This campout will be an overnight backpacking trip to Commonwealth Basin. It is getting darker earlier and the nights are getting colder, so warm clothing (but no jeans or cotton shirts) and a warm sleeping bag are critical. To protect against the cold, we will be going to a campsite that allows campfires. Use this gear list as a reference.

Departure time is 3:30pm sharp on Friday, October 24th. Meet at the Front Street Market parking lot. We will return on Saturday around 2pm. If you would like to go but need to be back earlier, let us know and we may be able to arrange something. Families will be contacted by phone as we are driving home to arrange a pick-up/drop off location.

  1. Itinerary
  2. Map & directions
  3. Planning and preparation
  4. Adult leadership
  5. Weather forecast
  6. Campfire program
  7. Scout or Duty to God Advancement Challenge
  8. Contingency plan


Friday, October 24

Saturday October 25th

Map & Directions

Driving Directions

I-90 to exit #52. Turn north at the exit ramp, and take the first right into the PCT-North parking area. The lot to the left is intended for stock; hikers can continue straight to the main parking lot. The trail starts at the east end of the parking lot. A NORTHWEST TRAIL PASS IS REQUIRED TO PARK HERE. You can buy one at REI or Joe's - $5 for a one day pass or $30 for an annual pass.

Trail directions: Follow the Pacific Crest Trail for 2.5 miles and then turn left on trail marked "Commonwealth Basin". You'll know you're getting close to the turnoff after losing some elevation and crossing a boulder field. The trail to Commonwealth Basin splits off to the left and there's a sign that says "Commonwealth Basin". The camp will be another half mile down the trail. You're almost there once you've crossed the creek. The campsite is visible from the trail. You can't miss it.

Planning and Preparation

Meal planning will be handled using the patrol method. Patrols will be organized the Sunday prior, and the Patrol leaders will coordinate meal planning. Scouts will most likely need to go grocery shopping during the week to get the necessary food. The Patrol will also coordinate shared equipment such as tents and camping stoves.

On the Wednesday night activity, each scout must bring his backpack fully packed so it can be inspected. Use this gear list as a reference.

Adult Leadership

Mark Griffith 425-922-5644
Paul Currit 206-252-7490
John Gillmore  
Craig Atterton  

Weather forecast

It will get cold at night and chilly during the day. Current forecast is for highs in the low 40s and lows in the low 30s. Get the latest forecast here:

Campfire Program

Each scout must come prepared to share a story (scary, funny, dramatic, educational, historical, etc.) and a spiritual thought (favorite scripture, testimony, etc.) around the campfire.

Scout or Duty to God Advancement Challenge

Each scout must choose at least one requirement to complete during the campout. This could be a merit badge or other scout requirement or a Duty to God certificate requirement.

Contingency Plan

If something (extreme weather, dangerous trail conditions, etc.) prevents us from safely hiking to Commonwealth Basin, we will cancel the trip.