The cost per person is $160 each. The fee covers your canoe & shuttles, meals on the river, t-shirt, fishing contest trophies and camp fees. You’ll also need to bring $25-$30 for meals: in-transit, dinner at JoJo’s Catfish Wharf and Ice Cream on the square in Mountain View. Gas costs for the drivers will be handled after actual costs are recorded and debited through the Passbook accounts. (Aside from the individual costs above, I’m expecting the Troop subsidy to be around $1,000 for the trip. This comes from the troop budget funded by your monthly dues.)
We will have a planning meeting on May 8th, to assign responsibilities and prepare for the trip.
We will have a trailer prep date on May 22nd to clear out non-BRCT items, and load BRCT items that we need on the river.
We will meet the evening of Tuesday, May 30th to pack the trailer with personal gear and crew gear. Wednesday, May 31st, we’ll meet at 5:00 AM for a 5:30 AM departure. We will be driving about 6 hours to North Central Arkansas, get our canoes and gear transported to the river and canoe 3-4 miles before arriving at our camp for the 1st night on the river. High Adventure!
In order to attend the BRCT, you must be a 2nd Class Scout, pass the BSA swimmer test, earn the Swimming Merit Badge and Canoeing Merit Badge and attend and “pass” the canoe shakedown campout on May 19th – May 21st. Since this is a high adventure trip (> 72 hours), we also need a valid A,B & C medical form for all attendees (this means a doctor signed physical within the last 12 months). We will review the overall requirements on May 8th planning meeting.
You will have the opportunity to earn the Canoeing MB at the May campout.
The BRCT is an incredible experience, it’s one of the things that makes our troop unique. Most Eagle Scout candidates, at their Eagle BOR, mention BRCT as one of their favorite troop experiences! I’m really excited that it’s around the bend and even more so for those of you that will experience it for the 1st time. Between now and then, we have a lot of ground to cover. The first step is to sign up so we can plan the number of canoes, number of seat belts and Adult Assignment and Scout Assignments for our trip.
We need plenty of adults to serve as drivers so don’t be shy about signing up. This trip is amazingly fun and relaxing and not to be missed!