Troop 21 - St Joseph, MO
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Troop 21 - St Joseph, MO

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017...

Wallance in the Winter

December 9, 2006 - Wallace State Park
Cold weather campout and 10 mile hike
The first of the cold weather campouts came this month. 3 hardcore adults and 4 brave kids showed up at the church on December 9th for an overnight at Wallace State Park outside of Cameron, Missouri. With so few, loading up gear took only a short time and then we we were on the road after a quick stop at Walmart for food. We arrived at Wallace within the hour and paid for our campsite. We made quick work of unloading the gear and the wood from the truck. The gracious "wood fairy" appeared once again with an impressively accurate amount of wood and a fast fire was started. The orange and warmth appearing out of cold darkness is always exciting and a relief!
The safety precaution of "Look up, look down and around" to make sure one's tent is in a safe spot and there are no "widow makers", which are dead or loose limbs that could crash down with any gusts of wind on your tent was taken. After the tents were secured everyone gathered around the campfire. Cookies and cocoa were enjoyed as was conversation and as always laughter. 
At around 11pm the kids went to bed while the adults talked around the warming fire long into the night about upcoming events and the next year's calendar. 
After 3 am it was decided to retire. The low was below 20 so we were grateful for our military sleeping bags and the skills we acquired of how to best dress for and deal with cold weather sleeping. Even so it was cold, but having been on cold weather campouts before we had all been on colder campouts than this. 
Going to bed late meant morning arrived early. We were all up around 7:30. Another fire was started and water was put on to boil for our oatmeal and cocoa. Everyone ate and drank to warm up from within. Soon it was time to break camp and load up the truck again. 2 had to leave early as the remaining campers made lashings and practiced first aid. Afterwards those remaining had lunch of ramen and then set out on a 10 mile hike. A partially frozen lake made a good place to stop and skip rocks and hear the unique sound made. On the path there were a couple of small frozen waterfalls. Making good time the group completed the 10 miles in about 4 hours and were back in St. Joe by mid-afternoon. A cold weather campout and a 10 mile hike all in one. Well done, 21! What a way to end 2016! 

Gracia Pinzino

Outdoor Activity Coordinator

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