2020 Colonial District Carpe Adventure Trek (CAT-40, CAT-20, CATNIP 15)
MARCH 14, 2020
COLONIAL DISTRICT 40-KILOMETER 'CARPE ADVENTURE TREK'
20-KILOMETER HALF-CAT ALSO AVAILABLE
NEW FOR 2020 - A 15-KILOMETER CATNIP HIKE FOR WEBELOS
WHAT: High adventure hike along the Potomac River on the Mount Vernon Trail: 40km, 20km and 15km (Webelos only) options
WHO: Troops, Venturer Crews, Sea Scout Ships, Explorer Posts and Webelos (and adult leaders)
WHEN: 14 March 2020
WHY: High adventure team-building experience for youth, adult leaders and volunteers that also fulfills the Hiking Merit Badge’s 20 mile hike requirement (40km hike)
MANDATORY PLANNING MEETING:
There is one mandatory meeting for all participating Units and volunteers on Sunday, 1 March at 7PM (two weeks prior to the hike) at Good Shepherd Parish (in the Parlor Lounge), 8710 Mount Vernon Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309 . Each participating Unit must send at least one adult who is deeply involved in that Unit's hike planning, as well as their adult volunteer(s).
CAT promotional flyer, leader guide and permission slip available soon for download.
This hike provides Scouts the opportunity to participate in a high adventure activity on the Potomac River’s scenic Mount Vernon Trail. The 40km hike is equivalent to walking a marathon; successful completion will require adult leaders to ensure that Scouts are prepared for this distance through shakedown hikes. The 20km hike (HALF-CAT) provides an opportunity for younger Scouts to develop and test their endurance in a safe-to-fail environment. NEW THIS YEAR: A 15km hike for Webelos only, from Fort Hunt Park to National Harbor.
The hike is "supported”, meaning there are Support Stops along the way that provide food, drink, first aid, encouragement, and bail-out options. The hike can also be used as a team-building and training event for Lenhoksin, Philmont, or other backpacking adventures.
VOLUNTEER BASED PARTICIPATION
The Colonial District sponsors the CAT hike, but participating Units from across the Council contribute the support staff who make the event successful. Sometimes referred to as “pay to play”, participating Units provide the adult volunteer support required to plan and execute the hike. Support levels are linked to the number of hikers from the respective Unit; Units with large numbers of hikers are tasked to run full service Support Stops, while Units with smaller numbers of hikers are tasked to run smaller Support Stops or other duties as assigned (such as morning check-in, bicycle escorts, shuttle drivers, etc.).
Units must provide adult volunteer support in order to register for the hike. The ratio for hikers to volunteers is 5 to 1--one volunteer for every increment of 5 hikers. For example, 7 hikers would require 2 volunteers, and 12 hikers would require 3. The minimum unit signup is two hikers and one adult volunteer. Participating Units may not register Scouts from other (i.e., non-volunteering) units.
$20 CAT–40 (40km)
$15 HALF-CAT (20km)
$12 CATNIP (15km)
Participating Units receive a CAT flag streamer
All hikers receive a patch and Euro sticker
All hikers who complete 40km also receive the coveted Cat Claw challenge coin
All hikers may purchase a wicked cool CAT t-shirt
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