The Polar Bear Weekend of '02 was a bit warmer than the weekend of '01. The thermometer hit 50°.

 

See the "01 Polar Bear for contrast.

  The initial reaction of the scouts on this camp trip was --"What do we do now?" 

There was still plenty of good camping and activities. 

 

 

The scouts were not allowed to bring tents on this outing, however, plastic sheeting was permitted.

 

   Some scouts used LOTS of plastic sheeting. Who knew if rain was forecasted?

Soon a cheerful fire raged and other interesting structures were raised. Fathers and scouts discussed camping issues.   

 

 

New scouts learned important skills like digging.

 

We did not ask exactly what was being dug. 

 

 There comes a time on every camp trip when all work must stop and hunger must be relieved.  

 

   Here the main group of scouts poses as the sun slowly sinks into the West.

 The proper way to build a fire was demonstrated to the newer scouts. The important thing is not to build it directly into a big snow bank as it will put itself out. This weekend they did not have that problem.  

 

 

 Insulating materials are useful when camping. The scouts learn to take advantage of what is available at any given location.

When good packing snow is on hand, it will work as good for scouts as it does for Eskimoes. When snow is not available, the resourceful scout locates other natural materials.

 

 Another tip learned on the camp trip is to determine the direction of the wind.

 

The wind should not blow into the opening of the shelter. In this campsite, the wind is blowing from the west, so the shelter faces east.

 

 

 

   This photo shows the importance of having a good wood pile, so that the fire can be kept going. This camp site was able to maintain room temperature all night. In January.

 The more seasoned scouts camped a measured distance from the main campers.

The temperature must be cold enough to freeze water in a cup overnight in order to earn the true Polar Bear award.

 

These scouts had everything, except the proper temperatures. Different types of saws were compared in their effectiveness on different sizes of wood.

 

 

   The joy of camping in the wide open is captured in this photo.

 

 This type of saw seemed to do a better job than the type that is smaller with one flat piece.  

 

  There was plenty of opportunity to work on sawing skills. 

 

 A larger saw is wielded by an expert.  

 

 

 Lots of work with trees and sawing was happening at the time the photographer was there.

 

Later, the scouts each cooked a dinner over the fire. Tinfoil dinners were popular.

 

 The shelter of the seasoned scouts turned out quite nice looking.

 

Pine branches were used as insulation, and the wind direction was properly determined and taken into consideration.

 

 

 

 When all was said and done, an enjoyable weekend was had by all.

One week later, the weather would have been more suitable for a true Polar Bear camp outing.

But the "Solar Bear" weekend of 2002 would be remembered as a truly unique January camp event.

 

 

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