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    The list of public and private closings is...

    The list of public and private closings is growing: universities, school systems, court systems, sports leagues, youth activities, houses of worships, and amusement parks, just to name a few. Here...
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    My scout troop backpacks at Uwharrie at least...

    My scout troop backpacks at Uwharrie at least once a year, more if we are training for Philmont. We usually arrive in the dark on Friday evening and leave by 11 am on Sunday morning. For the last...
  3. Thread: Congaree NP

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    When our scout troop stays in the backcountry, we...

    When our scout troop stays in the backcountry, we prefer to camp on the River Trail at the Congaree River. Be prepared for wet, muddy ground and lots of pig crap. Fires are not allowed in the...
  4. Thread: Leading Groups

    by morgan
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    Our Scout Troop follows these guidelines when we...

    Our Scout Troop follows these guidelines when we backpack or day hike in a group.

    -Our youth trek leader gives an overview of the hike and reminds the troop of our hike guidelines before we ever...
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    Thank you for the video! I nominate you for...

    Thank you for the video! I nominate you for "Post of the Year"!
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    My scout troop uses the 4 liter Platypus gravity...

    My scout troop uses the 4 liter Platypus gravity filters and we carry chemicals as back up. We remind the scouts to fill up at night, and again in the morning during breakfast before we break camp. ...
  7. I'm a long time Boy Scout leader who has way too...

    I'm a long time Boy Scout leader who has way too many patches. There have been many great suggestions on this post. Here's a few I have seen through the years.

    Badge Magic - Works ok but will...
  8. Thread: Osprey Exos 58

    by morgan
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    Have you adjusted the lid higher so you can use...

    Have you adjusted the lid higher so you can use the extended collar on the pack, thus making more room inside? My Exos 58 has two plastic hooks on the backside, near the top of the shoulder straps. ...
  9. I used the Starbuck's iced coffee this summer on...

    I used the Starbuck's iced coffee this summer on a trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. It kept us from having to fire up the stove in the morning. I will use this product again on warm...
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    Crowders Mtn Trails

    The Pinnacle Trail is very nice and offers great views of the surrounding area.

    You can also make a nice loop out of the Crowders Trail, Rocktop Trail and Tower Trail. On a clear day you can see...
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    I mix grape nuts cereal, powdered milk and dried...

    I mix grape nuts cereal, powdered milk and dried fruit at home in ziplock bags. Just add water and eat.
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    South Mountain State Park

    South Mountain State Park just south of Morganton is a great place. It's a 45 to 60 minute drive from Charlotte. Lots of water, several waterfalls, nice camping areas in the backcountry, trout...
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    Try Wilson Creek

    The Wilson Creek Wilderness area is 2 hours from Charlotte. There are lots of loop options, great waterfalls, numerous campsites along the creeks, easy access to water, and climbs that won't kill...
  14. Thread: Sports

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    A lot depends on when you arrive in the US. If...

    A lot depends on when you arrive in the US. If you come in late spring, you may want to consider catching a baseball game before you before you hit the trail. Most of the major points of entry on...
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    Tucker We take the scouts to Wilson Creek and...

    Tucker

    We take the scouts to Wilson Creek and Uwharrie all the time. Both are great areas that offer many loop opportunities. If you go to Wilson Creek, watch out for the Harper Creek Falls...
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    I've used this pack for 2 years and 300 miles,...

    I've used this pack for 2 years and 300 miles, including an 11 day trip to Philmont with the scouts.

    Here's what I discovered:

    Camera: I bought a small Sony camera case from Target that is...
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    My grandfather was part of the CCC that helped...

    My grandfather was part of the CCC that helped build the park in the 1930's and I learned to swim in the park's pool in the early 1970's. It's an easy 30 to 45 minute drive from the track. Lots of...
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    In addition to the paved trail, there is a...

    In addition to the paved trail, there is a 15-mile loop trail that runs through both the Kings Mountain Military Park and Kings Mountain State Park. Both parks are located in South Carolina, just...
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    I have taken the scouts and/or my family to the 3...

    I have taken the scouts and/or my family to the 3 NC state parks mentioned in this thread.

    Hanging Rock SP has no backcountry campsites. You will be able to hang the hammock in the developed...
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    Congaree is a really cool hike. No hills, huge...

    Congaree is a really cool hike. No hills, huge trees, wild hogs and lots of deer. Expect to get your feet wet if it has rained recently. There's a car camping area at the gate, a group backpacking...
  21. Thread: Over mitten

    by morgan
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    Several years ago I saw a pair of leightweight,...

    Several years ago I saw a pair of leightweight, nylon mitts in a runner's store in Charlotte (I think it was Run for Your Life).
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