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    15 and 16 year old going camping alone

    I'm 15 and my friend is 16 and weare planning a trip to olympic national park this summer. it will be a one week camping trip by oursleves. Is this reasonable, do we need parents, if so, we cannot go.

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    The best answer to that question can be answered by .............

    your parents

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    Awesome sounding trip!

    So should you go alone? What is your experience with camping in the back country? What will you do for emergencies? What do your parent say? Is there another adult (scout master, youth minister, family friend) that could go with you? What is your skill when it comes to navigation, first aid, and making good decisions in tough situations?

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    Depends on how experienced y'all are in survival in the outdoors, how far you plan on going (base camp with traipsing around, or a big loop hike), waay more factors than just your age. A week might be a bit ambitious for someone your ages, given how much food you'd need to bring, but I'd hazard a guess and say it's within the realm of possibility.

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    If you have to ask that question, then I don't think you've probably got the needed experience and knowledge to draw upon. I'm going to have to say it probably isn't a good idea. If one, better yet, both of you have some backcountry experience under your belts, then sure, you could do it.

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    What is your plan?

    Scouts Canada allows youth ages 11 and older to camp as a patrol without leaders, provided they can convince us that they have the necessary skills. Skills include being able to prepare a thorough emergency plan, demonstrated knowledge of their gear, campcraft, woodcraft, basic first aid, and the like, and proving to us leaders that the planned outing fits within their limits and abilities.

    ... and, of course, they need parental consent.

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    I'm the other guy on this one...do it! Talk your parents into, and if you have to, prepare so well--come up with a good plan, check points, calls in, a detail route map, etc., that your parents will be unable to say no. And then do all that--planning and execution wise, and when you walk out of the Olympics, you will older, wiser, smarter, more capable, more experienced, and will have done things your friends don't know how to do. Plan, persuade, execute.

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    Is this trip before, after, or instead of your July canoe trip in Canada? Did you find the cheap hammock you were looking for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    If you have to ask that question, then I don't think you've probably got the needed experience and knowledge to draw upon. I'm going to have to say it probably isn't a good idea...
    Couldn't have said it better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    If you have to ask that question, then I don't think you've probably got the needed experience and knowledge to draw upon. I'm going to have to say it probably isn't a good idea. If one, better yet, both of you have some backcountry experience under your belts, then sure, you could do it.

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