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Annual Family Rafting Trip

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24-25 August 2013

The Troop 94 Annual Whitewater Family rafting trip is scheduled for August 24- 25.   We will spend Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning rafting on the Hiwassee River and Ocoee River in Tennessee.  Provided below are the details of the weekend.  Remember this trip is open to the entire family and we have a great time.  Everyone rafting the Ocoee river on Sunday must be at least 12 years old, no exceptions (this is a TN State rule, not a scout rule).  We also encourage young scouts (12-14) have a parent with them on the Ocoee.  Most of the first year scouts will not be able to make the Ocoee trip this year, but are of age to raft the Hiwassee and will have a great time.  

 

Please reply by 14 August to (mike.tomlinson@knology.net) and email the attached registration form to me.  Anyone that signs up will be on the hook for the full price of the trip. We have to call in final numbers on the 15th so if you decide not to go, there are no refunds after then unless you can find someone to go in your place.  We will collect the money (also will take registration forms) at the scout meeting on August 12th (mandatory for all that are participating – you must pay before I can finalize numbers and call it in by Thursday)

Price will depend on your activities that you choose to participate in:

·         Camping - $5/person

·         Hiwassee River Rafting - $25/person

·         Ocoee River Rafting - $38/person
 

Questions/comments/issues please let me know.

Mike Tomlinson, BSA
Troop 94 Assistant Scoutmaster
cell:  256-682-2532
mike.tomlinson@knology.net

Trip Details:

The departure and event schedule is shown below.  It really applies to those that are participating the entire weekend.  Those that aren't all weekend can just inject themselves in or out as required.  We’ve done it his way for the past few years and it seems to work pretty well.

 

Saturday - September 22

7:00 am     Meet at Monrovia Middle School - Don't be late please!  Check in when you get there so we make sure we have everyone, sign/turn in waiver forms (group form for Hiawassee, Individual form for Ocoee (attached))

7:30 am     Depart for Web Brothers (Hiwassee River, Reliance TN)

12:30 pm   Arrive Web Brothers - assuming 4 hr trip with 1 hr time change

1:00 pm     Start Hiawassee trip adventure.  We sometimes have to wait for enough funyaks to return so 1pm is approximate.  Be Prepared is our motto and in this case it means do not expect the Wood Brothers to maintain a precise timeline!!   The trip down the Hiawassee takes under 3 hours.

~4:00 pm   Hiwassee trip ends, depart for OAR (Outdoor Adventure Rafting) campground - set up camp.

7:00 pm     Dinner + relax + campfire

 

Sunday – September 23

7:00 am    Wake up / eat breakfast / break camp

8:30 am    People doing Ocoee River depart campsite

9:00 am    Safety Briefing from OAR Staff

9:15 am    Depart on OAR Bus for rafting trip (~2 hour trip)

~12:00pm Arrive back at OAR and depart for Home

  

Food:

·         Recommend bringing sack lunch for Saturday afternoon before Hiawassee trip.

·         Dinner Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning will be by family.  I will provide a list of who is going and if you want to get families together (form your own little patrols!) for food that is fine.  

·         Scoutmasters/PLC will coordinate some sort of cobbler or dessert for Saturday night around the campfire. 

·         Recommend you plan for a quick breakfast on Sunday morning if you are doing the Ocoee because we have to break camp and depart campsite NLT 0830!

·         Most folks stop for food in South Pittsburgh on way home on Sunday for lunch.

·         Bring any snacks/drinks that you require for the weekend.

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

Camping:  Bring your own Tents, sleeping bags, sunblock, bug repellent, etc.  Primitive camping is just down the hill from the outpost and men’s and women’s bathhouses.  The campground has plenty of room set up tents and spread out.  You can also swim in the Lower River, play frisbee or football between activities. Campground backs up to the Lower Ocoee River.

 

Fire Wood:  There is no firewood within miles so please bring some with you if you can.  Rather have too much than too little.

 

Rafting:  Prefer that rafters wear closed toe shoes (old sneakers work great), dry cloths for post Hiawassee trip, sun block, sun glasses.    Good rule of thumb for rafting is if you can’t afford to lose it – don't bring it. Sunglasses are probably the most often lost item to the river.  The Hiawassee is a float trip (easy) – the Ocoee is guided and wild.

 

The Hiawassee is a 5-mile trip on the Hiwassee Scenic River winds through the Cherokee National Forest, ending in the pastoral setting of the Reliance Historic District.  The Hiwassee, rated Class II & III, is ideal for beginners and families.  You go down the gentle river in an inflatable Funyak without a guide.

 

The Ocoee is 5 miles of nearly continuous Class III - IV whitewater, with OVER 20 rapids. Total trip time (from check-in to departure) is 3 1/2 to 4 hours.  On the water time is approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  You don’t need rafting experience but must be 12 years old.  Most guests have never been rafting before that do the Ocoee. There is a professional guide in each raft. The most important skill you can have is the ability to listen to your guide. Everything else they teach you.

 

Links:

Hiwassee River http://www.webbros.com     

Ocoee River http://www.raft.com

 

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