April 2017 Overnight Hike

by on Mar.28, 2017, under Scouts

Mar 29 – Additional notes.

Please remember that we will be out for only one night. Pack very light as you will have to carry it.

Here is a very simple list to help.

  • Sleeping bag
  • sleeping pad
  • 2 extra pair of socks
  • 1 change of clothes
  • Bowl and spoon, cup
  • water bottle
  • Tooth brush
  • gloves
  • toque
  • sleepwear
  • Flash light
  • Pocket knife (Optional)

Here is the packing video we viewed on Monday night.

Other hints…

  • Nothing loose on the outside of your pack.
  • We will learn to dig Leave-No-Trace “catholes”  http://sectionhiker.com/how-to-dig-a-cathole/
  • We have been working on dehydrating most of our food to help keep weight and volume down while maintaining nutrition eliminating the need for refridgeration.  De-hydrating enhances flavours, and often gives food a different  texture even after re-hydrating. Come with an attitude to try new things.
  • For our hike we have dried…
    • cheddar cheese
    • nacho cheese
    • tomatoes
    • ham (Ham jerky)
    • red peppers
    • onions
    • ground beef
    • Apples
    • pears
    • cantaloup
    • watermellon
    • raspberries
    • strawberries
    • clementine wedges
    • kiwi
    • Lemons
    • Limes
  • some of this will be eaten as is -dry.  some will be re-hydrated and with a few add in’s will become a meal.  eg
    • by adding soft shells and some spices we will have tacos
    • by adding water to mixed fruit bits we will have fruit salad.
  • it is important to remember that no one will starve this weekend but it may seem like you are not eating as much as normal.  This is likely true as I don’t think we could carry that much food.;-)  Keep in mind that dryed food is much smaller so you are eating more than you think.  1 large onion dryed barely fills a snack baggie.  3.5 lb of ground beef now weighs less than 1 pound. 1 large watermellon reduces to about 3 cups.

Here is the current load in the de-hydrater


Top to bottom we have…

  • Pears
  • apples
  • strawberries
  • pears
  • tomatoes
  • apples
  • strawberries & kiwi
  • apples
  • watermellon



April brings spring and with it time to get outside and get active.  The Scouts will be doing a hike in camp this weekend.

On Friday night we will meet at the church for 7:00pm.  Bring all your gear after having dinner at home.  We will be going over packing strategies and distributing troop gear among the youth to share the load.  The youth have prepared some meals ahead of time which have been dehydrated to limit weight.  After the gear is sorted out there will be time for games then sleeping at the church.  Bright and early Saturday morning we will depart for our hike along the Bruce trail.  Spring is a great time for hiking the Bruce Trail.  No leaves on the trees allows views which cannot be seen during the summer.  There will be no shortage of mud and puddles so be sure to bring appropriate footwear and an appropriate pack which will allow both hands to be free while carrying all your gear. Along the trail we will stop for lunch and continue on to make camp in Terra Cotta.  Sunday morning after breaking camp we will continue on the Bruce trail for a short hike.  After loading in the vehicles we will return to the church for parents to pick up youth for 1pm Sunday.

Cost: $20.00

  • Drop-off : Friday, March 31st, 7pm at St. James’-Rosemount United Church
  • Pack and Sleep over at church
  • Depart: Sat. April 1st 7:30 am
  • Travel to hike start point
  • Pickup   : Sunday, April 2nd, 1pm at St. James’-Rosemount United ChurchPlease signup on the website so that we have an idea of numbers and can coordinate transport.


Check back as we will add more details here.



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