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Gear Review: GCI Outdoor Packseat Portable Tripod, by Jackson DeMasi

This past Christmas I got the GCI Outdoor Packseat Portable Tripod. It is a super compact, super lightweight, tripod chair that can support up to 250 pounds! I brought it to Camp Alpine and on the hike in Montauk. Both times, I didn’t even notice the weight on my pack. You can get it in black or raspberry for $20 from Dick’s Sporting Goods. This is the link:


Camp Hero (Montauk) – April 24-26th

Transportation to the campsite

Please arrive no later than 9pm.  If you are arriving in the dark, practice setting up your tent at home first.  I have confirmed some of you have made carpool arrangements.   If you have not have a ride, please reach out to me no later than tonight.  The address is Camp Hero State Park 1898 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954.  Dress in class A uniform when traveling there Friday night and when traveling back home on Sunday.

Drive to Montauk Point State Park, Go to the main entrance to Camp Hero at East Gate
Go past the toll booth and make a right
Proceed to a T – Make a left at the T
Proceed and make 3rd right turn
Site is located immediately to the left (We are site #1)

What to bring

This is tent camping.  Make sure you have a tent or your buddy does.  Please bring sunscreen, bug spray, and 2 water bottles regardless of whether you are hiking or not.  Even though rain is not forecasted (finally) please bring rain gear as a scout is always prepared.


After we eat breakfast and clean up the boys are free to leave after we police the area.  Pickup is around 10:30am.

Thanks and see you there.


Please visit our Troop Store on our website and place a deposit of $25 if you are interested in camping on the Intrepid March 5, 2016.  I know this is a year away but this books well in advance and we need to place a deposit by the end of April.

Gear Review: Klondike 2-Person 4-Season Tent

After spending a night in a soaked sleeping bag, I realized that I needed a good, 4 season tent. I did some research, and found that the Klondike 2-Person 4-Season Tent at $150 is as good as some tents that are $250+!

This is a great tent because it is the first 2-person tent I’ve bought that you can actually fit 2 people in. You can fit two people because there are vestibules on both sides for storing gear. This tent is also light enough for backpacking if you have a partner, because it is only 6 pounds! Also, you can get the tent in the bag with 1 person without having to re-roll it 5 times, and it taking 20 minutes. This tent is absolutely waterproof and has many places to put stakes in if there are high winds. The only down side of the tent is that the peak height is not very high. If you are very tall, (which I’m not I am only 5’ 1”), you might want to get a bigger tent. You can get this great tent at, or

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