This spring, March 13 thru March 15, we went on a backpacking trip at Wildcat Hollow. During the beginning of the hike meant to have fun and earn ranks we had to stop because the trail was blocked by a river that formed overnight. We all had to stay at base camp, but we were determined to cross the rapids. Using the logs we could find, the dead trees we could kick over and the knowledge we had of lashing we made a bridge. After lunch, we put our bridge into action! We crossed the river, and some of us fell in. At the end of the day we had a fire to warm us, high spirits, and muddy feet.
For our area and the type of camping that Troop 84 does, I would recommend a bag rated somewhere between 0 and 15 degrees for camping year round and 30 degress if you only plan to camp in the warmer months. I also suggest a mummy type and definitely made from synthetic material. Cotton sleeping bags stay wet longer, and they will get wet! The faster they dry out, the sooner you can get warm. Synthetics are ususally lighter too.
Here's some more great info from Scoutmastercg.com
It's official, troop84.com is up and running! Current features include a full calendar of events including event registration, messaging functions, special notifications, and the newsletter. We will also post useful articles, wiki's and pages related to our events, scouting, our council, and our troop in general. Check out our first article How to Buy a Backpack.
Future features will include achievement tracking, a photo gallery, a file repository and more!
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Here is some advice from my favorite online Scoutmaster, Clarke Green:
The most important thing about a Scout’s backpack is a proper fit. The second most important consideration is whether it will fit them next year, let alone three years from now. A top-of-the-line $400.00 backpack that doesn’t fit properly or grow along with a Scout is not only a waste of money, it’s going to be so uncomfortable a Scout will think twice before he goes camping or backpacking again.
Here is a link to the full article he wrote and be sure to watch the video at the bottom of the page!