Raven Rock, NC
Well it was finally here, my scout troops' first "real" backpacking trip. These are all my new scouts that have reciently crossed over from cub-scouts. Plus some of the new parents that decided to join my Troop. I've been having classes to teach them about everything, but nothing teaches better than actually getting them out to the woods!! I had 11, 11 year olds, one 13 year old and 8 adults.
Raven Rock is a great first hiking/backpacking area. The trails are easy, I think only 2 scouts fell down!! Only 1 threw up, he wasn't drinking water even though I'd stop every so often and tell them all to drink. Had a few go on a night hike but one wasn't quite sure why he was still hiking and it was dark. A few were confussed the next morning when I told them that they had to pack up all the same gear that they had humped in, they had to hump it back out. One kid asked me where the trash can was. Had another come ask me where the bag was that his tent came out of. A couple asked me for food after they finished eatting... hummm One kid had 10 pairs of socks and no jacket. And I learned that 11 year olds do not get tired after the tents are up. But before the tents are up, they're so tired they can't move.
We camped in the wilderness area site right next to the Cape Fear River. Water was pumped from the Cape Fear to drink, it's got a slight color to it but other wise, taste pretty good. There's one of the nicest pit toilets there that I've ever seen. I'd rate it like a 4 star pit toilet!! Course I tried to explain that to my new adults in the troop and they're looking at me kind of funny. Temps were cool at night, about 40 and 86 Sat and maybe 70ish Sunday. Sunday was perfect for hiking.
All of the scouts made it to the "ROCK"!! This rock is what the park is named for and is just amazing. We from the coast of NC don't get to see things like that is our area.
Sunday morning I was woke up by a Wip-o-will (spelling???) bird that was singing for all he was worth. The adults in my group said they heard lots of animals/birds through the night. I didn't hear a thing (sleeping!!) till that wip-o-will woke me up.
Lots of learning took place for all my new scouters, kids and adults!!
And I also want to thank a member of the Hammock Forum here that helped us by donating gear to my troop, if you're reading this, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!:)
Thanks for this post ... reminds me of when I was the pack leader for my son's cub scout then weblos pack ... good memories ... and contrary to policy we hiked and camped as cubs ... and they did all the same weird things. Actually a few parents that at least volunteered to help ... turned out to be weirder than boys that age! :rolleyes:
Originally Posted by TinaLouise
Lots of great stories and memories from Mifflinburg, Pa and the cub scouts there.
EDIT ... Make that Den leader ... Mad Cow Disease ... can't remember all that official lingo ... but it was more about the boys in our group than the formalities of the organization. Worked out great ... actually miss those days.
First class report and very entertaining. I think it's great that you are getting these kids started in the right direction.
Just looked at the Park map. Glad you had a good time! I'll have to head over there soon.
I love Raven Rock. I live close to it. I was a scout all the way from Cub Scouts, through Webelos, to Boy Scouts. I camped there as a kid and as an adult. I did the 50 miler with the scouts one year. It was the Buckhorn trail, and actually ended up in Raven Rock. I will never forget how proud my parents were that their 14 yr old had completed, and loved, the hike. Just that memory alone give RR a special place in my book of memories!
Thanks for the report. Loved it.
NCPatrick, let me know when you want to go. I will go with you. We can do the Campbell Creek loop trail (5 miles). Not a long trail, but a nice overnighter. I have never hiked this trail, but have been thinking about it lately.
Way to get them there young 'uns out there learning and enjoying the piney woods!!!!!!
That is how I got the bug.....
Sounds good. Sounds very good. Scheduling it will be a challenge though.
Originally Posted by bhancock
We'll talk about it this weekend! Cant wait to get to Hot Springs. Been trying to make this happen since 06!
Thanks for the report! Glad they all made it. I love to take out kids on their first backpacking shakedown. Its amazing what they pack or put in their pack after the first inspection, then parent adds extra stuff so the kid is comfortable ( which made him miserable because he was carrying the extra weight). We had to stop once and inspect their packs because of so many complaints. We ended up with a pile of "extra" stuff. After it was off their backs, trip was a lot smoother and they were amazed how much better they felt. It is also amazing to see the acomplishment in their eyes and spirit when we get back from the trip. Its great to see them kids grow!
Great report Tina,
Those little guys will remember that weekend for years to come and I believe they will refer to them as "the good old days".