The Occoneechee Lodge Holiday Challenge - November 24-25

posted Sep 7, 2012, 10:15 AM by Web Master   [ updated Dec 10, 2012, 4:29 AM ]

The Occoneechee Lodge Holiday Challenge


Take the weekend after Thanksgiving, 50 miles of trails, 50 experienced hikers, 24 hours, and a bunch of support staff and what do you get?  Yep, it’s the annual Holiday Challenge!!!


When: November 24-25, 2012

Where: Falls Lake Mountains to Sea Trail (Wake Forest NC, just north of Raleigh)

What: 50 miles in 24 hours (beastly)

Who: Registered Scouts and Scouters in the Occoneechee Council

Registration: $50 per participant.  4-person relay teams are permitted @ $150 per team.  Larger relay teams are welcome but must be requested with group details to the event organizers.



Proceeds will benefit the Charlie Sullivan Training Center at Camp Durant and the Mountains to Sea Trail.


The challenge begins at 2:00 PM on Saturday afternoon and continues until 2:00PM on Sunday.  Your path will follow the NC Mountains to the Sea Trail from the Falls Lake dam and continue west for 25 miles towards Creedmoor Rd.  There you will stop for a midnight snack and then begin your return trek to the starting point.  All along your path you’ll have the support of other Occoneechee Scouts, hosting check-points, food/meal/drink stations, and providing first aid. You will also have lovely views through the woods and along the lake during the hike (when there’s daylight).


But wait, there’s more!

Your challenge is not just the hike.  This is a fundraiser for the Charlie Sullivan Training Center at Camp Durant and the Mountains to Sea Trail.  There is no minimum requirement of funds to be raised this year, and we are simply accepting charitable donations of any amount from participants and/or non-participant supporters.  It’s all for a good cause.


But wait, there’s more!

Not feeling up to a long hike?  We need small groups of volunteers to work the eight (8) aid stations that will be set up along the trail, each only requiring a commitment of a 3-hour shift.  Your group will be like a shining beacon of welcome hospitality to the scouts and scouters who face the challenge of the trail.


Are you up to the Challenge? Would you like to be a volunteer? Want more information??

Event Chairman – Stephen Frein (OA youth member) –

Event Advisor – Stuart Thomas (OA adult member) –

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