Capital Area DISTRICT NIGHT HIKE
NOVEMBER 19 , 2010
The longest night of your life and the coolest patch ever!
This ten-mile hike takes place no matter what the weather. All hikers will have their clothing, footwear and day packs inspected at event check-in. If you are not properly equipped, you will not be allowed on course.
BE PREPARED. Keep an eye on the weather and add/carry more layers as appropriate. A LABELED dry set of extra clothes and a sleeping bag can be left in the dining hall.
Scout patrols hike from Camp Thunderbird. Patrols encounter stations with bonfires at about 1 mile intervals, and participate in solving problems or completing a physical challenge as a team. Adults from area troops score each patrol and offer assistance if needed. Past challenges have ranged from identifying native plants, to rendering first aid, completing an obstacle course, or even flipping a pancake. The weather is always a factor, along with sleep deprivation. HAM radio operators monitor each patrol’s progress along the course.
Upon return to camp, hikers and stationmasters get a hot breakfast.
CLOTHING: a warm hat to cover your ears, mittens or gloves, RAIN JACKET and RAIN PANTS, fleece or wool sweater, and quick-drying nylon pants. Poly-pro long johns or UnderArmor to be either worn or carried depending on the weather. Remember….COTTON is ROTTEN!
FOOTWEAR: Hiking boots are required. Folks in tennis shoes will not be allowed on course.
TEN ESSENTIALS IN A DAY PACK:
- Compass….a course map will be provided
- First Aid Kit
- Extra Food (such as Trail Mix or a couple of Energy Bars)
- Extra Clothing–this includes RAIN JACKET, RAIN PANTS, gloves, hat and an extra top layer
- Sun Protection
COST: Scout event fee of $15.00 will be paid in full by Troop Committee.
Logistics: Carpools will depart at 5:15 PM from the old South Bay Fire Station. Please arrive dressed and shod for the trail. Be sure that you have a house key. A sack dinner is a good idea.