LOCAL SCOUTING LIFE Freezing temps no match for Scouts

First Posted: 2/4/2014

Last month was a month to remember for our Troop. In addition to our weekly meetings, we attended events like Merit Badge college on Jan. 11 and our annual Polar Bear camp out.

In our weekly meetings, we prepared for upcoming events and congratulated Scouts on their recent achievements. Older Scouts work with younger scouts to achieve badges and move up in ranks. Once a Scout completes the requirements for a rank and feels he’s ready, he’s tested by a board of review before given the next level rank. We meet every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. Rank advancements for the month of January were achieved by Ethan Connor for his Tenderfoot Scout rank and Logan Finn with his First Class Scout rank.

You may have been watching the evening news earlier last month and saw a large gathering of scouts at Kings College. The event was attended by numerous scouts from our troop. The day was an intensive learning opportunity for scouts to earn important merit badges. Scouts must sign up for these classes and complete many prerequisites prior to attending the event. Some of the badges earned this year were architecture, engineering, dentistry, citizenship in the nation, and law. The day also gave scouts the opportunity to meet boys from many other troops in Northeastern Pennsylvania and make new friends.

Many from our Troop attended the annual Polar Bear camp out on Jan. 18 and Jan. 19. At the event, scouts and leaders camped out under the stars in tents and lean-tos when temperatures dipped into the single digits. At this year’s Polar Bear camp out, scouts enjoyed plenty of sledding, snowshoeing, and cooking in the cold.

Important survival skills were also learned, like remembering the acronym COLD:

Clean: dirty clothes lose their loft and get you cold

Overheat: never get sweaty, strip off layers to stay warm but not too hot

Layers: dress in synthetic layers for easy temperature control

Dry: wet clothes (and sleeping bags) also lose their insulation

One of the bragging rights of a camp out like that was waking up the next morning knowing you’ve slept outside in extreme weather and survived.

Before going to any event, Scouts meet and discuss what to bring and plan for the unexpected. In addition, we split the scouts into several groups called patrols. These patrols will work together to prepare themselves, rather than each individual scout.

Remember a scout is prepared.

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