Re: Backpacking 2 of 3 (long) Backpacking Guidelines/ Resources
William C. Roswell (broswell@GTE.NET)
Mon, 24 Aug 1998 08:43:55 -0500
Backpack Check List 2 of 3 Backpack responses (long)
Your best starting resources are the Boy Scout handbook, BSA publication
"Passport to High Adventure", Backpacking Merit badge book and Venture
This was a general set of guidelines we developed.
Scoutmaster Troop 241
Backpacking Rules and Regulations
Troop 241, Boy Scouts of America
? Scouts and Scouters will be in Class-A Scout uniform while in transit.
? For events where evening departure is scheduled for the outbound trip,
all participants will either eat dinner prior to assembly or bring a meal
to be eaten in transit.
? Scouts will travel in the vehicle to which they have been preassigned a=
will properly wear a seat belt for the entire trip.
? Departure from the point of assembly will be on schedule. An attempt wi=
be made to contact those participants who are not present at the time of
departure. Directions will be left for latecomers who will need to provid=
their own transportation.
? Participating adults shall refrain from smoking for the duration of the
? The Campmaster (a so-designated Scouter) shall obtain and retain the
signed permission slip and valid medical form for all participating Scout=
for the duration of the event.
? The Campmaster shall be in possession of the appropriate, fully-complet=
and executed Tour Permit prior to departure from the point of assembly.
? The Scoutmaster will be generally in charge with the Campmaster
responsible for event-related issues. Other adults shall exclusively dire=
any periodic comments or suggestions to either of these individuals for
further communication, if appropriate, to the Senior Patrol Leader for th=
event. All adults shall refrain from interfering with any Scout activity
unless safety is being compromised.
? Base camp will operate in the same manner as any other overnight outing
in accordance with the policies and procedures set forth by the Boy Scout=
of America. Deviations will require the prior approval of the Campmaster
with safety, as always, being of prime concern. The adults assigned to ba=
camp will approve the selection of the Scout (boy) leader for those Scout=
? Facilities that may be associated with the base campground should be us=
only for their designed purpose.
? Level assignments for the event will be made in advance by the
Scoutmaster and the Campmaster based upon equitable performance criteria.
Starting points on the chosen trail and daily distances to be covered by
each level will be predetermined by the Campmaster who will retain sole
responsibility for authorizing and communicating any changes deemed
? Backpacks will be weighed and contents checked against an approved
equipment list prior to the event. Community gear will be divided accordi=
to a Scout=92s weight and assigned for trail transport in advance of the
? The Campmaster shall ensure that all Troop-supplied equipment is intact
and in working order prior to departure from the point of assembly.
? Only Troop tents will be utilized on the trail; personal tents will not
be permitted. The tent and its support material will be distributed among
the assigned occupants for trail transport. (There has been a suggestion
that personal tents be allowed)
? On the trail, the designated crew chief will be in charge and all membe=
of the crew will work under his direction as a team.
? Duty rosters will be developed in advance of the event and adhered to b=
? The crew will collectively determine a pace for the hike that at no tim=
will require any member to run to catch up. All members of a crew will
remain within sight of those behind at all times adjusting their pace as
necessary. (There has been a suggestion that temporary dismemberment of t=
crew into groups of no less than two be allowed under strict guidelines)
? All Scouts are expected to behave properly, both on the trail and in ba=
camp. Fighting, the use of foul language, and the like will not be
tolerated and will result in disciplinary action.
? All trash generated on the trail will be carried back to the base camp
for proper disposal.
? At the point of disassembly, all Scouts will wait to be dismissed by th=
Campmaster before leaving to ensure equal distribution of final
responsibilities, i.e., tent drying.
Created March 17, 1998 (revised March 19, 1998)
Rick Evans wrote:
> To: OAS --BVEMX1 EMXOAS
> From: Rick Evans
> Phillips Petroleum Co. (918) 661-7048
> Bartlesville, OK 74004 (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
> Subject: Backpacking
> OK, here's the deal. I'm about to start teaching a young Troop about
> backpacking. By young I mean that only two are 14 (none older) and
> only 5 within 2 years of being 14 (old enough to go to Philmont in
> 2000). I don't have a lot of experience but I have a great resource
> Two questions immediately come to mind:
> 1. What should I tell them (where to start)?
> 2. What should be in every scouts backpack?
> I have my own ideas on both of these questions but I want to hear more.
> Rick Evans
> ASM Troop 12
> Bartlesville, OK
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