Sunday, March 27, 2016

Boy Scouts Troop 366 - Backpacking: Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas

Here is Jakob's detailed version of his campout he attended between Friday, March 18th through Sunday, March 20th.  It has not been edited to allow Jakob the chance to reread and for him to see the changes in his writing as he gets older.  Enjoy!

   On this campout, I had to hike 15 miles with a hiking pack on. It was a lot of work. We left on Friday (3/18/2016) and got home on Sunday (3/20/2016).

My parents were driving me to the church I have to get to and we arrived at 5:30PM. We took pictures and waited for myself to have to leave. Once it was 6:30PM, we left to get to Arkansas. When we got there, it was 12:00AM and which meant it was Saturday.

     When we got out of the car we started getting our packs on headed out to the hiking. Since we were in the dark, I needed a headlamp to see. But then later, it was dying down. I had to wait 2 ½ miles until we got to the place we were going sleep at. I had a little trouble with setting up my 1 person tent, so I got some help from a person named Max (Little Max is what we call him). I had everything ready at 3:00AM. My thermals and everything else was ready for me at 3:05AM and then I went to bed.
     Max woke me up at 6:45AM, so I only got 3 hours and 40 minutes to sleep.I had to take down my tent and it was kinda a lot of work because my sleeping bag didn’t fit into its stuff pack that much. I finally got everything ready and ate breakfast on the trail. So when my hands were cold, I could not open my food. Soon I decided to ask for someone to open it and I ate 1, then the 2nd one fell to the ground. I was going to eat more, but Max asked me if I was ready. So I put my food away and said “Yes”.
      We started hiking on cliffs and I falled sometimes, but not near major cliffs. We had to hike 5 miles, and sometimes I was a leader (means to get to lead everyone on the trails). Then we had lunch, but since I didn’t finish my breakfast, I had breakfast with part of my lunch. After lunch, we hiked 5 more miles and then looked for a place to set up everything up.
        The cool thing was that we hiked 12 ½ miles in total (Friday and Saturday combined) once we found our place to set up. It was really hard for me to find a good place to set up my area. I found a place to be at and once my tent was set up again, I cooked my Spaghetti and Sauce for dinner. Then I got my food and ate.
         Max was making a fire for the night and we did work on the Merit Badge Backpacking. Then it was time for Thorns and Roses. After that I stayed up 15 more minutes and went to sleep.

        I woke up at 6:00AM and fallen asleep again. Then Max woke everyone up at 7:15AM. Like the other day, it was hard to set everything away. We got out of the place about 8:30AM - 9:00AM. Then we had to hike 2 ½ miles straight up the mountains and cliffs. After that we got to the cars and headed to CC's, but instead we went to Pizza Hut. While I was there, I got some sowed DC characters that were The Flash and The Joker. A couple hours later we arrived at the church. I ate dinner at McDonalds and got home very tired.        


  1. Very proud of you Jakob ! Sounds like you had a great trip. Hope you continue and do many more trips with the Scouts. Love you, Meme and Papa

    1. Thank you Meme, that is very nice of you to say.
      Jakob Smith


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