March 22, 2010,
by Larry Grantham
of From the Porch
On JanuaryTromping in a snow drift is as good as sleding. 16 a group of 10 boys and 2 adults braved the weather to go to Camp Geiger near St. Joseph, MO. They traveled to play on the hills of the camp with perfect snow.
Although snowy and a little cold, the weather set the stage for fun and games. As can be seen in the picture, at places the snow was knee deep, making it fun to just role around in it.
To warm up after playing in the snow, the group surrounded a shelter with tarps. Propane laterns, heaters, and stoves helped warm up the area. As the shelter warmed the dirt floor began to thaw, resulting in a muddy floor acording to Scoutmaster Joe Curry. The group spent much of the day in the snow or preparing food. Sleding at Geiger always provides excitement.
Platforms work for winter camping as well as summer.
Eventhough the ground is covered with snow, the group put their tents on platforms to keep the bottoms dry. They also crowded together for the night to add body heat. According to all reports, the efforts paid off as the scouts spent a warm night snuggled in sleeping bags.
The troop is planning more activities through out the year.