The 1st Drumheller Scouts traveled to the Northwest Territories on March 15 for a once in a lifetime trip.

The 30th Annual Snowmobile Camp in Yellowknife, NWT was attended by two scouts and two scouters. Group Commissioner Joe Jenson accompanied scouts Remi Russell and Duncan Ewing, who landed in Yellowknife on March 15, arriving shortly before midnight. 

Prior to leaving for the NWT, the group packed and prepared for the cold weather and activities they would take part in. Scouts2(Left to Right) Group Commissioner Joe Jensen, Scout Remi Russell, Troop Leader Duncan Ewing, and Scouter Bill Given

"We went snowmobiling, ice fishing and dog sledding," recalled Troop Leader Duncan Ewing, who also mentioned hid favorite part of the trip was riding on the snowmobiles.

During the week long adventure, the troop learned winter wilderness survival skills such as designing an SOS by using a snowmobile to cursively write out 'HELP' in the snow.  They witnessed the Northern Lights every night as they cooked their meals on an open flame.

"My favorite part was the dog sledding. Also, my dog sled was the fastest," Scout Remi Russell commented. "Being in Scouts is fun. We could use a bit more man power and any kids out there who want to join, is encouraged."

"The search and rescue exercise with the Yellowknife search and rescue was very well designed," Group Commissioner Joe Jensen, recalled. "It was better searching for live people. The kids learned winter survival (skills) and how to signal for a plane when or if they get lost in the wilderness."

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