More 130 scouts and leaders from Carbon and Emery County joined together recently for a winter (Klondike) camp.
The camp was held at Helaman Hollow between the towns of Scofield and Clear Creek. The snow was plentiful and the scouts had a great time testing their skills in the outdoors. There is nothing like a winter camp to boost one's confidence or point out serious concerns in coping with the challenges of Mother Nature in the winter.
The scouts seemed to thrive in this setting, enjoying rolling and playing in the snow. Leaders were close by to see that any scouts who were cold had the necessary equipment and know how to get warmed to a safe level. It all comes down to the Boy Scout Motto of "Be Prepared."
There is nothing like camping in winter conditions to test this motto in the outdoors. The scouts followed the Klondike map just as those early fortune seekers did in Alaska more than 100 years ago. The scouts were tested in many skills such as starting a fire in the snow, and making a stretcher and carrying a scout to safety.
Map reading and tying a timber hitch were part of the fun. The weather cooperated with a morning snow squall to remind the scouts that you never know what to expect while camping in the winter. In the end all scouts and leaders returned safely to their warm homes, each person knowing that when it counted, they were able to survive camping in winter conditions, something that many in the United States have never done.