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Is there anything that will prevent our Crew from getting away from Camp Wakpominee on time?
Yes, all of the following must be in place before your Crew can depart for the trail-head.
  •  An Annual Health & Medical Record,completed and signed by both a Licensed Health-care Practitioner and Parent/Guardian within the past year, must have been reviewed and found satisfactory by the Camp Administration.  (year & month of immunization), tetanus within 10 years.
  • Each canoe trekker must qualify at camp as a Scout swimmer.
  • Each Crew must have at least one member who is a certified First Aider.
  • Each Crew must have one member who is certified in the administration of CPR.
  • Each Crew must have at least one adult member who is certified as having completed BSA Youth Protection Training.
  • The primary reason for a Trek Crews not leaving Camp Wakpominee in a timely manner is an error or omission on one or more Medical Form/Health Histories.  It is really very discouraging to everyone concerned when one mistake means that all participants have to wait while a correction is made by the doctor or parents back at home (correcting a mistake on a form is not usually a priority for a doctor on Monday morning).  Once that it is Faxed to camp, the Trek member can then take his Swim Test.  Once this is passed he/she can get dried and dressed and all can now get on with things. 
  • You can avoid this hassle!  Pack up one set of photocopies of the Med Form/Health Histories, for all participants along with a copy of your Roster and send the package, two weeks prior to your arrival to:   Health Lodge Director, c/o Camp Wakpominee, 185 Sly Pond Road, Fort Ann, NY  12827  Please include a note indicating that it is a Trek and the week you are going along with your contact information.  The Health Director will be able to review your package and will give you a call if there are any problems the need to be corrected. 
 
Can I talk over the Treks with someone who has done them?
Yes, it is an excellent idea to call our Albany Service Center - 518-869-6436.  This way you will be able to get answers to specific questions or concerns. 
 
What do Trek participants have to supply?  
Each Scout supplies his own personal camping equipment as indicated on the enclosed gear list.   Be very sure to bring an Annual Health & Medical Record for each participant with dates of immunization, including the monthTetanus immunization must be within the past 10 years.  In addition he or she will want to bring spending money and personal treats such as chewing gum or candy, however it should be noted that a complete menu is supplied, including desserts.  All crew equipment is supplied, from tents and flies to cook-kits and stoves, canoes, paddles and PFDs, (Scouts may choose to bring their own personal paddle or PFD).
 
How strenuous are Treks?
They vary considerably.  An important aspect of the Treks Program is that the Treks are designed to be done by a crew.  The crew makes critical decisions that insure that all members can complete the Trek, (including the advisor who may have spent  the past 50 weeks working in an office).  Don't lose track of the fact that every member of the crew must travel 35 to 55 miles under his own power carrying his personal gear as well as his fair share of the Crew gear and food.  It should be noted here that the most successful crews are the ones that have done weekend shakedowns together in preparation for their summer adventure. There is no substitute for the experience of having worked together getting to know each other's strengths, limitations, weaknesses, and the idiosyncrasies, good or bad, that make each crew and member unique.
 
What does it cost adult leadership to participate?
If a unit registers 6 or more youth for a Trek, it will be eligible to send one adult along free.  If less than 6 are registered, an adult’s fee will be pro-rated.  Each Trek requires one adult in addition to the Voyageur to maintain two-deep leadership.
 
Is there an upper limit on the number of participants?
Yes, ordinarily Camp Wakpominee tries to limit the number of participants on a Trek.  Size has much to do with the quality of the experience.  In addition, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation limits many areas to a maximum group size of  8.  In other areas of the Adirondack Park the DEC will allow 12, but special permits are required.  These limits include the advisor and the Voyageur.
 
What if we have more Scouts than regulations allow?
That's easy.  Form two crews and provide your Scouts with a choice of Treks or crews.  You will need two advisors and we will provide two Voyageurs.
 
Are Treks open only to units?
No, we can form what would essentially be a Provisional Unit.   However, it is the prerogative of the Council to cancel a Trek that lacks sufficient paying participants.  When a Provisional Unit is formed, there is a need for a second adult in addition to the Voyageur (two-deep leadership) that must be met.  If you are a registered leader and don’t have a crew (or if you have only a minimal one), but you are interested in doing a Trek, please let the Treks Program Director know.  Help, when needed, is very welcome.
 
When should Trek Crews arrive at Camp? 
It is advisable for Crews to be at Camp as close to 1:00 PM as possible.   There is a great deal to be gotten done before you leave the next morning.  Getting an early start makes it much easier to complete orientation, medical rechecks, etc., that afternoon and then get on the trail the next morning in a timely and relaxed way.
 
How should a Crew prepare for their Trek?
As mentioned above, the best preparation a Crew can do is to spend a couple of weekends backpacking together. We strongly recommend that you refer to the Backpacking Merit Badge pamphlet for further information.
 
Why is the Scout Uniform worn traveling and touring?
There are a number of reasons.  We hope you are proud to be a Scout; if you were not a Scout you would not be doing this Trek.  It also helps those in charge keep track of people and, should someone become separated from the group, it is very easy to ask, "Have you seen a Scout dressed like this?"  We have also found that being dressed in the uniform helps people act like Scouts.
 
Why do we have a Voyageur going with us?
BSA policies require that when you head out on a Trek you have someone qualified in first aid and (if swimming or boating is involved) life guarding.   It is also advisable to have someone who is familiar with the area you will be traveling in and has a demonstrated mastery of the outdoor skills required.  The Voyageur has all these skills and certifications and has demonstrated an ability to teach and improve the skills of Trekkers.
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