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Snow Shelter construction

BSA Troop 514 spent this past Saturday and Monday constructing snow shelters at Mud Lake, opposite the ski area at Anthony Lake, OR. We had 16 Scouts hard at work on both days.  Many of them had just joined the troop in January, and were only fifth graders, but their enthusiasm, stamina and work ethic was outstanding.  The snow was not too deep, so we had to forgo building our usual snow caves.  Instead we made trenches with sleeping platforms and covered the trenches with tarps.  So, we are protected from the weather, but need to dress warmly for the cold. We will sleep in them this Friday night, and then participate in the annual Klondike Derby on Saturday.

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Snow shelter Anthony Lake

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Troop 514 at Strawberry Lake

Strawberry Lake sits in a basin surrounded by colorful, eroded andesite, a mile and half from the trailhead into the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. Five Scouts from BSA Troop 514 in La Grande just spent a delightful weekend there.  Four of the scouts were young and new, carrying packs that challenged their stamina and energy. Yet, they remained cheerful. They worked quickly and efficiently to pitch their tents. They played in the water, and then we hiked up to Strawberry Falls.  They cooked a one pot meal of couscous and chicken on a one burner stove, and in the morning made up blue berry pancakes.

Their enthusiasm for working together and for learning new skills was excellent.  I think I am becoming younger on each outing!  

Troop 514, Strawberry Falls

BSA Troop 541, Bird Track Springs

 I am thankful for the enthusiastic spirit the Scouts in Troop 514, La Grande, show on outings, and I am thankful I still have both the health and the joy in joining them on many of their outings.

This past weekend, we camped at Bird Track Springs, a USFS campground about a thirty minutes from here.  The weather was quite cold, fourteen degrees overnight, but the boys did not flinch or complain. They pitched their tents, lashed several projects, including a flag pole, cooked dinner dutch oven and stove meals from scratch, and pancakes and sausages over the fire for breakfast.

The boys respectfully retired a flag after our flag ceremony Sunday morning. They like each other, support each other, young and old. Scouting continues to instill practical skills and leadership opportunities. The boys are as fun and exciting to work with as they were thirty years ago.

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Snow shelter construction

In preparation for the annual Boy Scout Klondike Derby, Scouts from Troop 514 in La Grande went up to Mud Lake, opposite the Anthony Lake ski area and built snow caves on the Saturday and Monday of Presidents’ Day weekend.  I went up as well, and built an igloo.  These Scouts, and I as well, think sleeping in the snow ins almost “normal.”

The annual Boy Scout Klondike Derby for 2013

Last Friday night and Saturday. Boy Scouts from Troop 514 in La Grande went up to an area opposite our local ski area at Anthony Lakes.  They had built snow caves there the previous weekend. On Friday, they arrived in a snow storm in the dark, set up their gear in the snow caves in storm, ate dinner in a storm, slept thought the night in a storm, ate breakfast in a storm, competed in a heavy snow storm, and packed up in storm.

They did all of this without complaining or shirking any responsibility.  They cooperated and worked together to not merely survive, but to overcome. And these boys varied in age from fifth grade to eighth grade, so you can see the quality of the efforts.  The pictures show a few of their activities. (As always, you can click on the images to enlarge them, and get the full “flavor” of the event)