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Anchoring your tent
Blog     15 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
Here is a technique for anchoring your tent.  In this video, I demonstrate using a snow stake.  A stick works just as well.  Snow stakes are versatile and light and are worth carrying into camp. It is important to anchor your tent well.  Winter conditions typically include heavy winds so no matter what or how much gear you have in your tent, to keep your tent and the rest of your gear in good repair, anchor your tent well. Have a Great Scouting Day! Filed under: Backpacking, camp skills, Camping, gear, High Adventure, Winter Camping Tagged: backpacking, camping, camping gear, Winter Camping...


Cold Weather Camping – Sleep System
Blog     14 Dec 2014 | 7:17 pm
photo courtesy of Thermarest Getting a good nights sleep is an important part of any camp out, and very important when camping in the cold.  Sleeping in the cold creates some anxiety in young Scouts.  While the Scout is up and moving he can control his level of warmth.  Teaching the Scout that it is possible to be warm in the winter will help him get a good nights sleep. First, lets talk gear. When I talk gear for sleeping, I refer to it as a sleep system.  The system may vary depending on conditions, temperature, and he person. The sleep system consists if...


Solo Stove Give Away!
Blog     13 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
Today I was putting up the Christmas lights and getting the tree ready to decorate.  Carols being sung in the background and the smell of Christmas in the air.  When what to my wandering mind did ah ha!!!  A give away of gear! So here is the way it’s going to work… Create the Caption. 1st.  You must “Like” this post. 2nd. In the comments section create a caption for this picture! 3rd.  “Like” us on Facebook.  If you already “like” us on Facebook, Thank You! The caption that I like the most wins! What do you win?  A brand new, in the box, Solo Stove...


Cold Weather Camping pt. 2 Skills
Blog     12 Dec 2014 | 11:13 pm
Just as a recap… Cold weather camping is a High Risk activity that is challenging, fun, and rewarding for those that venture into the cold weather environment.  This type of camping takes discipline, skills, and a great attitude. Once leaders understand their role in accountability to those they lead, monitor behavior, and maintain the same “can do” attitude, they will provide fun programs in the cold weather camping environment. In this post we are going to continue some of the discussion on training for camping in the cold, focusing on some of the skills that need to be developed to ensure a...


Cold Weather Camping 2015
Blog     10 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
Camping in the cold is adventurous and fun.  It poses challenges and requires more training to ensure a safe, fun time spent in the winter camping. I love cold weather camping, it is perhaps some of my favorite camping.  Since becoming a Scoutmaster, I have taken pride in sharing that love of winter camping with the Scouts of my Troop.  On average, we camp about 3 times a year in a cold weather environment.  We have been very successful during these camp outs because of the training that we do before the outing. So what do we do to make our winter...



   
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