Category: Campsite

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Sleeping Bags

Most Scouts have at least one sleeping bag stored in their closet.  Unfortunately, some of these old sleeping bags are bulky, heavy, made of cotton,

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Are Down Bags Really So Dangerous?

Down sleeping bags have a lot of advantages over synthetic bags. Down is lighter and provides more insulation. Unfortunately, down loses its insulating value when it gets wet. So most units discourage Scouts from using down products. However, a recent breakthrough in how duck down is processed will make down sleeping bags a lot more acceptable to Scout leaders. And families are going to want to buy them for high adventure outings.

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Rules of the Tent

This Spring, a Scout new to the Venture Crew was dealing with his fears and desperately trying to convince himself that he was “manly” enough to complete a 50 mile hike at age 13. As the youngest backpacker, a major concern was his older tent mate and whether they would be compatible. To deal with his anxieties, the apprehensive Scout wrote up the following “Rules of the Tent” contract. What do you think about these rules?

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Five Degrees of Winter Camping

Snow camping is a popular winter activity for sturdy Boy Scouts. Every year, thousands venture into snow covered fields and conduct a variety of maneuvers, all designed to prove that they can survive and thrive in cold conditions that cause their parents to mutter about hot tubs and hotel rooms. However, while cold weather outings can be challenging, not all winter outings can be called snow camping, no matter what your leaders tell you.

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Snow Camping Barometer

Every winter, thousands of boys venture into snow covered fields and conduct a variety of maneuvers, all designed to prove that they can survive and thrive in cold conditions that cause their parents to mutter about hot tubs and hotel rooms. However, while cold weather outings can be challenging, not all winter outings can be called snow camping.

What kind of camping do you do in the winter? (Please forward this message to people who say they go “snow camping.”)

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Tents – Shelters

Backpackers sometimes need shelter, but don’t necessarily always need to carry a tent. Many hikers sleep out under the stars, especially in the summer. (Some

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Snow Camping

Boy Scout Snow Camping For most Scouts and adults, snow camping is the ultimate wilderness experience. There is nothing in the world like hiking on

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