Re: keeping warm & the stupid game)
Dr. Steven C. Myers (r1scm@VM1.CC.UAKRON.EDU)
Wed, 1 Nov 1995 09:48:57 -0600
I just read Matt's message and I have a couple of points to make to his fine
>We do a deep freeze every year and we have not had any problem with this as
>long as we follow the following guidlines:
> Layers This means not only your clothing bu also your
> sleeping gear. We use a full size bag on a pad.
> Inside that bag we use a second insulite pad on
> which we place a 3/4 bag. In this bag we have a
> wool blanket. We also alternate the zipper to
> reduce drafts. Outside bag zipper on one side
> and the inside bag zipper on the other.
Matt, I for one am way too big for this to work. I cannot getinto some
sleeping bags, so for the gratationally challenged, this does not work.
> Consumables Water is a must.Drink lots of it.
This is so so so important. I can't believe I forgot it. Well I was
concentrating on clothes, but drinking plenty of water is essential.
Aslo, this reminds me to put in a plug for you to train your scouts in the
signs and dangers of HYPOTHERMIA. You can lose a scout this way! We teach
our scouts to play the stupid game with their buddy. We are deadly serious
about buddies in the winter, and no one in a patrol may proceed when one
member is cold until the stupid game has been played. Now this game has
few rules and the scouts love to see who is being stupid. You can just
imagine. However, the game recognizes that a early sign of hypothermia is
the lack of sufficient oxyginated blood to the brain. A Scout with
hypothermia will behave studidly. When we see that, we act. The game
begins with someone saying to another "Are you being stupid or what?" If
the answer is no (and the questioner is satisfied, the game is over. If
not, then its first aid t the rescue. A few winters back, Mike Thomas was
very cold and shivering. Well who wasn't -- it was cold! Mike failed the
game when he refused to admit that zippin up his coat would keep him warmer.
He was really actimd stupid. He was in real trouble. Since it was a
District Klondike I took him to the warming cabin and set him in front of
the fire. (He also did not thing that going to the warming cabin would help
him get warm.)
So play the stupid game. Have fun with the questions and answers, but when
you get the scout who can't seem to come up with the right answers, seek hel
I used to be a Bear
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City