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October Backpacking Trip to Dolly Sods Wilderness

Dolly Sods Fall Color

Dolly Sods Backpacking Trip
Columbus Day Weekend – October 8-10, 2016

This year for the first time we are going to Dolly Sods in the Fall!  There are many benefits to doing it this time of year:

  • There will be fewer people so we can camp in areas that are normally too crowded
  • The fall colors are great
  • There are increased opportunities for wildlife viewing

DETAILS: Troop 1128 is going on a 3-day backpacking trip to Dolly Sods Wilderness near Petersburg, WV, on October 8-10, 2016 (Columbus Day Weekend).
The trip is open to Scouts with experience on other Troop backpacking trips. It is not suitable for Scouts who have never been backpacking, or for new Scouts.
This is a true backpacking experience. We will be backpacking a total of 15 miles over three days, and carrying all equipment, tents, stoves, food, and water.
Proper personal equipment is essential, including pack, boots, sleeping bag, rain gear and clothing.
The recommended equipment checklist is available on the Troop website. There will be a pack inspection prior to the trip.
Average October temperatures in the mountains are 65°F day and 40°F night. Rain is always a possibility.
Layers of clothing, a good rain jacket and rain pants (no ponchos) and a sleeping bag rated down to 25°F are required for safety and comfort.

DEADLINE: Scouts must sign up (permission slip and $30 fee) by Tuesday, October 4 to ensure sufficient transportation.

SCHEDULE: Scouts should arrive at Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 8, no later than 6:30 AM.
We will depart at 7:00 AM (sharp), and will return by 4:00 PM on Monday, October 10.

MEALS: Eat breakfast before departure and bring a bag lunch for Saturday. Dinner on Saturday, all meals on Sunday and breakfast on Monday will be prepared by the Scouts.
The meals will be by Patrol cooking and Patrols will decide on a menu and purchase food prior to the trip.
Lunch on Monday will be Pizza Lunch in Petersburg after we come off the trail.

COST: There is a $30 fee per participant (Scouts and adults) to help with cost of food, supplies and transportation.
In addition and separately, another $10 (cash) is needed for Monday Pizza Lunch.

DRIVERS: Drivers will be needed to transport us round-trip to Dolly Sods. It is 150 miles one-way to the trailhead.
Please indicate if you can help with transportation for your son.

CONTACT: ASM Paul Parker (703-346-3735) with any questions.

Troop Fair, Webelos Visit, Family Dinner and COH

To all Troop 1128 Scouting Families:

The annual Troop Fair and Court of Honor (COH) will be held on Saturday 24 September 2016.

A detailed schedule of the day’s activities could be found here.

The Troop fair will is our opportunity to welcome 2nd year Webelos Cub Scouts from many of the cub scout packs in the area. Scouts are asked to be at Andrew Chapel at 9 AM to help assemble the exhibits to welcome cub scouts who will arrive in the afternoon. Parents are invited to see the exhibits at 330 PM.

At 515 PM we will have a cook-out and troop dinner. The troop Court of Honor will start at 630 PM.




Introduction to Backpacking
Massanutten Mountain
September 17-18, 2016Change of Location:  Due to dry conditions/limited water in GWNF, the trip location has been changed to Massanutten Mountain, near reliable water from Strasburg Reservoir.


2017 National Jamboree

Troop 1128 scouts have the opportunity to participate in the 2017 BSA National Jamboree from July 19-28, 2017. The National Jamboree is an event that only happens every four years and typically just once during each boy’s years as a scout. The National Jamboree will be held at The Summit BSA High Adventure Base near Mt. Hope, West Virginia, where it also was held during July 2013. More than 40,000 scout participants from every state in the country will attend, making it sort of an Olympics of scouting. The Summit will also be the site of the next World Jamboree during the summer of 2019; the most recent World Jamboree was held in Japan in 2015.


Introduction to Backpacking

Introduction to Backpacking
George Washington National Forest
September 17-18, 2016

Troop 1128 is going on a backpacking trip on September 17-18, 2016 to George Washington National Forest near Wardensville, WV.

The trip is open to Scouts who have been to Goshen, or who have experience on three other Troop camping trips.  This trip is not otherwise suitable for new Scouts.


First Meeting

Hello scouts, scouters and parents,

Hopefully everyone has had a great summer and you are ready to get back into our scouting program. I know the Troop emails have provided some updates over the past few week but here are a few items for all of you:

  • Tomorrow, Tuesday 9/6, will be our first troop meeting of the 2016-2017 calendar. 
  • We have a critical need for volunteers for the Troop Fair which is scheduled for 9/24. This event is occurring earlier than normal so we need to start our planning quickly. We need 4-5 parents volunteers to make this event successful. Please let me know if you can volunteer. Also, I will like to have an initial planning session tomorrow so please come to the meeting if you can.
  • We also have need for other volunteers in other areas but we will cover that topic at the Troop Committee meeting on 9/20.

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow at the Troop meeting.

Gus Vazquez
Troop 1128 Committee Chair


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