Winter Camp School
Todd Tingblad (TINGBLTN@CNSVAX.UWEC.EDU)
Mon, 19 Dec 1994 09:50:28 -0500
Just got back from the first Indianhead Council Winter Camp School. The
program was held at Indianhead's summer camp and 16 year old Snowbase at
Tomahawk Scout Reservation. Tomahawk is location in Northern Wisconsin, 20
miles north of Rice Lake, Wis. on Long Lake.
The Winter Camp School was design after the Okipik Intructor School at the
Northern Tier National High Adventure Base at Ely, Minn. The school covered
all the same stuff that the Okipik school does except the clothing
construction. The school is required for all staff of Snowbase.
From Friday night at 7:30 PM to Sunday afternoon at 4:00 PM we learned all
kinds of Winter Camping needs and requirements. It also included the same
Winter Camping in the snow that the council runs in January and Feburary. It
only got down to 10 above F. for Saturday night.
Indianhead runs two Winter Camping programs over the winter months. The
first and oldest (16 years) is Spearhead. A Complete weekend of winter
camping. A lot of equipment is provided by the camp include polar sleeping
bags, wool pants, mittens, hats, boots, and lots of extra wool socks and boot
liners. All is need, plus other items for units to go out on Saturday
morning and return Sunday morning after building and sleeping out in a
"quinzee" snow house. Spearhead is for scouts 13 years old and above.
A new program started last year, Snow Huskies for the 11 and 12 year olds in
the troop, is also available. Here the same type of program is provide
without the overnight sleeping in the snow.
This first Winter Camp School was designed to train staff and unit leaders to
lead scouts on their own Winter Camping treks and/or "limited service" option
for Spearhead. Limited Service includes all the equipment, but no staff crew
leader. All leadership comes from the troop.
It seemed only right for me to get in on this program. I was part of the
very first Spearhead 16 years ago, the first Snow Huskies last year, and now
the first Indianhead Council Winter Camp School.
If you would like more information about this Winter Camping program, you can
E-Mail the Tomahawk Snowbase Director, Rob Schultz at
Okpik is Arctic Owl
Spearhead is a Timberwolf
Snow Huskies is two young Timberwolves
Todd N. Tingblad -- TINGBLTN@UWEC.EDU
Eagle Scout Class of 1977
Brotherhood, Agaming Lodge
Venture Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 460, New Richmond, Wisconsin
Unit Commissioner, LaCroix District, Indianhead Council, St. Paul, Minnesota
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