Cape Cod Bike Trip

Date:  10/12,13 & 14

Registration Fee:  $25

 

Location:  Nickerson State Park, Brewster, MA
Leaders:  Mr. Kimball
Requirements:  Open to all Troop 28 Scouts and their families
Merit Badge Advancements:  Camping, Cooking, Cycling
Description:  Nickerson's 1900 acres offers more than 400 campsites, including yurt camping, an amphitheater, eight miles of roads, hiking trails, an eight-mile bike path that connects to the 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail, and ponds stocked year-round with trout.  Cape Cod Bay is within walking or bicycling distance.  You can swim and canoe at Flax Pond; birdwatch or catch-and-release fish at Higgins Pond, or participate in the many seasonal interpretive and recreational programs offered by park staff.

 

This is the event we've all been waiting for. The annual bike trip and campout!

 

Troop 28 Cape Cod Bike Trip 2019

Cape Cod Rail Trail Saturday, October 12 - Monday, October 14 (Columbus Day)

This is the event we've all been waiting for. The annual bike trip and campout!

Where?  Our Traditional Location – Nickerson State park in Brewster Mass

Parents and families:  Please join us if you can. Bike the Scenic Cape Cod Rail Trail with your boy and camp with us.

When?  Meet Saturday October 12 at 10:00AM at Hebron Elementary School.

Return:  We'll return home on Monday, mid afternoon, if we have enough parents/drivers that can stay until Monday. Otherwise, we'll be home late Sunday night. 

Stay Until Monday if you can:   Although we recognize that many parents must head home Sunday night, we’re staying over until Monday, Columbus Day.  We encourage as many parents as possible to stay, so that we can enjoy an extra day on Cape Cod.  For those that stay, we have breakfast, visit the beach, and come home.

Bike Transportation:    Drivers need to carry bikes, so we’ll need to know how many bikes you can carry.

Bike helmets are a must:   No exceptions. This includes parents.

Cost:  $25 per person.

Senior Scouts and Cycling Merit Badge boys:  We have a special route, about 50 miles, planned for you if you're buff enough.

Everyone else:  Ride on bike paths on the Cape Cod Rail Trail to the beach at Marconi Station or other destinations on the Cape Cod Rail Trail.

Food:  Scouts will cook and eat as patrols. Meal plans and shopping will be done in advance.  Patrol leaders take note!!

We'll provide meals for parents. Here's the plan:

  • Saturday lunch: Bring your own bag lunch.

  • Saturday evening: Patrol cooking. Meals are judged and awards for the best chow will be presented.

  • Sunday Breakfast: Patrol cooking.

  • Sunday Lunch: On the bike trail, leaders will provide. Seniors bring money for eat-out food.

  • Sunday Dinner: Patrol cooking.

  • Monday breakfast: Troop leaders will provide.

Bring –your- own bike. Please give it a good checkout before the trip. We don't need flat tires and broken brakes to fix along the way. Call Mr. Kimball if you need help with bike maintenance.

Sign up!   We need an exact count of scouts and parents by Wednesday October 9. Call your patrol leader or Mr. Kimball 228-3817 if you have questions!

Fall Bottle Drive

Date:  10/19

Location:  Ted's Parking Lot
Leaders:  Mr. & Mrs. Sussman
 

Introduction to Backpacking / Arrow of Light Campout

Date:  10/26-27

Registration Fee:  $15

Location:  Pachaug State Forest
Leaders:  Mr. Pueschel
Requirements:  Open to all Troop 28 Scouts and their families
Merit Badge Advancements:  None
Description

This trip will begin Friday afternoon for the backpacking Scouts and Saturday morning for Arrow of Light Scouts.  Backpacking Scouts will backpack throughout the weekend to work on their skills.  Arrow of Light Scouts will be working with Boy Scouts to learn about activities and camping.

Pachaug State Forest covers about 24,000 acres in six towns, and is the largest forest in the State system.  The word "Pachaug" is derived from the Indian term meaning bend or turn in the river.  The Pachaug River, running from Beach Pond to the Quinebaug River, runs through the center of the forest.

Indians of the Narragansett, Pequot, and Mohegan tribes

inhabited this area in great number.  During the last half of the seventeenth century, the Narragansetts and Pequots were defeated by the combined force of the Colonists and the Mohegans, when in 1700, a six-mile square tract was granted to the Indian War Veterans.  Eventually, the central portion of this land grant became "Volunteer's Town," incorporated as Voluntown in 1721.

 

Old cellar holes and miles of stone fence winding through the woods give evidence that the entire forest was once farmed or pastured.  Abundant water encouraged the establishment of a mill industry as early as 1711.  Nearly every brook has several old mill sites and dams.  Homestead farming and small industry succumbed to advancing modern technology; the forest reclaims its land.

 

This outing is designed to develop backpacking and camping skills; including how to pack minimally and efficiently.  Prior to the trip the Scouts will develop food plans that allow for easy preparation and cooking along the trail.  This trip will include a moderate degree of backpacking and will establish a base camp to tent overnight with dinner and campfire festivities.  This trip is ideal for younger Scouts that are looking to develop their backpacking, camping and trail cooking skills.

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