The Scouts of Troop 72 have planned a vigorous and exciting calendar for 2017. The full calendar can be viewed here. The following are some of the highlights:
Gold Creek Snowshoe Trip (1/28/17)
This one-day trip is a great opportunity to have fun in the snowy wilderness just off of I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass. The easy hike is approximately three miles long with an elevation change of less than 300 feet through beautiful snow covered surroundings. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary and the outing is a chance to practice snowshoeng in preparation for winter backpacking trips later in the season. The hike is particularly well suited for Scouts, Webelos and parents.
Blewett Pass (2/11/17 - 2/12/17)
Blewett Pass is the name that Troop 72 uses to refer to Pipe Creek Sno-Park, a snowmobile-free area located just south of Blewett Pass on highway 97. The Troop uses the area for a 2-day, 1-night winter snowshoe backpacking overnight. The total hiking distance is approximately 4 miles roundtrip with elevation gain of approximately 600 feet. We use ungroomed ski trails for our approach on Saturday, and descend through the backcountry on Sunday. Travel is entirely on snow and camping is in tents.
Fish Lake (2/12/17)
The Troop will get off the trail from our Blewett Pass outing mid morning on Sunday, and we want to invite Webelos and Scouts who were not able to go on the overnight to meet us at Fish Lake for a day of ice fishing and other snow activities. The feasibility of this event is dependent on the lake freezing.
Skiing at Stevens Pass (2/25/17 - 2/26/17)
Located on the crest of the Cascade Range, Stevens Pass receives an average of 460" of snowfall each year over 1,125 acres of skiable terrain. The area offers a wide variety of trails, bowls, glades and faces for every level of skiing/snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Our stay in the rustic, bunkhouse-style Mountaineers Lodge features group meals and ski in/ski out access to the slopes.
Snow Caves (3/4/17 - 3/5/17)
This is a two-day, one-night campout near the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise on Mount Rainier. We snowshoe with backpacks about ½ mile up the Dead Horse Creek Trail to the location we call our campsite. We dig snow caves into the snow slope and stay in them overnight. The outing is appropriate for all age groups.
Blake Island (3/25/17 - 3/26/17)
Blake Island is located in Puget Sound between Bainbridge Island and Vashon Island. It is a state park with 475 acres of marine camping and five miles of saltwater beach. It is the home of Tillicum Village near where we will camp.
Cooking Outing (4/22/17 - 4/23/17)
For this camping trip, the whole weekend will be dedicated to cooking. In addition to training and demonstrations, we'll have a fire-building competition, an Iron Chef competition, a cooking with Dutch oven competition and a best Patrol meal competition.
Sheep Lake Backpacking Trip (5/6/17 - 5/7/17)
This two day, one night outing takes us to a pristine alpine lake on the Pacific Crest Trail near Chinook Pass. The route includes a 2.5 mile hike with moderate elevation gain. The outing is organized to be an introduction to backpacking for those with little or no backpacking experience. Prior to the outing, experienced Scouts will explain the gear and clothing required for backpacking in the Northwest, and instruct how to use it. The location and route for the trip have been selected to provide an approachable taste of backpacking and the types of outings that Troop 72 engages in.
Deschutes River Rafting Trip (5/26/17 - 5/29/17)
A 3-day rafting trip over Memorial Day weekend is the highlight of the year for many Scouts and adults. We drive out and camp on Friday night before hitting the river on Saturday morning. We spend Saturday, Sunday and most of Monday rafting. We use a combination of gear boats (to transport gear between campsites), paddle boats (rafts for 5 to 8 people) and inflatable kayaks to float the river. On flat parts of the river between class 2, 3 and 4 rapids we enjoy a healthy dose of water gun fights.
Wild Waves (6/10/17)
Wild Waves Theme Park is the largest combination water park AND theme park in the Pacific Northwest featuring over 60 rides, slides and attractions including 3 roller coasters, a 24,000 square foot wave pool, a relaxing lazy river and over 1,000,000 gallons of fun.
Kayaking on Lake Union (7/3/17)
Instead of our regular Troop meeting on Monday, we'll rent kayaks and spend the evening paddling around Lake Union.
Cycle to Camp Parsons (7/7/17 - 7/9/17)
This summer Troop 72 will travel to summer camp by bike. We'll take two days to ride the 60 mile distance from Seattle to Camp Parsons with a ferry ride in between.
Camp Parsons (7/9/17 - 7/15/17)
Camp Parsons is situated on the Olympic Peninsula "where the mountains meet the sea." This remarkable setting offers the rare experience of canoeing on glassy salt water, while gazing along a densely forested shoreline. Camp Parsons is one of the oldest Scout camps in America, providing wilderness adventure to Scouts and Scouters since 1919. Special features include the climbing tower, 16-position rifle and archery ranges, and the Fort Dukabush museum. Swimming, canoeing, and sailing in the saltwater aquatics area are other popular activities.
Wind River Range Backpacking Trip (7/22/17 - 7/30/17)
Ranging from the highest points of the Continental Divide to open sagebrush valleys, the Wind River Range offers endless hiking and backpacking opportunities. The Troop will spend a week backpacking and bouldering in this pristine wilderness, and en route we will enjoy a variety of local attractions. This trip will be open to all Scouts, and the level of challenge will be tailored to participants.
San Juan Islands Kayaking Trip (8/7/17 - 8/11/17)
Kayaking in the San Juan Islands should be on everyone's bucket list. The San Juans boast some of the most productive wildlife viewing opportunities in the Puget Sound and nowhere else on Earth is it so convenient to launch your kayak in hopes of an eye-level encounter with an Orca whale, or perhaps getting flash-mobbed by a herd of curious seals. This trip will be open to Scouts who are 14 and older.
Tieton River Rafting Trip (9/16/17 - 9/17/17)
The Tieton River, which has the steepest gradient in Washington State, only runs white water once a year. Each fall, water that has been held back behind Rimrock Dam for irrigation purposes is released into the sleepy river and turns it into 14 miles of narrow and swift Class III+ white water. The river never slows down as we make our way through the likes of "High Noon", "Waffle Wall" and over a river-wide dam.
Olympics/Enchantments (10/13/17 - 10/15/17)
The Troop has tentatively set aside this weekend for our fall 3-day high adventure backpacking trip (The Seattle School District can't plan as far ahead as our youth leaders, so we'll have to wait until February to see if these dates work). The High Divide Loop and the Encantment Lakes are both candidates for our destination depending upon weather conditions.