More On Snow Base
Todd N. Tingblad (tingbltn@UWEC.EDU)
Tue, 29 Oct 1996 11:57:04 -0600
Here is some information on Snow Base. A number of people have requested it.
First, to get a copy of "The Official" Snow Base info, call Indianhead
Council at 612-224-1891. It has the dates and official program fees.
Second, here in the info, that I have, that can help you understand the Snow
Base programs until you get the official info.
Snow Base has four programs.
The first is Snow Huskies. This is a 11 & 12 year old program. Lots of fun
outside. Exploring the camp, broom ball, snow golf, Klondike Sled race, and
lots more. Snow Huskies arrive in camp on Saturday Morning around 10:00.
They get their intro to Snow Base and basic training for cold weather life.
After a hearty lunch, it time for equipment checkout and off into the cold.
Snow Huskies stay out until around 7:30 or so that evening. The staff than
has a program and campfire for them back in the main lodge. Snow Huskies
stay inside Saturday night. Sunday morning, after another hearty meal, its
back out to more fun until 1:30. Snow Huskies is a way to give these scout
a good taste the winter activities.
The second is Spearhead. Spearhead was where it all started. I was lucky
enough to be part of the very first crew testing the idea some 19 years ago.
Anyway. Spearhead is for campers 13 and older. Spearhead campers arrive on
Friday night. The evening is spent in winter camping training and equipment
checkout. By 11:00 it's bedtime. Saturday morning comes with a hearty
breakfast (same as Snow Huskies on Sunday). By 9:00, Spearhead crews are
out on their way to find a site to spend the night. Once arriving at their
site, crews start setting up camp. They spend the remainder of the morning
and part of the afternoon building the snow shelters. Than there is time to
go exploring or fishing. Around 3:30, crews return to finish the snow
shelters. the snow as set enough to dig them out (see Scouting Magazine).
After shelters are done, supper and a night time skiing hike. Sunday
morning is the hardest part of the 25 hours out. Getting out of those -30
polar bags and moving around to get breakfast is a challenge. After
breakfast its back to Snow Base. Equipment check-in and a hearty meal are
the call of the day. Church service and awards are given. As the
Spearheader's leave, the Snow Huskies return. Important note, there are no
campfires used at all. Campfires do not keep your warm. Moving around and
doing things to burn up all the food you eat and the water you drink. A
campfire does you a lot of harm...they are using only in an emergency at
Limited Service Spearhead.
All things are the same in this program except the unit provides the Crew
Guide. For Snow Huskies and Full Service Spearhead, a staff member is
provided as your crew guide. The Crew Guide is your unit's trainer. In
limited service, the unit must have a person, 21 years old that has
completed the Snow Base Winter School program. The unit must also provide
all their own food in the field. Food serviced at the main lodge IS
INCLUDED in your fee. Only your meals in the field (lunch, supper,
breakfast) must you provide.
Snow Base Winter Camp School.
This program trains leaders and youth age 16 and up, on cold weather camping
and programs. It is the same training the staff goes through to become a
Paid Crew Guide. Training good for 3 years.
For all program, a lot of equipment is available for checckout.
Boots, hats, mutts, nose guards, liners, socks, water bottles, wool pants
Spearhead gets: -30 Polar sleeping bag, ground pad, stuff sack
Crew Equipment: Crew sled, peak 1 shove, fuel, first aid kit, shovel, tarp,
cook kit, chef kit, Toilet paper, latrine donut
Snow Huskies $33.00
Spearhead Limited $32.00
Winter Camp School $43.00
I have been camping at this program for 19 years. It has been as cold as
-42 below or as warm as 55 above. Each time is different. I have camp in
snow shelters, parachutes, and tents. It's a great program to help our
youth grow. Over the past 2 years now, I have also start working up at Snow
Base. First as a Trailmaster, second as a Campmaster.
Trailmaster works with all the crews to get them ready for the trail and
travels with teh Head Crew Guide to check on the crews in the field (woods
really). In otherwords, the Trailmaster is like a Commissioner.
Campmaster works the whole weekend in the main lodge. Primary job...Food
Service. Except for the Saturday Night meal, the Campmasters provide all
the food for everyone in the lodge. Saturday Night the Snow Base Directors
cook for the Campmasters. It is only the Directors & Campmaster in the
lodge at that time. Snow Huskies and Spearheaders are both out having
supper in the woods.
When Snow Base first started, it was called Spearhead and only the 13 and
above program was provided. The Campmaster did evenrything (Food Service,
Training, Program Direction, Equipment...). Now that Snow Base has grown to
the levels it has, paid Directors are used.
Winter 1998, Snow Base will expand again. Snow Base currently serves 1,100
campers a year. There will be a new Higher Adventure program. This "Extra
Spearhead" will be based out of Tomahawks new program buiding in the White
Pines Camp of Tomahawk. Current programs will continue out of the main
lodge, but the new program will be based some 3 miles away. This should
provide even more adventure to olders scouts having done the Snow Huskie and
Spearhead programs for the past 4 years. Something new to look forward to
in one year's time.
That should answer a lot of your questions. If not, drop me a line or call
Snow Base -- The Coolest Place Around.
Todd Tingblad -- email@example.com
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City