58th Troop Winter Camp “Snowball”
Camping at Camp Manitou Twiss Road Milton Ontario
January 31 to February 2 2020
Hello Scouts and Parents,
We have booked our winter camp. The cost this year is $30.00 each which includes food fun and a crest.
Drop off is 6 or 7 PM. At camp Manitou 7484 Twiss Rd. Milton Ontario
The campsite is to be announced . Pickup is 12:00 noon Sunday. On the next page is a kit list I have borrowed from past winter camps. It is extremely important that we are prepared with adequate gear. I refrain from right gear, because this camp is about winter survival skills, and most people do not have the right gear. But they have close enough and we will teach the skills of survival.
That being said, there are heated lodges that are FOR EMERGENCY USE ONLY the scout can warm up if needed, but we plan to be outside from fri evening till Sunday noon.
I strongly advise the scouts to bring their gear packed this coming Monday Jan 27th to the gym . This way we can tweak their gear and I don’t have to call parents back to come pick up the scout.
I prefer to see the whole pack, sleeping bags, socks hats, mitts and sleeping pads etc.
If your scout is not going to camp you do not need to do this, but please be there for the cub linking fun.
We will also plan our menus for camp.
I will also have the Category 3 forms for parents to sign on the Monday 27th meeting, so please come in before or after meeting to sign them. This will speed up the Fri eve drop off.
PERSONAL KIT LIST - Winter CAMP
NOTE: The "waist up" Scout uniform must be worn to and from camp.
This list is provided to assist your Scout in packing for a comfortable and enjoyable camp. It is a guideline only; therefore, feel free to add any item(s) we may have missed. Please remember that the clothes may get very dirty. Do not send "good" clothes which could get ruined.
sleeping bag - winter weight
Extra blanket(s) or sleeping bag (optional)
foam or self-inflating pad
flashlight (with fresh batteries!!)
2 (or more) warm hats (a must)
winter coat (preferably with hood)
waterproof mitts or gloves
scarf - optional
winter snow boots (waterproof)
long sleeve shirts, sweat tops & sweaters
sweat pants - multiple pair
underwear (long johns recommended)
pyjamas (jogging suit is good)
socks (numerous pairs, both light & heavy)
strong plastic bags (grocery style)- about 4
I cannot stress enough the importance of NOT wearing cotton clothing at winter camp, not only does cotton not insulate well but it can be downright dangerous if it gets wet. Please choose clothing made out of wool (the best) or synthetics such as polypropylene or polyester as these garments will not absorb moisture which will allow your son/daughter to stay warmer. This is especially true for socks, regular sport socks may be okay for warmer weather camps but are a definite no-go for winter camp.
When packing for winter camp it is recommended to set out what you think will be needed then add at least one more set of clothes, since we do not have to carry our packs far it is better to have more clothing than one actually needs.
If you have difficulty supplying the proper gear or even just have questions then please speak to one of the Scouters.
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