Now there’s nothing a scout troop likes better than to be on the trail – so see if you can find a way to celebrate next Saturday… as it’s National Trails Day!
Organised by the American Hiking Society, #NationalTrailsDay is a concerted effort to improve a large number of trail miles, and to raise awareness of the benefits of our national, regional and local trails.
There are only a couple of ‘official’ events near us, but there are many many ways to share our appreciation of outdoor trails.
- Take the pledge – to leave the trail better than you found it. This is an easy one for all Scouts given our adherence to the Outdoor Code
- Join a working party to improve a trail
- Donate or buy some Trail merch
Troop 260 attended in force w/ both adults & scouts at the 2018 Scout-o-Rama fair. We even had our newest scout – Aidan taking charge of some of the cooking. Jimmy, John, Andrew, Tristan, and Jake demonstrated great leadership at this event.
As with previous years, Troop 260’s booth was unique to the event with the scouts demonstrating a favorite trail staple — Pizzadillas. With over 100 made during our demonstrations, this was a very popular booth with both cub’s & scouts alike.
As a Scout led troop, the scouts planned, shopped, and executed the booth on their own. The adults (as always) did their part – relaxing & enjoying how well the scouts ran the activity. The fact that the organizers put the fire department in the next booth, added an additional layer of safety.
We are starting to already plan our participation for 2019!
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Our April 2018 weekend event was a 2-night, 14-mile hike in Henry Coe State Park.
It’s been a while since the Troop did a Friday through Sunday trip; fortunately we were rewarded with beautiful still, clear weather for the night walk from the Park HQ to the Manzanita Point campgrounds.
On the way, we did some star-gazing, found a toad, and almost missed the site (thanks Mateo!). Everyone managed to setup their tents in the dark without issue.
On Saturday we awoke to the sounds of birds (and wild turkeys). The weather was cool but bright for the entire day – perfect for hiking. The route was tough – c 8 miles, with a 1600-foot continuous climb up from Poverty Flats to the top of Middle Ridge. We had a new scout, and some less-seasoned family members on the trip and they all came through with flying colors!
Sunday was a short, but tough, walk out – tough from the 25% slopes more than the light rain. A great mini-adventure.
T260: Henry Coe 1804