Re: Vancouver Jamboree
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Wed, 18 Aug 1993 08:29:31 CST
Shel, the only Scout camp I am familiar with in Alaska is one operated by
the Midnight Sun Council (based in Fairbanks). When I was there we blew
holes in the ground and erected outhouses over them. We used prefab
materials and brought them in by helicopter. Summer camp was two weeks
of regular camp (most troops stayed both weeks but some only one) plus a
week of aquatics camp. If you go there, swim only in the top six feet of
the lake. Below that it gets cold.
There is also a short term facility located near the gate to Eielson Air
Force Base. The base units use it, especially in the winter when they go
for their 40 BELOW patches. I don't recall any other councils using it.
I'm sure there are other Scout camps in Alaska but I just wasn't near
enough to visit them.
I might suggest that as an alternate you consider Denali National Park. We
used to ride the train down from Fairbanks and backpack a short distance to
the campsite. Then everyday when the train came we would put on our dirtiest
and most tattered outfits and with knives in our teeth greet the train. I
don't do those things anymore but it was fun then. BTW, I camped there
several times but never saw Mount McKinley from the ground. You have to go
in about 25 miles before you have a chance to see it. I did see it often
from the air (or at least the top of it above the clouds--what a site).
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