SERE Wilderness Survival
830am for 9am departure. Meet at Southern Village Community Park (by the picnic shelter)
Scouts will be working towards Wilderness Survival Merit Badge and building a shelter and spending the night in it. Older scouts who have the Merit badge will work as guides to the younger scouts.
What to bring:
Sleeping bag, Sleeping mat, pillow (no hammocks or tents)
Survival kit in a shoe box (see below)
Warm clothes, Change of clothes for return journey
Water bottle, Personal items (Medications, toothbrush, deodorant, teddy bear etc.)
Survival Kit in a shoe box. Suggested contents:
Pocket knife, compass, flashlight, waterproof matches or fire starters, sun protection, duct tape, whistle, signal mirror, trash bag, fishing line and hooks, trail food, first aid kit.
Check weather forecast:
Make sure you have tarps/polythene (to waterproof shelter) and rain gear if the weather is not looking good.
A scout is hungry:
Eat breakfast before departure
Bring packed lunch for Saturday
Bring money for a possible vending stop on the way down
Bring $5 for barbecue dinner on Saturday night (let Mr Tomkins know if your scout does not eat pork barbecue)
Bring money for breakfast (such as Hardees or Bojangles) on way home.
Southern Village Community Park (by the picnic shelter) targetting 11am Sunday.
Troop 39 is a uniformed troop
Everyone must travel in Class B (T shirt/hoodie, scout pants, scout socks, belt)
Please contact Mr Tomkins if you have any questions.
We have 40 scouts attending – this is the biggest outing we have had in a long time. Thanks to the parents who have volunteered to drive.
Parents helping with the return journey, please arrive at the wilderness camp no later than 830am for a 845am departure.
DIRECTIONS TO SERE WILDERNESS SURVIVAL CAMP OCT-12-13:
THE POW WOW WILL TAKE PLACE ON FORT MCKALL IN THE US ARMY SURVIVAL TRAINING FACILITY. FROM US 1 IN ABERDEEN, TAKE A LEFT ON 15/501, TAKE 15/501TO THE 5 STAR FOOD MART AT ASHEMONT ROAD, TURN RIGHT (YES, RIGHT) ON ASHEMONT ROAD, CROSS TWO BRIDGES, ASHEMONT ROAD TURNS INTO ARMY ROAD, TAKE ARMY ROAD TO A FORK IN THE ROAD WITH A US ARMY CHOPPER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FORK, BEAR LEFT, CROSS OVER LITTLE MUDDY LAKE, THE SURVIVAL COMPOUND WILL BE A RESTRICTED AREA/ROAD ON YOUR LEFT, MAKE THAT LEFT AND FOLLOW TO THE HEADQUARTERS, ABOUT 1/4 MILE DOWN THAT GRAVEL ROAD. IF YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THE POW WOW CHIEF AT 919-956-0038.
I do not have an address nor do I have a GPS coordinate to provide you but here are directions from SV community Park to the junction of 15-501 and Ashemont Road. I would be cautious using your GPS to get to Army Road, I looked up this area on Google maps and Army Road looks like it is off to the left of 15-501, not to the right but the above directions have been confirmed.
Hope you enjoy these photos. It certainly was a lot of fun, and for some scouts they had to overcome their fear of heights, but by the end everyone was having a lot of fun!
Folks, there is a great Merit Badge opportunity approaching in November. Check your schedules!
I will be teaching one of the Merit badges (Chess) at the clinic and may be able to offer your scout a ride. Please contact me if your son is interested.
Yours in Scouting
All of troop 39 family would like to express their heartfelt congratulations to the nation’s newest Eagle Scout, Sam Long. Sam who was previously a scout with Troop 39 was recognised at his Eagle Court of Honour today in Henderson, NC. Sam, congratulations – you have truly earned to keep your Troop 39 neckerchief!
Summer Camp is so nearly upon us. We need scouts to make their decisions on the electives that they will take.
For all the new scouts, they will take the New Camper program that takes them through a lot of the requirements for Tenderfoot, second class and first class material. For them, there is no need to respond.
For all other scouts attending, please complete the form below and send back by 6pm on Sunday
ASM Troop 39
Troop 39 performed one of its annual service projects yesterday handing out programmes at the UNC commencement ceremony. The troop has done this each May (and December for Winter Graduation) for over 50 years.
UNC recognised Troop 39 in its “Commencement by the numbers” feature.
ASm Troop 39
yea, but no, but yea, but no …. this is just totally amazing …
Here also are some photos of the weekend … our first outing with some of our newest scouts – a great weekend to remember! enjoy!
This weekend we spent and unseasonably cool weekend at Camp Campbell with the Mawat/Orange District Camporee.
Troop 39 did really well winning several honours:
We entered 6 dishes into the cooking contest. All of them were dutch oven recipes. We won 5 of the 18 cooking prizes on offer:
- Naticus Minimus won 1st place in the Youth Dessert with his Green Monster cobbler made with Montain Dew. This was despite one of the judges being overheard saying that he prays before he eats anything green! Way to go Mr Minimus.
- James J earned a 2nd place award for his Chili in the youth main course. Very tasty James!
- Mr Jennings earned a 2nd place for his bean feast (see the picture) in the Adult side dishes competition.
- Mrs Meyer (technically entering for Crew 39) earned 2nd place for her most delicious Bread pudding in the adult desserts category.
- Mr Tomkins earned 3rd place for his popular Pollo Alla Cacciatore in the adult main course event. Recipe is on the troop site if you want to make it at home!
Troop 39 has a fine pedigree of dutch oven cooking and, as a leader, what is most rewarding is seeing the youth of the troop being so enthusiastic about cooking in dutch ovens. Some great photos of the guys cooking.
Troop 39 also won first place for making a PBJ sandwich blindfolded and 2nd place for one of the other events (ribbon ilegible!)
Mr FitzSimons did a totally amazing job building a Monkey Bridge for the entire camp to enjoy.
The troop wrapped it up by coming 2nd in the campsite cleanliness category – losing by only one point to the 1st place team. Note the the quartermaster, we were docked that one point for not having our propane tanks in crates (for stability). We have the crates but they are bolted to the bottom of the trailer! Great job Troop 39 and thanks to Mr Tomkins for building the camp gateway single-handedly which earned 5 bonus points for the troop.
Note to leaders – next time we are in Campbell, we need to camp on the sheltered side of camp – not on the peninsula!