Backpacking at Its Best!

Although Camp Durland is our Council’s short-term camping property, and even though we camp there at least twice a year, it seems like there is constantly new ground (literally!) to be discovered!  If it is November, then it must mean it is time to go backpacking!  This year, we decided to start and end from our campsite inside Durland instead of starting north of Durland inside Fahnestock State Park and then having a few adults shuffle all cars down to Durland.  With a varied group participating, the Green Bar correctly decided to create a shorter and a longer trail, though the group would be together for a good portion of the trail, prior to splitting up!  The weather and the guests and the scouts all held up great!  The scouts appreciated discovering the remnants of old Denytown from the mid-1800s and likewise enjoyed finding new rock formations to explore.  The surrounding seemed so interesting that many forgot about their backpacks.  Some of the older scouts learned how to prepare a quick lunch using a backpacking stove while on the trail, while younger Scouts learned about building a fire and worked further on Totin’ Chip after the hike.  All in all, there was something for everyone and, these pictures show, everyone had a great time once again!

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