Troop 501 Eagle Scouts

Andrew Jackson - 2011

Project: Recycle Bins at the World Bird Sanctuary

William "Billy" John Fisher, III - 2012

Project: Fire Truck Reading Center at Arnold Branch Library

Christopher "Blake" Hufford - 2013

Project: Flag Pole Installation and Beautification Project at New Hope United Methodist Church

Paul Morton Claeys - 2013

Project: Playground Renovation and Update; Construction and Installation of Benches at New Hope United Methodist Church's Preschool

Drew Vitello - 2014

Project: Development and Installation of interactive, 3-D, educational playground mural at New Hope United Methodist Church's Preschool

Backcountry Camping Tips

You’ve already tried car and RV camping. You’ve camped at commercial campsites that had a convenient restroom and water supply. Now, you want to explore the road less traveled. Backcountry camping, also known as primitive camping, is a wonderful way to explore the remote and secluded areas of our national forests. However it requires some advanced camping skills.

Develop a Camping-Specific Fitness Program

Unlike traditional camping, most backcountry camping trips involve moving from site to site. Climbing uphill while wearing a backpack involves, strength, endurance and balance. Thus, about two months prior to your backcountry camping trip, you should begin a camping-specific fitness program, which involves strength, endurance and balance exercises. Some people put the treadmill on an incline, and wear a backpack while training.

Pack a Detailed Trail Map and GPS

Keep in mind, in backcountry camping, you are less likely to hike on paved or marked trails. As such, its easy to get lost. If possible, use a topographical map, and learn how to read it. Check the map periodically.

Pack a First Aid Kit

While commercial first aid kits are fine, you might want to add additional items, such as rubber gloves and a CPR mask. You should also consider bringing along a mountain first aid book.

Water Tips

Each person will need about 1.5 liters of water a day. Remember to bring along water filters, because drinking directly from the stream could be dangerous. Cooking water should be boiled for five minutes and treated with purifying tablets.


Do not chop down trees for firewood. Use the wood from trees that have already been downed.

Beware of Bears

Pack your food in bear-safe containers, which can be found at camping stores.

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