*Please check on the campout note from Charley:
The following email pertains to those Scouts/Parents attending the Devil's Lake campout. We are asking that you check the information for accuracy. Please verify that if you are attending, you are on this list. Verify that the departure times work for you. For issues, contact Charley Snell at email@example.com.
Attached is the following, please review all 3:
1) driver assignments
2) phone numbers
3) license plates
The Final List will be available Wednesday.
Thanks, Charley Snell
*Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scout – Jack Vorwald.
*Thanks to the scouts who volunteered and worked at last Saturday’s WCC rummage sale.
Our Troop 20 meeting tonight is in the gym at North Shore Country Day School beginning promptly at 7:45pm.
*Please turn in your $35 scout dues to me at the meeting or mail them to me at 220 Woodland Avenue in Winnetka. I need to get this wrapped up to finalize our roster for our charter.
*Senior scouts and parents going on the campout – WHO ARE YOU EATING WITH? Seniors who are getting leadership for working with a patrol should help lead the cooking. Seniors/dads need to chip in their food money to those patrols tonight. If you are eating with a Seniors-only group, make sure they have you counted and you have paid up.
Quick Notes on Camping Out in Cold Weather
1. During the day when outside doing activities, do not get sweaty. When you slow down or stop, your slightly wet base layer will become uncomfortable and make you cold.
2. Dress in layers that you can add or remove easily depending on conditions.
3. When going to bed at night, remove all your clothing and put on something that you haven't worn before or that you just wear for sleeping.
4. Usually you don't need to wear a lot of extra clothing when you go to bed. Your sleeping bag will keep you warm. Here are some other tricks to staying warm while sleeping.
· If the temperature is really cold, add a liner to your sleeping bag to extend its temperature range by 5° or 10°.
· Wear a clean pair of socks to bed to keep your feet warm.
· Wear a knitted hat on your head and put a pair of light gloves or glove liners on your hands.
· If your feet get cold, consider putting a chemical hand warmer in each sock. They typically last 12 hours and will not burn your skin.
5. Do not think of your tent as a small hut that will be warmer than the outside. The advantage of the tent is that it minimizes the wind. The temperature inside the tent should be the same as the temperature outside the tent. Give the tent plenty of ventilation. Otherwise the moisture in your exhaled breath will freeze on the inside walls of the tent as hoarfrost.
6. Turn your water bottle upside down at night. Water freezes starting at the top. When you turn your bottle back upright in the morning, the frozen part will be on the bottom, and you will still be able to take a drink and brush your teeth since the water near the cover will not be frozen.
Here are some notes from a seminar on cold weather camping.
Cold Weather Camping Tips
There are a handful of things you can bring or do to make a cold weather campout wonderfully fun without getting uncomfortably cold or wet.
• Dress in layers so it will be easy to match your clothing to the weather, wind and temperature. Your first layer should be a set of long woolen underwear.
• Wool clothing is better than cotton since wool insulates even when wet. And, leave your blue jeans at home; they provide no insulation at all when wet.
• Dress loosely so there’s some air between the layers. This means slightly larger outer pants and fleeces than you might ordinarily wear due to clothing that will be beneath.
• Keeping your extremities warm and functioning is the key to happiness. Wear a wool hat for your head and ears. Bring a scarf or a balaclava to cover your face, and earmuffs or flaps for your ears. Mittens are better at keeping your fingers warm than gloves. Experienced winter campers own boots that are one to 1-1/2 sizes too large so they can wear boot liners, removable insoles or another pair of socks comfortably.
• Bring extras—boots, socks, gloves, wool hat, pants, underwear, sleeping gear and so on. There’s a good chance that your clothes will get wet. You can stay warm if you can change into clean, dry clothing when the activity that made you sweat or got you wet is over.
• Bring a tarp and a snow shovel. If there’s a lot of snow, use the shovel to clear a spot for your tent. Use the tarp as an extra moisture barrier between your tent floor and the frozen ground.
• If your sleeping bag is not designed for cold weather (zero degrees Fahrenheit or colder), either get a warmer sleeping bag or use a liner. A down sleeping bag will lose its insulating value when wet whereas a bag filled with synthetic insulation will do better.
• Always change into completely clean, dry clothing before going to bed. You will sleep warmly and comfortably all night long.
The mnemonic for surviving in cold weather is COLD.
• C—wear Clean clothes
• O—avoid Overheating
• L--Layer your clothing
• D—stay Dry.