In January, Troop 260 and 262, traveled north to Gilford, N.H. to find snow. The troops were fortunate that Gunstock Mountain had the snow they were seeking and something for all skill levels. From snow tubing to ski lessons to downhill trail options ranging from green circles to black diamonds, every scout enjoyed the day. It was a lovely day with low wind and mild winter temperatures in the low 30’s.
It was great watching the kids encourage and support each other during their ski lessons. I was proud of them for trying something new. It was also great hearing about the fun races the kids had tubing. This mountain had it all and they all had a blast.
Griswold Scout Reservation was their homebase for the weekend, offering Adirondack shelters for Troop 260 and cabins for Troop 262. The Scouts planned their meals with their activities in mind. They made a ‘quick’ breakfast on ski day so they could expeditiously make it to the mountain for first tracks. Each patrol packed a bag lunch for the mountain, and then concluded their day with a nice hot cooked meal over the campfire, complete with a tasty dessert.
Unseasonably warmer winters are challenging how Troop 260 & 262 plan programs in the winter. In years past Scouts would work on snow shelter building, snowshoe, cross country ski and often have the opportunity to earn the coveted Blue Nose award, earned by camping in 18 degrees or less. Despite these challenges, Troop 260 and 262, always offer year-round camping. Every month our Scouts have the chance to get outside. This is a great way to experience our seasons firsthand and for Scouts to prepare themselves for any and all situations.
What’s up next for these adventurous groups? In February, the Scouts will use their scout skills to compete at the annual Charter Oak Klondike Derby. In March, the Scouts will fine-tune their orienteering skills at Whites Memorial Forest. They also have some fun day programming planned, including pool time, indoor climbing, day hikes and maybe even some axe throwing!