Boy Scouts of America Troop 1097  Serving Gaithersburg, Germantown & N. Potomac 

Cycling Merit Badge Campout

  • 25 Aug 2018
  • 9:00 AM
  • 26 Aug 2018
  • 11:00 AM
  • C&O Canal Towpath



Scout in Charge: Habib Najjar

Adult in Charge:  Jim McGonigle (

Cycling & Camping Permission Slip

Tentative Plan: TBD (still working out the details), BUT... Tentatively we will start Saturday (might change to afternoon for a short ride to the campsite)

All details TBD.

Before you leave:

  • Know how to fix a flat tire.
  • Inspect your tires - replace if frayed or worn.
  • Inspect your brake and shift cables - also replace if frayed.
  • Ensure that your rack attachments are tight.
  • Test ride your bike - Do not make a bunch of changes the night before. Get your bike ready a week or two prior and try to ride it at least a few times before you start your trip.

Basic Gear:

- Bike (make sure it's ready for a day-long ride)
- Helmet
- Back Pack w/padded straps
- Water Bottle
- Rain Jacket
- Layers for warmth (maybe gloves)

Additional Items to bring along:

  • Bug Repellent (IMPORTANT!)
  • Extra Tube (IMPORTANT!)
  • Patch Kit (IMPORTANT)
  • Tire Pump
  • Bell or Horn (Required by NPS)
  • Extra Spokes
  • Dual Water Bottles or Camelback
  • Multi-use Bike Tool
  • Chain Lube
  • Pocket Knife
  • Helmet
  • Eye Wear (Sunglasses)
  • Bike Lock
  • Sun Screen
  • Towel
  • Clothes
  • Padded Bike Shorts
  • Power Bars
  • ID, Credit, Cash
  • Flashlight (for Paw Paw Tunnel)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Matches or Lighter
  • Toiletries
  • Wet Towelettes
  • Trash Bags
  • Miscellaneous (always useful)

For overnight camping: 
  • Tent
  • Tent Pad or Tarp
  • Cloth line
  • Cook ware
  • Bungee Cables
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Stove
  • Dehydrated Food or MRE

Food: It includes lunch, snacks and dinner - $18?

If any adults would be willing to ride with us, we would appreciate the help.

We are in need of towable child carriers, if anyone has one to carry our gear.

Prior Year's Notes:

2/28 meeting: Cycling First Aid, Clean/Adjust and Flat Tire repair requirements

3/7 meeting: Menu planning - Sign up Closes

Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - Breakfast (Budget = $19)

3/9 (Saturday): informal short ride/road test requirement

3/14 meeting: Gear Check

3/16 – 3/17: Ride & Campout.

Ideally, we should get a few spare inner tubes to have in case of serious flats. PLEASE SEND ME YOUR TIRE SIZE (look on the sidewall of the tire for a pair of numbers with an 'X' in the middle, like: "26x1")

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