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Spring Break Adventures 2020 - UPDATE IN PROGRESS

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SPRING BREAK [March 21- 28, 2020] - Adventures detailed below. Adults: 3 per crew with up to 5 crews!
1. Desert Slot Canyons Mini Adventure [1st and 2nd year Scouts in Troop 171 G and Troop 171 B]
2. Dirty Devil River Desert Adventure [Age 12-13 w/ previous troop backpacking experience]
3. Paria Canyon High Adventure [Age 14 -17, previous backpacking experience and trip leader approval required]
[SIGNUP LIMITED TO 7 Scouts and 3 Adults] NOTE - This trip will leave on Friday, March 20 due to distance and vehicle shuttle.
4. Desert High Adventure [this is an advanced trip with previous experience and trip leader approval required]

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SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT TROOP 171 ADVENTURES - Please check the age, experience and other trip requirements for the adventures carefully. These requirements are important to insure that all the Scouts and leaders have a fun and SAFE experience. These trips are much more than car camping. Scouts will be in backcountry wilderness locations where the crew members rely on each other.

Gear - Scouts and adults are expected to have the items listed on the trip equipment lists. For safety reasons, it is important that Scouts have quality gear that fits. Scouts must attend pre-trip shakedowns and planning sessions.

Physical and Health Information - all Scouts and adults MUST have a current BSA medical form on file with the troop. Per BSA rules, parts A, B and C must be renewed every 12 months. Scouts must be in good physical shape and medically ready for troop adventures. Click here to check current form on file. BSA Medical Forms Information link

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DESERT SLOT CANYON MINI ADVENTURE [1st and 2nd year Scouts with Micro Adventure Experience]

This trip is the first level of spring break trips. This does not mean that it is an easy trip. The total round trip hiking distance is approximately 20 miles—10 miles backpacking and 10 miles day hiking. Scouts must have the previous experience of the Micro Adventure or other multi-day backpacking experience. However, it is a great first step towards future desert adventures. There are several day hikes to places such as Spooky and Peek-A-Boo Gulch before heading to Harris Wash.

∞ Trip Location: near Escalante, UT along the Hole in the Rock Road.
∞ Slot Canyon: Harris Wash
Backpacking Distance: 20 miles round trip
Trip Requirements:
        • Micro Adventure backpack or other multi-day backpacking experience.
        • Second Class Rank or above
        • At least 3 nights of troop campouts
DIRTY DEVIL RIVER DESERT ADVENTURE [Age 12 - 13 with Mini Adventure Experience]
This trip is the second level of spring break trips. The goal is to build on the experience of the Micro adventure and the Desert Slots Mini Adventure. The total round trip hiking distance is approximately 20 miles plus side trips and day hiking. Scouts must have the previous experience of the Mini Adventure or other multi-day backpacking experience such as Harris Wash.
∞ Trip Location: south of Hanksville, UT
∞ Slot Canyon: Woodruff Canyon, Swett Canyon and Maidenwater Canyons possible.
∞ Backpacking Distance: 20 miles round trip
∞ Trip Requirements:
        • Mini Adventure backpack or other multi-day backpacking experience such as Harris Wash.
        • First Class Rank or above
        • At least 3 nights of troop campouts


PARIA CANYON ADVENTURE [Age 14 - 17 with Mini Adventure Experience]

Paria Canyon is the second or third level of spring break trips. This is definitely a high adventure experience. The total backpacking distance is approximately 39 miles, much of which is hiking in the Paria River, not on a trail. Scouts must have the previous experience of the Slot Canyon Adventure AND other multi-day backpacking experience.

∞ Trip Location: near Page, AZ
∞ Slot Canyon: Paria Canyon
∞ Backpacking Distance: 40 miles (8 - 10 miles per day)
Trip Description: This backpacking trip is very challenging in that much of the time is spent backpacking in ankle to waist deep water. Because this trip is in springtime, the water can be cold. Anyone going on this trip must have the proper gear and experience to safely meet these challenges.
∞ Trip Requirements:
        • Age 14 or above
        • 1st Class Rank or above
       
• Camping - Have an active Scout camping record during the past 12 months shown by meeting one of
              the following campout minimums:
            ∞ Option A: Attend a minimum of FIVE nights of monthly camping with the troop during the 12 months                                  preceding the trip, not including summer camp or other adventures.
            ∞ Option B: Attend a minimum of THREE nights of monthly camping with the troop AND SIX nights of
                                summer camp, mini adventure or high adventure in the 12 months preceding the trip
                                (9 nights total)

DESERT HIGH ADVENTURE [Age 14 and above with extensive backpacking experience. Specific requirements below]

This trip is the top level of spring break trips, a true high adventure experience. This trip involves backpacking, rock climbing and rappelling. Scouts must have the previous experience provided by multiple desert and other multi-day backpacking trips. Scouts and adult must attend the climbing practice and trip shakedown before the trip.

∞ Trip Location: near Boulder, UT
∞ Slot Canyon: To be determined by the crew. 
∞ Backpacking Distance: Varies depending on the style of the trip. Can be basecamp with day hikes or 
                                             longer backpack.
∞ Trip Description: This backpacking trip is very challenging in that some of the time is spent backpacking in narrow spaces and rappelling into confined and deep canyons.  Anyone going on this trip must have the proper gear and experience to safely meet these challenges.
∞ Trip Requirements (see full high adventure trip requirements here):
        • Age 14 or above
     
   • Star Rank or above and advanced within the 12 months prior to the trip
• Camping - Have an active Scout camping record during the past 12 months shown by meeting one of the
      following campout minimums:
        ∞ Option A: Attend a minimum of FIVE nights of monthly camping with the troop during the 12 months
                            preceding the trip, not including summer camp or other adventures.
        ∞ Option B: Attend a minimum of THREE nights of monthly camping with the troop AND SIX nights of
                            summer camp, mini adventure or high adventure in the 12 months preceding the trip 
                             (9 nights total)


Slot Canyon Adventure - Escalante, UT



















Paria Canyon Adventure - Page, AZ



















Desert High Adventure - Hanksville, UT