Joshua Tree Climbing and Backpacking January 13-15, 2018

Our first outdoor adventure of 2018 will be in the magnificent Joshua Tree National Park, only a two hour drive from Irvine.  This outing will provide Scouts with the opportunity to earn the Climbing Merit badge, and also go on an overnight backpacking trip in the desert and earn the Boy Scout Trail HAT award!  The backpacking overnight will also be optional provided we can line up enough adult leaders to stay back at camp while others backpack.

More details regarding cost and time for climbing will be available soon.  Our group campsite holds 20 and we need to get a headcount as soon as possible so please sign up ASAP using the Google spreadsheet we will email to you all.  We will also send around payment info and a payment link if you want to pay online once we have headcount and costs details finalized.

When: Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, January 13-15, 2018 (Friday, January 12 optional–camp and food on your own)

Where: Joshua Tree National Park Cottonwood Campground, Group Site #2 what3words – jumps.barks.craze

What: Camp under the stars in beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. Earn the Climbing merit badge. Earn the Boy Scout Trail HAT award by going on the backpacking overnighter.

Cost: TBD, in the $75-100 per person range depending on turnout and whether we can line up climbing instructors via the OCBSA or privately.  Climbing will be an additional fee.  Payable by check to ‘Troop 606,’ or by PayPal (with additional fee). Plus money for meals on the road.

Meals: Saturday breakfast and Monday lunch are on your own. Other meals provided.  Please bring your own backpacking breakfast, lunch and dinner if you are participating in backpacking trip.

Leaders: Mr. Greg Nylen, Mr. Chris Riebe