Craters of the Moon Backpack
Doing a spring backpack to Echo Crater in Craters of the Moon is becoming a regular hike for Troop 100. We had 12 scouts and 8 adults head out there, each with at least 3 liters of water. There is absolutely no water out in that desert route. Before the hike Tom B. gave a short class on map reading and orienteering, and the scouts divided up into 3 patrols and set out with compass bearings of a route on which there were 7 checkpoints, with a poker chip for each patrol. All three patrols came back with all their assigned poker chips.
For a lot of these scouts this was their first backpack, and carrying 3 liters of water, you always wonder how its going to go. Boots can give blisters, packs can be ill fitting, and kids can bring more weight they can carry. The picture below is the group moments before departure.