Submitted by Rebecca Lankford
Girl Scouts from Troop 63572 completed their Primitive Camper (Cadette) and Adventure Camper (Senior) badges by backpacking to Sandbeach Lake in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park. The girls worked on elements of the badges over the past few months building up to the trip. First, they learned what size and type of backpack works for them by visiting Jax in Broomfield. Then, they worked on learning about meal planning and cooking for backpacking, and how to find and reserve a location to camp. After a few trials with the backpacks, they did a day hike on the trail to Sandbeach Lake to gauge its difficulty. As the final step, they spoke to a ranger about safety in the trail area and learned about bear proof canisters for food and smellables.
Finally, the plan was executed and backpacking trip commenced. While the trip to the lake was a challenging 4.5 hours of uphill hiking, the views and beach at the lake were worth the effort. How often do you get to have dinner at the beach in Colorado? The group camping site is very close to the lake and far enough away from other camp sites to be quiet. It is absolutely beautiful!
Our troop recommends this hike for those who are interested in a personal physical challenge. Take your trekking poles, water filter, and binoculars and be prepared for an amazing trip!
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