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Scouts have subzero adventure

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 9:18 a.m. CDT
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Ryan McNett tries his luck ice fishing on a lake frozen with ice more than two feet thick.
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Twenty-two Scouts and leaders from Boy Scout Troop 33 in DeKalb had a winter adventure in northern Wisconsin.

DeKALB – DeKalb Boy Scout Troop 33, chartered by First Lutheran Church, traveled 350 miles to experience an exciting winter adventure in northern Wisconsin. 

To prepare for the adventure, Scouts were trained in subjects that included snow shelters, warm clothing and sleep systems, nutrition and hydration, special winter equipment, buddy system, winter safety hazards, first aid, and emergency response.

Everything they needed to survive in the back country was carried in backpacks and pulled in gear sleds. They camped on a lake with ice more than 2 feet thick. Overnight temperatures dropped to -5 as Scouts slept warm in a parachute shelter and snow shelters they had built.  Meals were cooked using backpack stoves and provided hot, simple, nutritious, and delicious food.

They enjoyed a variety of fun winter activities including constructing snow shelters, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, broomball, team building, and orienteering. They learned how to stay warm and have plenty of fun while experiencing a rugged subzero winter adventure.  

Twenty-two Scouts and leaders took part in the trip. Winter activities and subzero temperatures helped them earn the Zero Hero and Polar Bear awards.

Troop 33 has been serving DeKalb area youth since 1925.  They maintain a non-stop calendar of outdoor fun and adventure. You can visit them online at www.troop33dekalb.org/.

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