Re: Polar Bear Requirements
Jim Beesley (Hoowah6@AOL.COM)
Thu, 5 Oct 1995 08:21:28 -0400
>What are the requirements for/what does the award consist of/where is it
In Troop 146, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, we had a round patch with a Polar
Bear, a thermometer, a snowflake, the inscription 32 degrees, and around the
outside it read " Polar Bear Camping", "BSA", and a Fleur-de-lis.
The criteria established were simple: Be on an overnight scout activity,
sleeping outdoors (tents, not cabins) when the temperature dropped below 32
degrees fahrenheit (0 degrees celsius).
The patch was worn as a temporary patch, or more often on a jacket or vest.
The first year i was scoutmaster we gave out very few, but the second year we
gave out a bunch.... How about that Missouri weather:)
I have seen other versions but apparently the troop had this patch made in
the dim mists of time, because no one could remember where they came from and
as it was a military post troop, anyone with actual knowledge had long since
We did sell quite a few as a money-maker at a Klondike Derby! But we needed
a patch that said "Below Zero" for that one!!! Didn't have to tell them
twice to get in their sleeping bags that night!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City