Trek: Prep

REQUIRED TREK EQUIPMENT/GEAR  


-Internal or external frame pack
-1 personal cook kit (1 plate and 1 spoon) -Three, 1-liter water bottles
-Water filter pump (1 per unit) -Four pairs socks (2 pairs white socks and 2 pairs hiking socks) -2-3 pair undershorts
-1 pair shorts -1pair long pants (do not bring jeans) -1 web belt

-2 T-shirts (moisture wicking preferred)

-1 pair thermal underwear or sweat pants
-Hat
-1 pair sneakers, sandal, or water shoes (needed for all -aquatic activities) -1 pair hiking boots (fully broken in) -1 poncho
-1 bathing suit -1 small towel
-Sleeping bag in a waterproof bag

-Straps to attach sleeping bag to pack
-Biodegradable soap
-Toothbrush and small tube of non-scented toothpaste

 -Flashlight with new batteries
-5-10 band aids -Sun block
-Moleskin
-Multi functional pocket knife (Swiss army knife)
-Watch

CAMP PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Ten Mile River Scout Camps will provide tents, food, stove and fuel, first aid kit, and patrol cook kit. Trek participants will be carrying the camp provided equipment. With the approval of the Trek Director, unit or personal equipment may be substituted for the camp provided equipment.


PHYSICAL PREPARATION FOR THE TREK:

Completing a trek is nothing to sneeze at. It is a physically demanding challenge which requires every participating trekker to be physically fit.

In planning a trek for this summer season, the first thing you must do is have a complete medical exam. This will determine if you are ready to train for the trek and is a requirement of all Scouts and adults before attending camp. All participants, youth and adult, must bring the completed BSA personal health and medical record form documenting an evaluation within twelve (12) months of his or her participation date.


MEDICAL CONDITIONS TO BE AWARE OF:

*Given the very strenuous nature of the trek, you should consult with your doctor before setting out if you have :

-Heart trouble
-Asthma
-Are allergic to insects bites (especially bee stings) -Sensitive to extremes of temperature (hot-cold)
*Consult your physician if you have any questions concerns


MATURITY:

Besides the physical demands of the trek, there are mental demands as well. Every day on the trail it is important to budget time enabling each trekker to stay focused and concentrate on the tasks that need to be completed like setting up camp, cooking food, and to stay together as a unit. All of these things require maturity on the part of the trekkers.

It is very important for each individual embarking on a trek to evaluate yourself and determine if you have the maturity and working together skills to make the best possible living conditions while on the trail.


FOOD AND COOKING GEAR

Trekkers are responsible for carrying and preparation of their meals. Three meals a day are scheduled. On most treks, food is distributed at the beginning of the trek. You will carry 3-4 bags of just add-water dehydrated food. Each bag makes a complete meal for 3-4 Scouts. TMR accommodates campers with dietary restrictions.

To prepare food, each group is provided a patrol cook kit, stove, fuel and an abrasive pad to clean cooking gear after meals are completed. It is important that trekkers be familiar with cooking in the outdoors. To insure ample time for hiking and other activities during the day, meals and the clean-up that follows should be done quickly and efficiently. Many units that are preparing for another high adventure activity may prefer to bring gear that they are familiar with. Adventure guides will assist in reviewing gear for proper function.


WATER

As you hike, your body loses water at a rapid rate. It is very important that you replenish this loss of fluid. Each trekker must carry at least 3 liters of water. This water is carried in water bottles that each trekker must supply.


SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS

Each group of 2 trekkers carries a TMR provided tent. Tents are the preferred arrangements on the trail because they provide insulation against night time cold. Lean-to sites located in areas alongside the trail are also available to the trek. Each lean-to has capacity up to 4 campers.

Adult leaders sleep separately from the youth (under 18).


CLOTHING
You must have 2 sets of clothing with you on the trek. One set you will wear and the other set you will carry with you.

You must wear 2 pairs of socks at once to absorb the moisture from your feet and reduce the shock to your feet while hiking. The inner pair should be polypro sock liners or white gym socks. The outer pair should be a pair of hiking socks. You should bring 2 pairs of each.

While wearing your double pair of socks, your feet should fit snuggly into your hiking boots. These boots should be well broken in so that they cause no pain after many hours of hiking.

A hat is required. The weather may be hot at times and a hat protects your head and neck from the sun. Sun block is also strongly recommended, a must for those on days you are in the water.

At night the weather may become very cool. Be Prepared. You will need a sweatshirt and 1 pair of thermal underwear or sweat pants. Do not bring a coat.

A pair of sneakers, sandals or water shoes is required for the times when you are resting from hiking or while canoeing on the Delaware River.

During rain, it is important to keep dry. Rain gear or poncho is essential personal clothing for all trekkers.


SLEEPING EQUIPMENT

You will need a sleeping bag to provide warmth and comfort while resting. It should be kept in a waterproof bag. This bag should be attached to your pack with strong straps. After walking for many hours with pack, your sleeping bag must remain attached to your pack.


SEE YOU ON THE TREK

All of us at TMR look forward to an exciting and fun-filled summer and we hope you join us in one of the best High Adventure programs that Ten Mile River Scout Camps has to offer. Have a safe and fun filled adventure.

File Name Description
BSA Medical Form Download
Campership Application 2017 Download
Hold-A-Place Form - Trek Download
Sample Trek Schedule.pdf Sample schedule for TMR Trek Download
TMR Trek Guide Guide to the Ten Mile River Trek Download