Re: Polar Bear Award
Sleezer, Jim (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Tue, 8 Dec 1992 08:55:56 CST
On Tue, 8 Dec 1992 08:43:03 EST Dr. Steven C. Myers said:
>Help. (Something this group is excellent at!)
>My troop will be camping this weekend for 2 nighs in what will most certainly
>be mucho snow. We will again camp (in tents BTW) in January at the Winter
>Camporee. Many scouters have suggested that I get the Polar Bear Award
>for those who "survive the camping." My problem, I can not find anything
>on this award. I have seen the patch at the service center, but (1) what is
>it, and (2) WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS, and (3) is there an application.
I remember this as a council patch. In Indianhead (St. Paul, MN) the
requirement was 24 hours outside with the overnight temperature below zero.
We had cabins available for winter weekend camping but if the forecast was
for below zero, there were a lot of tents set up. The camp ranger kept
the official thermometer. Patches were available at checkout for about
$1.50, maybe higher now.
In the Midnight Sun Council (Fairbanks, Alaska), if the forecast was for
40 degrees below zero, you would see lots of Scouts heading for the nearby
campgrounds. Up there we got a "40 Below" patch--not a polar bear in the
group. We also got "100 Below" patches (actually segments for the council
camping patch) when you camped out for enough nights to have the sum of
the low temperatures reach 100. For most boys this was something like
several trips with 10 below and a couple of nights with almost 40--those
nights you almost got the 40 below patch. I picked mine up with a three
nighter at 38,31 and 38. The next night it hit 41 below but I wasn't
out. I had to wait until the next winter to get 40 below.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City