Things We Do For Scouts

Everything done outdoors! Experiences, ideas, tips, and places to go! Hiking and geocaching; backpacking and camping; cold-weather and snow camping, too!

Moderators: Site Admin, Moderators

Things We Do For Scouts

Postby summertop » Sun Aug 20, 2006 10:15 pm

I took our scouts backpacking. It was just an overnighter, but the boys had a LOT of fun. We hiked 2.75 miles but gained 2700 feet in elevation. A tough hike. It took 5 hours to get there. But only 1 hour and 45 minute to come back down.

Today...I can't even go down stairs, I hurt so bad. The scouts just laugh at me.

I am very lucky! I have GREAT scouts in my troop!
Shawn Winterbottom
Troop 1587
Sandy, Utah
summertop
Star
 
Posts: 71
Joined: Tue Aug 01, 2006 4:05 pm
Location: Great Salt Lake Council, Utah

Postby FrankJ » Mon Aug 21, 2006 8:08 am

Thats what they make asprin for. :)
Frank J.
Venturing Crew Adviser, Assistant Scout Master, Renegade Merit Badge Counselor
Owl-2 WB 92-49
Foothills District Atlanta Area Council
I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.--Albert Einstein
FrankJ
Gold Palm
 
Posts: 1640
Joined: Fri Jan 13, 2006 1:25 am
Location: Atlanta Area Council Foothills District

Postby Mrw » Mon Aug 21, 2006 8:24 am

Nothing Motrin won't fix!

(And you are not supposed to let on to the kids how much it hurts.)
Mother of two Eagles and troop Advancement Chair
Mrw
Gold Palm
 
Posts: 1307
Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2005 1:49 pm
Location: Greater Cleveland

Postby FrankJ » Mon Aug 21, 2006 11:23 am

Robert Service wrote a poem about that. It is called "Grin"

Google it if you like.
Frank J.
Venturing Crew Adviser, Assistant Scout Master, Renegade Merit Badge Counselor
Owl-2 WB 92-49
Foothills District Atlanta Area Council
I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.--Albert Einstein
FrankJ
Gold Palm
 
Posts: 1640
Joined: Fri Jan 13, 2006 1:25 am
Location: Atlanta Area Council Foothills District

Postby 616kayak » Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:08 pm

wow thats almost a thousand feet per mile.
not sure if you did or not, but make sure you get some good cool down stretches and exercises after a climb like that. It makes a huge difference if you warm up and cool down.
"Training is my business and business is always good"

Life scout / JASM
616kayak
Eagle
 
Posts: 269
Joined: Sun Mar 12, 2006 9:51 am
Location: South Florida Council

Postby summertop » Mon Aug 21, 2006 6:04 pm

It was, indeed, a tough hike. It took us almost 5 hours to get there on Friday. but, it only took 1 hour and 45 minutes to get back.

The scouts had a great sense of accomplishment. They knew they achieved something difficult!

...and they were, for once, quiet for the drive home :)
Shawn Winterbottom
Troop 1587
Sandy, Utah
summertop
Star
 
Posts: 71
Joined: Tue Aug 01, 2006 4:05 pm
Location: Great Salt Lake Council, Utah

Postby ICanCanoeCanU » Mon Aug 21, 2006 6:51 pm

Congrats to all of you! Sounds like a nice trip and you SHOULD be thrilled with yourself!
ICanCanoeCanU
Eagle
 
Posts: 487
Joined: Fri Aug 13, 2004 6:12 am
Location: Otetiana Council, NY

Re: Things We Do For Scouts

Postby scoutaholic » Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:18 am

summertop wrote:I took our scouts backpacking. It was just an overnighter, but the boys had a LOT of fun. We hiked 2.75 miles but gained 2700 feet in elevation. A tough hike. It took 5 hours to get there. But only 1 hour and 45 minute to come back down...


Summertop - Where did you take them. The hike sounds tough, but fun.

I too have been known to take the scouts backpacking. One of our spring traditions (in years when the snow melts soon enough) is to backpack/hike to the summit of Mount Timpanogus. It is an 18 mile round trip, and the summit is at 11,750 feet. We backpack 5 miles to Hidden Lake on Friday afternoon, then leave the pack there while we do the summit on Saturday morning. After a slide down the glacier (ice field, not a true glacier) and lunch we backpack back out. This is the third year in a row that the snow didn't allow us to do the hike in the spring. We are doing it in the Fall this year.

Most of the scouts have never been to that altitude before, except maybe in an airplane. It is a trip they talk about for years, and always want to do it again the next spring.

Every time we go, I prove that they are 1/3 my age. Being the leader is not the only reason is stick with the slow kids in the back. After an 18 mile trip, they all get sore. They don't laugh at me because they are all walking and doing stairs slower when I see them at church on Sunday. By our next troop meeting, I may be the only one who is still sore, but I have usually recovered enough that it is not obvious.

One year, I pulled a tendon or something in my foot during the hike. My foot hurt for about 2 months.
Another year, my knee gave out, and I fell on the hike down. I got scraped up in the brush, and twisted my ankle. I had no choice but to walk out on a sprained ankle. That night I had been asked to speak at an Eagle Court of Honor. I could hardly walk, and my ankle was obviosly swollen, but nobody laughed.

On the subject of the things we do for scouts -
I have never been camping in sub-zero temperatures, except for scouts.
I have never done a 50-mile backpacking trip, except for scouts.
I have never left my family for a week in the summer, and a weekend every month, and a night every week, except for scouts.
I have never spent more money to do things I may not have ever wanted to do, except for scouts.
I've never worked a vehicle so long and so hard that it was unrepairable, except for scouts.
Eagle Scout 1987
OA Vigil Honor 1986
Fox - WE7-590-05-2
Currently - Troop/Team/Crew Advancement Chair & Dist Webmaster
Previously - SM, MC, CM, ACM, ADL, ASM, COR, Dist Camp Chair, PL, SPL, Scribe, Songleader, JASM, OA Chapter Officer, ...
scoutaholic
Bronze Palm
 
Posts: 544
Joined: Fri Feb 17, 2006 1:56 am
Location: Great Salt Lake Council - Utah

Postby Chief J » Tue Aug 22, 2006 8:58 am

Well said by all. I saw a T-shirt yesterday that I thought was appropriate.

Goes something like this:

A person who is paid to participate in Boy Scouts is called a Professional.
A person who is not paid to participate in Boy Scouts is called a Volunteer.
A person who pays to participate in Boy Scouts is called a Scouter.

Everyone keep up the good works, the Boys appreciate it.

Chief J
Chief J
Bronze Palm
 
Posts: 562
Joined: Tue Sep 14, 2004 9:01 am
Location: Greater Pittsburgh Council

Postby gwd-scouter » Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:50 am

Yep. I'd like to get one of those Tshirts some day. Have often used those words when welcoming a new scouter to our troop.

Scoutaholic: my sentiments exactly!
gwd-scouter
Star
 
Posts: 105
Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2005 11:57 am
Location: Blue Ridge Council, South Carolina

Postby momma_bee » Tue Aug 22, 2006 10:29 am

I keep threatening to make them myself.

I'd rather do a hike that someone else planned than camp in the rain.

What else asks me to give up a weeks pay, wear the same shirt every day, get soaked, bit and scratched all for the privledge of eating a soggy, burnt, mountain pie?
momma_bee
Life
 
Posts: 149
Joined: Sun Jun 26, 2005 8:37 pm

Postby ICanCanoeCanU » Tue Aug 22, 2006 6:17 pm

lol!

Yes, count me in on one of those T-Shirts! Perfect!
ICanCanoeCanU
Eagle
 
Posts: 487
Joined: Fri Aug 13, 2004 6:12 am
Location: Otetiana Council, NY


Return to Camping, Hiking, and Outdoor Fun

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest