Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Hiking Help: WANTED
Re: Hiking Help: WANTED
Wed, 17 Feb 1999 19:23:47 -0600
The Gillams wrote:
> ...they had taken a hike earlier, but not used a map or compass, that this rank requirement had been fulfilled. I don't know if any of these boys have gotten their hiking merit badge either.
> When mentioned that they would hike 4 1/2 miles in and out, the boys jaws dropped open+ADs-
> Ginny Gillam
> Troop 164, ASM
> Tidewater Council
Obviously packs are in order (day or otherwise) for lunch, foul weather
gear, first aid kits, water, hot spot kit, Scout book, Field Book,
change of socks (to wear on the way out) and a pair of camp shoes to
wear at the lunch site while the hiking boots dry out and cool off.
Compass course at the lakeside, with the older boys laying it out.
Nature study enroute, identify trees, plants, and animal signs, again
with the older Scouts doing the teaching. Find a map of the site (USGS
topographic sheet 1:24,000 or 1:62,500. Do map following, orienting a
map, find you location with compass lines of sight to features, do this
at several points along the way.
Measure the stride, and estimate when the unit will arrive, thus
planning for how long they can stay, and when they have to leave. Make
sure parents and the owner of the park know where you are going. Have
the SPL make the reservation/obtain the tour permit (if necessary).
Do finding directions without a compass, e.g., with a watch, sun, shadow
If you let the older boys plan it, they should enjoy it better.