Supplemental Leader’s Guide 2013
A GUIDE TO PRE-CAMP PREPARATION, CAMP PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES
NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA COUNCIL
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
9190 ROCKVILLE PIKE
BETHESDA, MD 20814-3897
GOSHEN SCOUT RESERVATION
LENHOK’SIN HIGH ADVENTURE at CAMP BAIRD
SUPPLEMENTAL LEADER’S GUIDE 2013
Carl Trocki - Camp Director
Tommie Smith - Program Director
This guide contains information specific to those crews attending the Lenhok’sin High Adventure camp for the 2013 summer season. For general information about Goshen Scout Reservation and its policies, please read the Goshen Scout Reservation Leader’s Guide available at www.boyscouts-ncac.org.
PLANNING FOR LENHOK’SIN HIGH ADVENTURE
Mission of the Lenhok'sin High Adventure Camp
Our goal is to offer older youth and adult advisors high adventure opportunities, where they may enjoy, test and expand their outdoor backpacking and camping skills. While using teamwork through the patrol method, crews will be offered an introduction to challenging and informative recreational programs which can prepare them for National High Adventure bases.
In accordance with National High Adventure policy, youth attending Lenhok'sin High Adventure
Camp must be 13 years old by September 1, 2013. Please contact us if you have any questions on this policy.
National Standards require that at least (2) two members of the crew, either youth or adult participants, have had "Extensive Experience" in outings similar to Lenhok’sin. This is defined as having been on at least three short-term outings. See page 2 for information on weekend shakedowns.
At least one member of each crew must hold a current Wilderness First Aid certification from any approved provider, as well as CPR certification. We prefer two trained members of each crew, just in case the injured person happens to be one of the trained members. The NCAC offers these training courses regularly. Call 301-214-9156 for information.
National Standards require, "A thorough pre-trek Shakedown". Pre-trek conditioning will prevent a variety of potential injuries. Therefore, adult advisors must be careful to ensure that youth are able to handle the rigors of the trail and are able to take care of themselves regardless of age. We recommend doing several weekend treks to slowly build up your crew’s stamina and ensure that they are prepared for the Lenhok’sin program.
The Trails of Lenhok'sin
As one of the Boy Scouts of America's finest programs for young men and women, Lenhok'sin High Adventure gives you and your crew the opportunity to enjoy Goshen’s 4,000+ acres, as well as 45,000 more acres of surrounding state wildlife game land. Over 50 miles of trails will give your crew a true mountaintop experience. At Camp Baird the crew will receive a special U.S.G.S. topographical map customized for Goshen Scout Reservation to help you find your way along the trail.
Hiking the Lenhok'sin High Adventure Trail
You and your crew will spend three to five days hiking the trails of Goshen Scout Reservation. All Goshen trails are marked with white, 2-inch by 6-inch, vertical, rectangular blazes. White is the only color used to mark the trails. These are painted on trees along the trail to indicate the trail route. A double blaze, one above the other, warns you to be alert for a trail intersection, either an abrupt or obscure turn, or some other out of the ordinary circumstance. Standard wooden direction signs, red with white lettering, are used to indicate the name
and destination (and occasionally the direction) of trails. The yellow blazes along part of the Anderson Trail mark the boundary between public lands and council property.
To earn the Trailblazer Award your crew must complete a conservation project. Camp Baird Staff will assign your crew a project. You may be asked either to work on a trail or perform some other conservation project. Once your crew's project is selected, confirm the time and place so that any tools you will need will be made available at the project site.
Organizing for a Backpacking Adventure
As with any worthwhile activity, preparation is the most important part of the trip. Organize well to maximize your enjoyment while on the trail.
The week on the trail will be challenging both physically and mentally, while challenging your
Fun, fellowship, enthusiasm and adventure should be important ingredients in all your plans.
Complete and submit pre-camp survey forms 4 weeks prior to your trek and obtain and complete medical forms as soon as possible so that there will be no barrier to beginning your trail experience.
National Standards require that "at least one member of each crew, preferably two, must be
currently certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR”.
Be sure to have at least three weekend shakedowns during the spring, and perhaps more if yours is a "green" crew, to learn how not to overload yourself. Keep notes of items you used, didn't use, and any you should have brought but left behind. Except for essential needs, such as ponchos, cooking gear, etc., if you don't use that "extra" item you thought you would need on the shakedown, chances are you won't need it on the trail. These shakedowns should include an overnight stay so the crew can practice setting up and breaking camp efficiently.
Your primary youth leader is the crew chief. While the adult crew leader attends to the administrative details and keeps an eye on health and safety, your crew chief should direct the crew. Delegate responsibility early and then take your turn in following the crew chief's direction--just as you expect that your directions will be followed. Ensure that your crew chief understands the program, the skills, the Trailblazer Award requirements, the daily routine, and the campfire program.
Unless you must step in to solve a serious problem, leave the leadership of the crew in the hands of youth leaders. Crew Size
Maximum crew size is limited to ten youth and two adult advisors or an overall maximum of twelve unless approved by the Camp Director. Program quality cannot be maintained if crews are too large. The ideal crew size is seven youth and three adult advisors. Remember that a crew has a set amount of shared gear (pots, pans, etc.). A small crew ends up carrying more weight per person than a crew of near ideal size. Crews that are very small may be paired with another small crew to make a more workable crew situation.
In 2013, Lenhok’sin now offers your choice of ten outposts, as well as a primitive night option. Please be sure to complete and submit your pre-camp crew survey indicating your preferences as soon as possible so that we can have the outpost schedule ready for you well before your arrival at camp. During the round robin session on Sunday, we will review and approve your trail itinerary for the week.
YOUR EQUIPMENT AND WILDERNESS HIKING: Your Pack
Choosing your pack appropriately remains one of the most important things you will do to assure your comfort on the trek. Your pack is essentially your kitchen cupboard, bedroom dresser and bathroom medicine chest, among other things. Your pack must fit properly. Even though it's called a backpack, the weight should rest on your hips, instead of on your back and shoulders. Be attentive to crew members who suddenly become exhausted and start complaining unusually, chances are the pack doesn't properly and may need some adjustment. A properly fitting pack with padded hip straps is essential to continued comfort on the trail. When planning what is going to go into your pack, make sure you plan enough space to carry your share of trail food. This space should be about the size of a 10 lb bag of sugar. Plan to carry water, personal equipment, crew equipment and crew food for 2-1/2 days.
Crew members should have either soft-side leather/nylon hiking boots or leather hiking shoes in good condition and well broken in. Most of all, the boots and shoes MUST FIT. A week on the trail in boots that do not fit properly will cause blisters and make one miserable. Soft-side leather and nylon hiking boots do not have to be broken in. The choice between leather boots and soft-side shoes is a matter of personal preference. Generally, footwear made from natural material will serve you well on the trail. Synthetic material can be lighter in weight, but does not always breathe well and can therefore trap moisture. Moisture trapped in socks and footwear softens and weakens the skin and can lead to blistering very easily. Researching your footwear options is highly recommended. Dry wool socks are very important. Veteran backpackers bring several pairs of wool hiking socks and polypropylene sock liners. Be advised that cotton socks cause many times more blisters. Whereas, wool and polypropylene sock liners wick moisture
away from the foot and keeping them drier.
Hammocks have become very popular on the trail and some campers swear by them. Seasoned hammock users say that those who use tents lead a ‘sheltered’ life. If you do choose to use a hammock, have crew members practice sleeping in a hammock before coming to camp. Some people are unable to rest well as well as last the night without falling out. Some choose a large double-hammock, which is still lighter than a tent and reduces your chances of falling out. Some form of cover or barrier must be used around the trees which hammocks are strung from in order to minimize impact. Hammock users should bring a rain-fly and either some insect repellent or a net enclosure.
A tent provides shelter not only from rain, but also from biting bugs. Choose a good quality, two-person, rip-stop nylon tent with no-see-um net closures. Tents should be large enough for two crew members. Tent mates should practice setting up their tent before coming to camp.
Divide each tent into two tent bags to share the load between tent mates. For example, one person can carry the tent and poles and the other can carry the fly and stakes. Remember to apply sealer on the seams of new tents before use.
If your tent doesn't have a waterproof floor you will want to make sure you have a sturdy ground cloth cut to fit the tent. A thick piece of builder's plastic or sturdy plastic drop cloth is a fine choice. A good ground cloth also helps prevent wear and tear of the tent floor.
Go as light as possible with your sleeping bag. Nighttime temperatures can often drop to the low forties in Goshen throughout the summer. Your sleeping bag should be stored in a waterproof bag and/or stored in a garbage bag for extra protection from moisture.
To keep clothing from becoming soiled and wet, pack your gear in zip-lock plastic freezer bags. These come in a variety of sizes and can be marked for use and content with a marker pen. Be sure to squeeze out excess air before closing the bag to save room in your pack. Repacking
soiled and wet items in the same plastic bag can help prevent odor and dampness from reaching other items in your pack.
Protection from the Weather
Either a poncho or good quality rain-gear is a must! You will be in the woods all week and rain
showers often come rolling in with short notice. Please be sure all crew members have the necessary equipment to deal with rain periods. Because these rains may be accompanied by cool weather, they may cause you to have a chill, so either a wool sweater or fleece pullover is recommended for warmth. You should also have a waterproof cover for your backpack for rain periods. These can either be purchased or made from large heavy-duty “lawn and leaf” bags.
Some type of mattress pad which provides an insulating barrier between you and the ground will be essential for a good nights rest. Usually self-inflating mattresses provide the best comfort, which can be costly but they are well worth the investment. Foam pads are a less expensive and acceptable alternative.
Each person will need a reliable flashlight with a fresh set ofalkaline batteries to last the week. You may want to consider carrying extra set of batteries if just in case. AAA or AA headlamps or light flashlights are recommended.
Map and Compass
Crew members must be aware that they will need to be proficient navigators using a map and compass. Moreover, crew members will need to understand the topographic indicators on the map when planning their routes. We will provide crews with one current topographic map. Your crew may also purchase additional ones if desired. Our staffers regularly hike the trails and will give you regarding any recommendations or problems on the trail. Nonetheless, crews must be prepared and review their orienteering skills prior to the trek.
TRAIL COOKING: A Scout is Hungry- the 13th Point of the Scout Law!
You will certainly be ready for a good meal at the end of the day. If the exercise of all that hiking and outpost program activity isn't enough, the mountain air seems to do something for an appetite that only good, solid food can satisfy.
We provide crews with commercially available dehydrated food from one of the leading companies.
Food Allergies/Special dietary needs
Lenhok’sin High Adventure staff is able to provide food for Vegetarians. However, for food allergies and other special dietary needs, participants are advised bring their own food when possible. (i.e. Nut, wheat, gluten allergies, etc.) Lenhok’sin staff will do their best to provide for special dietary requests, but due to the limited choices in dehydrated food, we are not able to provide food for every allergy or dietary need. Please let us know by indicating food allergies and special dietary needs on your pre-camp survey form. Also, please indicate if you are providing all of your own food when on the trail.
Note: crews need to provide hot water for the outpost staff so they are able to cook their food as well.
With careful preparation, you'll find that trail food is both tasty and satisfying.
For the best results, follow these recommendations:
Parmesan cheese and your own favorite flavorings. If you bring only one spice, we recommend it be Tabasco sauce.
Carry all the food for a single meal in one person's pack. Thus, you will avoid having to search through all packs to find items for each meal. A little time spent organizing the meals when you receive your allotment prevents wasted time later—especially when you are "hungry as a bear."
At each meal, before you even open any of the bags, lay out all the courses and read the directions carefully. Some directions say to add water to the dry ingredients, while others may say add the dry ingredients to the water. IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
As soon as you know how much water will be needed, get it all into one pot and get the pot on your stove. A lid on the water pot saves about 40 percent on fuel needed to boil the water, and significantly speeds the process.
If at all possible, use the plastic bag to mix the dry ingredients and water. To obtain the best results (although it will mean dirtying another pot), boil the water separately, and use another pot to mix the ingredients with water according to package instructions. Then, combine ingredients and let simmer. This ensures complete mixing as well as proper hydration of food.
Initially, you will be commissioned with enough food for the first half week on the trail. Then, you will be resupplied for Wednesday dinner. This resupply can include any items you leave with us for your re-supply, e.g. extra stove fuel, special diet food, etc.
For those crews doing the 5 Peaks or the 50+ miles, we suggest supplementing the food we will be supplying you with your own extra food for energy. We can also take a portion of this food to be given back to you during your re-supply.
During a hot, dry summer in Virginia, fire can be a great danger. Because of the thick ground cover and leaf litter in many areas of the camp, a fire could spread very quickly. Therefore, your crew must be extremely careful with their fire. Never leave a fire unattended and be careful not to build a fire too large. On the trail, never let the flame build higher than one’s knee height. Make sure the fire is dead out and cool when you're finished. Drought conditions can lead to a fire ban, which we will advise you of throughout the week. Your outpost director will give guidance on what is allowed. Sprinkle water on your fires, stir them around and sprinkle water on them again, make sure the fire is completely out and cool enough to feel the ashes with your hand. The crew chief and the crew leader should follow the crew in running a hand through the ashes to be certain there are no lingering embers which can be blown about after you leave the area.
We recommend that the crew use single-burner backpacking stoves. Two of them are usually adequate for a crew of eight, but a third one may come in handy. Many outfitters have a variety of stoves available; some are better suited for backpacking than others. Be sure to research, consult experts and choose your stove wisely. In keeping with National BSA policy, gas stoves using either liquid or bottled gas are to be used only under adult supervision. Adult advisors must demonstrate safe use, discuss safety rules, and observe closely as each youth demonstrates the proper operation of this equipment. Please practice the safe use of a stove with crews before coming to camp. Using the stove before coming to camp will also allow your crew to identify the amount of fuel required for your trek.
Restrictions on Liquid Fuel
No one is allowed to transport any liquid fuel, such as white gas or propane cylinders, on the buses transporting campers to Goshen Scout Reservation. (Lenhok’sin is able to provide White Gas only for Bus riding troops/crews) Bring approved, aluminum flasks which do not leak, in order to safely carry the liquid fuel you will need in your packs. A half gallon of Coleman fuel is usually enough for one average sized crew for the week. Be sure to take about half of your fuel in one container and leave the other half in another container with the staff for resupply day. A shakedown camping trip will help you gauge your daily fuel consumption for your crew.
Pots and Pans
A crew of four to six people will need: one 8 quart pot, one coffee pot and one large cooking spoon. In recent years, the use of large oven cooking bags has become very popular for reducing cleaning, by lining the inside of pots with the bags, and mixing ingredients in bags outside of pots. If needed, pots and pans can be borrowed from the camp quartermaster the day before your trek.
Pre-Camp Crew Survey Form
Complete the Pre-Camp Crew SurveyForm as soon as possible and it is preferred that it be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org about four weeks prior to your arrival at camp. Alternatively, you can mail your survey form to the Marriott Scout Service Center in Bethesda, the address can be found at the beginning of this guide. Please keep in mind if you do post your form in the mail, there may be a delay before it reaches Lenhok’sin administration staff.
The priority numbers you place next to the outposts will aid us in prioritizing your favorite preferences first. We will do our very best to schedule your highest priority outposts when possible, but we cannotguarantee your outpost selection. Keep in mind, smaller crews may be doubled-up at certain outposts if there is a high demand for the week at that outpost.
Lenhok’sin High Adventure Outposts
In general, we have two types of outposts at LHA, historical interpretative outposts and technical outdoor challenge outposts. With ten different outposts to choose from and as outpost selections change every year, participants are encouraged to return for a second year and try something different. All traditional Lenhok’sin outposts are closed between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please stay away from the outpost areas during this period. Our staff will be preparing for your arrival during this time or tending to other camp responsibilities. Try to be at the outpost promptly at 2:00 p.m. so your crew can get started immediately on the program. If you should arrive early at an outpost area before opening time, crews can make a pack line at the entrance to the outpost and be kept busy with the following options: go for a short nature hike, prepare and eat lunch, create and practice your skit, song or cheer for the campfire, work on a service project or stretch those overworked muscles and relax a little in the shade. Be sure to cover the pack line with a long tarp in case of rain as thunderstorms can come fast and unexpectedly at Goshen. Before leaving an outpost, crews must sign out with the outpost staff.
A brief description of each outpost is given below:
Based on the series of books by the same name, Foxfire is set in 1913 Appalachia. Here you are transported by to a bygone era when the blacksmith was a pillar of society and literally the cutting edge of technology. You can try your hand at the lost art of blacksmithing by make something as simple as an “S” hook or as complex as a knife blade. Other opportunities include woodworking, bone carving, candle dipping and stone carving. Spend the day building and creating and later be sure to relaxing in the cool waters of Kelso Spring.
The fur trappers of the 1820's and 1830's blazed the way for the settlement of the West. With the use of his rifle, tomahawk and traps, the Lone Hunter was not only able to survive but make a profit as well. At this outpost, you will test your aim and skill at shooting a black-powder rifle, learn the art of tomahawk and knife throwing and listen to our mountain man weave his tall tales about the wilderness. Make sure that you have an item of value with a good story so that you
can trade with the infamously thrifty Mountain Man.
Ever climbed a tree? Not like this! With just a pair of gaffs and a belt, work your way up to the top of our tree climb. Lumberjack offers the chance to try some of the games and competitions of the loggers of the 1890's. How about a double-bitted axe throwing competition? Or see how much stamina you and a partner have in the two-man cross-cut sawing competition. Also, work on a real log cabin and of course learn how to climb a tree like a Lumberjack. After a day of chopping, sawing and climbing, relax around the campfire with our Lumberjacks and listen to the tall tales of years gone by.
The year is 1863, and you have been called to duty as a new recruit in the general’s army. Your crew will experience the life and times of a Civil War soldier in a typical camp setting. Thanks to an extensive collection of period artifacts and our experienced Civil War re-enactment staff you will have an up-close and personal experience of the period. Shoot black-powder rifles, sleep in a traditional pup-tent, play games and recreation like a civil war soldier, while listening to the war stories of seasoned officers, making for a truly unforgettable experience.
The Rock Climbing Outpost is tough! Work out your full body and see if you can make it to the top of our natural surface climb and see if you have what it takes to truly meet High Adventure. Safety is always our number one concern at Lenhok'sin but at this outpost, it reaches perfection. Whether you are climbing up or rappelling down, you will be in good hands. Our staff is trained at BSA National Camp School, so even if you are stuck between a rock and a hard place, at the end of your rope or standing on the edge…well, you get the idea! Remember to arrive at the 2:00 PM check-in time so you can get the full climbing and rappelling experience.
Mountain Biking and NEW! Mountain Boarding
Hold on tight and brace yourself, you're in for a wild ride at Mountain Biking and Mountain Boarding! Spend the afternoon riding our trails and feel the rush of going downhill and catching air off the jumps. Then, experience our brand new mountain boards and downhill mountain boarding course! Ride a board like you never have before and see if you can carve and shred your way through the dirt on turns and catch air on the jumps. Finally, in the evening talk shop and learn how to repair the bikes and boards, as well as yourself. This outpost has achieved a nice balance between being introductory level and experienced levels of challenge and excitement.
Kayaking and NEW! Stand-Up-Paddleboards (SUP)
Kayaking and SUPing are activities anyone can enjoy. See why SUP is now the fastest growing watersport in the world and get a full body workout while getting a very different view of the water. Then, head out for a fun-filled afternoon on Lake Merriweather splashing around and having a blast with your crew. Explore the coves, inlets and best fishing spots and see if you can be the hero of your crew that night and catch a feed of fresh fish for dinner. Don’t forget a hat, sun-block and your water shoes to protect yourself while on the water. The staff may have a limited number of extra shoes and hats you can borrow.
Back by popular demand since last summer, the Caving outpost has been reopened at Crossroads cave and is literally and figuratively a very cool adventure. Get down and dirty spending a few hours crawling through the cave system and exploring the different grottos and caverns of the system. Finally when you’ve reached the end, experience what absolute darkness feels like. Scouts will be transported by camp van to the cave and then return to camp for the evening. Larger groups may need to help with transport if all participants cannot fit into the van. Please remember to bring a pair of long durable pants and a durable long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and flannel shirt will do fine. Due to a cave fungus that cannot be spread to other caves all clothing and boots will need to be washed upon return to camp. Your clothes may need extra time to dry and will be returned to you at base camp on Friday.
NEW! COPE High Elements
Have you ever wanted to do the best High Elements Goshen’s COPE has to offer but just didn’t have the opportunity? Well here is your chance to spend a full day on the COPE course feeling the adrenalin rushing through your veins and pushing past your fear to reach new limits. Choose from: the giant swing, the 40ft free rappel, the zip line, the pamper pole, the giant ladder and other high elements. COPE program for Lenhok’sin crews will run from 9-12 in the mornings, and 2-5 in the afternoon. Keep in mind your crew will camp ‘primitive’ (see below) for the night, not in a Lenhok’sin outpost.
NEW! One-Day Whitewater Kayaking or Whitewater Canoeing Trip
This trip is one of the best sections of the Upper James River Water Trail. Grab a paddle and float down the river taking in the beautiful scenery and stunning mountain views while negotiating a series of class I and II rapids on the James River. Your crew also has the option to choose to do either kayaks or canoes! The trip begins in Buchanan, Virginia and is 10.5 miles long and takes approximately 4 to 5 hours. Keep in mind crews will need to bring along their lunch and depart from Goshen by 9am at the latest and crews may need to help with transport to the river. Crews will return to Goshen around dinner time. The trip will cost an extra $15 per person, which can be finalized at reconciliation with the LHA camp director. Keep in mind your crew will camp ‘primitive’ (see below) for the night, not in a Lenhok’sin outpost.
The primitive options is for those crews who really want a day to immerse themselves in the wilderness and create their own adventure. You can use this time to complete the Moore Peaks (5 peaks) of Goshen Award and reach the summit of Big Butt, Forge Rock, Jump Rock, Viewing Rock and The Knob. Or complete a service project for the Trailblazer Award. Some crews also use primitive days to work on the Kodiak Leadership Course and other advancement. And as always, you can take the extra time to work on an act for the closing campfire at the end of your week and just spend more time relaxing and taking in the surroundings. If you crew prefers more than one primitive day to hike well beyond the 4000 acres of Goshen Scout Reservation and into the 45,000 acres of the Goshen Wildlife Management Area, please let us know how many extra primitive days you would like to do on your Pre-Camp Survey Form. Camping on Primitive days can be done almost anywhere outside of outposts and base camp areas. Be sure to follow the principles of Leave No Trace.
5-Day James River Canoe Trek
Canoe the scenic James River for 4 nights and 5 days and earn the 50 Miler Award. All medical checks and swim tests will be conducted on Sunday at Goshen Scout Reservation. All participants must be able to pass the BSA swim test. On Monday, your crew will be transported with all your food and gear to the James River to spend the majority of your week on the river. Your crew will return to Goshen on Friday afternoon. Crews may need to help with transport to and from the river. One leader from each crew will need to be trained in Aquatics Supervision: Paddle Craft Safety. Training opportunities will be provided by the council prior to training. Please see the Council website for more information on trainings.
Waterfront Activities at Base Camps
Crews will have the opportunity to complete swim checks at a base camp and go swimming during the scheduled ‘free swim’ times at the five base camps. Be sure to inquire about the different times for free swim at each of the base camps and plan ahead to avoid disappointment.
Ending Your Week
On Friday, you'll come back to base camp to get yourself cleaned up, get into your Class A uniform, attend religious services, eat a hearty dinner in our dining hall, then perform with your crew at the closing campfire. This is your chance to perform an original skit, song or cheer which relates to your experience on the trail, or whatever your crew can come up with to entertain the camp. Finally, after a good night's rest, you'll be up at 5:30 am to grab a quick continental breakfast, and be on your way home by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Note: For those on the 4-day Trek, we recommend crews you leave around lunch time on Thursday. Thursday lunch will be your last meal provided by Lenhok’sin staff on a 4-day trek. You must check-out with Lenhok’sin administration staff before departing camp.
Pre-Camp Crew Survey Form --Again
If we sound as if we are repeating ourselves, we are. It's because this form is so important.
To ensure you get your top choices, please complete the form and email it so that it
will be received no less than four weeks before your scheduled arrival in camp.
The advance time has been lengthened due to the requirements of managing the program and the increasing numbers of youth and adult advisors participating. Your cooperation in getting this important form submitted on time is greatly appreciated.
Prohibited Areas at Camp
The Dam Wall and Gates - All persons are to stay off either side of the dam wall and gates, including trash racks and spillway areas. Therefore, no fishing is allowed from either the dam wall or along the spillway run below the dam.
The Upper Bridge - No fishing is allowed from the bridge at the upper end of the lake because the bridge is narrow and there is danger from moving vehicles. Fishing is allowed along the stream banks above and below the bridge.
The water at base camps is tested regularly and is safe to drink. Outside of the base camps, water from all sources must be treated for microorganisms. Boiling, adding iodine or halazone tablets, or using a filter system will work fine. Be sure to practice whatever method you will be using on a shakedown hike prior to your arrival.
DO NOT HIKE ALONG THE ROADS in camp. The exceptions are to cross the dam wall and gates and the bridge at the upper end of the lake, or where there is no other alternative. The camp beltway is not only dusty and boring to hike, but also contains blind corners where backpackers are in danger from moving vehicles. Staying off of camp roads is a requirement for the Trail Blazer Award. Cross all roads at camp with great caution.
Garbage Disposal and Sanitation
Garbage and poor sanitary practices can attract animals to campsites and can create great dangers from bears for the next campers. Therefore, leftover food items and containers must be disposed of properly. Poor sanitary practices in food preparation and living conditions in campsites, along with piles of trash bags will detract from your program. PACK IT IN---PACK IT OUT! There is no trash service at the Outposts. Crews must drop off their trash in any of the base camp dumpster.
Lenhok'sin crews are welcome to use the base camp facilities, but please do not interfere with the functioning and program of that camp. Crews are not permitted to set up camp in or near any of the base camps. The suggested distance for primitive campsites is no closer than 500
yards from the perimeter of a base camp, with the exception of emergency situations. Base camps normally will let you use their showers if they are not in the process of being cleaned. Also, you are usually more than welcome to use the trading posts during normal operating hours. Should you enter a base camp area:
Have the adult advisor check in at the base camp administration building and ask permission
to use the facilities. No explicit permission is required to hike on through.
Trading posts are open during established hours only and will not be opened just for trail crews.
Showers should not be used by Lenhok’sin crews if base camp campers are waiting to use the showers.
Primitive camps cannot be set up either on or near base camps and roads, including Lenhok'sin base camp and the Outposts.
Trail crew members may not be in the showers at the same time as Webelos Scouts.
LHA crew members always leave an area cleaner than they found it.
Leave all radios, ipods, electronic games, etc., in the car at the Lenhok'sin High Adventure base camp; better still, don't even bring them with you when you leave home. Also, laptop computers are of no use on trail.
Splitting a Crew
Crew members must NEVER TRAVEL ALONE. Aiding an injured person in the wilderness makes the rule of four essential; two to go for help and one to render first aid and comfort to the injured crew member. The only reason you should ever split a crew is an emergency. It can be dangerous to split a crew for faster hiking or other reasons on the trail. Alternatively, help other crew members out however possible and using your ingenuity and team work to accomplish tasks and obstacles as one unified crew.
Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat
The Guide to Safe Scouting sets policy for all BSA activities. Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat certification are necessary to run crew swims, trips afloat as a crew. The adult advisors certified must be at least 21 years old. If your adult advisors are not certified before arriving at Lenhok'sin, the training is offered on your first evening in camp.
Emergency Procedures and Medical Attention
Upon your arrival in camp, we will review emergency procedures in detail, included in the base camp Goshen Leader’s Guide. Medical attention will be rendered by the trained medical staff at the medical center at Camp Post. They are on call 24 hours a day for emergencies. If a crew member requires medical treatment to the extent that they need to be admitted to either the Health Lodge or Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington, Virginia, the staff will notify the adult advisor as soon as possible. Either the physician or the Camp Health Director is responsible for notifying parents. Adult advisors are asked to contact the medical center before calling parents concerning the health of a Scout.
Lenhok'sin High Adventure Patch: The Lenhok'sin High Adventure Patch is presented at the closing campfire to each crewmember that has completed a week on the trail. At the end of the week, the crew adult leader will certify that each crewmember has participated fully and demonstrated Scouting spirit. This is an award which is neither sold nor given to anyone who hasn't earned it. To earn it, a crewmember must:
Attend the opening campfire.
Complete the trail itinerary.
Demonstrate Scouting spirit.
Follow the Outdoor Code and all outpost rules, including arrival and departure times.
Trailblazer Award: To recognize those crews choosing to make the most of their week on the trail by showing extra effort, the staff has instituted the Trailblazer Award. This award is a plaque made of cowhide with our moccasin symbol emblazoned upon it. The plaque is suitable for framing and hanging in your unit's meeting place. Crews can make their own frames during the week. Any crew can earn it by completing these nine requirements:
Hike as a unit to at least two of the following: Viewing Rock, Jump Rock, Big Butt, Forge Rock, and The Knob.
Complete a two-hour service project. Projects which best fit the needs and desires of
the crew, will be assigned at the beginning of the week. A Lenhok'sin staff member will
certify completion and approval of the project.
Arrive at every outpost no earlier than 2:00 p.m. and depart no later than 9:00 a.m. the
Hike only on the trails--not the roadways.
Follow the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Subscribe to and show application of Wilderness Ethics and Crew Rules of Conduct.
Hike at least 20 miles during the week.
Follow all crew rules for the trail, especially the rules for locating primitive campsites
500 yards away from all base camps.
Present an original song, skit, cheer or story about your trail adventure at the closing
Moore Peaks (5 Peaks) Award: This award has been renamed The Moore Peaks Award, after Sam Moore, to honor his years of maintenance of the trails. There are 5 peaks/mountains at the Goshen that offer beautiful viewpoints and vistas. Hiking to all 5 peaks requires a very full week of intense hiking and backpacking. Crews will receive a certificate commemorating your accomplishment. The 5 Peaks are: Viewing Rock, Jump Rock, The Knob, Forge Rock and Big Butt.
The Big Butt Award: Big Butt is our toughest climb, not for the weak at heart. The crew that
braves this FULL-DAY hike will be revered and honored for their stamina. The crew will receive a certificate to prove to all that they have completed this climb.
The Wilderness Award: This is a new award for those crews that really want to experience a High Adventure Trek.
Qualify for the Trail Blazer Award
Visit a base camp ONLY ONCE during your Trek.
While at the base camp, visit the first year camper program and chat with the Scouts
there about backpacking and the Lenhok’sin High Adventure Program.
Give a detailed written report on trail conditions. (Note any trails that are in need of
attention; be specific.)
Practice the principles of “Leave No Trace”
GENERAL INFORMATION AND REMINDERS for Lenhok’sin:
Bear Bags: We highly recommend the use of bear bags at night in our wilderness. Crews should bring a 75-foot nylon cord and a sturdy bag for this purpose. No scented items in tents!
Storage: Before leaving any items at the Lenhok'sin High Adventure base camp for storage, make sure they are clearly labeled in large letters to properly identify them as belonging to your crew. You may wish to bring your own storage container.
Toilet Paper: Don't forget to bring along this essential item. Every crew member should carry a
personal supply. If you should forget, please ask for some. Please do not remove toilet paper from latrines at any base camp.
Do not kill snakes of any kind. If your crew encounters poisonous snakes, make note of
the location and inform a member of the staff. Crew members should not attempt to
relocate snakes; just be cautious, avoid the snake, and continue along the trail.
Do not corner a wild animal of any kind.
Do not try to catch any wild animals other than fish.
On Saturday morning, everyone in camp up at 5:30am. Your Staff Guide will meet you in your site to help you pack your remaining gear. After you transport it to the headquarters area, a light breakfast will be served. Buses begin arriving at approximately 6:30am. Staff members will help load your gear on the bus if you are using our bus service. You and your Scouts will leave shortly thereafter. Triple check your unit rosters—leave NO ONE and NOTHING behind! The trip home is a lot simpler than the trip to camp. Everyone will wind down and many will sleep. The leader may even be able to catch a little shut-eye.
HELPFUL INFORMATION AND MAPS
The following information is available on the council website. All of these documents may be printed and photocopied as the needs of your unit require.
Parts A, B, and C of the Boy Scout Medical Form
Goshen Scout Camps Area Map
Bus Transportation Information To and From Camp
Principles of Leave No Trace
TIME SCHEDULE 2011 Lenhok’sin High Adventure
2:00-5:00 Round Robin Stations for Crews. Includes Adult Leader meeting
and Itinerary Meeting
5:45 Each crew sends a waiter to the dining pavilion
5:50 Crews assembly in parade field for Flag Lowering, followed immediately by Dinner. Field uniforms (Class A) to be worn.
7:00 Roundtable for Crew Chiefs and Adult Leaders, followed by help with itinerary planning
8:15 Assembly at Parade Field for Campfire. After campfire, retire to crew site