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Troop 77 - Spring Break 2000 Upper Guadalupe River Canoe Adventure

When: Thursday, March 16, 2000 through Sunday, March 19, 2000
Where: Guadalupe River State Park, near Spring Branch, Texas (830-438-2656).  Route: West on FM 1431 to Marble Falls, south on U.S. 281 to 6 miles past Spring Branch, west on TX 46, north on Park Rd 31.
Purpose:

Our purpose is to:

  1. Have a Scouting adventure.
  2. Canoe 23 miles of the upper Guadalupe River.
  3. Get acquainted.
  4. Work on advancement requirements.
Cost: $40 per person will cover canoe with equipment, river shuttle, and state park campsite.  Bring your own food (see Food section below).
Requirements: Scouts must be BSA swim-qualified to paddle.  All must wear PFD (life jackets).
Equipment: You will need gear for COLD weather.  Remember our Griffith League Ranch campout!  Prepare for wet weather.  Since we will be canoeing, have extra dry clothing and shoes in camp.  "Be Prepared.".

Use the checklists in the Boy Scout Handbook:

Page 204 for cold weather clothing
Page 224 for your personal overnight gear
Page 226 for Patrol gear
Food: Bring your own food and snacks. The Patrol / Buddy system will be used for Scouts.  Adult advisors are on their own.  Raccoons are raiders, so all food must be stowed in a vehicle or in "hangs" except when having meals.  No food in tents.  The "little bears" will clean you out.

You will need two lunches to eat on the river while canoeing.  You will not be able to cook them.

Patrols/buddies: Plan your cooking to satisfy second and first class rank requirements.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, March 16
7:30 a.m. Meet at JRS Exxon convenience store, Hwy 1431 & Lohman Ford Rd.  Travel in uniform.
8:00 a.m. Depart.  Route: See Where section on page 1.
10:00 a.m. Set up camp.  We have three campsites in the "walk in camping" area: one campsite for each patrol and one for adult advisors.
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) Plan individual activities for afternoon.  Work on advancement requirements.  Patrol Leaders & Asst. Patrol Leaders inspect campsite.
5:00 p.m. Prepare supper. Patrol cook and clean up.
7:30 p.m. Campfire (Adult Advisors)
9:00 p.m. Quiet time
10:00 p.m. Taps - Lights out, Park silence rule

Friday, March 17

6:30 a.m. Reveille.  Stow gear for day.
6:45 a.m. Begin breakfast preparations.  Patrol cook and cleanup.
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
7:45 a.m. Camp inspection (Patrol Leaders & Asst. Patrol Leaders)
8:00 a.m. Colors (Patrol Leader, Wolf Pack)
8:15 a.m. Assemble for canoe trip.  Bring water, lunch, snacks, and foul weather gear.
8:30 a.m. Depart for Guadalupe Canoe Livery at U.S. 281 & Guadalupe River.
9:00 a.m.

Arrive at Guadalupe Canoe Livery.

Canoe river.

4:00 p.m. Arrive at our campsites in state park.  Secure canoes and gear for night.
5:00 p.m. Begin supper preparations.  Patrol cook and cleanup.
6:30 p.m. Colors (Wolf Pack)
7:30 p.m. Campfire (Wolf Pack)
9:00 p.m. Quiet time
10:00 p.m. Taps - Lights out, Park silence rule

Saturday, March 18

6:30 a.m. Reveille.  Stow gear for day.
6:45 a.m. Begin breakfast preparations (Patrols).
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
7:45 a.m. Camp inspection (Patrol Leaders & Asst. Patrol Leaders)
8:00 a.m. Colors (Ravens)
8:15 a.m. Prepare for canoe trip.
8:30 a.m. Underway canoeing river
2:30 p.m. Take out
4:00 p.m. Return to camp.
5:00 p.m. Begin supper preparations.  Patrol cook and cleanup.
6:30 p.m. Colors (Ravens)
7:30 p.m. Campfire (Ravens)
9:00 p.m. Quiet time
10:00 p.m. Taps - Lights out, Park silence rule

Sunday, March 19

6:30 a.m. Reveille. Stow gear for departure.
6:45 a.m. Begin breakfast preparations (Patrols).
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Colors (Wolf Pack)
8:30 a.m. Chapel
9:30 a.m. Break camp and load for departure.
9:55 a.m. Colors (Ravens)
10:00 a.m. Camp inspection (Patrol Leaders & Asst. Patrol Leaders).  Departure
12:00 noon Return to homes.