BSA Troop 328

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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Charit Creek Backpacking

On the weekend of March 1st, the troop went backpacking in the Big South Fork. We met at Kern UMC at 7:30AM and were on the road by 8:00. 24 scouts and 7 leaders went on this trip. When we got to the trailhead we had lunch and hiked in to Charit Creek Lodge (1.3 miles) where we planned to spend the night. After unloading our gear at the lodge, we hiked the Twin Arches Loop Trail (4.3 miles). We spent about half an hour at the arches so the scouts had time to explore. When we got back to the lodge, we did some service work to clear out the old blacksmaith shop in hopes that the park service can restore it. Later we cooked hotdogs over a fire while several scouts cooked trail meals as part of the Cooking and Camping merit badges. As far as we know, no one died from the scouts cooking. At night the cabins were lit by oil lamps and heated by wood stoves. Sunday morning we had pancakes, sausage, and bacon for breakfast. We had planned to do another hike on Sunday but we were so late leaving the lodge that we decided to come on home. After breakfast, the lodge caretaker had saddled up his horse and was allowing the scouts to ride as he led the horse around. This was a big distraction for the scouts while we were trying to get packedup to leave. We got back to the church around 3:15PM on Sunday.

Here we are at the Charit Creek Trailhead having lunch and getting ready for the hike in to the lodge.

Here are the scouts who were working on the 5 mile map and compass hike requirement for Second Class.

Here we are at the base of the south arch. The arches themselves are so huge they are difficult to photograph.

The folowing photos were taken on the top of the south arch.

This is a "selfie" Will took with my camera.

Here we are around the campfire Saturday evening.

Here we are on the porch of the main lodge building ready to hike back to the vehicles.