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Hiking Club

Check The Event Calendar for the Date of the Next Hike.

Information Packet Attached Below

What to bring:

Comfortable Running Shoes or Boots(Check Trail Safety Entry Below)
Appropriate Clothing for Expected Weather(Check Trail Safety Entry Below)
1-2 Water Bottle (Old Gatorade Bottle or 1 liter soda bottle)
*Small Plastic Pea-less Safety Whistle (Fox 40 Micro)
*Small Note Pad and Pen
*Small First Aid Kit(Check Trail Safety Entry Below)
*Sunscreen, Insect Repellent (Small Container Filled from Larger Container)
*Pocketknife(If you have your Whittling Chip)(Classic Swiss Army Knife)
*Small Flash Light w/Extra Batteries(Photon Micro or Minimag)
*Rain Poncho Or Large Trash Bag
*Small Amount of Toilet Paper(Not Whole Roll, Take Cardboard Center out)

The Suggested Items are Some of the Lightest Options Available.
Every Ounce Counts!

*These Items Should be kept Inside a Zip lock bag or other waterproof container and stored on the person or in a backpack at all. The whistle should be kept around the neck at all times.

The boys will earn special segments for how many miles that they have hiked. The miles hiked are cumulative over the years spent in Pack 740. Only hikes with Dens and the Pack will count toward this total. These patches are to go on the Red brag vest. 

Check the Private part of the website to see how close your scout is to his next patch!


Icon File Name Comment  
Hiking Club brochure.pdf Informational Brochure  
Hiking Club Leaders Guide.pdf Hike Leader Guide  
Hiking Club Participant Guidelines.pdf Participant Guide  

Six Leave No Trace Guidelines for Cub Scouts

Plan Ahead

Watch for hazards and follow all the rules of the park or outdoor facility. Remember proper clothing, sunscreen, hats, first aid kits, and plenty of drinking water. Use the buddy system. Make sure you carry your family's name, phone number, and address.

Stick to Trails

Stay on marked trails whenever possible. Short-cutting trails causes the soil to wear away or to be packed, which eventually kills trees and other vegetation. Trampled wildflowers and vegetation take years to recover. Stick to trails!

Manage your pet

Managing your pet will keep people, dogs, livestock, and wildlife from feeling threatened. Make sure your pet is on a leash or controlled at all times. Do not let your pet approach or chase wildlife. When animals are chased or disturbed, they change eating patterns and use more energy that may result in poor health or death.

Take care of your pet's waste. Take a small shovel or scoop and a pick-up bag to pick up your pet's waste— wherever it's left. Place the waste bags in a trash can for disposal.

Leave what you find

When visiting any outdoor area, try to leave it the same as you find it. The less impact we each make, the longer we will enjoy what we have. Even picking flowers denies others the opportunity to see them and reduces seeds, which means fewer plants next year.

Use established restrooms. Graffiti and vandalism have no place anywhere, and they spoil the experience for others. Leave your mark by doing an approved conservation project.

Respect other visitors

Expect to meet other visitors. Be courteous and make room for others. Control your speed when biking or running. Pass with care and let others know before you pass. Avoid disturbing others by making noise or playing loud music.

Respect "No Trespassing" signs. If property boundaries are unclear, do not enter the area.

Trash Your Trash

Make sure all trash is put in a bag or trash receptacle. Trash is unsightly and ruins everyone's outdoor experience. Your trash can kill wildlife. Even materials, such as orange peels, apple cores and food scraps, take years to break down and may attract unwanted pests that could become a problem.

Cub Scouting's Leave No Trace Awareness Award

  1. Discuss with your leader or parent/guardian the importance of the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.
  2. On three separate outings, practice the frontcountry guidelines of Leave No Trace.
  3. Boys in a Tiger Cub den complete the activities for Achievement 5, Let's Go Outdoors; boys in a Wolf den complete Requirement 7, Your Living World; boys in a Bear den complete Requirement 12, Family Outdoor Adventures; boys in a Webelos den earn the Outdoorsman activity badge.
  4. Participate in a Leave No Trace-related service project.
  5. Promise to practice the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines by signing the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge.
  6. Draw a poster to illustrate the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines and display it at a pack meeting.
  1. Discuss with your den's Cub Scouts or your pack's leaders the importance of the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.
  2. On three separate outings demonstrate and practice the frontcountry guidelines of Leave No Trace.
  3. Participate in presenting a den, pack, district, or council awareness session on Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.
  4. Participate in a Leave No Trace-related service project.
  5. Commit yourself to the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines by signing the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge.
  6. Assist at least three boys in earning Cub Scouting's Leave No Trace Awareness Award.

Hiking Safety

Clothing and Shoes

Shoes should fit comfortably. Although we have been lead to believe boots are better for hiking, this is not always the case. Boots are great for giving extra support when carrying heavy loads while backpacking.  They are also great for cross country travel. For what we are doing, hiking on well maintained trails with very light loads a well fitting comfortable shoe is best.  A well broken in shoe will make the chances of blisters much lower and will also make the chance of injury to ankles much lower than when wearing a big clunky boots. Boots also tend to be heavier than a sneaker and the boys will tire faster with more weight.

Clothing is another subject most people think is a no brainer. throw a T-shirt and some jeans or shorts on and you are ready to go. Of course there is nothing wrong with this. It will get the job done. But there is a good reason why most professional athletes use Synthetic clothing. Cotton absorbs moisture. Have you ever walked through ankle high grass and all of a sudden your jeans were wet up to your knees? Cotton absorbs moisture and holds on to it, it takes forever to dry a cotton shirt or pair of paints compared to a synthetic version.

Synthetics dry much faster and also Wick moisture away from the body. Wicking is the process of moving moisture away from the body to be evaporated into the air. Clothes that wick are great to keep you cooler. Your bodies natural cooling is perspiration and evaporation. If this happens faster you are keeping the body cooler. 

Long pants: There are many hazards on the trail and long pants are some of the best defense against them. The hazards your legs may face are Sun, cold, Mosquitoes, Ticks, Injury from falls, Injury from rocks or vegetation scratching against. The list could go on i am sure but you get the point, there are many things we cannot control but by protecting the legs we have one less thing to worry about.

First Aid Kit

Always carry a basic first aid kit and know how to use it. The kit should consist of:
Mole skin(Helps blisters)
Small Bottle of Purrel(or similar)
Small Tube/packets Anti-Biotic Cream

The hike leader will carry a more extensive first aid kit.

Rule of Three

signal fireIn the United States, three of something signifies that help is needed. That could be three whistle blasts, three gun shots, three piles of dark wood on light sand, or three fires burning. The fires can be in a line or a triangle, but make sure they are pretty far apart and in an open area to be seen from overhead. 
If you are using a whistle, blow three distinct times and then wait 3 to 5 minutes and blow three blasts again. Continue to do this every 15 minutes or so.

Signal Mirror

signal mirrorReflecting the sun's light to distant places, such as an airplane or helicopter, can be very effective at getting attention. A mirror can reflect light miles across the open. If you can get to a high spot, you can spend time signaling to distant places on the horizon until you see an airplane flying. It's better to signal at a plane that is in the distance rather than one that is up above you since the pilot can't see straight down.

There are specially made signaling mirrors with a hole in the center for sighting. But, any shiny surface can work - a compass, watch, knife blade, ... are all possibilities. 
Sight the reflection on the distant target and keep signaling it until you get a response, such as the plane dipping its wings or the helicopter circling overhead.

Hiking Safety Rules.

-Always bring your Hiking essentials.

-Always let someone know where you are planning on going.

-Avoid heavily traveled highways

-when walking along any road, have the group walk single file as far to the left as possible, facing oncoming traffic. The den leader should be the first in line, with the den chief or other adult at the end.

-Keep the hike speed consistent with the short steps of the boys.

-Exhaustion is common, take frequent rest stops. Teach the boys about nature or play games.

-Never drink untreated water.

-Stay away from railroad tracks

-stay off private property unless you have permission

-Avoid natural hazards such as fast moving streams, steep cliffs, and areas of loose rocks.

-Hike during the day whenever possible.

Posionous Plants in Oregon

Poison Oak

Poison Oak is the most notorious plant for causing rashes in the west.  (Its counterpart in the east is poison ivy.)

Unfortunately, it is also very common and there are opportunities to find it on almost every campout.  Like poison ivy, the leaves of poison oak (usually) occur in threes, hence the rule "leaves of three, let it be".

Identification:  Usually grows close to the ground, leaves occur in threes and have scalloped edges like oak leaves.  At its peak, poison oak leaves are often distinguished by a sticky resin on top of the leaves but you cannot count on this.  (The scout book also mentions white berries, but you almost never see them.)  There are many plants that look similar to poison oak, but it is bad enough that you should just stay away from anything that even looks close.  In the fall, poison oak leaves often turn bright red.

Note that although poison oak is usually a low plant, it can climb other plants and even form large shrubs under the right growing conditions.

Symptoms:  Skin rash up to 48 hours later, immediately for those very sensitive.

Treatment:  Change clothes immediately and rinse or shower with large amounts of cool water to rinse off the poison as soon as it is discovered.  Some sources advise against using soap.  Keep clothes in a plastic bag to wash separately.  Watch for allergic reaction.

You can treat a rash with calamine lotion or a solution of baking soda and water.  These will provide comfort but not actually cure the rash.

Poison Oak: An Evil Plant For All Seasons


In the Spring, the leaves are light, bright green with whitish green flowers clustered on the stems.


In the Summer, Poison Oak has yellow-green, pink, or reddish colours on some of the leaves, with small white or tan berries after the flowers of Spring.


The fruit becomes darker, the leaves turn bright red or russet brown.


Now the insidiousness of this evil weed is laid bare. The leaves and seeds fall, leaving stick or whip-like stems or climbing vines.


Stinging Nettle

This is a common plant in the woods.  Fortunately, this plant is not very toxic, it's just irritating.  The plant causes immediate and occasionally severe burning upon contact with the spines.


Identification:  Plants are commonly 3-4 feet high, leaves with toothed edges.  The dstinguishing feature is that the undersides of the leaves (and usually the stems) are covered with tons of tiny, hollow needles or spines.

Symptoms: Immediate burning sensation on contact, often with red skin

Treatment:  There's not much you can do except wait it out because the needles are so tiny.  You can try removing needles with tape.  Take aspirin or tylenol if necessary.

Deadly Nightshade

Also called belladonna, this plant is not native to Oregon but can be found here frequently.  Camp Ireland is rife with it.


Identification:  Very attractive purple and yellow flowers, in the late summer accompanied by brilliant red oblong fruit.  The plant grows in shady areas and has a very distinctively bad smell.

Symptoms:  Very poisonous; increased heartbeat, in severe cases, paralysis

Treatment:  It is unlikely that someone would actually eat the berries (due to the smell), but even touching any part of the plant will leave a poisonous reside on the hands.  Do not force vomiting, drink plenty of water, wash hands thoroughly with soap, and seek treatment for poisoning.



The are very many varieties of mushrooms, ranging from edible to deadly poisonous.  The general rule is, don't eat or even touch mushrooms in the wild unless you are an expert.


Identification:  Mushrooms come in all sorts of shapes and colors, but commonly a cap on a stalk.  Generally, spongy growth on dead vegetation.  There is no foolproof rule to distinguish poisonous varieties from edible ones.

Symptoms:  Mild to severe upset stomach, nausea, for more poisonous varieties, convulsions or even paralysis

Treatment:  If eaten, drink water, rinse out mouth (but do not force vomiting).  Wash any parts of the body that might have touched the mushroom.  Collect a sample of the mushroom if possible. Call your local poison control center, seek treatment immediately.