It's one thing to camp during the spring or summer, another to camp during the fall. That's what the 1st Drumheller Scouts did recently.
One can assume that being a scout demands that one come out of their comfort zone and challenge the norm. Camping in the fall weather might have some wearing multiple layers just to escape the cold.
"They camped out at the Dalum Community Hall. The Beavers and the Cubs camped in the hall itself," explained Hawkeye Scout Leader, Valerie Given. "The scouts camp off in the middle of a field."
As with all of the 1st Drumheller Scout outings, the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts were taught new skills and polished up on old ones.
"This is a learning experience as well. Especially the first camp of the year," said Given. "It's where the scouts get to earn their permits and the Cubs get to learn new skills that they may not have got to learn in Beavers if they were too young or brand new Cubs; they would have got to learn as well."
Given comments that the Scouts sleep outside all year round on camp-outs such as this, even in -40 degree weather. The scout leaders make sure that the Scouts are prepared in every facet to battle weather, hunger and any other challenge that may arise.
"They have to work together and they have to think about things that they're not necessarily going to think about," detailed Given. "Especially winter camping. You always want to have a pot of boiling water on to warm yourself up. It's really thinking about that ahead of time and planning."