TROOP ACTIVITIES - Winter Camp 2019
Note: Alternate activities may be substituted if dictated by weather conditions.



Sunday afternoon will feature our Patrol Winter Olympics.  The exact details will be determined by the Patrol Leaders council.  Some activities that could be included are:
  • Shotgun shooting
  • Snowshoe Race
  • Cross Country Ski Race
  • Tree Identification
  • Animal Track Identification
  • Chariot Race (Lashings)
  • Knot Relay
  • Snowball Toss
  • Frisbee Throw
  • Height and Distance Estimation
  • Gully Crossing 
  • First Aid and Survival Quiz
  • Fire Lighting and Water Boiling
  • Compass Bearing
  • Blindfolded Stretcher Carry
  • Signaling
  • Tent Pitching
  • Ice Rescue

Orienteering & GPS Patrol Challenge

An orienteering and GPS patrol challenge is planned for Monday.  We will start the day with two indoor sessions: one on "Winter First Aid and Safety" and one on  "Hike Preparation".

We will leave on the four hour round trip expedition around 9:20am and should return around 1:10pm.  Each Scout will be issued snacks for the trail and will include:

  • fruit (apples & Oranges)
  • cheese crackers
  • trail mix
Each patrol will follow a series of compass bearings and GPS coordinates.  At each check point the patrol will find supplies needed to prepare lunch (food supplies, stove, water, cooking gear, etc) and directions to the next check point.  When the patrol reaches the final check point, they will have all the supplies needed to prepare lunch in the out of doors.

You will need the following -

  • Good pair of winter boots
  • The three layers of clothing - wicking, warming, and weather (thermals, fleece, mittens, hats, overcoat, etc).
  • water bottle with water
  • Sunglasses would be good
  • Vittle kit (knife, fork, spoon)
  • Small daypack
NO COTTON ANYTHING (except underwear)!! 
If you only have jeans, flannel, etc. you will sent to the QM shack downstairs to draw some good wool gear.

The staff will carry radios and a small safety kit in case of an emergency.



The troop's four patrols will engage in a patrol competition on Friday morning in the form of a biathlon.  The details will be available at a later date.

Which patrol Curlew, Raven, Wolf, or Bull will do the best?

Be sure to have the following for this activity:
• Outdoor pants – wool is preferred, snowmobile pants or suits, ski pants
   are acceptable alternatives. Cotton jeans and sweatpants for outdoor
   wear are NOT recommended.
• Warm winter coat
• Winter waterproof boots or packs are a MUST
• Winter hat that covers your ears
• Wool mittens or warm winter gloves


One of the high lights of the week will be when you and a buddy from your patrol build and sleep in your own quinzee (snow shelter).  You'll pile the snow high and hollow it out.  More infomation on how you will do this is described below.

You'll need the right gear for your overnight.

In addition to all the warm winter clothes mentioned above, you will also need:

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sleeping Bag rated for cold or very cold
  • Waterproof ground cloth or sleeping pad
  • Backpack for clothing and equipment (some available if needed)
  • Vittle kit (knife, fork, spoon) for breakfast
It is always our hope that we have plenty of snow.  However, if snow is in short supply, we will build alternative type shelters for the overnight.

Lego derby car construction and races

Each pair of Scouts will be given a set of Lego derby wheels which will run on a standard Pinewood Derby track.  Scouts will be given 20-30 minutes to design and build a derby car out of assorted Lego blocks following a set of pre-printed design rules.  At the end of the time, all cars will have a race or two.  After the race, teams will have the opportunity to re-design their cars.  A second set of races will be held.  Again teams will have time to re-design their cars.  At the end of the period, the car with the best time wins.


Service Projects (Bench Construction)

On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons patrols will have the opportunity to build a bench.  Lumber will be precut and patrol members will assemble the pieces.  The Benches will be donated to Camp Hinds for the porch of the new dining hall.  Thanks to Hancock lumber for the donation of the materials.

How to build a quinzee snow shelter
By Rosemarie Colombraro
Illustrations by Matthew Vincent
From the January 2006 issue of Boys' Life magazine

A quinzee is a simple shelter made by hollowing out a big pile of snow. They can take several hours to build, but are an effective way to stay warm when camping in the winter. Here’s how to build one.


Step 1: Shovel a pile of snow into a mound seven to eight feet high and big enough around to hold two people once it is hollowed out. Mix snow of different temperatures to cause it to harden, or “sinter.” Flip the snow over so it mixes when you pile it into a mound.

Step 2: Shape the mound into a dome and allow it to sinter for about 90 minutes. Then begin to hollow out the mound.
Dig a small entrance on the downhill side. Smooth out the walls and ceiling. The walls should be one to two feet thick. Poke measuring sticks through from the outside of the mound, so you will know to stop hollowing out the inside when you see the ends of the sticks. Hollow the shelter out from the top down.
Step 3: Use the last foot of snow to make elevated snowbeds. Dig a narrow trench between the beds all the way to the ground. This allows cold air to flow down and out of the quinzee. Poke a small ventilation hole near the top of the dome. Step 4: Building a quinzee will make you sweat. Prevent hypothermia by changing into warm dry clothes after you finish building your shelter.

Make sure you mark your entrance in case it gets covered with snow while you are away having fun. Keep a small shovel inside in case you need to dig your way out.


- If you have to visit the latrine in the middle of the night, eat a snack afterward to help warm up your body and get back to sleep. Don’t worry about keeping the snacks in your quinzee — when you camp in winter, you don’t have to worry about bears.

- Jell-O gelatin mix makes a great hot drink. Store Jello-O powder in refillable backpacking tubes and add it to hot water. Try cherry Jell-O in instant hot chocolate!

- Eat your meals from their packages. Vacuum-sealed meals and packages of oatmeal can be opened and used as “bowls.” If you don’t rip the top off completely, you’ll have only one piece of trash to dispose of.

- Bury your water jugs in a snowdrift. The snow insulates the water and keeps it from freezing.

Last Update: November 20, 2018