Cold Weather Camping
A Question About Cold Weather Camping
Debbie sent in this question:
I’m a new Bear Leader. My pack goes on a Cold Winter Camping trip in Jan as well as Feb every yr. It gets pretty cold here and can be in the 20s and 30s in those months. I’m struggling with this. I don’t see how this can be an age appropriate activity (the want Tigers and up to attend) I also don’t see how this is progression in the camping program. The boys have tent camped in the fall but never done cabin camping. Pack leadership just expects them to camp in 20 degree weather. I’ve tried scouting.org and other websites but can’t find a guideline about Cold Weather Camping. Can you help me? Thanks.
Thanks for the question Debbie. In our area (Missouri) temps in the 20s or lower are typical during the winter months. Cub Scouts will use winterized cabins in the winter months rather than camping in tents. The cabins have basic heat and often have indoor plumbing. Scout troops and Venturing crews will tent camp in very cold weather though.
But, when it doubt about what is appropriate for a specific age group, talk to your district or council leadership. This question has probably been answered for units in your area before.
Readers, what do you think? How cold is too cold for Cub Scouts? Add your comments below.
Winter Activities and Safety
The Guide to Safe Scouting provides specific guidelines for winter camping and winter sports.
Avoiding Hypothermia During Cold Weather Activities
Avoiding hypothermia is key to a successful outdoor activity in cold weather, be it cold weather camping, hiking, skiing, ice skating, or snowman building.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety – Weather Safety Check
Always check the weather before heading out on any activity. For winter activities such as cold weather camping, you especially need to be aware of any hazards which might make travel dangerous.
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