Scouts 1/17

These pictures are from the Troop 100 2017 snow camping trip at Camp Serendipity. Thirty-two boys attended along with the scoutmaster, Bill Dunnell, nine other adult leaders, and their host Paul Martin. Paul stayed over Friday night so he was already at the cabin. He had cleared the snow from the concrete staircase, warmed up the cabin with a fire in the wood stove, and had lunch. The troop arrived shortly before noon on the troop bus, along with three cars.

The script for the outing was almost exactly the same as last year. The objective for the camp was to have as many boys as possible sleep in snow caves that they built and to learn techniques for dealing with avalanche hazards. They had a lot of fun playing in the snow, throwing snowballs, sliding down the hills, and digging their snow caves. The boys cooked and ate their meals in their campsites down in the parking area, up by the privy, and in other out-of-the-way places. The adults and scout leaders cooked and ate their meals on the front porch.

Several of the boys slept in snow caves, many of them for the first time. One boy, who got sick, slept in the cabin. A few adults slept on the front porch, and the rest of the boys and adults, except for Paul, slept in tents on the snow. Paul slept in the cabin.

On Sunday morning, after breakfast, the boys donned their snowshoes and followed the scout leaders Bill Dunnell and Chip McElearney into the woods for some training on avalanche hazards and survival techniques. Chip presented pretty much the same class over the same route as last year. He had buried an avalanche beacon in the snow ahead of time and the boys used a second beacon device and probes to locate the buried one. Then they returned to the camp area, packed up their gear, and headed for home at about noon. I stayed behind, had some lunch, and closed up the cabin. I left at 1:00.

1/21/17 The Troop 100 bus and some of the boys beginning to set up camp and have fun.

1/21/17 Bill Dunnell, the very able Scoutmaster.

1/21/17 Bill on his way up to the camp area up by the privy.

1/21/17 Here you can see some of the tents set up down on the parking area.

1/21/17 Here are some more of them and the start of some snow caves.

1/21/17 Lots of wet clothes drying in the cabin.

1/21/17 More wet clothes.

1/21/17 Raising the flag on Sunday morning.

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