Troop 149 invites you to go CAVING! Additionally, we will be camping, hiking, fishing and more (for those who may not want to cave on Saturday) at the beautiful McCoy's Ferry Campground on the C&O Canal Trail.

SIGN UP REQUIRED by Friday, November 10th & Waiver for caving due by Sunday, November 12th.

We will meet at Cherrydale Methodist Church in Class A uniform on Friday, November 17th at 4:30 pm to load up the trailor and depart promptly by 5 pm with bagged dinners to eat on the drive. The drive to the campground takes about 2 1/2 hours, so be prepared to pitch a tent in the dark. Parent drivers are welcome to camp because we will require your assistance on Saturday to get to & from Whitings Neck Cave @Yankauer Nature Preserve, Martinsburg, WV. Returning to the Lorcom-side of CUMC around 9 am on Sunday, November 19th. Scouts will unpack the trailor together before they go home.

It will be chilly, so we will start a fire at the campsite as soon as we get there, and tent sharing, long johns and gloves recommended.

Grubmasters should plan for a non-perishable cave snack, warm food and beverages + 2 nights of s'mores over the fire. Scouts need to go easy on the sugar, though, because your parents are not close enough to come pick you up early!

Packing list:

  • Mess kit: plate, utensils, cup to hold warm liquid, and water bottle
  • Tent (share!!), warm sleeping bag, fire-starter material (drier lint/match) and flashlight
  • Class B on Saturday (blue T-shirt ... please let ASM Bushnell know if you need one)
  • Warm clothes (it might be 50 F in the day, and 35 F at night)
  • Rain gear, just in case: we’ll still cave, camp and fish (unless there's thunder/lightning)
  • The cave is very dusty and muddy, so please wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting dirty. For Caving the following are required:
    • 3 AAA batteries
    • Large trash bag for muddy clothes and footwear
    • Bandana (for comfort under the helmet)
    • Suggested Clothing: polypropylene or other non-cotton long underwear, wool socks, boots with good traction and ankle support, an insulating layer such as wool or fleece, a shell layer (water resistant), and thin gloves.
    • Small pack for your belongings
    • Complete change of clothes, including shoes, socks and underwear!
  • Fishing pole, if you desire!

Scout Adults: ASM Jillene Bushnell (571) 699-9223