BSA Troop 184 Lyme Regis Scout Hut & Fossil Hunt, Dorset 21-23 November 2003 This was a dual purpose camp. Since fossil hunting time is limited (due to tides and boredom after a few hours) we chose to use Saturday afternoon as an opportunity to catch up on some of the tough FCE requirements. Some general logistics issues around the hut: 1. The hut is old but in good condition with plenty of space. There is a garden with sufficient room for a few tents if people wish to camp outside. Running water, toilets, hot water are available in the hut. 2. Rhodes lane is very small so the bus was forced to stop at the intersection of Rhodes lane and Tappars Knapp. The center of town has very small roads so the best route to the hut is to turn left on the B3165 off the A35. Proceed south and turn left on Tappars Knapp in Uplyme (next to a pub). The bus can stop at the intersection of Rhodes Lane and Tappars Knapp. After unloading he can proceed straight ahead and will come back to the A35. 3. There is a paved parking lot but limited ground space outside. Plan on holding camp activities indoor or in the parking lot. Altar fires are OK and there was a marginally useful fire pit. 4. It is roughly 1 mile to the center of town (museum, meeting point with guide) Some general transport logistics issues: 1. The meeting point for fossil hunting is the parking lot near the beach in the center of town. It is hard to miss. 2. We used a people carrier and a taxi (people carrier) to move people around. Everything is close so it is not difficult to make extra trips (5 min from hut to fossil guide meeting point). The taxi is not needed unless there is a large group. 3. Don’t underestimate the time for transport. It is hard to determine timing due to traffic but the A35 is a long slow slog. It took us 4 hours (without stop) to make the trip. 4. There are stopping points on the M3 and the A31 near Southampton to stop for dinner. Once out of the Southampton area there is nothing. Fossil hunting: 1. We hired a fossil expert named Paddy Howe from the Lyme Regis Museum 01297 443370. He did a great job. Note that there are two museums, the Dinosaurland and the Lyme Regis Museum. The Dinosaurland museum is better for kids so we had Paddy lead the fossil hunt then went to the Dinosaurland museum 01297 443541. This seemed to work well. 2. Tides are a major planning issue. The tides are huge and fossil hunting must be done at low tide. Paddy will know the tide tables and can advise on the best time to go. 3. This is an activity for the winter, preferably Nov. Storms was the cliff faces and improve the fossil hunting. I would suggest Nov or March for this campout, not too cold at the beach but weather sufficiently bad to give good chance for fossils. 4. BRING PLASTIC BAGS for guys to store fossils and a sharpie to mark the bags/lunches. If not you will have a very muddy car. I also suggest bringing a tarp/blanket to put on the floor of the car for transport from the fossil hunt. The beach is muddy. 5. It can be very cold, wet, and windy on the beach. In addition the guys are using their hands without gloves to gather fossils. Be sure to dress appropriately. 6. Paddy can give very good guidance on how long to hunt etc. After a few hours it becomes boring and everyone is cold. 7. There are public restrooms across the street from the parking lot so make sure to plan accordingly. Other Activities: 1. As stated above we went to the Dinosaurland museum after the fossil hunt. This gave the guys a chance to warm up, eat lunch and use the bathroom. After the museum visit we held the hike/orienteering. 2. The area is beautiful. We used the afternoon to complete the FCE orienteering requirement and had a 5 mile hike going in parallel with the orienteering. There is a large National Trust property in Charmouth (end of Stonebarrow lane) that is appropriate for an orienteering course (open public areas). This area is approx 15 minutes (one way) from the hut so plan accordingly. There are no restroom facilities at this location. 3. There are also numerous paths that can be used for a hike back to the hut from the center of town to construct a 5 mi hike. 4. This plan worked well and filled the remainder of the day on Saturday. PERMISSION SLIP: We will visit the “Jurassic Coast” near the town of Lyme Regis in Dorset. This unique area has been declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. Fossils embedded in the cliffs adjacent to the seashore are washed onto the beach by erosion during storms and the action of the tide. With the help of Paddy Howe, the local museum curator, we will hunt fossils on Saturday morning. After fossil hunting on Saturday we will visit the Dinosaur Museum in Lyme Regis. In the afternoon you can choose from two activities: 1) A five mile hike along the coast or (2) an orienteering session for those needing the First Class orienteering requirement or those interested in the Orienteering merit badge. The final session of the Astronomy merit badge will be offered in the evening (weather permitting). IMPORTANT NOTE – IT WILL BE LATE NOVEMBER AND WE WILL BE OUTDOORS ON THE BEACH FOR MOST OF THE DAY. MAKE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED FOR WET, COLD, MUDDY AND WINDY CONDITIONS!!! Date/Time Drop Off at ACS Scout Hut Friday 21 Nov at 5.30pm Pick-up Sunday 23 Nov at 12.30pm Campsite Location The Scout Hut, Rhode Lane, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, Dorset Warden: Mrs Paula Wyon-Brown 01297 445185 Facilities Indoor camping: Mats on the scout hut floor Oudoor camping: Tents on field on the same site (for scouts who need camping nights for rank advancement) Showers, toilets, hot water, food prep area in Scout Hut (cooking will be outdoors) Meals Bring sack dinner for the journey on Friday night Equipment Warm outdoor weather gear, rain gear, sleepwear, gloves. Scout books, COMPASS!!! Optional equipment Rock hammer, gloves, safety glasses MUST be rock hammer, carpenter hammer is NOT acceptable. GLASSES and GLOVES required to use a hammer. Uniforms None Medicals Medical reports MUST be on file (Katie Lovely 07765 221473) Price £45 pounds per person Activities See above Other Rank advancements - BRING YOUR BOOKS! Camp Chief: Scoutmaster: Dave Malone Jim White The Stables, The Drive 12 Heathfield Tyrells Wood, Leatherhead Cobham Mobile 07753 811183 Mobile 07789 926833 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Permission Slip - Due Back on Monday 17 November Outing: Lyme Regis, Dorset, 21-23 November 2003 My son has my permission to attend this Troop 184 Outing. I understand that the costs related to the activity are the responsibility of each scout's family and that the total must be paid in advance. I understand that all medications must be given to the Camp Chief with written instructions for administering. Allergies/medical information: Signature of parent/guardian: Contact number in case of emergency: I will/will not (delete one) be attending this event.
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