Cold Weather Fun: Winter Camping!

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Adventure Stories for Scouts

Have fun and stay safe in cold weather

Feeling stuck inside is a surefire way to let winter bum you out. But there’s good news! You don’t have to let the living room become your personal prison – you can make winter camping fun! Tackling fun projects won’t bring back flip-flop weather, but they will help you and your Scouts have fun during the snowy season. You can even go camping! Read on and you can learn how to make snowshoes, build a winter shelter, and stay warm and dry while you’re enjoying a day (or night) in your winter wonderland.

Gear Up

Obviously, staying warm is most important part of winter exploring. From your head to your toes, having the right gear is vital. This handy guide covers all the essentials: baselayers to wick moisture, insulation to keep you warm, a shell to keep you dry, and much more. Avoiding getting cold and wet isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s dangerous. So, make sure you have all the right gear, and your winter excursions will be safer and more fun!

Get Moving

Sinking into snow up to your waist with every step – a problem called “postholing” – is sure to make winter walking miserable. A simple fix? Make snowshoes! Webelos Scouts from the Daniel Boone Council in North Carolina have put together a great step-by-step guide to making your own snowshoes, so you’ll be able to create your own shoes and explore all of winter’s hidden treasures!

Bring Your Gear With You

Winter camping and hiking can be tough for another reason – you need lots of gear to stay warm! Putting it all on your back can make you sink into the snow. Luckily, this easy-to-build pull sled makes hauling gear easy! Pair it up with the snowshoes you just made and you’ll have a winter hiking setup that’s fun and easy to use!

Spending The Night

Ready for the next step? Try winter camping!  You can even skip a tent and build your own snow structure. Even though it’s cold, snow’s a wonderful insulator, so sleeping in a snow cave, quinzee, or igloo can keep you toasty all night long. Snow caves and quinzees are easier to build, but the igloo’s a great way to go if you want a more involved project. The best part? For the first two, all you need is a shovel and a pile of snow!

Camping Tips

Staying dry and warm are obviously important, but how do you do it? Following these tips is a great place to start. A few basics: avoid cotton clothing, drink enough, and avoid sweating. Read on to learn more about staying safe in the cold, and have fun getting out of the house this winter!