Scouts enjoy winter camping

Posted: Monday, March 13, 2000

More than 40 Boy Scouts from Kenai, Nikiski, Soldotna, Sterling and Seward participated in the Tustumena Scouting District's annual Winter Freezeree in February.

This official Alaska scouting event was held at the Dolly Varden Lake Campground at Mile 135, Swanson River Road.

The primary theme of this year's Winter Freezeree was surviving in the winter wilderness.

The boys built their own snow caves, huts and dugouts, since no tents were allowed. They cooked pancakes and frozen game hens using only bare bones equipment.

"The boys learned many lessons about surviving Alaska's frozen wilderness," said Karolu T. Hansen, Cub Scout Round Table Commissioner.

A rescue was enacted, in which two adult scouters became "lost" in the woods. The boys used ingenuity, teamwork and preparedness to locate, rescue and give the proper first aid to the lost frozen victims.

One of the main philosophies emphasized in Boy Scouts is to "never do for a boy what he can do for himself."

"The boys learned self-sufficiency and teamwork during the Freezeree," Hansen said.

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