OHT Section 3 Backpacking Trip (1/31/2020 to 2/2/2020)

Date:  1/31/2020 to 2/2/2020
Departure Time:  Be at the church Friday at 5:00.  Leaving at 5:30 
Return Time:  1:30 on Sunday.  Watch your email.  We will send an email if we expect to return early or late.
Emergency Contact:  Mike McFarland 501-351-4728
Cost:  $15, plus food, plus cash for McDonald’s on the way home.
Shakedown/Packing (See attached Checklist)
If you did not participate in Monday’s Shakedown, be there at 5:00 to have your pack inspected.  Lesson Learned: Scouts that have never been on a backpacking trip need to have both a shakedown, pack fitting, and a short practice hike to make pack adjustments.
Food (See attached Food Guide)
2 Breakfast, 1 Trail Lunch, 1 Supper, and Trail Snacks.  Everyone should have a food buddy.  Bring money for McDonald’s on the way home.
Location: Section 3 of the Ozark Highlands Trail (North of the Mulberry River off Hwy 23)
Friday – Leave church at 5:30 (Drive time is 3 Hours).
Short Hikers will camp near the trailhead for the long hike.  NOTE:  There is a small campsite about 0.1 miles down the OHT towards Hare Mountain.
Long hikers will night hike 2.3 miles to Hare Mountain and camp.  Be sure to have Fresh Batteries in your Flashlight.
Saturday – Short Hikers will break camp and shuttle the cars (45 minute drive) to the end of trail (Lick Branch) and hike 3 miles into the Marinoni Scenic Area and camp.  NOTE: There is a creek crossing at Lick Branch. The short hikers should plan to be on the trail no later than 10:00. This way they will have enough time to take their time on the hike and enjoy it. If you have people that need water, plan to be at Lick Branch by 9:15 to pump water. 

The long hikers will hike 11 miles from Hare Mountain to the Marinoni Scenic Area and meet the Short Hikers.  NOTE:  There are at least 5 creek crossings aryound mile 4.5. Be prepared to use water shoes rather than trying to cross without getting your feet wet. There is another very large creek crossing around mile 6 that was above the knees. 
Sunday – Both Long and Short Hikers will hike 3 miles back to the parking area (Lick Branch) and head to McDonald’s for a victory meal before heading home.

Philmont 2021 Trip

Troop 99 has been approved to have two 12 person crews at Philmont during the summer of 2021. The trip is scheduled for 6/5/2021 to 6/21/2021. The estimated cost of the trip is $1565. This includes Philmont Registration, travel expenses, hotel, meals, t-shirt, National Scouting Museum tour, and a half day White Water Rafting Trip through the Rio Grand Gorge in Taos, NM. Attached is a detailed plan that includes all the information and eligibility requirements. Minimum age is 14 or 13 and completed the 8th grade by 6/8/2021. Scouts between ages 18 and 21, at the time of the trip, can participate as a youth.

Adults and Scouts interested in this trip need to fill out the attached application and return it to me no later than Monday 1/13.

John and I will select participants using the approval process that is outlined in the Trip Details document. You will be notified of acceptance before 1/20, which is when the $100/person deposit is due.

At this point the travel costs are just an estimate and could change depending on the number of people who are interested. A big reduction in the cost will happen if we can avoid renting a vehicle (approximately $85/person). This means that we need Adults that are older than 21 to signup.

There will be an information meeting during Scouts on Monday 1/6 to review the trip and answer questions. You can also give me a call anytime. My number is 501-454-6759.

Again, all interested Adults and Scouts need to submit the attached application to me by Monday 1/13.