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Hiking to La Dôle and Virtual Campfire – 30-31.05.2020


Troop 77 will hold its first post-confinement hike on 31 May 2020. Scoutmaster Mark Burgess, Assistant Scoutmasters Christer Malmberg and Colin Forman, and map expert Dad Samuel Paunila, as well Chair of the Troop Michelle Walz will lead the scouts on this ascent. Current Boy Scouts, AOL Cub scouts, and any other boy or girl between the ages of 10-17 interested in learning more about scouting is invited to come out on this hike.

As borders are closed at the moment, and gatherings of large groups still prohibited, the plan is to have two small groups head out separately, with a common destination, La Dôle. Colin and Samuel will lead the group of kids who live in France and Christer, Mark and Michelle will lead the group of kids that live in Switzerland (note: we are looking for a woman for the French side in case girls join in France).

The French group would meet early in the morning near La Vattay in France, whereas the Swiss Group would meet early in the morning at La Barillette.

The groups would hike (children keeping 2 meters from adults, following Dept. of Education guidelines) and meet at La Dôle for lunch. Cooking and other fun activities including first aid, orienteering, and knots will be discussed during the hike and at the lunch-break at the summit. Then the two groups would hike back down separately to the cars and sleep at home.


This is an all day outing, so participants will need to have good hiking shoes, a comfortable small back-pack, snacks, a packed lunch, drinking water, and hand-sanitiser, to start. Scouts from our Troop will also be bringing Scouting’s 10 Essentials. Those who aren’t yet part of our Troop are encouraged to try to bring these essentials too.

There may be a group-prepared food cooking component at the top, so a small contribution to the costs of this food may be requested. If your child has a small pair of binoculars, he/she can also pack those.

Temperatures at the summit can be up to 10’C cooler than in the valley, and the day may start out cool and end up hot, so layers are important!


The evening of Saturday, 30 May, we will hold a short Virtual Campfire and Information Evening for everyone, so that questions can be asked about the hike. An introduction to our Troop for new families would be given at the same time. If you are the parent of a child 10-17 or a child 10-17 and would like to participate, please contact us.


If weather conditions or health-conditions are unfavourable, the hike would be postponed.


Children who show any signs of illness (other than allergies!), for instance a cough, sore throat, runny nose, diarrhoea, vomiting, elevated temperature, loss of sense of taste or smell, conjunctivitis, etc. they are asked to stay home and any future event.


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