Niagara Frontier Trekkers
Backpacking Assistance Program
We are a group of scouters who love hiking and backpacking and are prepared to work with council units to add backpacking to their scouting program. We are supported by the Council and have developed a program to help and encourage units to backpack by providing access to adequate gear and training.
Our mission is to provide asssistance to units that have never backpacked, either due to size, inexperience, or adequate finances to get started. This program provides for an experienced guide, access to local trail systems, and all necessary equipment (including food) for up to 4 crews at a time.
Our guides are all BSA volunteers with backpacking experience, and are patient and enjoy working with scout aged groups. All of our leaders are minimally trained in:
- Youth Protection
- Leave No Trace
- Hazardous Weather
- CPR/Wilderness First Aid
The average trek agenda will start with one or two meetings with you to explain the program to your scous, plan your trek including logistics, duration, and destination. Scounts and scouters medical forms will be reviewed. We will have a detailed list of hikes from 3 to 5 days of varying difficulty within a reasonable distance from Buffalo.
An overnight shakedown trip to Scouthaven or Schoellkopf will be used to familiarize everyone with these skills: equipment use, common sense rules of trekking, cooking and stove operation, water purification and sanitation, and campsite safety. Leave No Trace skills will be reviewed. Weight would be added to packs to simulate a 3 to 5 day trek.
Actual 3 to 5 day trek at the destination of your choice will complete your adventure. Niagara Frontier Trekkers patches will be awareded upon completion. Not all groups would need a guide onthis final trek.
Each crew has the following equipment for up to 10 people (8 youth in a patrol and 2 adult leaders):
- Eureka 2-man backpacking tents
- Dining fly, bear bag and line
- Sleeping bags and pads (if needed)
- Backpacking stoves and Kelly KettlesTM
- Kitchen kit with pots, utensils, and cleanup supplies
- Selection of backpacking meals
- Water filtration equipment
The cost of the program is $15/day/individual, and "Camperships" are available. Minimum scouter age will be 13 and up. Crew size will be limited to 10, including 2 adult leaders and the guide.
Start learning more by reaching out to our sponsor at Council:
3-Season Personal Gear List
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Learn about possible options for local hikes that we have done or are familiar with:
We teach the BSA Trek Safely Program:
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