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2017-12-09 Alexander Springs Hike

posted Nov 11, 2017, 4:30 PM by Dan Walton   [ updated Jan 12, 2019, 1:36 PM ]
December 2nd-3rd, 2017

This is a One Night Campout

This will be a fun 12 mile hike from Lake Clearwater in Paisley, to Alexander Springs, stopping in the middle of the Ocala Forest and making our own campsite!   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, three of your own backpacking meals (including cooking supplies), tent/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.

Also, the senior leadership is presenting a challenge to individual scouts to make the best meal on Saturday night!  Special points for cooking over a fire.

  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. PERMISSION FORM  - Bring this to the Troop Meeting on Monday, November 13th
  3. Alexander Springs Specific HIKING COOKING & FOOD INFORMATION - You are responsible for your own bagged breakfast (outside of your pack) and THREE backpacking meals, as described in this document.  Be sure to bring enough water and what you need to boil water or cook!
  4. 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.
  5. BACKPACKING SPECIFIC PACKING LIST (PDF) - If you already have a personal packing list, GREAT!  If not, download this EDITABLE list, and customize it, and save it to your computer.
  6. 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! 
  7. Backpack Meal Training Notes - These are notes from training on the November 13th Troop Meeting.
  8. CAMPOUT AGENDA - Your SPL will get this out soon
  10. Parents are not allowed to tell or direct scouts to secret word Bee Sting
    PRINT & DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS: 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).

    NEW TO BACKPACKING?  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.

    • 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 Saturday Night is a competition.
    • 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.  Use hiking shoes (shoes with heavy soles) with no, low, or mid ankle support.   No need for high ankle support.
    • 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 
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    Nov 11, 2017, 4:30 PM
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