Change of plans as Letts Lake is currently inaccessible due to storm damage! This Thomes Gorge trip was recommended by the Forest Service and appears to be an even better fit for our goals. This is an opportunity for all scouts to participate on a moderate level backpack trip (4 miles in, 4 miles out) in the Mendocino National Forest.
The focus of this trip will be on providing cooking opportunities for scouts including (1) those working on the Cooking Merit Badge and related backpacking cooking requirements, and (2) those needing other cooking and camping requirements. For those interested in fishing (and willing to carry the gear), there are fishing opportunities in Thomes Creek, our destination. Scouts will get an opportunity to experience back country camping (water filtration, backpacking stoves, etc.).
For those scouts new to backpacking, we would be glad to assist in ensuring that they have the minimum equipment needed to enjoy the trip. If a scout does not have a backpack, now is a good time to acquire one. The troop has some that can be borrowed, and high quality backpacks can be found on Craigslist. REI is the best place to find new backpacks. A good quality backpack is a prudent investment as an active scout will be using it nearly a dozen times a year for many years. Backpacking tents and stoves are provided by the troop. We recommend that participants have a lightweight and warm sleeping bag and pad for the trip.