Douglas SF Backpacking Trip


Saturday, August 20 -
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Douglas State Forest
Douglas, MA

We will hike in Douglas State Forest and camp at a trail shelter just off the Midstate Trail. Most of the hike in will be on the Midstate Trail with a possible switch to the Southern New England Trunkline Trail. This area is fairly flat, so the trail is very easy.

On the hike back, we will stop at Wallum Lake, where the participants can go for a swim at the beach.

Use our Backwoods Camping List to make sure you don't forget anything. Be sure to include plenty of water. Pack your stuff in a frame backpack and bring a trail weight sleeping bag. Pack light - "Every ounce counts!" Pack a swim suit if you plan to go swimming.

See other camping information on our Camping page.

All youth participants should wear their hiking boots for a day during the previous week to ensure that the boots fit.

Youth members should weigh at least 90 pounds to participate in a backpacking trip. The packed backpack should weigh no more than 25% of the participant's weight.

A planning meeting will be held for trip participants:

Tuesday, August 16
7:00-8:30 PM


  • Permission Slip - Each participating Scout must submit this to the Scoutmaster by November 17.
  • Event registration fee (youth) - $10 (includes dinner and breakfast). Pay by August 16.
  • Annual Health and Medical Record - Each participant must have submitted this record within the previous year and no later than August 16. This trip requires only Parts A and B, including copy of insurance card (both sides). A medical exam is not required.
  • CORI - Adults staying overnight must have submitted a CORI to the troop within the last year. If you need this, please submit it to the Scoutmaster by August 16.
  • Youth Protection Training - Adults staying overnight must have completed BSA Youth Protection Training within the prior two years. If you need this, submit your training certificate to the Scoutmaster by August 16.
  • Vehicle Information - If you are driving and your vehicle information has not been included on a previous tour plan, please provide this to the Scoutmaster by August 16.


Meet at the Epworth United Methodist Church parking lot at 7:00 AM Saturday.

Travel to the trailhead takes about 25 minutes.

Estimated return to the church is 4:00 PM Sunday.


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