: 
    - A day hike (no backpack needed) from out camp to the C54 dam
    - Cardboard hill sledding on the berm at the dam
    - Training and competitions with lashing techniques
    - A Troop Pizza Night using reflector ovens we built
    - Night games, 
    - Campfire program, and more!





    PARENTS - For you son to attend this campout, please do the following:
    1. Read the INFORMATION SHEET.
    2. Fill out the ONLINE REGISTRATION/RSVP/PARENT PERMISSION FORM -  This replaces the parent permission form, and is to be filled out by the parent and scout, prior to Monday, February 1st.   There is an option to pay in the form, or a check or cash can be turned in on or before Monday.
    3. Covid Precautions - Please Read
      • Pre Health Check - Please use good judgement.  Please check your sons temperature and do a health check before sending him. 
      • Masks in Vehicles - Please bring a mask to wear in the van/vehicles.  We'll open windows as well
      • Tenting - Normally, scouts always buddy up 2-3 per tent.  Please indicate in the registration form if scouts are good pairing up with another scout, or if there's specific scout only he can tent with, etc.
    SCOUTS (not parents) MUST DO THE FOLLOWING 5 STEPS:
    1. Print the INFORMATION SHEET and put in your Troop Notebook.  Use it to prepare/pack for the trip.   Click to view, and then hover near the bottom to save/print OR to download go to the bottom of this page and click the down arrow beside the sheet.
    2. With your parents, fill out the Online Parent Permission Form as instructed above.
    3. Print out the Scout Personal Packing List or even better, look here under Scouts->Documents & Links  to find where you can  edit/save your own version in Ms Word so you can add your own stuff (best move).
    4. Campout Agenda - Print it and bring it ON THE CAMPOUT please.
    5. Other Information - We ask that all Scouts click on the link.

    PATROL MENUS- For ALL to view, but only Patrol Leader / Chief Cooks to Edit

      DAY HIKE MAP
      Use the map below to see our route from Ranch Camp, through Treefrog Camp, and then northward to the C54 canal dam.

      DRIVING MAP

      West Orange Trail Bike, Cook & Swim Campout

      posted Nov 23, 2020, 1:24 PM by Dan Walton   [ updated Dec 2, 2020, 8:05 AM ]

      December 4th-6th, 2020

      This will be a very fun bike hike on the beautiful West Orange Trail in Apopka, FL.  This is a 30 mile bike trek through the woods and through the city.   Don't worry, we have a safety vehicle with spare bikes, and will be able to give a lift if anyone can't make it.

      It was formed by the "Rails to Trails" project where railroad tracks were turned into bike trail areas.  We did this trip in 2014 as a Troop.  

      We will be camping in the beautiful group site at Wekiwa Springs State Park.   Activities include biking, field games, and swimming in the springs.

      On Saturday night, we will have a Patrol Cooking competition with prizes.




      PARENTS - For you son to attend this campout, please do the following:
      1. Read the INFORMATION SHEET.
      2. Fill out the ONLINE PARENT PERMISSION FORM -  (optionally pay online!) - This replaces the parent permission form, and is to be filled out by the parent and scout, prior to Monday, November 30th.   There is an option to pay in the form, or a check or cash can be turned in on or before Monday.
      SCOUTS (not parents) MUST DO THE FOLLOWING 6 STEPS:
      1. Print the INFORMATION SHEET and put in your Troop Notebook.  Use it to prepare/pack for the trip.   Click to view, and then hover near the bottom to save/print OR to download go to the bottom of this page and click the down arrow beside the sheet.
      2. With your parents, fill out the Online Parent Permission Form as instructed above.
      3. Print out the Scout Personal Packing List or even better, click HERE to edit/save your own version in Ms Word so you can add your own stuff (best move).
      4. Campout Agenda - Print it and bring it please.
      5. West Orange Trail Map - Scouts are REQUIRED to Print this Map, and bring it with you on the trek.
      6. Other Information - We ask that all Scouts click on the link.

      WHAT TO PACK
      • Carefully read the Information Sheet - It has special Packing Information On It!
      • Download & Create your own Packing List from HERE and use it, or use the generic one HERE.
      • Look in your Scout Book for packing ideas as well.
      • Of special note for this campout:
        • Bike & Helmet!
        • Water Bottle for the bike (must attach or bring a small backpack to carry)
        • Whistle (required)
        • Map (see above)
        • Bike checked out and in good repair, able to make a 30 mile trek.
        • Swim Suit & Towel (Swim suit must be BSA shorts/suit, or at a minimum an earth toned suit/shorts)

      PATROL MENUS - For ALL to view, but only Patrol Leader / Chief Cooks to Edit

      Fish & Chill Campout

      posted Oct 8, 2020, 3:33 PM by Dan Walton   [ updated Oct 22, 2020, 7:05 AM ]

      October 23rd - 25th, 2020

      This campout will be one for the books.   Even if you're not much of a fisherman, this'll be a super-fun adventurous campout!

      Our camp base will be in the primitive camping area at the Bayside Marina on the North end of the Sebastian Inlet State Park.  This is right on the Indian River, and has beach access (which we will be using).

      Activities include hanging at the beach in the daytime and at night, enjoying a picnic in the park, swimming, and fishing on the pier, the South jetty, the catwalk, in the surf, and on the inlet shoreline.  

      On Saturday night, we'll head to the beach near our campsite to enjoy some night fishing, dinner, and the stars. 

      TO ATTEND THIS CAMPOUT
      1. INFORMATION SHEET - Both Scouts & Parents please carefully read this, prior to registration
      2. ONLINE PARENT PERMISSION FORM (optionally pay online!) - This replaces the parent permission form, and is to be filled out by the parent and scout, prior to Monday, October 19th.   There is an option to pay in the form, or a check or cash can be turned in on Monday.
      3. Scouts - Print out the Scout Personal Packing List or even better, click HERE to edit/save your own version in Ms Word so you can add your own stuff (best move).
      4. Campout Agenda - Print & Bring!

      FISHING

      Although you're not "required" to fish on this campout, you'd be missing out on a lot of fun if you didn't.  Here's info about fishing gear:

      • Pole - Bring a larger stout pole.  This is fast moving water and surf, with strong saltwater fish.  A small lake pole won't cut it.  You need a bridge or surf rod.
      • Tackle - The Troop will have limited tackle to share.   A variety of heavier sinkers would be helpful.  Pre-made leaders are good too.
      • Lures - Consider bringing some larger saltwater lures, feathers, mirrors.
      • Bait - The Troop will have limited live and cut bait to share.   You may want to bring your own live bait bucket (and bubbler) and plan on buying your own if desired.
      Bait Shop: We will be stopping at a Bait Shop on Saturday morning on the way to the inlet.  So, if you want to buy anything, be prepared.

      Note:  We will send out more information about fishing & equipment via email.



      MAP to the MARINA Campsite

      Grange Island Tube & Chill Island Campout

      posted Sep 15, 2020, 7:07 PM by Dan Walton

      September 26th -> 27th, 2020

      We have a super-fun first campout of the year!   We'll launch canoes on Saturday morning at Fisherman's Landing Park in Grant and head out to whatever islands we find for exploration, on the way to our destination... Grange Island!   On grange, we'll have a nice Troop lunch, chill on the beach, tubing behind a boat (for those interested), fishing (if you want to bring gear), and basically chillin!

      In the evening, we'll share some hobo dinners, play evening games, and have a late cracker barrel.   Sunday morning, we'll enjoy a burrito breakfast, and take our time heading back to Fisherman's landing.   What could be better?








      TO ATTEND THIS CAMPOUT
      1. INFORMATION SHEET - Both Scouts & Parents are asked to carefully read this.
      2. ONLINE PARENT PERMISSION FORM (optionally pay) - This replaces the parent permission form, and is to be filled out by the parent and scout, prior to Monday, September 21st.   There is an option to pay in the form, or a check or cash can be turned in on Monday.
      3. Scouts - Print out the Scout Personal Packing List or even better, click HERE to edit/save your own version in Ms Word so you can add your own stuff (best move).
      Overhead View of Grange Island with Descriptions

      The Prime Camping Spot on the Island - First Come First Serve!


      Interactive Driving Map to Fisherman's Landing

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