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Survival Raft Campout - "The Last Hurrah!"

posted May 25, 2022, 11:53 AM by Dan Walton   [ updated May 27, 2022, 2:46 PM ]

June 4th-5th, 2022

Scouts will use a bamboo rafts they've built to travel to South Grange Island in the Indian River, in Grant.  There, they will live off of little more than their 1 gallon survival kits for the weekend, returning to their launch point on Sunday late afternoon.   Scouts will be divided into two "tribes", which will compete with one another for food and tool rewards.

We will be camping on South Grange Island, which is a spoil island (BC48) in the Indian River just off of US-1 in Grant.   We will be launching from and returning to “Fishermans Landing” in Grant.

This is a survival campout.   Each scout will be allowed to bring supplies that fit into a one-gallon container (that we will distribute), plus a few more things (detailed below).  The idea is for scout to pack smartly and to camp as comfortably as possible in the wild, while living off the land.    Scouts will be divided into “tribes” and will compete for tool and food supplies.   In addition to (the small amount) of particular food allowed in the one-gallon container, and any food salvaged or caught, there will be food supplied during competitions as well as other supplies as needed.  Water will be supplied.

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. Please carefully read the WHAT TO BRING SHEET.
  3. With your son, fill out the ONLINE REGISTRATION/RSVP/PARENT PERMISSION FORM -  This is to be filled out by the parent and scout, prior to Friday, March 27th at 10pm.  There is an option to pay in the form, or a check or cash can be turned in at Monday's meeting.
  4. Please review additional Information & Pictures below.   Please allow your scouts to pack themselves.  Younger scout parents, feel free to check once they are done (see all info below)
SCOUTS (NOT PARENTS) MUST DO THE FOLLOWING 5 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. WHAT TO BRING SHEET - Please download & print this, and use it to help you pack.  Be careful there are some rules that you must follow.
  4. Review additional Survival Information & Pictures Below
  5. SW: Hurrah!
Survival Information:  
Picture #1 - Raft Trek

Picture #2 - Raft Landing


LOCATION OF OUR LAUNCH POINT ON GOOGLE MAPS

Florida Keys Spring Break

posted Mar 12, 2022, 8:04 PM by Dan Walton   [ updated Mar 13, 2022, 6:03 PM ]

April 16th-20th, 2022

Oh Yea!...  Troop 337 is embarking on our third, 4 day, fun filled campout including a Fishing Charter, Snorkel Charter, Indian Key Canoe Tour, Feeding Tarpons at Robbies Marina, Night Fishing, Canoeing, Camping, and more!

This is a different kind of campout for us, as we will not be operating meals by Patrol, but by Troop.   Also, we be doing a lot of away-from-camp activities.   

Please carefully plan, and immerse yourself in the information below.  This will make your trip an AWESOME one!



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 together, prior to registration.
  3. If you have not done so already, please make your final payment using the PAYMENT FORM.
SCOUTS (NOT PARENTS) MUST DO THE FOLLOWING 7 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. CAMPOUT AGENDA -  Please print this, and pack it for the campout.  Might want one for your Troop Notebook too!
  4. KEYS SPECIFIC PACKING LIST - Print it and use it!
  5. CANOE MAP - Print your own map of the Islands we will be exploring!
  6. Read the SPECIAL CAMPOUT CONSIDERATIONS below.
  7. SW = SHARK(parents are asked to not tell/guide your scouts to this)
    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).
      SPECIAL CAMPOUT CONSIDERATIONS - All of this is covered in the information sheet, but here's a few things to especially pay attention to:
      1. Bathing Suits & Towels - Suggest 2 towels and 2 bathing suits (scout or earth-toned).  This will allow one to dry while you wear the other.
      2. Good Water Shoes - You will be spending a LOT of time in the water, and will need to wear good water shoes all of that time.   You may have booties for your fins, but you still need water shoes.
      3. Fishing Gear (optional) - If you bring a pole & tackle, think a strong rod, longer line, and descent sized hooks & sinkers rigs.
      4. Snorkel Gear - Consider carrying is some kind of durable (possibly mesh) bag to keep from losing parts.
      5. Clothing - This is a longer campout.  Bring more changes of clothes.   See the Keys Specific Packing List (above), print and follow it.
      Note: It is VERY IMPORTANT that ALL SCOUTS take time to read the info sheet and PACK CAREFULLY.  This is a long trip!


      CAMP SAWYER - We'll be right on the water!

      SNORKEL BOAT WE WILL BE ON!


      SAILORS CHOICE DEEP SEA FISHING BOAT WE WILL BE ON!


      INDIAN KEY - WE WILL EXPLORE THE RUINS AND SNORKEL HERE


      ROBBIES MARINA - Shop, get Refreshments, and FEED THE TARPON!


      NIGHT FISHING ON BRIDGES!




      Santos Trail Ride & Springs Campout

      posted Feb 13, 2022, 5:33 PM by Dan Walton   [ updated Feb 13, 2022, 7:02 PM ]

      Feb 25th-27th, 2022

      We will be camping at the Ross Prairie Campground and biking at Santos Campground on the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.

      This is at the trailhead of Florida’s best bike trails, biking on several types and levels of trails, and finding a nearby springs to swim in! 

      Time to get your bike all tuned up and ready to go!   The information sheet has more bicycle information to review.  If you need to borrow (or possibly keep) a Troop bike, indicate so on the RSVP form.

      On the way home Sunday, we'll be stopping at Wekiwa Springs for a swim, field games, and a Troop Lunch!





      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 together, prior to Monday, Feb 21st meeting   There is an option to pay in the form, or a check or cash can be turned in on a Monday meeting PRIOR.
      SCOUTS (NOT PARENTS) MUST DO THE FOLLOWING 5 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. CAMPOUT AGENDA -  Please print this, and pack it for the campout.  Might want one for your Troop Notebook too!
      4. Use the Scout Personal Packing List or click HERE to edit/save your own version in Ms Word.
      5. Read the SPECIAL CAMPOUT CONSIDERATIONS below.
      6. SW = Wheelie (parents are asked to not tell/guide your scouts to this)
        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).
        SPECIAL CAMPOUT CONSIDERATIONS - All of this is covered in the information sheet, but here's a few things to especially pay attention to:
        1. Prepare your Bike - These trails are hard on bikes.  Be sure everything is in good shape, bring extra tools and perhaps tubes.  
        2. Swimming - We are swimming in a springs on Sunday.  Bring your scout swim suit or swimmable scout shorts and if you like bring mask & snorkel.   Even if you don't plan on swimming, bring your swim suit & towel to hang by the springs and if you want to wade.
        PATROL ONLINE DOCUMENTS

        Anyone can view the Menu or Duty Roster, but only those assigned to make changes to change anything.

         DILLOW Menu Duty Roster
         GATOR Menu Duty Roster



        Alexander Springs Hike

        posted Jan 19, 2022, 8:08 PM by Dan Walton   [ updated Jan 24, 2022, 5:25 AM ]

        January 29th-30th, 2022

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

        This will be a fun 12-14 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 spot in the woods, scouts will cook up their own personally-designed lightweight meals!  At the springs , we'll swim, snorkel, play field games, have the famous Troop Chicken Sandwiches for lunch and come home well before dinner!








        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 Tuesday, January 25th.   There is an option to pay in the form, or a check or cash can be turned in on Monday.
        3. Covid Pre Health Check - Please use good judgement.  Please check your sons temperature and do a health check before sending him.  Scouts are encouraged to wear masks.  If you'd like to make arrangements to ride in the truck instead of the van, let us know. 

        SCOUTS (NOT PARENTS) MUST DO THE FOLLOWING 9 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. HIKING FOOD INFORMATION - Print and read this and put it in your Troop Notebook (updated for this trip).
        8. Read the IMPORTANT INFORMATION & REMINDERS below.
        9. Parents are not allowed to tell or direct scouts to secret word (look closely for it nearby)  Sardines
          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).

          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.
            • Make your own shelter with a tarp, and bug-net for your head.
          • 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 what you need to start a fire, or use a stove, pots, mess kits for cooking on fire, foil, etc.
          • 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. With your water should not weigh over 30% of your weight.
          • 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.  Sturdy sneakers will work.
          • Paper Work - Print & Bring the Trail Map and Campout Agenda in your Backpack, and your personal menu.
          Other Things you should do:
          1. Visit the Alexander Springs Website and read about the springs and trails. Or look at Recreation.gov Springs Information.
          2. Look at the interactive map below, or you can use the  LARGE INTERACTIVE MAP 


          Trekking & Springing Campout

          posted Nov 5, 2021, 12:16 PM by Dan Walton   [ updated Nov 11, 2021, 6:56 AM ]

          November 12th-14th, 2021

          TREKKING
          This will be a very fun bike trek on the beautiful West Orange Trail in Apopka, FL.  This is an (up to) 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.  

          SPRINGING  
          We will be camping in the beautiful group site at Wekiwa Springs State Park.   Activities include field games, and swimming in the springs, and of course, our famous Troop 337 Chicken Sandwiches!

          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. With your son, fill out the ONLINE REGISTRATION/RSVP/PARENT PERMISSION FORM -  This is to be filled out by the parent and scout, prior to Monday , November 9th, 5pm  There is an option to pay in the form, or a check or cash can be turned in at Monday's Meeting, November 9th.
          3. Covid Precautions - Pre Health Check - Please use good judgement.  Please check your sons temperature and do a health check before sending him.  We will be driving the Troop Van and a leader truck from the Scoutpost.
          SCOUTS (NOT PARENTS) MUST DO THE FOLLOWING 5 STEPS to attend this Campout:
          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. AGENDA - Print & Bring on Campout
          4. TRAIL MAP - You can view the map below, but this is a printable version.
          5. Pack, using the information on the Information Sheet Above, and then use the Scout Personal Packing List or click HERE to edit/save your own version in Ms Word.
          PATROL FORMS for this campout - Anyone can look, but, only Patrol Leader, Chief Cook or assigned Patrol Members may edit.
          WEST ORANGE TRAIL MAP


          PHOTO - From our 2014 "Rails-To-Trails" Bike Trek Campout




          Peace River Fossil Dig Canoe Expidition

          posted Oct 8, 2021, 3:50 PM by Dan Walton   [ updated Oct 8, 2021, 6:07 PM ]

          October 14th-16th, 2021

          Canoeing, Swimming, Camping, and DIGGING FOR FOSSILS!   This is Troop 337's fourth trip to Peace River.  We're staying at Brownsville Park in Arcadia, FL.  Right on the river!

          The troop has sifters and a few shovels to share, but there's special equipment you may want, and plans to make, so, be sure to do your job to read and explore all information about this campout, read your info sheet, etc.





          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. With your son, fill out the ONLINE REGISTRATION/RSVP/PARENT PERMISSION FORM -  This is to be filled out by the parent and scout, prior to Monday , October 11th 8pm.  There is an option to pay in the form, or a check or cash can be turned in at drop-off on Friday.
          3. Covid Precautions - Pre Health Check - Please use good judgement.  Please check your sons temperature and do a health check before sending him.  We will be driving the Troop Van and a leader truck from the Scoutpost.
          SCOUTS (NOT PARENTS) MUST DO THE FOLLOWING 5 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. AGENDA - Print it and Bring it.
          4. Look at the links below here, you'll learn how to dig for fossils!
          5. Pack, using the information on the Information Sheet Above, and then use the Scout Personal Packing List or click HERE to edit/save your own version in Ms Word.
          PATROL FORMS for this campout - Anyone can look, but, only Patrol Leader, Chief Cook or assigned Patrol Members may edit.
          LINKS TO EXPLORE

          Pigs & Tubes Campout 2.0

          posted Sep 11, 2021, 7:39 PM by Dan Walton   [ updated Sep 16, 2021, 2:44 PM ]

          pig
          September 17th-19th, 2021
          We'll be going over to Spoil Island BC46 in the Indian River near Grant for and incredible time of games, sharing meals, roasting a whole pig, and tubing behind a boat!

          Arrival/Departure - You may be dropped off and picked up from the Scoutpost, or optionally drive yourself to Fisherman's Landing (see info sheet for details)






          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. With your son, fill out the ONLINE REGISTRATION/RSVP/PARENT PERMISSION FORM -  This is to be filled out by the parent and scout, prior to Tuesday, September 14th at 10pm.  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.  We will be driving the Troop Van and a leader truck from the Scoutpost, or you may drive yourself.   Sleeping options are specified in the registration form.
          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, using the information on the Information Sheet Above, and then use the Scout Personal Packing List or click HERE to edit/save your own version in Ms Word.
          4. AGENDA - Print it and Bring it.
          PATROL FORMS for this campout - Anyone can look, but, only Patrol Leader, Chief Cook or assigned Patrol Members may edit.

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