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.
Are you ready for double fun? This weekend, the Troop is going to Leonard’s Mills. First, we are going to tour a logging and milling community from the 1790s. After that, we are going to hike the trails in Penobscot Experimental Forest located next to Leonard’s Mills. The hike will be a little under 4 miles, and the trail is rated as “easy.”
Admission Cost: Leonard’s Mills charges admission. The charge is $10 for adults and $5 for our young men.
Meeting Time: We will meet at Leonard’s Mills entrance at 12:30 on Saturday, October 1st. From there, we will start the tour. We will regroup at the entrance to start the hike. The hike will start at approximately 2:30 pm. We should be finished about 6:00 pm.
Directions: From Bangor and Brewer, take ME Route 9 from Brewer 4 miles towards Eddington. Turn onto ME Route 178 and follow towards Milford for another 4.5 miles. A large sign will be on the left but the entrance and Government Road will be on the the right directly across from the sign.
Things you will need:
- weather appropriate clothing
- bag or pack to carry your supplies
- Consider eating a good lunch before arriving at Leonard’s Mills.
- This is a rain or shine event.
Leonard’s Mills: http://www.maineforestandloggingmuseum.org/
Here are the details for the hike up Bald Mountain.
First, please ensure that you have a working flashlight or headlamp along with the things that you would usually brings on a hike (see list below). This hike is going to start in the evening and end in THE DARK.
Second, bring a bag lunch/dinner to eat on our hike. This meal may serve as a snack or as dinner-your choice. 🙂
Meeting Time: We will meet at Dysart’s at 6 pm on Saturday, August 27th. We should be back at Dysart’s around 9:30 pm.
Meeting Place: We are going to meet at the Dysart’s at the intersection of Rt 46 and Rt 1A. From there, we will decide how many vehicles we are going to take to trail head at Bald Mountain.
Directions to trail head: From Dysart’s, we will take the Upper Dedham Rd. to Bald Mountain Rd. Bald Mountain should be easy to find because it’s right off of Bald Mountain Road in Dedham. The trail head, which at first looks more like an access road, is on the left near the junction of Bald Mountain Road and Johnson Road. There is a farm on the right at this junction. We will follow the wide “trail” or access road to the base of the mountain, ignoring a few smaller trails, and follow the wide ski trail up, following the power lines.
Here are the things that you will need:
- A BAG LUNCH/DINNER
- A WORKING FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP
- any weather appropriate clothing you may need
- bug spray?
- a small bag / backpack to carry your supplies in