Level 2 Trip
July 16 – 25, 2010
(Information here updated August 2, 2010)
More information about Pamlico Sea Base is available at their site.
at least age 13 as of January 1, 2010
- All participants will be required to pass the BSA swim test
as a “Swimmer” by a certified BSA Lifeguard, Red Cross
Lifeguard, or Red Cross WSI. Troop 137 will again offer swim tests in
Spring 2010 (dates to be announced). All are encouraged to complete the
certification then vs. having to do it after arriving at Pamlico.
Participants are not required to have the Swimming merit badge;
however, they are required to pass the "swimmer" level certification -
Health and Medical Form
- Every participant (scouts and
adults) is required to have a
medical evaluation within 12 months of our July trip
date. The official BSA Annual
Health and Medical Form
must be completed, and a copy should be provided to Chase Whitaker. A
copy of the participant's insurance card needs to be
who arrive without the proper, signed,
current, medical form will not be allowed to participate.
- No experience is necessary for the kayaking trip. Sunday
afternoon will be spent introducing everyone to kayaking skills
and safety. When the trip starts on Monday morning,
Pamlico's staff will
continue with follow-up and continued individual coaching. Anyone can
the most common participant
quote you'll either hear or say: “This trek is 90% mental and 10%
The Sea Base
necessary equipment for this program with the
exception of personal gear.
- A recommended personal
gear packing checklist
is available on Troop
The key word to keep in mind in packing for the week is "LIGHT
Whatever gear is taken will have to be stuffed in a Pamlico-provided
dry bag and secured inside your kayak. Each night will be spent camping
on the beach or near the shoreline (Pamlico will provide tents.)
Furthermore, all gear for approximately 20 people has to fit inside the
vans we are taking.
A couple of things to consider when packing:
- Use of compression sacks for clothing.
- A sleeping bag liner or sheet vs. thick sleeping bag.
- Use of ziploc bags as additional precaution for keeping critical
things dry such as toiletries, snacks, cameras, etc.
For Friday and Saturday nights BEFORE and AFTER the kayaking week, a
sleeping bag, personal toiletries, and appropriate clothing will be
needed for overnight stops and daytime activities.
- Sea kayaking routes take place in the Cape
Lookout National Seashore
within the protected waters of the Core and Pamlico Sounds of North
Carolina. All routes
are chosen by the crew (you!). Tents, stoves, meals, cooking equipment,
bags and all padding equipment are provided.
During the course of your week you’ll have the opportunity to see
the wild horses on Shackleford Island, Cape Lookout and Ocracoke
lighthouse, and abundance of sea life, deep sea fishing, sound fishing,
clamming, surf fishing, Cape Lookout Studies Program, ocean kayaking,
Cedar Island National Wildlife refuge, and much more!!!!
What Is Our
Friday - July 16 - 2:00 PM - leave the barn and travel to National
Guard Armory in Clyde, NC (near Asheville) for overnight
stay - approximately 300 miles
Saturday - July 17 - 8:00 AM - leave for Camp Lejeune U.S.
Marine Corps Base (breakfast & lunch along the way) - approximately
Saturday - July 17 - 4:00 PM - arrive Camp Lejeune, self-guided tour,
dinner in mess hall. Overnight stay at nearby Trinity United Methodist
Church in Jacksonville, NC
Sunday - July 18 - 7:30 AM - back to Camp Lejeune for breakfast and
to Pamlico Sea Base - approximately 75 miles
Sunday - July 18 - 1:00 PM - Pamlico check-in, secure camp for the
evening, kayak training
Monday - July 19 through Friday - July 23 - Sea kayaking and beach
Friday - July 23 - 4:00 PM - depart Pamlico, dinner along way and
travel to National Guard Armory in Lexington, NC (near
Greensboro) for overnight stay -
approximately 230 miles
Saturday - July 24 - Leave Lexington for Charlotte NC to Carowinds
theme park - approximately 70 miles
Saturday - July 24 - 4:00 PM - travel to National Guard Armory in
Clyde, NC for overnight stay-
approximately 150 miles
Sunday - July 25 - Breakfast and head from North Carolina to Franklin -
approximately 300 miles
- Sea kayaking can be physically challenging. It
is highly recommended scouts and adults arrive physically capable of
enjoying the trek. Although you can start kayaking without any
preliminary physical training, your body will appreciate a few good
stretches and some strength-building exercises.
Include exercises that target some specific paddling muscles such as
biceps, triceps, forearms, torso, and lower back. Since all paddling
requires strong wrists, also consider strengthening your wrists
by squeezing putty or a tennis ball for a few minutes several times a
week. Energetic walking, swimming, or bike riding will add a great deal
to your paddling fitness and overall strength. Kayaking requires a high
level of cardiovascular fitness. Although you don’t use your legs
much in kayaking, they’re the best muscles to exercise the heart.
A recommended fitness
is available on the
Troop 137 website.
- The majority of the property and facilities used
by the Pamlico Sea
Base are either privately owned or operated by the National Park
Service. Scouts and adults participating in this trip will
be representing Troop 137, Mr. Green, and the city of Franklin. For
this reason, every participant who attends is
expected to act in accordance with Scouting values and principles.
Any individual that does not do so will be asked to leave the
Base Camp or the sea route they are on at the time and
return home at their family's expense.
& Illegal Drugs
- Alcohol beverages are not permitted
on camp property or while participating in a sea kayaking trek.
Anyone violating this policy will be asked to leave or evacuated
from their trek at their own expense following outlined conduct policy.
All drug and
alcohol laws of the State of North Carolina are strictly enforced.
- In accordance with BSA recommendations, the use of
tobacco products is undesirable. Adults are requested not to use
products in the presence of scouts. The use of tobacco products in any
camp facility (including camp tents) is strictly prohibited.
- In accordance with BSA policy and Cape Lookout National
Seashore, fireworks of any kind are prohibited.