News from a visit to Canadian Klondike
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 8 Feb 1993 16:22:54 EST
I thought I might update the list on the FUN we had as the invited
guest BSA troop, to a SCOUTS Canada Klondike. As far as I could
tell, it was some place on the frozen tundra, but in reality it
was North west of Lake Ontario. Anyone that saw the NHL Hockey
allstar game may have noted is was -20 below zero at game time!
That was a few miles from the camp, but it was still a bit on the
frosty side. Part of the activity for the older scouts was to hike
out onto the Bruce trail, along the escarpment that extends from
where Niagara Falls begins. Then, find a suitable site, have a nice
lunch, construct shelters from local material, and ENJOY the camp.
The first challenge came when the plastic water botles were opened
to heat water for soup for lunch. FROZEN solid! Since they could not
heat the plastic directly over a flame, they had to melt snow in the
pots, to thaw out the frozen water botles! In the end, everyone had
a hot lunch, and built suitable shelters for the night. But, just
to be on the safe side, they returned to the main camp for the night.
I think everyone learned something about VERY cold weather camping,
and how to survive in extreme conditions. I also think a few scouts
learned that BE PREPARED, means a little more when you head up north
to camp in the winter. And not even a hint of frostbite in the crew!
Don I, still scouting since '57
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