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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).
  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).

    • 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 Springs Information.
    2. Look at the interactive map below, or you can use the  LARGE INTERACTIVE MAP 

    Dan Walton,
    Jan 19, 2022, 8:08 PM
    Dan Walton,
    Jan 19, 2022, 8:08 PM
    Dan Walton,
    Jan 19, 2022, 8:08 PM
    Dan Walton,
    Jan 19, 2022, 8:08 PM
    Dan Walton,
    Jan 19, 2022, 8:08 PM