Kenosha Pass Winter Camping Report

April 5, 2009 by  
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Hello Troop,

We had a great group of scouts to attend the Kenosha Pass Campout this past weekend.
If you were not there, you missed a great time. Friday evening we all gathered and headed west towards the High Country. An uneventful travel route later and we were pulling into the campsite. With some snow on the ground the scouts took a few minutes to determine our base camp location, and then the setting up of tents started. At the same time the fire ring was brought out with a nice cozy campfire started for those who had finished setting up their tents. It didn’t take long for Troop 88 to make a happy campsite up at 10k feet, and songs were beginning be be sung around the fire, and not long after the population migrated from the fire to the cozy tents and sleeping bags.
A wonderful night of sleep later I awoke to the sounds of scouts starting to wake up. It was pretty cold that morning, so even the leaders were a bit slower than normal getting out of the warm cocoon of the bags. As the troop started to unload the trailer and making breakfast (eggs in a bag by the scouts, and steak biscuits for the adults) I took a look at the thermostat I set out the night before. It read -5 degrees F! So our scouts had earned their Polar Bear!

What a great way to start the day. Unfortunately there was not enough of the white stuff to make snow caves, but our Scouts came through with some fantastic alternatives, one of which being snow forts for a snowball war! The preparations took a break for lunch and the occasional scouting for firewood by the patrol. The snowball war started in the early afternoon and from what I can tell ended in a cease fire (however the scouts may say different). Soon it was getting time for the cooks to start dinner and stoves and charcoal was fired up. I’m hoping the patrol has started a new routine of some serious good dutch oven cooking, because the baked ziti with sausage they prepared looked like the kind of dish that would take a blue ribbon somewhere! The remainder of the evening was spent enjoying the company of others around the fire ring, and eating some dutch-oven desert. Dishes were cleaned and stowed, scouts started to slowly head from the warmth of the fire to the sleeping bags. Soon there were snores coming from the tents as many very warm scouts were snuggled down in their sleeping bags.

The troop arose to a balmy 20 degrees morning and started to tear down camp, and made sure we left the campground better than when we found it. By mid morning everything was stowed and ready to head down the hill. Thanks to the Scouts, Mr. Buchart, and Mr. Griffin for making this campout possible!

Photos are uploaded to the site with a direct link of the group here:
http://picasaweb.google.com/colagrl/February2009#5308648703199423634

Mr. Laster
Official Cold Weather Camper :)

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