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Partridge and Ducktail Ponds Hike

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.


Start Time: 10 am at the Partridge Pond Trail Head
(be there a couple minutes early, please!)

Finish Time: approximately 2 pm

Packing List:

  • Bible
  • water
  • 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.)

amherst111613-1A 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:


Menu and Packing List for the Labor Day Weekend Camp-Out, Hike, and Swim

This is part two of the Labor Day Weekend Camp-Out, Hike, and Swim.  This post covers the menu and packing list.

News Flash—-cost of the camp out has dropped to $15 per person!  This covers food and swimming.


Friday Dinner:

  • Large Pig in a Blanket (hot dog wrapped in a crescent roll)
  • baked beans

Saturday Breakfast:

  • Mountain Man Breakfast (eggs, cheese, sausage, hash browns scrambled together in a dutch oven)

Saturday Lunch:

  • sandwiches (bread, turkey, ham, chicken, cheese)
  • chocolate chip cookies

Saturday Dinner:

  • foil packs (hamburger, onions, carrots, potatoes, peas, canola oil spray)
  • apple cobbler (apple filling, white cake mix, butter)

Sunday Breakfast:

  • pancakes
  • maple syrup or peanut butter

Drinks for Meals:

  • apple juice
  • hot chocolate
  • coffee (for dads only)
  • water

Misc.  Food Comments:

  • Please don’t pack snacks & junk food.
  • If you or your boy has any food allergies, make sure to let the adult leaders know!

PACKING LIST:  Please refer to the packing list on the website.

Misc.Packing List Comments:

  • Temperatures are dropping at night.  Bring appropriate, warm clothing!
  • We suggest sweat pants, sweat shirt, and socks for sleeping.
  • Closed toe shoes are required.
  • Swim shoes, flip flops, or old sneakers are a good idea for getting to and from the pool.
  • If you have a life jacket for your non-swimmer or beginning swimmer, please bring it. The troop will be able to bring few extra in case you don’t have one.
  • No electronics, please.
  • If you don’t bring it, you won’t lose it.
  • There are no showers at the camp.

Come On In, The Water is Fine

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.

  • Bible
  • 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.

Walk Worthy

April Hike – Important Planning Considerations

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:

  • Bible
  • Water
  • Lunch
  • Snack
  • Weather appropriate clothing (extra layer,  hat, mittens/gloves)

If you have any questions, please bring them up at Saturday’s meeting.

Walk Worthy

Final Details for Camp-In

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

February 2017 Camp-In Details

Dear Trailmen:

Here is the information you and/or your trailman will need for the Camp-In…

The cost will be ….. $12 per person.
That covers dinner, breakfast, lunch, and DESERTS!
We will collect the money on Friday upon arrival
(if that is a problem, let us know)


Friday Evening
Supper: Sloppy Joes, Bread and butter, & Hot Chocolate
Dessert: S’mores

Saturday Morning
Oatmeal (various flavors), Bananas, Apple juice

Saturday Lunch
Hot dogs, Baked beans, Potato chips, Water

Saturday Afternoon Snack
Dutch Oven Apple Pie   (yellow cake, butter and apple pie filling)

(As always, there will be plenty of coffee for the dads.)

Time / Location

The event will be held at Crossroads (directions)
(Yes, we will be sleeping in the lodge.)
5 pm Friday evening until 5 pm Saturday evening.
That is THIS Friday and Saturday.  The 24th and the 25th.

Packing List

We’re working out a camping/hiking packing list here on the site for your reference:
Click here for the Trailman’s Packing List.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

Walk Worthy

Preparing a fire

We’ll have the fireplace roaring when you get there!

Meeting Reminder


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.

  • Bible
  • 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.

Walk Worthy