Re: surviving cold, a situation
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Thu, 9 Nov 1995 12:24:59 CST
On Thu, 9 Nov 1995 10:52:29 -0600 Marc Solomon said:
>I would rather send a Scout home due to improper preparation than have to
>deal with the problems that the improper preparation causes. The excuse I
>get most often when a Scout is improperly dressed for the cold is "This is
>what my parents told me to bring". It seems we need to train the parents as
>well as the Scouts on how to prepare for a cold weather campout.
This is exactly what we did in a couple of units I was associated with in
Minnesota. We held court of honor/parents' meetings on a quarterly
basis (usually any time we had a 5th Tuesday in a month). At the fall
court of honor/parents' meeting we always had a presentation on winter
camping. We usually dressed a scout from his undies (swim suit) out. We
identified good sources for winter clothing, what to get, what to avoid, etc.
We shared tips on how to keep warm, what to do if stranded, etc. In at least
one case, the presentation was credited with saving a family whose car
got buried in a snow bank in a winter storm (they couldn't see and drove off
the edge of the highway--shouldn't have been out in it anyway!!). But, the
family had put those extra's into their car after the program. They were
among the lucky ones--several unprepared travelers didn't make it.
While our presentation was geared for having the scouts prepared for camping,
there was also information on winter travel in general. It makes a great
program for a court of honor (especially the fall one where there seemed to
be fewer awards).
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