Re: Camping sites
Clayton J Hanson (wodencjh@JUNO.COM)
Thu, 21 Aug 1997 20:14:27 EDT
On Thu, 21 Aug 1997 07:15:22 -0500 "Roman J. Smith"
>>Finally, the schedule which the Troop Committee approved during our
>>planning campout in June is riddled with violations of Scout policy=20
>>poorly placed campouts
>>Finally, does anyone know of any truly great low elevation (as in
>>snow-free) camping areas within about two hours of Portland, Oregon?
>Does "poorly placed" mean a "snow zone?" You get little sympathy from=20
>core Midwesterners who can not wait to get out in December, January,=20
>February and camp in the white stuff. =20
What I meant by poorly placed was not simply "snow zone" but also "wind
chill." As an example, one campout was placed east of the Cascade
mountains (near the Tri-Cities) and billed as a "Desert Hike." One
problem, it was scheduled for the end of November, and, extrapolating
from my own experiences during a trip to the "dry-side" that I took in
February, I am fairly certain it will be very, very cold (at least it
will seem that way). Though I think that might be fun for the more
experienced Scouts (myself included), over half the troop is 12 or less
and I do not forget my own experiences with "unexpected" cold weather at
that age. It's almost enough to make Scouts fear camping...
>If your are "stuck" this year with snow camping, here are a few things=20
Don't get me wrong, my troop does an annual snow cave camp and it's
always a blast. My fear was that this would be one of those "surprises"
that happens every so often. Younger scouts (for the most part) just
don't listen until after they've made a mistake...
>Do not let the scouts wear wet clothes. If they are going to do=20
>Have them put on clean underwear before going to bed, no matter when=20
>Drink lots of water. There is a tendency to think that you need less=20
>Have an experienced scout tent with a younger scout so they can=20
>Do everything else the same. Cook, play, teach skills, just like you=20
>And most of all...do not eat snow.
>One other tip for sub zero weather. Fill your coffee pots at night=20
Excellent advice, as I have discovered both through my own experiences
and the experiences of friends.
Clayton Hanson, SPL Troop 343
Fort Vancouver District, Cascade Pacific Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City