BSA Troop 328

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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Overnight Canoe Trip

On the weekend of September 10-11 the troop went on an overnight canoe trip on the French Broad River. We used Headwaters Outfitters to supply the canoes, paddles, life vests. We met at Kern UMC at 9:00AM on Saturday morning and got to the outfitter's base around noon. We had lunch while the camping gear was being dropped off at the campsite 8 miles down river. After lunch we watched the safety video, checked out our gear, and took a 5 minute shuttle over to where we put-in. The river was low due to the lack of rain, but there was a decent current and it was not difficult to stay in the deeper channels. We made several stops to swim and play in the water along the way. We arrived at out campsite around 5:00PM and setup camp. It was a very pleasant evening. We built a fire and cooked hot dogs and there was a large field to play football and frisbee. There was another scout troop from Greenville, SC camping there as well but there was more than enough room for everyone. Sunday morning we broke camp and got back on the river around 9:00AM. It only took 30 minutes to paddle the remaining 2.5 miles to the take-out, so the scouts had another half hour to play in the river before the outfitter's shuttle picked us up. Once back at the outfitter's base, we had lunch while the trailer with the camping gear was retrieved. The drive home took longer than expected due to heavy traffic coming back from the football game in Bristol so we did not get back to the church until 2:00PM.

Canoeing Packing List Outfitter Waiver Form

Having Lunch at Headwaters Outfitters
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Watching the safety video
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Takeing the shuttle over to where we launched the canoes
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Lauching the canoes on the river
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Paddleing (or trying to) down the river
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Taking a break to play in the river
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Takeing another break to play in the river
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Back on the river
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Takeing a third break to play in the water
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Pulling out of the river at our campsite
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Around camp on saturday evening (notice the yummy cake!)
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At the take-out on Sunday morning
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