This web page is dedicated to the events leading up to, information about, and communications for the level II trip to the United Kingdom (England, Wales, and Scotland) coming up June 28 - July 15, 2019. The UK Committee will help and guide participants in preparations that will lead up to this trek, host other preparations that will help us 'be prepared' for this scouting experience, and continue to lead in the U.K. The UK Committee (Hugh Montgomerie, Jeff Green, Rich Grayson, Craig Burford, David Grayson, Richard McLawhorn, Harry Fisk, Daniel Young, Andre Brousseau, Allen Henry, and James Green) is made up individuals and supported by those very experienced specifically with UK and other overseas travel and experiences. We are working hard to make this a fun and memorable trip.
Below is information that is pertinent to this trip (on-going development...so, visit this page regularly).
Payments - Log into Troopmaster to keep track of your payments. Go to Activity Management > Show All Activities > Choose UK Trip and View > Click on the Registration tab > Click Here to Register. You'll see the monthly payments listed.
For those attending this trip and planning to participate in the Three Peaks Challenge (Group 1) or join us to climb up Ben Nevis (group 2), you will need to make sure you are up for either challenge.
For Group 1, we will visit some local trail systems and do some day hikes to be ready for the mileage and elevation gain that we will encounter during the Three Peaks Challenge. See below.
Local hikes - work up to 10 miles.
Suggested area trails
The perimeter trails at Montgomery Bell State Park (trail map).
Natchez Trace Parkway trail starting at the Garrison Creek Park trail head. As a bonus, you can plan to hike the section from Burns Branch to the Tennessee Divide in your route and get in some conservation work hours for rank requirements, etc. This section of the trail is cared for by our troop (picking up trash, clearing trails of debris, reporting issues of damage, etc.).
Mileage per practice trip should work towards an average of 7-9 miles to simulate the distances of the challenge and also work in elevation change.
3 Prep trips are scheduled in Troopmaster to get ready for the Three Peaks Challenge. All participants of the challenge should make this trips. See the troop calendar for troop events schedule for preparation of these trips. We will make sure you're up for these hikes in the UK in order for you to participate.
Three Peaks Challenge info
23 miles total with ~11,000 ft. elevation change total.
Snowdon in Wales (3,600 ft. elevation change) - see more info here.
Ben Nevis in Scotland (4,412 ft. elevation change) - see more info here.
Drinking water = good health. On these peaks, hydration is key or you are more likely become lethargic, achy, not sleep well, cramp in the middle of the night, or even get sick.
If you are not drinking water (as in water by itself) already out of habit on a regular basis, get started now. You need to get used to it long before leaving for this trip.
Youth Protection Training (adults = >18 years)
Can be done at my.scouting.org and must be completed before BSA registration or re-registration.
Each adult must be sure that this will stay valid during the entirety of the UK trip.
Hazardous Weather - a good training for all things weather since we'll be outside quite a lot and can also be found at my.scouting.org.
Wilderness First Aid - Although this is not strictly required for this type of trip, we will have several persons who are currently WFA trained to give us our own 1st Aid+ personnel among us. Nevertheless, this training will be offered for our troop only by one of our own adult members and is good for 2 years. The training are listed in TM and the troop calendar.
Recommended gear (For some gear items, you may not have to buy it but can borrow it instead. See a committee member, if needed.)
Boots - Good feet = good time. Simply put...you must take care of your feet. Without good, strong, healthy feet you won't have a good of a time that you might, you may hold your crew back, or you may not be able to help out as well with your crew especially if an emergency situation arises. Hiking boots (designed for long hikes and not just day hikes) are recommended at Philmont over trail shoes. High-medium ankle support is best as well as waterproofing. We will be doing a lot of walking on some days.
Hiking boots are required for the three peaks challenge including group 2 who will be joining us to hike Ben Nevis. Trail shoes are not acceptable. If you need to buy boots for the trip, you should get them soon so that you have plenty of time to break them in.
Travel/primary (checked) bag - details on what is advised and not to coming soon.
Day pack - Whether you buy, borrow, or use your current one, make sure it is fitted for you. Each person will need to be able to carry 2+ liters of water, personal first aid kit, snacks, rain jacket, sunscreen, etc.
Socks - 1st rule of walking/hiking - good feet = good time, bad feet = bad time. No cotton socks ever!Cotton socks + sweat + friction = blisters. Recommended hiking socks are made of a wool blend (e.g. 'SmartWool' or similar). At least 2 pairs are needed this trip and 5 or so are recommended due to the potential for lots of walking during our tour
Three Peaks Challenge gear will be required and integrated with other recommendations for the UK tours.
More coming soon on suggested gear to take (and what not to take), where to buy it, and how to use it.