Greetings one and all- Here is the information that you will need for this week-end’s hike. Nothing different from most of our hikes EXCEPT you will need to bring a bag lunch.
When: Saturday, April 28th
Where: Partridge and Ducktail Ponds, Amherst, ME.
WE WILL MEET AT THE PARTRIDGE POND TRAIL HEAD
Start Time: 10 am at the Partridge Pond Trail Head
(be there a couple minutes early, please!)
Finish Time: approximately 2 pm
- bag lunch
- trail snacks
- weather appropriate clothing (we suggest bringing a sweat shirt or light jacket)
- An extra pair of dry socks
- small bag / backpack for each boy to carry his supplies
Go approximately 22 miles from the traffic light at the intersection of Route 9 and State Street in Brewer.
Ducktail Pond Road is on the left 1.5 miles before the intersection of Route 9 and Route 181 in Amherst.
(8 miles beyond the turn-off for Crossroads Camp.)
A short distance down Ducktail Pond Road (a gravel road), you will come to a group of three large signs on the right. One of the signs gives the mileage to the different trail heads in Amherst Mountains Community Forest: Partridge Pond Trail head is 1.6 miles; Ducktail Pond trail head and Indian Camp Stream Day Use Area are 2.4 miles; and the Bald Bluff Mountain trail head is 5.9 miles.
We will meet at the PARTRIDGE POND TRAIL HEAD. There is parking at the trail head.
Looking forward to some fun in the sun with you all.
Link: This link has more information about the area were we will be hiking:
Greetings one and all,
This week’s meeting (June 17th) is going to very similar to last week only with two distinct parts.
First, we are going to try and finish our service project. As you may recall, we are stacking firewood for the Crossroads Christian Camp.
Second, we are going to conduct our annual swimming competency tests. The testing allows us to determine who our non-swimmer, beginners, and swimmers are. In turn, this will allow us to make sure that the right boys are in the right part of the swimming area when we are cooling off from the heat.
Here is what you will need to bring. As a matter of fact, these things can replace the winter items that you were bringing until summer is over. We plan on spending quite a bit of time in the water.
- a pair of work gloves (if you have them).
- It’s probably a good idea to wear a pair of jeans
- bring a long-sleeve shirt with you
- NO open-toed footwear – like sandals/flip flops!
- a bathing suit
- a towel.
- Old sneakers or water shoes might be nice for walking around by the water, as well.
- something to carry it all in
Crossroads Christian Camp is lending us one of their lifeguards to conduct the tests and to help the boys out with some basic swim instructions. The camp also has changing rooms for us to use.
Looks like an afternoon of work AND fun. Hope to see you there.
Dear Trailmen Parents–
As you know, the Troop will be meeting at Eddington Community Church this weekend. The following weekend (4/8), we will be going on a hike through a section of the Acadia Carriage Trails.
Please take note of a couple very important considerations:
FOOTWEAR: Please ensure that your Trailmen has the appropriate footwear. Hiking boots are preferred…or, weather permitting, sneakers might be acceptable. Snow boots are not acceptable footwear.
If you are buying your Trailmen new boots to start the hiking season, here are some things to consider when making your purchase:
- Hiking boots don’t have to be expensive! Locally, Walmart and Marden’s both have some great options for around $20-$40.
(They’ll grow out of them in a year, so no sense spending $200!)
- When you go shoe shopping, have your boy wear the type of socks he will be wearing with the boots.
(A nice pair of wool socks is a great option.)
- Don’t go for the steel toe! Steel-toed boots are for working. It will just add unnecessary weight when hiking.
- Make sure that he breaks them in. (Start with a couple of hours around the house. Slowly increase the time until he can wear them all day without a problem.)
- Do your shoe shopping in the evening if possible. This is when a growing young boy’s feet are the largest.
All these factors will help reduce the chance of blisters. WE DON”T WANT BLISTERS! 🙂
DISTANCE: The hike we are planning is called the Day Mountain Loop. It is about 6.5 miles. This is the longest hike we have been on to date. Please consider whether your son is comfortable and capable of completing a hike of this distance. Don’t forget that he will be carrying a backpack with:
- Weather appropriate clothing (extra layer, hat, mittens/gloves)
If you have any questions, please bring them up at Saturday’s meeting.
Dear Trailmen Parents-
Here are the final (read “Simon forgot”) details for this week-end’s Camp-In.
Eating- Yes, we are going to eat. This is a bowl, spoon and cup (or mug) camp-in. Those are the only utensils that are needed for the meals.
Knives – Dads, if you have a pocket knife or two, please bring them with you. If your son is over 10 years old, he may bring a lock blade knife if the blade is under 4 inches long. We are going to learn about knives and do some whittling.
Chuck box– If you have a donation to the chuck box, please bring it with you. This will give us a chance to sort thru them and decide what best suits our needs.
Sleds– If you have one, feel free to bring it. There may be some snow left. If you have a snow shovel, toss it in the car.
Rain- Be prepared (clothing-wise) for it.
See you tomorrow
After several weeks off, it is time to get back onto the ole’ meeting schedule.
As a reminder, we meet at Crossroads Christian Camp, Saturdays, from 3:30pm until 5:30pm. This Saturday (Jan. 7), we will meet in the Lodge at the Camp.
Before we left for the winter break, we asked that everyone get back in the habit of coming to the meeting prepared for whatever comes our way. Here is a list of the things we would like everyone to bring.
- a flashlight (hand held or headlamp)
- hat (hunter’s orange is ideal)
- gloves or mittens
- a bottle of water
- some sort of bag to hold everything
Although it should go without saying, please dress appropriately. We often work and play outside and there is nothing worse than being cold because you didn’t dress properly.
See you all this Saturday.