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Philmont Shakedown

Troop 77 - Philmont Shakedown - Good Water Trail, Lake Georgetown 2002

When: Saturday, May 18 to Sunday, May 19, 2002
Where: The Good Water Trail is located at Lake Georgetown, 4 miles west of Georgetown on FM 2338.  See directions below and/or maps.  The trail is 16 miles in length.
Who: Participants in Crew #12 of the Capitol Area Council's 2002 Philmont Contingent.  Family members not going to Philmont but who are registered Scouts or Scouters are most welcome to also participate in this shakedown hike and campout also.

Our purpose is to:

  1. Make sure we're all prepared for the 10-day, 64-mile Philmont trek in June.
  2. Get better acquainted and build teamwork.
  3. Have a good time!
Cost: Bring enough for the campsite fee, which is $6 per site with a maximum of 8 people per site.  Since this amount is to be divided up among everyone on the site, your actual cost should be only a couple of dollars or so.  Bring your own food and everything else you need.


You must have turned in your "Philmont 2002 Health and Medical Record".  For those who not going to Philmont, you must have completed a current "Personal Health and Medical Record Form - Class 3".  Either of these forms require a medical checkup.

"Leave No Trace" will be practiced.  "Pack it in...pack it out."


For ideas, see the lists for:
Personal Equipment (www.troop399.org/council_contingent/trek_info/personal_equipment.htm)
Crew Equipment (www.troop399.org/council_contingent/trek_info/crew_equipment.htm)
Philmont Equipment (www.troop399.org/council_contingent/trek_info/philmont_equipment.htm)
Tips (www.troop399.org/council_contingent/trek_info/tips.htm)
For more general info, see www.troop399.org/council_contingent/default.htm
This is your chance to make sure you have all equipment you need and that's it's in working order, ready for 10 days on the backcountry mountain trails at Philmont.  You can also learn from these lists which items are available from Philmont, should you choose to use them.  For example, you may use your own tent if you wish, but since you have already paid for it, you may use tents supplied by Philmont and save wear and tear on your own tent.  Of course, for the shakedown hike at Lake Georgetown, you'll need to bring your tent. :-)


Bring your own food and snacks.  Buddy system will be used for cooking.  Bring trail foods.  You will need two no-cooking-required lunches, one supper, one breakfast, and snacks.
See the "Backpacking Meals" handout for some ideas.  You will need about 1.5 times the food which you normally eat at home, plus snacks.


You will need containers for two quarts of water, plus a water treatment system, e.g., iodine tablets, iodine crystals, water purifier, or clorox.  There is water available, but it must be treated.


Daily Schedule:

Saturday, May 18
8:30 a.m. Meet at trailhead at Cedar Breaks Park.  Route: From Round Rock, go north on I-35 through Georgetown, then northwest on FM 2338 for 3.5 miles to Cedar Breaks Rd., then south 2 miles to park entrance.  Follow signs to Cedar Breaks Park and trailhead.  We will try to leave a cell phone on so that if you have trouble finding the group for some reason you can try calling 658-4478.
9:00 a.m.

Start hiking Good Water Trail.  Hike to Tejas Camp (11 miles).

12:00 noon Lunch
4:00 p.m. Arrive at Tejas Camp.  Make camp.
5:00 p.m. Supper

Sunday, May 19

6:15 a.m. Reveille & breakfast
8:00 a.m. Continue hiking to end of Good Water Trail at Russell Park (5 miles).
12:00 noon Lunch at Russell Park
1:00 p.m. Wrap up by discussing any insights or lessons learned, particularly with respect to Philmont trek.
1:30 p.m. Load up and depart for home.
2:30 p.m.? Home and Hiker's Showers  (Definition of Hiker Shower: Runs at least 15 minutes and exhausts the hot water supply.)