|Our February activity was to attend the district Winterall at LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserve. Here's some photos of that event. You can click on any picture to see a high resolution image. Click the Back button to return to this page.|
|We were one of only three troops to campout Friday night. I don't have any pictures from Friday as I didn't arrive until 11pm. It was a cold night! My thermometer read 18°F inside the tent at about 5am. Everyone was anxious to warm up. Here Carlos, Zach, and Jared enjoy the fire.|
|Breakfast consisted of pancakes, bacon, and hot chocolate. I think I have a picture of Scoutmaster Dale Blotter cooking on every outing! He was warm at night: he used three sleeping bags!|
|Elliot Adkins makes pancakes.|
|Meanwhile, Carlos warms himself near the fire.|
|It takes a lot of pancakes to feed ten cold and hungry boys and four cold and hungry men. Mark Russell takes his turn at making pancakes. Mark - like me - is a native of Southern California. Neither of us is amused by the cold!|
|When it's this cold, this is how I prefer my pancakes served!|
|Elliot uses a more conventional means to warm his hands.|
|One last huddle around the fire before we begin the scoutcraft events.|
|As the sun rose, it cast a beautiful light on the frost which had settled on the trees.|
|Another shot of the frost covered landscape. Very pretty.|
|As we proceeded to the competition, we saw this mouse scurrying through the snow. Spencer holds the mouse as Chris looks on.|
|One of the events was a sled race through the woods.|
|This was a fun event requiring communication and cooperation. Use the ropes to move the bucket from the center of the square to top of each corner bucket, and back to the center.|
|I think every Klondike Derby includes the classic fire building/string burning contest. Our boys started their fires using a sparking rod with cotton balls dipped in vaseline.|
|Cub Scouts were invited to spend the day at the Winterall and compete in age-appropriate activities. Here's some cubs from the pack sponsored by our church, and their leaders Stacee and Suse.|
|Several of the activities were held adjacent to this creek. It was very pretty.|
|Another view of the creek.|
|The final event was the Klondike sled race.|
|It wouldn't be a BSA outing without a large fire. At this awards ceremony our troop received a ribbon for fourth place in the Boy Scout competitions.|
Copyright © 2002 by Bill Qualls (Assistant Scoutmaster).
Last updated February 2, 2002.
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