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Charles River Canoe Trip Oct. 8th & 9th

posted Sep 19, 2016, 12:31 PM by Drew Schlussel   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 1:39 PM ]

Trip Description:
This will be a 10 mile canoe trip over two days. We are renting canoes, paddles and personal flotation devices, which will be delivered to the West Street canoe ramp in Medfield at 9AM on Saturday. We will paddle downstream to the Rocky Narrows reservation in Sherborn, where the Trustees of the Reservations have granted us permission to camp overnight. Along the way we will pass through the Charles River floodplain and Medfield State Forest conservation land. If it is navigable, we will paddle up Bogastow Brook to have lunch on the banks of South End Pond. We will be camping on the river bank at Rocky Narrows. On Sunday we will proceed past Peters Reservation, Broadmoar Wildlife Sanctuary, and Elm Bank Horticultural Center before disembarking at the Natick Dam near Route 16.    

Signup and Cost:
Signup is at the September 22 troop meeting. The cost is $100 per person. This includes Saturday's lunch and dinner and Sunday's breakfast and lunch. Sunday's lunch will be at the Charles River Coffeehouse. This completed waiver must accompany the signup

Safety Requirements:
This trip requires special safety considerations due to our extended time on the water. While the Charles is a slow moving Class 1 stream, we expect the water temperature to be cold (in the 50's) and the air temperatures anywhere between 40 to 70.
1. All scouts must be swimmer certified. If you haven't passed the swim test, I will arrange for BSA swim testing at the Milford High pool during their public swim hours.
2. Absolutely NO collisions, paddle splashing or horseplay will be tolerated. We don't want hypothermia issues or damaged rental equipment. 
3. Personal flotation devices will be worn by all participants at all times.

Saturday, October 8th 7:45 AM depart from CVS back parking lot for West Street in Medfield. We will need some adult volunteers to drive the participants and camping equipment to West Street. 

Sunday October 9th around 2PM pick up will be at Grove Park at the South Natick Dam on Route 16. The Bacon Free Library at 58 Eliot Street overlooks the dam and is across the street from the coffeehouse. Parking can be a little tight, so carpooling makes sense. Scouts will be dismissed after the canoes are loaded on the trailer and they received their lunch at the Coffeehouse. 

Be Prepared:
This is a LIGHTWEIGHT trip, similar to a backpacking trip, with the complication  of things getting wet. Backpacks, food, camping equipment will be transported in the canoes. Pack and wear quick drying fabrics. Wear one pair of shoes that can get wet and bring another set for camp. Use waterproof stuff sacks or line your backpack with heavy duty trash bag and use a pack cover. Scouts should bring at at least three liters of drinking water. Despite the cooler temperatures it is easy to become dehydrated from the strenuous paddling.  In order to avoid transporting camp kitchens, Saturday's dinner will be foil pack cooking over coals to fulfill Requirement 5d of the Cooking merit badge. There are no facilities along the river, so bring toilet paper and be prepared to dig a cat hole.

Environmental Impact:
We will practice Leave No Trace low impact camping. The Trustees allow Scouts to camp at Rocky Narrows as a special privilege in return for our leaving the place in better shape than how we found it.

The fly for the trip is online here ->