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Ken and Lee talking with the backpacking group on the bald at Cole Mountain.

The Five Gallon Challenge

As Scout Leaders for more than a decade, Lee Fields and I have made it our mission to encourage Scouts to participate in backpacking trips.  Over the years we have noticed a general reluctance from beginners (and their parents) to take the first “steps”, which unfortunately denies these young men the valuable lessons that the […]

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North Carolina: Philmont Gear Demo and Talk

Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador and BSA Scoutmaster Joe Jacaruso will give a lightweight backpacking demo and talk to the Troop 47 Philmont Crew about how they can reduce their backpacking gear weight to make their Philmont experience more enjoyable.

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Scouting 50 Miler

Planning a Boy Scout 50-Miler

Defining a 50-Miler In doing research for this post, I found there are a lot of differing opinions about what the Boy Scout 50-Miler Program is all about. In a nutshell, the award recognizes a Scout who travels 50 miles in at least five days. Some describe it as a self-supported, high-adventure activity only for […]

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