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Hello Scouts and Scouters,

I will be opening the Backpacking merit badge up to the Scouts in the Troop. Since this is such as arduous merit badge, I am opening it up to Scouts 14 and older OR who have earned the Hiking merit badge. Our first outing will be September 7-9. At this time I am limiting the outing to a total of 12 Scouts and Scouters/volunteers (3 adults and 9 Scouts) so as to conform to Wilderness regulations. The adult spots have been filled already (our own Max Harkins will be attending this outing and we are excited to have him) and there are only 4 Scout spots left open. The plan is to go up to Rosary Lakes on the night of the 7th. We will be hiking in the dark, setting up camp and sleeping at Rosary Lakes. Saturday, the morning of the 8th, we will get up, have breakfast and we will have some time to fish before packing up camp and hiking North to Bobby Lake. We will camp at Bobby Lake the night of the 8th and there will be another opportunity to fish at Bobby Lake. Sunday we will be hiking out to the East where we will have a shuttle car staged on the road to Waldo Lake. Our goal is to hike a total distance of 15 miles on this trek.

Please let me know by August 22 if your scout is interested in going. There is limited space. Scouts with regular Troop meeting attendance may be given preference if at capacity.

Please keep in mind that Duck Parking is happening that weekend as well as a Committee Meeting when making your decision.

Kind regards,

James Braham