Pinhoti Trail — logging 7.4 miles by the time the group completed its trip Sunday morning. Subscribing to the "pack-in, pack-out" philosophy, each Scout and leader carried his own personal gear, as well as a portion of the weekend’s food, tenting, cooking, water filtration, and other gear divided among the fourteen backpackers.
|Hunter and Camp prepare dinner while completing|
backpacking cooking requirements for Cooking Merit Badge.
|Everyone gladly took the chance to relax after|
the day's backpacking was over.
|Everyone was more warmly dressed for the start of Sunday's backpacking|
compared to their Saturday attire.
The rain, which lasted only for a couple of hours, immediately gave way to a drop in temperatures of more than 20 degrees. The troop was greeted by temperatures in the low 40s by the time everyone began waking up around 7 a.m. Prompted more by shivering bodies than by growling stomachs, Scouts hurriedly got a campfire going before perusing the breakfast offerings. Campsite pack-up went relatively quickly, and after completing that and a Sunday morning devotional service focused on Samson’s inherent weaknesses despite being one of the strongest men mentioned in the Bible, the troop set out on the trail by 9:15 a.m. for the last leg of its trek and the return home.
|A sample of the scenic views of the surrounding forest and changing leaves,|
which were more easily enjoyed Sunday, compared to Saturday's clouds and gray skies.
At the troop’s Patrol Leaders Council meeting the following Monday, Scouts and leaders debriefed about the weekend outing. Youth leaders commended the group’s overall evening planning with the knowledge of the pending rain. On the flip side, it was noted that operating backpacking stoves and using proper dishwashing techniques, especially in a backpacking environment, could bear continued training and reinforcement. Overall, it was noted that everyone worked together well and the trip was completed without any major issues.
For more photos from the backpacking trip, visit the troop’s online photo album.