Please note that we will be leaving from the church on Saturday morning, instead of the typical Friday night. Meet at the church at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. We will not be taking the troop trailer. Without the trailer, we do not have room in the vehicles to haul extra gear so only bring what you can carry and fit into your backpack. If you do not have a back pack capable of hauling all of your gear, please let me or your patrol leader know as soon as possible. There may be other members of the troop who will not be going who may be willing to loan you their pack for the weekend.
You should eat breakfast prior to arriving at the church, or bring along with you on the drive. It is approximately a 3 hour drive to Summerfield, Kansas, which is the nearest town to Puls farm. You will also need to bring along a sack lunch to eat when we arrive in Summerfield. Other than bathroom stops, there will be no other stops on the drive to Summerfield.
From a starting point just south of Summerfield, we will park, unload and begin our hike to camp. It is approximately 2 ½ miles down a gravel road and then through fields and forest to our camp site. Hiking with a pack for that distance requires that you have plenty of water, proper hiking boots and attire, and as little in your pack as possible. We will stop and take rest breaks along the way, so pack a light snack for the hike.
All meals will be individually prepared by you, using either a fire you make, or a portable camp stove. If you have not yet done so, you will need to come up with a menu and method of cooking. You will need to supply and transport your own food, cooking equipment and utensils and mess kit. Keep in mind we will not have coolers to keep food properly refrigerated.
A packing list is attached with this e-mail to assist you in planning and packing for the camp out. The weather forecast is for dry and sunny weather with temps in the 70’s for Saturday, dropping to the low 50’s overnight. Sunny and 70’s for Sunday. Rain is forecast for the area everyday through Friday morning, so the ground will likely be wet.
We will plan on breaking camp no later than 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, then hiking back out to our vehicles. We may make a brief stop on the drive home for lunch, so plan on bringing approximately $8.00 for lunch. We should arrive back at the church no later than 1:00 p.m.
Attached Packing List:
PACKING FOR WILDERNESS SURVIVAL/PULS FARM CAMPOUT
There are no latrines or bathrooms at our camp site and no water. It is approximately a 3 mile hike into our campsite. Everything you need must be packed in by you, including all food and water you will be consuming. The area is wooded, so there will be material for you to gather for making fires. Mid September in northern Kansas/southern Nebraska can bring a variety of weather with temperatures ranging from the upper 80’s during the day down to upper 30’s overnight. Plan and pack for both warm and cold weather conditions.
Backpack (large expedition style, not a day pack)
2 Season Clothing
• Warm weather: shorts, Class B shirt
• Cool weather: long pants, long sleeve shirt, light jacket
• 2 pair of socks (in case feet get wet)
• Hiking boots (required)
• Rain poncho or rain jacket/pants combo (required)
• Class A shirt (for travel)
Personal hygiene kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper)
Portable gas stove for cooking (if not cooking over an open fire). You must demonstrate the ability to safely use a portable stove
Headlamp, flashlight and/or small lantern
Mess kit, Cooking equipment & utensils (pot for boiling water/cooking, something to stir/serve food)
Food for Meals and Snacks (non-perishable)
Water bottles and/or Camelback: make sure these are full before leaving home.
Sunscreen and Bug Spray
Trash bags (to pack out trash, rain protection)
*If you are working on completing the Camping Merit Badge, please review the merit badge requirements in completing your preparations for the camp out.
Food and Cooking
For cooking meals, keep in mind that there will not be coolers for keeping food cold. You will need to decide if you are going to cook over an open fire you build, or use a portable camp stove. If you choose to use a portable stove, you will need to transport it in your pack with you. You will be responsible for preparing a sack lunch for Saturday lunch, dinner on Saturday evening, and breakfast on Sunday morning. If you choose to cook your meals, do not forget to bring a pot or pan for cooking. Make sure food is sealed in plastic bags for transport in your pack. Here are a few suggested menu items that are easy to pack and cook:
Mac and cheese
Canned meals (soup, beef stew, Spaghettios, tuna, Spam)
Pasta and sauce
Dehydrated meals (MRE’s)
Crackers and cheese
Canned fruit and vegetables
Fresh fruits: apples, oranges
Protein bars, granola bars, trail mix
I would like to re-address the information given out in the meeting, starting with the supplies for the Mafaking campout coming up this weekend. Each patrol will need to have the following:
- Pen and Paper
- 6 matches
- 6 feet of rope
- Uncooked egg
- 2 walking sticks
- 3 Neckerchiefs
- Dark clothing for night activities
Make sure to be at the church around 5:30 p.m. Friday, August 12th with your health forms. And as a reminder, next week we will be having a planning meeting for upcoming campouts for 2017, and aPLC meeting, which will be the last meeting for the summer in Class B attire (excluding any later PLC).
Guys, as you know, we camp twelve months out of the year. That means there are some cold weather camp outs and you’ll need to BE PREPARED. Here are a few of our favorite ways to stay warm out there.
Dress in layers.
As the temperature changes throughout the camp out, you’ll want to be able to adjust your clothing accordingly. Having too heavy a coat could lead to perspiration which will make you colder later. Be prepared for 45 degree temperatures and 4 degree temperatures.
Bring extra shoes/boots and socks.
Ideally, you’ll have some waterproof insulated boots to keep your feet warm. But what happens if you step in a big muddy puddle and you get your one pair of boots wet? Wet feet on a camp out will make you miserable. Have a dry backup pair, even if it’s a pair of sneakers.
Use a sleeping pad for insulation.
Not an air mattress. They just get filled up with air that can get as cold as the ground. Use a foam or insulated pad. If you don’t have one, bring a big warm blanket and lay it under your sleeping bag. Speaking of blankets…
Use heavy wool or fleece blankets.
You can lay these on top of your sleeping bag (although they tend to slip off in the middle of the night), or you can tuck them down inside your sleeping bag if there’s room.
Put your bag in a bag.
If you have two of them, it’s sometimes a good idea to put your sleeping bag inside another sleeping bag. This is the same concept as using blankets above and below your bag, with the added benefit that it all stays in place.
Don’t sleep in your clothes.
I know this sounds counter intuitive, but trust me, you’re going to want to wear loose pajamas or sweat pants and a t-shirt. Sleeping in jeans or tight clothing reduces blood flow. Also, the clothes you wore all day are probably a little damp from your sweat.
Create a bed warmer with your nalgeen.
Just before bed, boil some water and put it in a nalgeen bottle. Seal it up tight and put it in your bag. It’ll act like a big hand warmer. Consider putting the bottle in a large sock or wrapping in a t-shirt to keep it from burning your skin.
Wear a cap to bed.
You loose a lot of heat through your head (especially some of us old bald guys!), so wear a stocking cap or a buff on your head at night.
Don’t breathe in your bag.
It’s tempting to put your whole head inside your bag but don’t do it! The condensation from your breath will make you and your bed damp, and damp = cold.
Consume some extra calories before bed.
Calories are units of heat. Snack just before bed or even keep some snacks in your tent. (as long as you’re not in bear country!) Consuming hot cocoa right before bed can warm you up from the inside out. It’ll probably make you have to pee in the night, so…
Pee in your tent.
Okay, that didn’t come across exactly right. What I meant was that you’ll want to keep a designated bottle in your tent so you won’t have to leave the tent to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Just be sure to label it so you don’t accidentally drink it. And dump it in the latrine or deep in the woods the next day. (Staying hydrated throughout the day and then cutting your liquid consumption after 8pm can help a lot in this department as well.)
Don’t go to bed with anything damp. Make sure that nalgeen is completely dry. In the morning, you may want to consider laying your bag out on top of your tent to let the sun dry it out for the next night.
Tuck tomorrow’s clothes into your sleeping bag.
Even when you stay warm through the night, getting dressed that next morning can be brutal. Keeping your clothes in your bag will make sure they are toasty warm in the morning. If they are clean and dry, you can even push your boots to the base of your bag so your feet are warm when you put them on. (Consider using a dry bag for boots to keep your bag clean and dry.)
Do you have some cold weather tips that have worked for you? Please share in the comments section.
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