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Lightweight Backpacking for Boy Scouts – Clinic Announcement

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Tarp Camping under BSA Canvas, Adirondacks

On Saturday February 25, the Boy Scouts of America, Capital Area Council, in collaboration with the Bee Cave District (Austin, TX) is hosting a clinic, “Backpacking Lighter to Develop Character & Leadership in Scouting”I highly recommend this clinic for those that want to put more enjoyment in their backcountry experiences.  This is for both Scouts and Adults.  Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch.  This is an all-day clinic that will begin at 8:30 AM at the Frank Fickett Scout Center, 12500 IH 35 North.  You can register at this link

Please join us for an all-day clinic on how to develop character and leadership skills in Scouts and Scouters through backpacking lighter.  Bring your own pack fully loaded and we will show you how to do a complete “Pack Makeover” that will help you reduce your pack weight down to 10-12 lbs. without compromising safety or comfort.

This clinic will go into details on the “Big Three”, sleep, shelter and pack systems.  There will be awesome demonstrations on gear with tents, tarps, packs, cook systems, footwear, and food.  There will be a whole section on making your own gear and how to pack lighter on a minimal budget.  How to pack lighter for Philmont will be discussed in detail.  Plus there will be an abundance of raffle items from many different manufactures in the lightweight backpacking industry drawn throughout the day.

This clinic will be delivered in the full context of BSA’s Guide to Safe Scouting.  This clinic is designed for Scouters and older Scouts interested in high adventure, Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Outdoor/Activities Chairs and any others interested in how to put pure joy into trail life while building character and leadership skills in Scouts.

Philip Werner from, Grant Sible of Gossamer Gear, and Austin’s own Roy Kleinsasser will talk about how to pack lighter without spending a lot of money. Scoutmasters Sam Francis and Pat Rabun will be on hand to give their thoughts from a troop perspective as well as hiking lighter at Philmont.  You do not want to miss this!

Again the link to register is  Hope to see you there.

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13 Responses to Lightweight Backpacking for Boy Scouts – Clinic Announcement

  1. Chad February 2, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I would LOVE for this to come north to the Dallas area!!!!!!

    • Earlylite February 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

      Are you involved with Scouts in Dallas? One of our speakers is from the Fort Worth area.

  2. Wystiria February 2, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    About time!!

  3. Grandpa February 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    Is it open to folks not involved in Scouting?

    • Earlylite February 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

      It is mainly for scouts, but I have some pull with management and might be able to get you in. Portions of this are going to be video-ed as well and will be going up on the web,..

  4. Grandpa February 2, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    I just might have to take a trip from Dallas to Austin and visit some friends. Might also have to bring eight year old hiking buddy–my grandson. I’ll have to look into things.

  5. John Whynot February 2, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    Are you planning on doing any backpacking while in Austin? You’ll be fairly close to Lost Maples and Hill Country State Natural Areas. February is prime Texas Hill Country backpacking time…

    • Earlylite February 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

      It’s a distinct possibility. I have to bring a lot of my gear to demo and I’d like to spend at least one night out with my buddies from Gossamer Gear who are headquartered in Austin. I’ll be there for a few days and hope we can find time for a little adventure.

  6. Grandpa February 2, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    Lost Maples is a beautiful place. Twenty five years ago, my father and I hiked every foot of trail in that park.

    Government Canyon and Hill Country State Natural Areas aren’t too far away. I haven’t hiked either park but hope to someday.

  7. patrulje February 3, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Hill Country is just west of San Antonio, if you head down there swing by Rudy’s for great TX BBQ. I would reccommend Enchanted Rock, it is just at close to Austin and has better southwest scenery.

  8. rob February 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    There’s a good chance we’ll use this as additional hand out at our SLT/ITOLS course.

    I like the concept that “fear is heavy”

  9. smoothybuns February 25, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    Our Troop is going to Philmont next year. I would love to see the video and anything else that’s available. I’m trying my best to get people to think lighter up here in northwest Ohio.

    • Earlylite February 25, 2012 at 8:55 am #

      I’ll post the presentation I’m giving this morning online on Monday, along with the agenda we used today, and photos of some of this all-day event. The video is being shot by a professional videographer. I’m not sure exactly when it will be available, but I’ll be sure to post links here when it goes live on youtube.

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