Great Sand Dunes Campout Information

Sean Warner —  April 5, 2018 — Leave a comment


Here is some updated information for the Sand Dunes Campout:

Weather: (Make sure you bring good rain gear)

  • Friday  59/37F with a 80% chance of rain
  • Saturday 66/44F Mostly Cloudy
  • Sunday 57/28F with a 70% chance of rain


  • See directions from Wilson United Methodist Church to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve ( ) in Google Maps. Roughly a 2hr 40min Drive

Attendance:  Right now we have 15 scouts and 6 Adults signed up on Sign Up Genius. Scouts are divided into two patrols.  Please make sure yourself and scout are signed up here:


  • Friday, 6 April:
    • 5pm Meet at Church and depart as soon as we can.
  • Saturday 7 April:
    • Scouting activities
  • Sunday 8 April:
    • 9am Depart Great San Dunes
    • 12pm (noon)  Arrive at Church


  • Hikes on the Dunes
  • Navigation (Maybe Geocache to make it fun)
  • Rank Advancement and Merit Badge Completion
  • Knot Tying


  • $12 per scout for food. Campsite is $160 for everyone.  Some of that cost may be divided up among the campers or the Troop might be able to cover some of that.


  • Scouts will prepare their own food.  Geren and Austin are buying the food and overseeing the cooking activities for their respective patrols. Note that scouts will bring their Friday dinner with them…a Subway Sandwich or something like that. Please see the previous post for a list of food items and menu
  • Adults will prepare their own food. We will have some dutch ovens and will likely share breakfast and dinner.  Lunch will be on our own.

Packing List: 

* Scouts please pack your own gear, Parents check. Pack like you are back packing to get used that that and tailor as necessary to adjust for car camping:

  • Class A Shirt
  • Backpack with Waterproof Bag (Could be a lawn/leaf garbage bag)
  • Sleeping Bag – 30 degrees (or have a bivy sack to put over it to make it warm to 30 Degrees)
  • Sleeping Pad (The foam ones are the best for cold weather or at least one with a high insulation factor)
  • Mess Kit with eating utensils
  • Two Liters of Water (One should be a Nalgene Bottle)
  • Ligher/Matches
  • Sunglasses
  • Clothes to match the weather and activities (Rain Gear, Down Jacket, Fleece, Base Layer, Insulation Layer)
  • Beanie Cap (Warm)
  • Warm Gloves
  • Wool Socks and one or two extra pairs
  • Head Lamp with spare batteries
  • Hand Sanitizer (For for starting fires too)
  • Tiinder (Dryer Lint works awesome)
  • Some money to get lunch/snack/warm drink on the way back
  • Toilet Paper
  • Chapstick/Sunscreen
  • A list of rank advancements you need to accomplish!!!
  • Toothbrush
  • Wetwipes
  • Positive Attitude
  • Permission slip 
  • Scout Hand Book!!! (For Rank Advancement Opportunities) 

Troop gear:

  • Tent
  • Water Purification Pump
  • Compasses
  • Food to be purchased
  • Troop Box with cooking supplies
  • Sled
  • Troop Flag
  • American Flag
  • Troop Box complete with stove (Fuel), cooking items, Cooking Canopy, Table
  • Firewood
  • Troop Telescoping Flag Pole with American Flag


  • GPS
  • Sleds, Snowboards, Cardboard box for sliding down the sandhill. Sand will ruin your equipment so I don’t recommend good sleds or snowboards.
  • Camera
  • Book
  • Folding Chair
  • Ghost Stories 🙂

Sean Warner


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