Backpacking Interest Group

If you are interested in exploring the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars, we’ve got a group for you!

Becky Miller and Mara Teeslink aka “Chiknhead” and “Hershey” are starting a backpacking interest group. This group is for girls and adults alike! Troop leaders can bring their girls to learn along with them, or try it out on their own without the girls. Girls need to be at least in the 7th grade and everyone must weigh at least 100 lbs (so they can carry the packs!). Interested girls and adults will first attend a Shakedown to cover some basics about what equipment is needed, menu planning and a practice hike. There is basic equipment available for use and the destination of the trip will be determined by the group.

Shakedown is planned for September 24, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Finbrooke Program Center Rogersville, MO and the backpacking weekend is planned for October 8-9th somewhere south of I-44! If you are interested, or have any questions please contact Becky Miller at


6 thoughts on “Backpacking Interest Group

  1. can you send me more information. I am in Springfield and almost weigh 100 pounds.

  2. Cassandra…Are you in 7th grade? Do you have any other friends interested in backpacking? The reason for the weight limit, is carrying a backpack for about 6-10 miles requires strength & hips. We can help w/the packing etc. but we’ve found girls that are very small don’t really fit the council packs. If you have you’re own pack (NOT a school bag) then you’re good to go. There really isn’t anymore info to give but I’m trying to get a handle on how many will attend shakedown this Sat. If you’re interested, let me know. We need at least 4 girls to make it a girl trip & so far I haven’t had any response but there’s still time. Thanks!

  3. I am a troop leader and would love to go, but unfortunately can’t make the Oct. date. If you go again please let me know I would love to come.

  4. My daughter is very interested in doing this. Unfortunately neither the training or actual date would work for her. If you go again, please let me know so I can tell her. Thanks :)

  5. Thx to all that expressed interest. Since we didn’t have @ least 4 girls that could make it, we had to cancel the girl trip. If there’s girls that are interested but just couldn’t make those dates & you’re willing to work together & contact Lori Enyart @ council, then she can contact me w/your group info. Perhaps Hershey & I could pull together a different trip for you before the snow flys.

  6. Is this something that you are still planning to do? If so, can I get more information on it.

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