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With the Spot GPS locator, Troops 22′s activities has become uber-prepared. Spot will track the troop’s location,

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Troop 22 Boy Scouts Spot

Kim Fatica - January 28, 2011 - 10:04 am

This is a wonderful addition to the troop gear list!

Mr. Gadsby and I tracked the recent Withlacoochee State Forest trek, and even spotted the crew stopping in for fast food on the way home that Sunday!

Good call, Mr. Dinsmore, good call!

Winter Hike Photos

Beautiful Weather and great hike for young and old scouts alike.  An approximate total of 15 miles over 2 days.  Lots of accomplishments, including some 1st Class rank requirements.  Caves and more!

Saturday the 15th:
hiked 10 miles weather was nice saw deer and cows and a scorpion good first day. ate ramon for dinner night was cold but mummy bag kept me warm.
Sunday the 16th:
hiked 5 miles cooler weather then yesterday ate oatmeal and hot chocolet for breakfast but that did not slow me down finished with enough time to go wendys after.  fun fun fun hike!!!!!!!
Willy W.

joey peel - January 18, 2011 - 4:59 pm

Cool pics!!!!!

I want my extra ticket!!!!

Kyle - January 18, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Haha… I love the pics. xD

cody - January 19, 2011 - 9:48 am

that was fun!

Winter Hike 2011; Know Guts! Know Glory!

Jan 15 & 16
6:10 AM - Meet at UMC Parking Lot
6:30 AM - Departure for Withlacoochee State Forest

Driving Directions:
Proceed north on Veterans Expressway/Florida 589 to US Highway 98. Make right turn at exit  and follow Hwy 98 South 3.7 miles to County Road 491.  Make left turn at CR 491 heading 3.1 miles north to CR 480 (a/k/a Stage Coach Road). Make right turn on CR 480 heading east 5.6 miles to State Road 581. Make left turn onto SR 581 heading north 4.3 miles.  Look for signs to Mutual Mine Campground on left. Total travel time will be approximately 85-90 minutes.

Shuttle Plan:
Drop off James’ car near campsite.  At end of Day 1 all drivers take James’ car back to Mutual Mine.  From there, they caravan to CR 491 (FR 22) and drop off the cars at the gate entrance to the State Forest.  James confirmed there is room to park there.  Everyone then jumps into James’ car and returns to the FR 13 parking area.  At end of day 2, one driver must shuttle James back to his car from FR 22 to FR 13.

Start: Mutual Mine Recreation Area (N28 deg 45’3094″, W82 deg 21’1053″)
Finish: the intersection of FR 22 and South Lecanto Hwy (CR 491).  (N28 deg 42’5519″, W82 deg 27’0859″)

The water car cache site will be at the intersection of Loop D and Brittle Rd (approx. 400 meters to the west of Taylor Camp)  (N 28 deg 41′ 3642″, W 82 deg 25′ 3453″) (intersection of Brittle Rd and Loop D)

Saturday AM Start: From Mutual Mine Campground parking area (directly east of Loop C), proceed  1.6 miles west, then 1.4 miles south, then straight the 4.8 miles to the “tent” symbol (Camp Taylor), which will be our primitive campsite. We leave our gear at the campsite, continue west to the “P” site where the replenish water will be stored in a vehicle and taken back to the campsite. That completes Saturday and will total approx. 9.8.  For Scouts interested in earning credit towards their Hiking Merit Badge, we will ensure you complete the necessary distance to get credit for a full 10.0 miles.

Sunday:  Head clockwise (generally northwest) on Loop D for about 3.0 miles and then cutoff-trail west again to the caves that are in the area. From the caves we continue west until we reach South Lecanto Rd (on the map indicated as “CR 491″) where the vehicles will be parked at the forest road entrance gate. The day-two hike distance should be approximately 5.0 miles.

Cave No. 1:                        N28 deg 42’5528″, W82 deg 27’0860″
Cave No. 2:                        N28 deg 42’5522″, W82 deg 26’4031″
Cave No. 3:                        N28 deg 42’5622″, W82 deg 26’4077″

You can view a suggested gear list for this event here.  Remember, this is contains suggestions only.  Prepare your gear and clothing based on the conditions forecast (paying attention to the weather as we approach the event).

There is some great information from a recent Backpacker Magazine hiking seminar held at Bill Jackson’s (12/4/2010) audio here.  Be patient while file loads in browser.  At that point, you should be able save the files off to your computer if you wish.

Clicking on the map below will download a larger PDF version.

Winter Hike 2011 map

Txanton Bejos - January 7, 2011 - 5:06 pm

I’m going on this campi/hiking trip!See you guys there

Chris Gaines - January 11, 2011 - 6:18 pm

This looks long, but fun. See you guys Saturday!

Cody McGowan - January 11, 2011 - 6:19 pm

I got my back pack packed and ready to go!

50 miler 2010

Scout Logs:

When Willy spotted the gator skull on the first day, I thought that was really cool.
The second day, we saw many tracks including bear, and I got excited to see the wildlife.
The third day, we saw many hunting towers, but surprisingly, I didn’t hear any gun shots.
The fourth day, we hiked to the sink hole, and when we got back, me and my dad saw racoons in the tree.
When Mr. Gadsby told us that we had reached the end of our hike, I fell to my knees with joy.

-Garrett Fiss

stephanie gaines - January 7, 2011 - 11:59 am

Guys,
These photographs are really impressive.
I love the people shots (we need captions to some!) but my most favorite are 99,100, and 101. They are spectacular.
I know the trip was difficult but the pictures sure do make me want to do it, even the 16 degress photos.
Thank you for sharing your adventure with us!
Stephanie Gaines

Keiler S. - January 11, 2011 - 7:43 am

It was the best of times and the worst of times…

The 50 miler was very hard especially the last day, but the food made it worth it. Hanging out at the 88 store was my highlight.

Kim Fatica - January 11, 2011 - 10:53 pm

I’m really glad I was able to hike the first 20-some miles of this trek. I hated to leave to return to work…

Among my favorite moments:

* Trying to guess the animal by the scat (poop) left on the trail.

* Finding bear tracks and waking up that first night to the sound of heavy breathing and seeing a lumbering shadow near my tent in the moonlight. Thank goodness Calum helped get our food up in bear bags by climbing that tree.

* Watching everyone cooking their meals Sunday evening. Very entertaining!

* Waking up that first brisk morning to see Mr. Gadsby’s digital thermometer to read 21.4 degrees F.

* Getting bit by that Mattress Coil Snake…Arrgh!

* Seeing the sign pointing the way to the 88 Store, getting to the store, and enjoying the best pork BBQ ever. The ambiance of the store, with the hearth and fire was charming. Oh, yeah, and the sign there that said “Bikers Welcome”. I SO wanted to swap the B with an H…

Pathfinding Merit Badge (first introduced in 1911 and retired in 1952)

When William D. Boyce was traveling in England, he became lost in a heavy fog. A young man appeared and gave Boyce directions to his destination. When Boyce offered to give the boy money, he refused, saying that he was a Boy Scout and could not accept the generous tip. This was the basic principle behind this merit badge: to make sure Scouts were able to give directions and to be able to sufficiently navigate their own areas.

I am happy to let everyone know we had a really great turnout this morning and knocked out Pathfinding Merit Badge on the very last day it can be earned. The badge was revived for this year only as a celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of Scouting in America. A special thank you goes to Mrs. Grandoff, who was so thoughtful to provide Panera bagels, chocolate milk and orange juice for us! Also, many thanks to the parents who brought their boys to the meeting. We got done early enough that everyone had a chance to play a game or two in the youth center before leaving.

ASM Kim Fatica