You'll be staying at Mead Conservation Center, 517 Diamond Ledge Road, Sandwich, NH 03227. Please use this address for anything being mailed to you over the summer. This is a historic farmhouse with a kitchen, toilet, dining room, etc. You'll be sleeping in two adjacent cabins, with a shower block nearby. In addition to the four-person WODC crew, you may be sharing the facilities with another crew from the Squam Lakes Association.
There is a phone in the main house (603-284-6130) but there is no internet access. You should bring a phone card for any long distance calls. Mead CC is about a 20 minute drive from the Wonalancet trailhead, where many of the trails begin. There are several towns within a 30-minute drive where any visitors can stay.
Manchester, New Hampshire is the best airport. You may be able to arrange transportation from there with another crew member. There is also a bus stop nearby in West Ossipee, NH, with service available from the airport. Your ultimate destination is Mead Conservation Center, as described above. See the main crew page for the required arrival and departure dates.
It is essential that at least two of the four crew members bring a car. Your accommodations, work, and other amenities are not within walking distance, so the crew must have its own transportation. Those that bring a vehicle must be willing to help provide transportation for the entire crew, who will in turn be expected to share the costs involved.
In general, bring good, durable gear, but leave your best stuff at home to save the wear-and-tear.
Essential Gear - Don't show up without it!
Leather hiking boots (Well broken-in, but not
nylon, which doesn't provide the necessary strength or protection)
What we will provide
Tents and tarps
Please do not bring any of these items with you. Leave your stuff at home, where its safe.
If you have a chance to take a Wilderness First Aid course before you arrive, please do so. The WODC will reimburse $60 of the cost after you arrive.
We also recommend that you spend some time reading Lightly On The Land. This is a great discussion of all types of trail work published by the SCA. We will normally arrange for the SCA to send you a copy of the book before you arrive.
Please read the FAQ's, plus the greeting from a retired crew leader, which provides a bit more "color" than the basic recommendations on this page. Also be sure to read Emma's Story, plus the complete report on the 2002 trail crew.
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