-Floodwood specializes in backpacking and canoeing treks. There are many examples in the Leader's Guide and on the Hiking and Canoeing pages to choose from or you can customize your own. The amount of time on trek, the difficulty of the trek, even the number of portages your trek takes should all be chosen in advance.
- To help crews make an educated choice we recommend using the maps shown on the Maps page. Also, two pre-trek Leader's meetings are held in Oakland, NJ where crew leaders can plan out there trek with staff before arriving at camp. Crews must attend at least one of these two meetings and trek itineraries must be submitted before arriving at camp as well. One personal recommendation is to bring the senior youth who will act as the trek leader (discussed further below) to the Leader's Meeting. Floodwood stresses leadership development through a boy run program so start letting them plan the trek from the get go.
- You will arrive at camp with a pre-planned trek itinerary. At camp your Voyageur will help refine your trek if needed.
- You will be bringing your own tents, stoves, and water filters. We have some available to borrow but let us know beforehand if you are in need.
- A senior youth will act as the Trek Leader, he will work with the Voyageur to lead a successful trek. The role of the Voyageur is to act as a teacher, guide, and friend. As the trek leader grows more confident in his or her skills they will assume more responsibility. For example, it will be the crew leader or another youth who will consult the map to see if the trek is headed in the right direction. (Don't worry, your Voyageur won't let you stray too far.)
- Each night treks will camp out, usually at a designated campsite. Most campsites are first come, first serve. A few require reservations. Check the Canoeing Treks link for more specific info.
- Boy Scout regulations state that all trek participants must be 13 years of age or older. In addition, all treks must have two-deep leadership, provide male and female leadership if necessary, and, in general, abide by any state or Boy Scout rules that would apply. Floodwood Voyageurs may fulfill the role of a second leader and we also have male and female Voyageurs.
- Trek size is dictated by the Department of Environmental Conservation of the state of New York. For canoeing treks, the trek size cannot exceed 12 people, which must include the camp provided Voyageur. Backpacking treks are also limited to a size of 12, unless you are hiking in the High Peaks area (which you probably will be), in which case the trek size is limited to 8 (again, this number must include the camp provided Voyageur)
- Treks can either be dropped off at their starting point and return to camp or they may leave from camp and be picked up at their ending point. There is an additional charge to units that would like a pick-up and drop-off. Also, this may not always be possible.
- Camp Voyageurs are provided for all treks. These Voyageurs are highly skilled ? they have training and certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer as offered by the American Red Cross, Responding to Emergencies as offered by the American Red Cross and BSA Lifeguard; they are also trained as climbing instructors as well as numerous other BSA required courses.