|Troop One Backpackers on the trail at Ohio Pyle State Park|
(picture by Bob Biggs)
|Our patch for the|
first backpacking trip.
On the first weekend in May it was beautiful in the Ohio Pyle area of SW Pennsylvania. While it was a perfect weekend for backpacking there and possibly everywhere, a few scouts set off on their first backpacking experience. They joined a few experienced scouts and set off to walk their first 9 miles with packs that were too heavy or didn't fit their small frame just right.
|The patch we would like to make|
design by Gabe Hunt, all rights reserved)
About a year ago, Eagle Scout Sam Hyde and backpacking "pro" and assistant scoutmaster Bob Biggs helped plan out a way to engage the youngest in hitting the trail. Our idea is that each young scout that wants to sample carrying a pack should get a chance and when they are older they will enter the Venturing Crew raring to go. This trip represented our second trip in recent years with young scouts. Listening to the scouts we will be doing this again very soon.
Perhaps, in the future, we can engage our pocket crew (see our story on the pocket crew) so the girls will also be ready for the backpacking lovers in our outdoor Venturing Crew.
On the way back from Ohio Pyle, these scouts were very attentive to the presentation on choosing the right backpack when they visited REI in Pittsburgh.
Steve and Kimberly Myers