Douglas State Forest Backpacking Trip
Saturday, June 19 -
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Douglas State Forest
This month, we will backpack on a section of the Midstate Trail in Douglas State Forest, ending at a trail shelter. We last hiked this segment in August 2016, so none of our current youth members has hiked it before. This end of the trail has little elevation gain and few rocks, making it a fairly easy hike.
Weather permitting, and depending on whether it is open, we will stop by the beach area at Wallum Lake for a
swim on the return hike.
This trip is open to Scouts BSA members. Participants should weigh at least 90 pounds or bring a parent to carry some of their stuff.
Troop 54 COVID-19 Controls will be
employed on this trip.
- Permission Slip - Each participating Scout
must submit this to the Scoutmaster by June 8.
- Event registration fee - pay by June 8 (includes food):
Youth (includes food) - $15 (online payment)
Adult (doesn't include food) - $0 (online registration)
- Annual Health and Medical Record - Each
participant must have submitted
this record within the previous year and no later than June 8. This trip requires only Parts A and B,
including copy of insurance card (both sides). A medical exam is not required.
- CORI - Adults staying overnight must have submitted a CORI to
Troop 54 within the last year. If you need this, please submit it to the Scoutmaster by June 8.
- Youth Protection Training - Adults staying overnight must have
completed BSA Youth Protection Training within the prior two years. If you need this, submit your training
certificate to the Scoutmaster by June 8.
- Vehicle Information - If you are driving anyone other
than your own family members to and/or from the event (not likely during the COVID-19 pandemic) and your
vehicle information has not been provided to the Troop previously, please provide this to the Scoutmaster
by June 8.
Use our Backwoods Camping List to ensure you pack the needed items and see our Personal Camping Gear page for descriptions of most of the items needed and for how to use the checklist. You will pack your stuff in either an external frame or internal frame backpack (the big kind). Specific items to bring:
- Water bottles (2)
- Full uniform (as for just about any event) - wear this.
- Day pack
- Swim suit and small towel if you plan to go swimming.
- Food - Each patrol should plan to provide 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner. Participants bring
your own drinks and food for snacks.
- Cloth face masks (at least 3 per person). Please ensure that masks are sized so that they will stay
Scouts are required to bring their packed backpacks (excepting food) to the meeting for inspection on Tuesday, June 15. For this, water bottles can be empty.
- We will meet at the Epworth United Methodist
Church parking lot (for the first time since the pandemic started) at 8:00 AM where we will
perform a final gear check and load the packs into the vehicles going to the trailhead. Most
likely, only the participating adults will need to drive there.
- Travel to the trailhead
is approximately 25 minutes from Epworth United Methodist Church.
- Scouts should be picked up at the church at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday. We will call family
members as our timing becomes more clear.
Page updated 5/25/21