Nature Matters: Cub Scouts Learn Winter Outdoors Skills

By KBJR News 1

December 12, 2011 Updated Dec 12, 2011 at 5:24 PM CDT

Island Lake (Northland's NewsCenter)
Winter weather: an extended wonderland or five months of cabin fever?
That all depends on the mind of the beholder.
Many people choose the former.

"It's a beautiful day. Snow is starting to fall. It's a nice afternoon." said cubmaster Pat Sirois.

Cub Scouts from Duluth's Pack 7 used that afternoon to learn about winter outdoor survival and etiquette.
They got fire making tips from one of the boys' dads.
With memories of the Pagami Creek forest fire still fresh, he told the kids that forest fires are much harder to ignite in the cold.

"The tinder that is on the ground is covered with snow so embers that would float out are put out as soon as they hit the ground." said Steve Magnuson.

Winter or not, the scouts know that no camp fire should be left unattended.
Another cold weather survival skill taught was map and compass reading.

"It's good to know how to use a compass in the event you get lost because once you know how to get out, it makes being out in the woods a lot more fun." said den leader Mike Anderson.

They may not have cabin fever yet but the children did eventually head into Scout Camp Horace Johnson's lodge for chow and a chance to thaw by the fireplace.
The kids say you don't have to be a scout to enjoy the winter time outdoors like they do.
Just follow their final lesson of cleaning up when the fun is done.

"Anytime the kids go on hikes or do any outdoors activities, it's always leave it better that you found it." said Sirois.

At Island Lake, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.

Camp Horace Johnson is available for use by all scout units in the Voyageurs Area Scout Council.
Cub masters and troop leaders should call the council office in Hermantown to check on availability.