Troop 10 of Great Neck returned to civilization after backpacking in Harriman State Park on a beautiful October weekend. Twenty-three scouts and eight adult leaders used topographic maps, a compass, and trail blazes.
They hiked with full backpacks carrying their personal gear, tents, food, lightweight stoves and liquid fuel, water filters and snacks/trail mix on the very challenging Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail which reaches several summits affording views of wide valleys, and neighboring mountains near the end of fall colors. They travelled 4.35 miles to their campsite and then another half a mile to a stream where they filtered water for cooking and drinking.
After a tasty and filling dinner, they had a campfire on the rockface top of the Tom Jones Mountain. They arose before sunrise, had a quick hot breakfast packed up everything and headed down the mountain to cars a half a mile away.
Troop 10 meets at the North Shore Presbyterian Church, 275 Lakeville Road, Mondays at 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on school days.
Submitted by Scoutmaster Dr. Dwight Rosenstein, Great Neck