On the first weekend of January we held an indoor training session for information and preparation of Boy Scouts and leaders for the last weekend of January where we held the outdoor portion of the training.
Boy Scouts and Leaders learn to camp in the winter, and have fun doing it.
Tall Pine Council, BSA.
At Camp Tapico, near Kalkaska MI.
Making a Quinzee requires about 20 to 30 man hours, it is a LOT of work for a one night shelter.
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Building a Quinzee
Learning that the attendees need large shovels
Trying out Snowshoes
Pulk packing and pulling
Learning to use an alcohol stove
Learning that white gas stoves can be finicky
Trying new foods, MRE's
Learning the value of dry mittens
A midnight snowshoe hike, (at 7 PM), looking for stars, and the Northern Lights, in a snowstorm
Climbing, and falling through, the Quinzee, snow conditions were marginal at best.
Low temps for the weekend were about 14f
A lot of knowledge was gained by the Scouts and leaders that attended.
Everyone stayed in the field the whole time, only minor issues with cold feet or hands.
The smiles at the end were worth the effort