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  My News: Freeze-out 1984
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New Era January/February 1984
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Boy Scouts from the Elk Grove First and Third wards of the Sacramento California South Stake organized an ice cave freeze-out, an event they hope to hold annually.  The winter camp was help at the 7,000 foot level on Echo Summit between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe.  The group backpacked two miles on snowshoes to the main campsite.  There they were taught basic snow survival techniques and how to build several kinds of snow shelters by experienced leaders.  These shelters served as sleeping places for the Scouts during the nights when temperatures dropped to 15F.

The Scouts were surprised to find very little spare time for fun or horse-play as nearly every available minute was spent in preparing and serving food, building snow shelters, learning survival techniques, or just staying warm by the fire.  The Scouts found that the Boy Scout motto, "Be Prepared," is more than just a motto.  They found that extensive planning and preparation were essential for a comfortable snow camping experience.

Copyright 2003 Devin Holmes