Monday, March 3, 2014

Butterfield Back-county Hike, March 14-16, 2014

POST UPDATE 3/13: Scouts - Be at the church at 12:20PM Friday March 14th ready to travel. We are traveling in our class 'A' uniforms.  You may want to bring snacks and drink for the drive up (about 4.5-5 hours). Be prepared for cool nights and possible rain showers by bringing proper back-up clothing and rain cover. You will need a little cash for a meal on the road during Sunday's return home. We are expecting a late afternoon or early evening return on Sunday. We will update progress and allow boys to call as we get closer to home Sunday.  Parents and Scouts stay up-to-date on troop67 notices by subscribing to our text notification service; send a text to (870) 501-5005 with the message @bsatroop67
See you Friday <eou>

ORIGINAL POST 3/3: Its time to finalize our plans for our upcoming Butterfield Back-county Hike.  If you are planning to go you need to be at tonight's Troop Meeting (Monday. March 3 at 6:30PM, FUMC) or contact Mr. Crook to reserve your spot before meeting time tonight.

The Butterfield Trail is A 15 mile loop (12 hour-overnight-hike) through the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. The trail is named for the Butterfield Overland Express stage coach route and offers a rugged overnight hike in the Ozark Plateau. It begins at Arkansas' Devil's Den State Park and loops southward into the Ozark National Forest and returns to Devil's Den State Park.  We will make base-camp at Devil's Den State Park Friday night and camp overnight Saturday on the trail.  We will be carrying all of our camping gear, food and water with us, so you will need a backpack.  If you do not have one we need to know at tonight's meeting so arrangements may be made to borrow one.  We will be hiking in Class B's.

The final cost will be set tonight and will likely be between $50-$60.  You will need some additional money for travel food and drink.  We will be leaving Monticello just after 12:00PM Friday, March 14, which will require early check-out from school that Friday (take note of any schoolwork you will need to makeup on your return on Monday, March 17).  Make sure to eat lunch before arriving at the church before departure at 12:30PM.  You may want to bring snacks and drink for travel, its a long drive to the park (264 Miles, Estimated 4.5-5 hours drive time - traffic dependent) .

We will return sometime Sunday evening, we will send a text broadcast updating our arrival time once we complete the trail and head home.  To subscribe to the text service, send a text to (870) 501-5005 with the message @bsatroop67

We will likely not have cellular service in the mountains; therefore we will not have live web updates from the field.  Watch for post once we start home Sunday.

Devil's Den State Park is just West of West Fork, AR. off I540 (toward Fayetteville) on Hwy. 74W.  For more information you may contact the Park Superintendent, 11333 West Hwy. 74, West Fork, AR, 72774, (479) 761-3325 or visit

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