On Saturday September 10th the Lewis & Clark District will be holding our first ever Venturing rock climbing adventure! The climb is open to all of our registered Venturers. If you are not currently registered as a Venture Scout, here are the requirements to join:
You must be beween 14 and 21 years old and you must join a Venture Crew. Thats it. You can even stay registered as a Boy Scout at the same time! We have Venture Crews in Great Falls and the surrounding communities, if you are interested in joining please call me and I will arrange for you to meet with one of our local crews. If you are unit leader interested in starting a Venture Crew or Patrol – let me know ASAP, we can get everything in place so that your youth can attend this climbing trip.
Here are the details of the trip. The cost is $15 per climber. All technical gear (helmets, ropes, etc.) will be provided. If you have your own gear you may bring that as well. We have a hired a professional climbing instructor to guide our trip and teach us rock climbing skills. We will be meeting at the Grasshopper Campground in the Lewis and Clark National Forest (Castle Mountains) at 8:30am on Saturday 9/10. To get to Grasshopper Campground you head south on highway 89 towards White Sulphur Springs. Then turn east for about 6 miles on US 12, then south 4 miles on Forest Road 211. There is camping available at Grasshopper Campground. If you are interested in camping as well, you will need to make arrangements with the Forest Service.
After meeting at the campground, we will take a short (15 minute) drive to the trailhead. The walk from the trailhead to the climbing location is about a 45 minute walk. We will be done and back at Grasshopper campground at about 5pm. Vehicles with high clearance will be necessary to drive to the trailhead.
There is no food or drink provided, that will be up to the individual Crew/Scout.
I have attached the forms required by our instructor. In addition, everyone will have to have a current BSA health form.
This trip is going to be fantastic! I hope to see all of our Venturers in attendance.
If you have any questions, please call me on my cell 868-5648.
Lewis and Clark & Central Districts
cell (406) 868-5648
fax (406) 761-4480