The troop camped at McCoy’s Ferry, and hit the trails on Saturday morning. The weather was perfect for a hike. Eric gave a mini history lesson about the lock systems and the canal. The hike ended at the town of Williamsport. The aqueduct is being repaired, so the troop was detoured through the edge of town. A GPS measurement gave the final mileage count at 13 miles.
Are you looking for Christmas ideas for your Scout? Here’s some stocking stuffers that won’t break the bank:
Merino Wool socks -wicks in all kinds of weather
Inflatable Solar Lantern
Small Backpacking Stove (Amazon carries one for less than $10 that work well)
A few S- biner clips (small carabiners)
Ultralight Nalgene Water Bottle (Rubbermaid makes one that works well)
Titanium Spork (or even a few plastic sporks)
Tenacious Repair Tape
Travel bottles for Cooking Oil, Condiments
Collapsible bowls like Fozzils or Sea to Summit (Walmart has some in the cooking aisle)
Sea to Summit 3/4 inch accessory straps (These are narrow, lightweight straps)
Plastic Trowel (from the gardening section)
Bushcraft 101 book or even better the BSA Field Handbook
Compression Sack for sleeping bag
The troop hiked the history trail at Antietam this weekend. Starting at the campground, the troop took the Sherrick Farm trail through Bloody Lane to the Visitor’s Center where an artillery and infantry demonstration was being held. A short jaunt over to Dunker Church and the Infantry encampment was next on the list. The hike continued through the West Woods to the Cornfield. The troop stopped here for lunch while listening to the history of soldier’s clothing and camping equipment from one of the re-enacters. Did you know that the Union jackets were padded? It helped to create a more soldierly profile. After lunch the troop passed the Mumma Farm, Roulette Farm, along the the Three Farms Trail back to camp.
After a rollicking game of capture the flag and a hearty dinner, the troop took a trip to Sharpsburg for ice cream at the nearly famous Nutter’s Ice Cream Shop. While there, a local man told the scouts about growing up in Sharpsburg, and the 40 acre lake that is underneath the town. He pointed out the way to the Sharpsburg Spring around where one of our Troop 883 scout family’s ancestors built the town. Overall, it was a great trip – for the history and the hiking.