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Harriman State Park


Harriman State Park, located in Rockland and Orange counties, is the second-largest park in the parks system, with 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, two beaches, two public camping areas, a network of group camps, miles of streams and scenic roads, and scores of wildlife species, vistas and vantage points. Harriman State Park's major facilities include Lakes Welch, Sebago, Tiorati and Silvermine, the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Sebago Cabins and Beaver Pond Campgrounds.

Harriman is appropriate for all Scouts, but note that we must hike in about 1-1.5 miles along rocky terrain to the campsite, where there is no potable water (we carry it in) or restroom.  So, pack light and lace up your hiking boots!

When: Saturday 11/12/16 - Sunday 11/13/16

Fee: $0

Permission Slip: Due by 11/3 BOTH Scouts AND adults attending.  Adults please indicate on the form the make, model & year (not the color and license) of the vehicle you will taking.

Leaders: SM Chris Simone (917) 446-1775 / ASM Tom Wiebe (516) 578-4866

Activities: Camping, Hiking

What to Bring:
Clothing:
  • Weather can vary this time of year, so proper clothing (layers of synthetic) is a must.  Monitor the weather conditions up to the trip.
  • hiking boots (NO SNEAKERS) / hiking socks
  • long pants
  • long sleeve shirt
  • fleece top
  • jacket (windproof & water resistant)
  • change of clothes & extra socks
  • poncho/rain gear
  • for sleeping: warm clothes/long underwear & wool or fleece cap
Gear:
  • frame pack (w/ padded straps and hip belt)
  • sunscreen
  • floored tent w/ fly and ground cover (Scouts can sleep in their own tent or make tenting arrangements with other Scouts - LIMIT TWO PER TENT
  • warm sleeping bag; bed roll; camping pillow
  • mess kit w/ utensils 
  • AT LEAST 64 oz of water
  • flashlight/headlamp w/ fresh batteries
  • personal toiletries (including 1/2 roll toilet paper)
  • personal first-aid kit
  • lighter/matches w/ striker (in ziplock bag)
  • large black trash bag
  • pocket knife; compass; work gloves
NOTE:  ALL GEAR/CLOTHING MUST FIT IN/ON YOUR FRAME PACK

Meals:
Eat a good breakfast before we leave.  Bring power/granola bars, a bag lunch, "foil broil" meal to warm up over fire for dinner and simple (cold) breakfast.  NO COOKING GEAR WILL BE AVAILABLE. So, cook something at home for dinner, freeze it in heavy foil and a ziplock bag and put frozen in your pack before leaving home.  Then it will slowly thaw and can be warmed in the foil for dinner.  DO NOT BRING UNCOOKED/RAW FOOD.

Garbage:
THERE WILL BE NO COMMUNITY GARBAGE BAG AT THE SITE.  EACH SCOUT MUST BRING A 1-1.5 GALLON ZIP LOCK BAG FOR THEIR OWN GARBAGE. EACH SCOUT WILL CARRY OUT WHATEVER GARBAGE HE MAKES.  It is recommended you put your frozen meal in this bag before putting it in your pack.

Departure/Return:
We leave at 7:30 a.m. (please arrive by 7:15) from LIRR parking lot across from Plandome Country Club and should be back in Manhasset midday Sunday.

We will park at the Spring Brook parking circle on Johnsontown Road and then hike in to Tom Jones Shelter.

Directions:
  • Cross Island Parkway to Throgs Neck Bridge N
  • Cross Bronx Exp (I-295) to I-95 towards George Washington Bridge, UPPER LEVEL
  • KEEP RIGHT & take first exit onto Palisades Parkway N
  • Take Exit 9W and merge onto I-287 W / I-87 N, continuing on I-87 N
  • Take exit 15A for NY-17 toward NY-59
  • After about 4.5 miles turn left onto NY-17 N/Orange Turnpike (signs for Tuxedo Park/Renaissance Faire/Sloatsburg)
  • After about 2.5 miles turn right onto New York State Reference Rte 981G/Seven Lakes Dr
  • After almost a mile turn left onto Johnsontown Rd, then turn right to stay on Johnsontown Rd.
  • Continue about 1.3 miles to parking circle