TROOP 1128 December Indoor Climbing
Vertical Rock Manassas
December 10-11, 2016
DETAILS: Troop 1128 is going on an outing December 10-11, 2016 to an indoor climbing gym, Vertical Rock Manassas, at 10225 Nokesville Rd, Manassas, VA. This is an overnight lock-in. After two hours of climbing and belying instruction, scouts can climb all night, play games, and/or sleep. The gym has a wide range of routes rated from 5.5 to 5.14 and a bouldering area. There will be NO tent camping and NO patrol cooking, but pizza, snacks, and drinks will be available.
Scouts should wear class B uniform shirt, loose-fitting athletic shorts or pants, and sneakers. The gym will be able to provide climbing shoes for most scouts. Scouts should bring a sleeping bag, toiletries, and (optional) playing cards or other favorite game. No previous climbing experience is necessary. The trip is open to all Scouts. In addition to the form below, parents must complete the waiver for each scout at http://climb-va.com/e-waiver/
Scout for Food
November 5th and 12th
Scouting for Food is an annual food collection orchestrated by the Scouts from the National Capital Area Council.
Local Scouts distribute plastic bags to homes across the region and return to pick up the bags, now filled with food, one week later. Collected food is turned over to local foodbanks for distribution to needy families in the area. This is the single largest community service project that the Scouts participate in all year.
Our yearly Scouting for Food Drive starts Saturday November 5th with distribution of bags and adults and Scouts are needed for this important Troop 1128 activity that helps the needy. We need to have at least 23 parents to drive and all Scouts to place the bags (with flyers inside) at the front of houses. A map will be provided to each driver for the area assigned to them for bag distribution.
Junior Leadership Training (JLT)
October 29, 2016: 9 AM – 3 PM
The PLC will conduct JLT training on Saturday, October 29th from 9 AM to 3 PM. Lunch will be served.
Junior Leadership Training is a Scout’s first exposure to leading in the Patrol setting. Youth protection, issue management, and working as a team are the focus. The program is executed through scenarios delivered in videos and practical exercises.
The training is recommended for Scouts after reaching 2nd Class. All Patrol positions of responsibility require JLT attendance at least once in a Scout’s career. This training is also required for the Basic level of the Troop Achievement Award.
JLT is offered twice each program year. So, if you cannot make the entire training due to a schedule conflict, please sign-up the next time when you can make the whole class.
Troop 1128 Climbing Campout
The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School
November 19-20, 2016
DETAILS: Troop 1128 is going on a climbing and camping trip to The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, Maryland, on November 19-20, 2016.
On Saturday morning, we will drive to The Adventure Park, where we will first spend approximately 30 minutes getting a safety briefing on The Adventure Park and the use of the double-connected, “always-locked-on” safety harness system. We will then have about 3 hours to climb The Adventure Park’s challenge bridges and ride the zip lines on the Park’s 13 color-coded trails based on difficulty and age limit. More information about the Park can be found here: https://sandyspringadventurepark.org/sandy-spring-adventure-park/
After climbing on Saturday, the Patrols will engage in a Patrol Competition before we check into the campsites located on the grounds of the Adventure Park. Patrols will cook dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.
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.