High adventures for Troop 10

On May 22, 2016, in Troop News, by Webmaster

highadventureTroop 10 has had a history of scheduling high adventure trips for its older scouts, either on its own or through council summer camps from all over the South. In the past, our scouts have enjoyed numerous whitewater trips on the Ocoee River in Tennessee/Georgia, the Nantahala in North Carolina, the Lower Mt Fork in Oklahoma, and the Caddo in Arkansas.

Troop 10 scouts have enjoyed a weekend long trip around the Florida panhandle, including a canoe trip down the Coldwater Creek, and an overnight visit to the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Our scouts like climbing, so in addition to troop meetings at The Rok Haus in Lafayette and the Texas Rock Gym in Houston, we have also taken the older scouts to Enchanted Rock in 2010, 2011, and 2016 for caving, climbing and hiking trips.

We even spent a night sleeping in a cavern at the Racoon Mt Caves in Chatanooga, Tenn on our way to Camp Daniel Boone.

Philmont-AwardBut, the highlight of our high adventure so far was a trip to Philmont in 2012. Philmont is the national BSA scout camp in northern New Mexico, situated in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountain range. There are over 42 square miles of backpacking trails and backcountry campsites to explore. Troop 10 took two crews from around the council, including numerous Eagle (and soon-to-be) scouts. We spent 12 days in the backcountry, hiking and camping up and down the South area of Philmont. The scouts stayed at 10 different camps, including favorite ones like Beau Bien, where the scouts feasted on a chuck wagon style dinner, and Miner’s Park, where they went rappelling on 40′ walls which were about 1000′ overlooking the valley. They also climbed the highest point in the South Country, Mt Phillips, just over 11,000 feet, as well as climbing to the very top of the Tooth of Time, the iconic granite faced symbol of Philmont. After 70 miles, (blackpowder rifles / shotgun shooting / fish fly-tying, and singing along with the staffers at Crater Lake, just to name a few more activities), the scouts enjoyed a feast in the base camp and many memories.

Troop 10 has two exciting trips planned for the next two years:

t10COIn 2016, the troop will head to Colorado, specifically the Pikes Peak/Colorado Springs region. After a brief stop at a lodge to watch a scout troop perform a traditional Native American dance, the troop will head to Capulin Mountain. This is a dormant volcano that you can actually hike into and explore. Next up will be a trip to Royal Gorge, a suspension bridge situated about 1000′ above the river, followed by a whitewater adventure in Brown’s Canyon. The troop plans to spend two days backpacking the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area, and also take a cog rail up the side of Pikes Peak. After an overnight visit to the Air Force Academy, the troop will trek back to Dallas for a visit to a ropes/challenge course with zip lines.

In 2017, the troop will return to Philmont with a 12 day trek across the backcountry. We are expecting to bring 7-10 scouts ready to demonstrate their scout skills all over the camps.

High Adventure:

  • Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River, Tennessee (2008)
  • Lower Mountain Fork, Broken Bow, Oklahoma (2009)
  • Enchanted Rock (2010, 2011)
  • Philmont Trek (2012)
  • Whitewater Rafting on Ocoee and Nantahala (2013)
  • Caving at Racoon Mt caves in Chatanooga
  • Okatoma River (2010, 2012, 2014)
  • Caddo River whitewater kayak (2014)
 

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