meal planning
trail master
travel agent
out of park
public relations

Old Faithful Temperature furnished by
At Old Faithful Geyser

BSA Forms in .PDF format (download)
National Tour Permit

Local Tour Permit
Class 1 & 2 Medical Form
Class 3 Medical Form (Adult)
Safe Scouting

Fund Raiser Form
Historical Trails Award

TROOP 19 Nashua, NH  
Trip Dates July 4 (Thursday) - July 13 (Saturday) 2002

Contact for Trip Planning:
Chairman - James Hayford - (603) 883-5354
Finance - Barbara Perkins
Transportation - Paul Cicchetti
Permits - Lorraine Matkowski & Rich Filteau
Meal Planning - Camping & Backcountry Meals
Trail Master - Susan Beals
Travel Agent - What to do, what to see in the Parks
Lodging - Beverley Vasquez
Outfitters - Resources for outfitters and vendors
Out of Park - Dave & Denise Martinez
Public Relations - James Hayford
Communications - Brent Morrison

Next and FINAL Parents & Scouts Meeting Date: June 27, 2002 at 7:00

Final Deposit Date: May 7th - $150 / per person - non-refundable - DEPOSIT SLIP


Minimum Requirements for Scout & Leader Participation - LEAVE NO TRACE
 Whitewater Rafting BOOKED for July 8th
Backcountry Hiking Trip Photos
Hiking Trip Description

Not sure which Group you are in?

Our Site - Q U I C K - I N D E X
Park Websites
- Official, Commercial, and Enthusiasts
Books - to help plan your trip
Maps - and Map Resources
Equipment - 'Net catalog companies and outfitters
Photos - Great pictures and great places to visit, also photo tips
Good resource on dealing with bears
Bears in Yellowstone
Camping with bears
Yellowstone Wolf population

Web Camera on-site at Old Faithful
Web Camera on-site at Mommoth Hot Springs


Table of Contents - Official NPS Website
in Yellowstone - locations, fees, groups
Campgrounds - fees. phone numbers, reservations
Campgrounds in Grand Tetons
Group Camping in Grand Tetons

ON-LINE Park Tour - register to view

Random Picture Load

National Parks Pass
The National Parks Pass is an annual pass that provides admission to any national park charging an entrance fee. The pass costs $50 and is valid for one year from the month of purchase.
More than 80% of the proceeds from the sales of National Parks Passes go directly into supporting priority projects in national parks.

Information about Parks

Park Vision - Yellowstone
Park Vision - Grand Teton
Yellowstone - Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone Commercial - Yellowstone

Old Faithful Predictions - - WebCam - LIVE

Yellowstone.NET - Yellowstone.NET
Yellowstone.NET - Newspaper
Yellowstone Assoc. Travel Guide

GORP - Greater Outdoor Recreational Pages
GORP Home Page
GORP - Scenic Drive Info - - Travel USA - Yellowstone


List of Books on Yellowstone

Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guide)
by Bill Schneider

Yellowstone Short Hikes
Carl Schreier

Yellowstone Explorer's Guide
Carl Schreier, Ann Sutton, Myron Sutton

Day Hiking Yellowstone:
Pocket guide to the best 20 day hikes in Yellowstone

by Robert Stone

Best Easy Day Hikes Yellowstone (FalconGuide)
Bill Schneider

Exploring the Yellowstone Backcountry
by Orville E. Bach

Fishing Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guide)
by Richard Parks
Outdoor Family Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton
by Lisa Gollin Evans
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (Wildlife Watcher's Guide)
by Todd Wilkinson, Michael H. Francis (Photographer)

MAPS - Websites and Downloads

Directory of National Park Maps

US National Parks from SPACE LANDSAT - NASA Satellite
Land Cover (description)

Yellowstone Tourist Map as a .PDF file (980K download) <- Committee members, use this map!

Grand Teton Tourist Map as a .PDF file (600K download) <- Committee members, use this map!

FINANCE - Barbara Perkins

Trip estimate $800 per person.
Includes travel to and around park, camping / backcountry hiking costs, meals.
 Deposit Schedule: October 16th, 2001 - $100 per person, refundable up until December 1st, 2001
January 22, $ 100 per person
February 5, $250 per person
March 5, $100 per person
April 1, $100 Per Person
May 7, $150 per person



Adventure Trip 2002 Newsletter - In .PDF Format - download from here

Issue 1 - Deposit dates, Scouts earn their way, and more

Issue 2 - Lodging update, great website links

Issue 3 - Must See,

Issue 4 - Deposit schedule, group planning,

Trip Survey Form as .PDF file (collected May 2, 2001)


Transportation to and from Boston Logan Airport will be provide by the troop.
Flight Line will be picking us up by bus at the Pilgrim Church, Watson Street parking lot around 3 AM in the morning on July 4th (actual time TBD).

We will also be returning to the Pilgrim Church by bus on the moring of July 14th at approximayely 2:00 AM.

Flight Line Inc    
8 Raymond Ave # 6
Salem, NH 03079-2982


Flight Information
 July 4th, 2002 @ 6:15 AM Boston, MA  #1689 Boston- Denver
   #5765 Denver - Bozeman
  July 13th, 2002 @ 2:37 PM Bozeman, MT  #5762 Bozeman - Denver
   #726 Denver - Boston
    (12:13 AM 7/14 arrival)

Salt Lake City , UT- Transportation Guide
Idaho Falls, ID -Transportation Guide
Bozeman, MT -Transportation Guide
Jackson, WY- Transportation Guide

Car Rental
Jackson Hole

PERMITS - Lorraine Matkowsky & Rich Filteau

Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Backcountry National Forest & National Park sites


Hi everyone,
There are two group sites available for scouts. One can accommodate 25 people max. (Bridge Bay), the other accommodates 60 (Grant Village). If we have more than 25 in the first site they'd try to accommodate a site close to each other. Bridge Bay is the north side of Yellowstone Lake and there are showers available @ Fishing Bridge (3 miles away for $3.25/pp (unlimited use). The other is Grant Village, which is more south of Yellowstone Lake, and it does have showers on the premises. The rates are as follows for the group per day:

10-20 people $49.40
20-29 people $58.30
30-39 people $68.90
40+ $79.50

Basically this amounts to $2 - $5 night per person.

At this time both are available most of the time we are scheduled but they do fill up fast. Please reply and let me know if you wish this to be booked. I believe we can cancel up to 2 days prior to arrival. I haven't had a chance to check w/Grand Tetons' group sites but will attempt to do that tomorrow.

I just need to get a feel for the families that are going whether they wish to be close by the where the boys will be or are you just planning on doing you own family thing. This help in getting firmer numbers as to what we need to plan for.

Thanks for you attention.



Hi again,

Additional information in regards to the Grand Tetons. The group campsite reservations cannot be made any sooner than January 1. So we could tentatively book the Yellowstone sites for the duration and see if we can get in on time in January for Colter Bay. The other group site for Grand Tetons is quite South of the Tetons but it could be a possibility for the first night since we may be going in that direction from Salt Lake.

The website for Grand Tetons:

These sites will give you a little insight of the campgrouds @ the Tetons.

One last site to view for Yellowstone (you can see a view of the sites) is:, then click on camping. Hopefully this information will be helpful.





TRAIL MASTER - Susan Beals

Trail Description for ALPHA GROUP Backcountry Hiking

Map of Teton and Targhee National Park Trails we will be taking
Great Links to pictures and Trail Descriptions of our hike - BE PREPARED - read up in advance!


500 miles in Yellowstone - First hand trail reports from a college student hiking over two summers (98 & 99)

Great Outdoors Recreation Pages (provides YNP and Tetons trail descriptions)

Site sponsored by Idaho Travel Council. Info on lodging, attractions, events, weather

General information from backpacker magazine articles.Can also get to the hikers forum from this site.

Information on trails

General information. Search on yellowstone will provide some past articles on subject.

General info. Lots of links from this page.

Nice Pictures!

Trail Info - Great Trails, good trails, day hikes and overnights - all listed including LOD (level of difficulty).



All Scouts and Leaders--Minimum Requirements are to be completed by June 12, 2002
> Second Class Rank (scouts)
> Practice and demonstrate Leave No Trace(scouts and leaders) Visit: LEAVE NO TRACE - BSA
> Active member of Troop 19 for at least 9 months
> Scout Spirit
> Proper Equipment and Clothing based upon the list of required equipment
> Attend Information and Training Sessions for skill training and Yellowstone knowledge
> Participate in two (2) overnight backpacking trips from the period July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2002.
> Mandatory 100% participation is required for the May 31 ­ June 2 Backpack

Yellowstone Leaders:

Health and Safety is paramount to our trip and proper planning will mitigate much of the risk. We will be conducting training at the troop meetings starting on 3/26. Consult your training schedule that was distributed our our meeting last January for further details on each date and session topic. It is imperative that all our leaders and youth participants attend these sessions.

I have attached a few helpful links that I strongly encourage everyone to review. The first is a non-scout link but an excellent resource. This is from the Princeton University Outing Club. They maintain an excellent site for safety and wilderness skills. Be sure to bookmark it and use it often: A lot of good suggestions on trip planning in addition to safety.
The next site is the Official BSA Guide to Safe Scouting. The BSA polices and procedures for any type of outdoor activity. From swimming and canoeing to sky diving (not approved BSA activity) to adult supervision requirements.
Note: Both of these sites are listed in the Scoutmaster Links at

Greg Anthony

Yellowstone Training Schedule

January 22, 2002 - All Participants Meeting
 Objectives: General overview of the trip, discuss planning requirements to be done by each crew:
Crew assignments
Trip itinerary
Medical Forms
List of menus
List of day trip activities
Packing List for personal and crew equipment

February 19, 2002 - Equipment Packing for Yellowstone

Each participant will present their pack ready-to-go (except for food, cooking equipment and shelter) for review. This is intended to be a guided discovery to ascertain what skills need to be reviewed. Each crew will meet with an experienced instructor to review their individual packs.
Crew Instructors: Garry Crane, Jim Hayford, Gordie Harris, Greg Anthony, Sue Beals
Materials Required: Pack with the appropriate gear for the crew's selected trip and equipment checklists
Outline of topics: clothing, footwear, organizing your pack and weight distribution

Expected Outcomes:
Each participant understands what equipment is required and how to pack for the backpack
Each participant now has a needs list of equipment that is still required
Crews will schedule a crew meeting to make their menu selections and present a list of crew equipment needs to the Yellowstone Committee no later than April 16th.

March - Safety and First Aid Session
Instructor: Mike Dolan and Garry Crane
30 minutes (part of a regular troop meeting)
Topics to include:
Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stroke, Water Intoxication, Rock Scrambling, Snake Bites, Water Treatment, Buddy System
Expected Outcome:
Participants can demonstrate basic skills for the prevention of injuries and know how to treat specific Yellowstone related first aid situations

April ­ Leave No Trace
Instructor-Greg Anthony
30 minutes (part of a regular troop meeting)
Topics to include: Low impact camping and hiking skills

April ­ Hiking and Navigation Skills
Instructor-Garry Crane
30 minutes (part of a regular troop meeting)
Topics to include: Keeping the group together, pace, rest breaks, buddy system, route finding, water caching basics, hiking hygiene (review from Leave no Trace), do not deviate from the itinerary, orienting a map skills, water and food intake while hiking, rock scrambling, cairns, know your boot imprint and ID your group with a marking

May ­ Cooking
30 minutes (part of a regular troop meeting)
Topics to include; food storage, know your 4 footed guests, carry -in and take-out, food disposal, no fire rule, meal preparation and clean-up, duty rosters and menus, trail snacks while hiking

May ­ Stove operation, repair and safety
30 minutes (part of a regular troop meeting)
Topics to include; using the stoves in the field and how to make repairs, refueling, storing fuel for hiking, safe operation

May-Safety in the Outdoors
30 minutes (part of a regular troop meeting)
Topics to include; bear awareness and attacks, lightning, hypothermia and a refresh of skills taught in March.

Bearman's Wildlife Guide - Yellowstone Bears, Wolves, and sctivities around Yellowstone
Yellowstone Bear Guide
Yellowstone Wolf Information
Yellowstone Bear Sightings Page

May 31-June 2, 2002 ­ Final Shakedown Hike
Crew led and organized

June ­ Repackaging Food for backpacking (Monday Night)

90 minutes- Monday night
Food is sorted by crews and temporarily stored in a Rubbermaid Container for later distribution to the Crew for packing in their backpacks. Each crew for final approval reviews food list of additional items (perishable) that need to be purchased at the Yellowstone.

Crews are given the equipment needed for the shake-down hike (tents, stoves cook kits etc

Shakedown Hikes - Schedule - Permission Slip Page
Dates Location  
July 7 - 8, 2001 Mahoosic Area Backpack Permission Slip
Aug 25 - 26, 2001 Crawford Area Backpack Information Sheet,
Permission Slip,
Equipment List
 Sep 16, 2001 Franconia Notch Day Hike Description,  
Packing list,  
Signature page
 October 20-21  White Mountains  
 May 31-Jun 2  White Mountains  
Understanding wild animals and their habits -
Yellowstone.NET - Grizzly
Yellowstone.NET - Black Bear
Yellowstone.NET - Wolf
Yellowstone.NET - Bison
Yellowstone.NET - Coyote

  The Leave No Trace principles may not seem important first glance, but their value is apparent when combining the combined effects of millions of outdoor visitors. One poorly located campsite or fire ring is of little significance, but thousands of such instances slowly degrade the outdoor experience for all. Leave No Trace is worth the effort.
Plan Ahead
and Prepare

 Proper trip planning and preparation helps hikers and campers achieve trip goals safely and enjoyably while minimizing damage to natural and cultural resources. Poorly prepared campers, concerned with unexpected situations, often resort to high-impact solutions that degrade the outdoors or put themselves at risk.

Poor planning often results in:
* high-risk travel because campers failed to obtain information containing geography and weather.
* improperly located campsites because groups failed to plan enough time to reach their intended destination
* improper campfires or excessive trash be cause of failure to plan meals or bring proper equipment.

 Camp and Travel
on Durable

Damage to land occurs when sur face vegetation or communities of organisms are trampled beyond repair. The resulting barren area leads to unusable trails, campsites and soil erosion.

Should you concentrate activity, or spread out? In high-use areas, campers should gently concentrate activity. Use trails whenever possible and select camp sites so heavily used that further damage is unlikely. In areas of very little or no use, campers should gently spread out. Take different paths when hiking off trail to avoid creating new trails that cause erosion. When camping, disperse tents and cooking equipment and move camp daily to avoid creating permanent-looking camp sites.

These guide lines apply to most alpine settings and may be different for other areas, like deserts. Check if unsure.

 Pack it In,
Pack it Out
This common saying is a simple yet effective way to get back try visitors to take their trash home with them. There is no reason why people cannot carry out of the back try the extra materials which they carried in with them in the first place. Though most trash and litter in the backcountry is not significant in terms of the long term ecological health of an area, it does rank high as a problem in the minds of many backcountry visitors. Trash and litter detract from an area s naturalness.
 Properly Dispose
of What You
Can't Pack Out

Backcountry users create body waste and waste water which requires proper disposal.

Waste water: Prevent concentration of natural water sources; disperse dishwater far away from springs, streams, and lakes. Minimize the need to pack out food scraps by carefully planning meals. Avoid the use of soap.

Human waste: Proper human waste disposal prevents spread of disease, exposure to others, and speeds decomposition. Catholes, 6 to 8 inches deep and 200 feet from water, are often the easiest and most practical way to dispose of feces.

 Leave What
You Find

Allow others a sense of discovery; leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects as found.

Minimize Site Alterations Do not dig tent trenches or build lean-tos, tables or chairs. Avoid hammering nails into trees, hacking at them with hatchets or saws, or damming bark and roots by tying horses to trees for extended periods. If you clear an area of rocks or twigs, replace these items before leaving. On high-impact sites, it is appropriate to clean the site and dismantle in ate user-built facilities, such as multiple fire rings and log seats or tables. Consider the idea that good campsites are found and not made.

 Minimize Use
and Impact of

Some people would not think of camping without a campfire. Yet, the naturalness of many areas has been degraded by overuse of fires and increasing demand for firewood. Lightweight camp stoves are essential for low-impact camping and have engaged a shift away from fires. Stoves are fast and eliminate firewood availability as a camp site selection concern. If building a fire, the most important consideration is the potential for damage.

The best place to build a fire is within an existing fire ring in a well-placed campsite. Choose not to have a fire in areas with little wood at higher elevations, in heavily used areas, or in desert settings. True Leave No Trace fires show no evidence of having ever been constructed.

TRAVEL AGENT - What to do, what to see in the Parks

Great Resource for just about everything - Yellowstone "Jackson Hole Net"


LODGING - Beverley Vasquez

AMFAC - National Park Lodging Services
Amfac Parks & Resorts
14001 E. Iliff, Suite 600
Aurora, Colorado 80014
Phone: 303.338.6000
Fax: 303.338.2045

AMFAC Reservations

 AMFAC Reservation
Online for:

Canyon Lodge & Cabins
Grant Village
Lake Lodge Cabins
Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins
Old Faithful Inn
Old Faithful Lodge & Cabins

Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins
Roosevelt Lodge & Cabins

Yellowstone National Park Campgrounds

 Contact Information:

Amfac Parks & Resorts
Post Office Box 165
Yellowstone, Wyoming 82190
Reservations: 307.344.7311

Yellowstone Lodge - West Yellowstone



 Backpacking Equipment

Follow these links
to various Catalog
and Retailers

 Adventure Technology  Granite Gear  Patagonia
 Backcountry Experience  L.L. Bean  RaichleBoots
 Campmor  Marmot REI
 Cascade Designs  Mountain Gear Slumberjack
 Eagle Creek  Mountain Hardwear   
 Feathered Friends  Outdoor Adventures  
 GORP  Outdoor Research  


Whitewater Rafting Companies

This is the Whitewater Rafting company that we have choosen:

Booked July 8th 2:30 trip out of Jackson Hole

Andersen Brokers
Barker-Ewing River Trips
Charlie Sands Wildwater
Coy's Wilderness Fishing/ Float Trips
Dave Hansen Whitewater
Heart Six Guest Ranch Scenic Float Trips
Jackson Hole Bootlegger
Jackson Hole Kayak School/Rendezvous River Sports
Jackson Hole Whitewater

Leisure Sports
Lewis & Clark Expeditions

Lone Eagle Whitewater
Mad River Boat Trips
Snake River Kayak and Canoe

Snake River Park - KOA


OUT OF PARK - Dave & Denise Martinez