Adult Backpacking Trip - September 2008
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Training: Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 9:00 AM (rescheduled from June 28th, 2008)
Start Date: Saturday, September 27th, 2008 5:00 AM (rescheduled from July 26th, 2008)
End Date: Sunday, September 28th, 2008 6:00 PM
Meeting Point: Carmenita Middle School
Location: TBD
Forms Needes: Troop 693 Permission Slip
Coordinator: Larry Stern, Glenn Nishibayashi
Cost: The costs of adult training are provided by the Troop
Last Date to Signup: September 8th, 2008
Things to bring: Backpacking Checklist

Details

Have you ever wanted to enjoy the experience of being with your son and watching him grow and mature in a beautiful setting? Have you wanted to go on a backpacking trip but didn’t feel comfortable trying it? Maybe you have even considered going along on a backpacking trip but felt that you didn’t know enough to “hold your own”?

If so, this is the class and outing experience for you. This class is designed as an introductory, two-part program for adults within our troop without any backpacking experience. It consists of one four-hour classroom session to learn the basics, and one easy overnight backpack outing to enjoy the experience and to prove to yourself that you can do it.

Session No. 1

Saturday September 20th, 2008 at 9:00 AM, will include classroom discussion on the introductory basics of backpacking: equipment, clothing, the “10 Essentials”, concepts of trail safety, first aid and navigation, Leave No Trace principles, meal planning and much, much more. You will be provided with lots of very useful checklists and handouts and learn first hand what to expect on a backpacking trip and how to prepare for such a trip.

Session No. 2

Saturday and Sunday, September 27 – 28, 2008 will be an easy paced three-mile (each way) overnight backpacking trip in the local mountains. Tents, stoves, water filters, and other required “group” equipment will be provided. All you will need is a backpack and a sleeping bag, which can be rented or borrowed, and your personal necessities which will be listed for you.

Field Instruction will cover hiking/backpacking techniques, trail etiquette and safety, simple navigational techniques, camp site selection and setup, food storage, water treatment and more. A cocktail hour with hor d’ourves to share before dinner should make for a fun sunset. Anyone know any ghost stories?

ADVANCE SIGN UP via E-Mail IS REQUIRED. It is expected that those signing up for this training will attend both sessions.

Notes by Glenn

Larry has done this session for the Sierra Club (which some of the adults in our Troop attended). It is a very informative class. You will learn a lot about backpacking and it will give you a very good idea of what your son's have or will learn about hiking in the backcountry.

I strongly encourage you to attend this training session. As I mentioned before, it is essential for the success of the Troop 693 program to have trained adult leaders…..here is an opportunity for you to get some great training and have some fun too!!!!

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