Elliot and three other Scouts are headed up to Mazama Lodge this weekend for an overnight and hike. Cooking on the Trail and building igloos and having a lot of fun. Elliot and I do not camp in the winter. Let alone to a lot outside in the snow. This year it changed a bit since he and Rachel have been taking the Ski Bus to My Hood Meadows.
For whatever reason I would give, I want to get the Kids out more into the snow. However, I know that they are just do not really understand about how to “Be Prepared” for the snow. It took a longtime tonight to explain and show Elliot that he needs to have a back-up for just about everything since he is going skiing the day after and we are not coming back home before he goes.
I had to remind him that last Spring Break up at East Rosebud that even though we were in the Cabin, the HEAT just was not there. Water was from the bottle and snow. It was very windy and cold at night, but we huddled together under all the blankets and sleeping bags.
It is good that he is getting out. Working on these skills of checking equipment is good. I found that even though he said he packed his long johns, that it was the two long john tops, not pants! I had to make him think about it.
The other big thing is that the clothes that we have are not the greatest. They will suffice, but they are no where near what they should be. Hence, hanging out near the Mazama Lodge is perfect.”
That was Friday night. The photo above is from this Saturday during our trip around Trillium Lake near Mt Hood. The picture is not the best because I needed to lighten it up because of the big shadow we were in. Mt Hood is behind us.
The whole trip was great. We got in 8.5 mile hike, with .5 being a night hike. We were pretty sore after the day. The Scouts did great, food was just a tad above warm and we survived. As you can see we really did not run into any adverse weather. Another Patrol from the Troop was camped outside and had freezing rain @ 4am. We were snug in the Mazama Lodge and had hot food and indoor plumbing. This is our first outing of the new year and the first since our huge push during Tree Recycling.
We talked a bit about clothing, what to wear, what to do when and just GOT OUTSIDE! Elliot and a fellow Scout cooked lunch. Elliot was the Assistant Cook. We did not die nor starve. Later that night the Scouts had a one hour presentation and time to work on First Aid. One of the Dads is a Ski patroller at Mt Hood Meadows.
He went through the basics on how to stop bleeding and how to splint and mobilize. What he also spent time on is how to act/re-act to a situation and how to approach the scene. Very valuable. Far too after we talk about how to stop bleeding, apply bandages, and CPR. All very good. But what was just as important is how to react. If you do not know how, all your training is stuck in your brain.
The other great thing about Patrol outings is that the Scouts get to BOND and create Memories. You cannot teach that or explain that in a Troop Meeting. There is dumb goofy stuff that happened that these guys will remember. The Patrol Leader is 15 and the other guys are 12 & 13. But, they bonded. Laughed. Played Cards. Told stupid jokes. Figured out what made each other laugh.
While it was good Father-Son time, it was much more Scout Time and being with the guys. Yes, he took a few things away. But, memories and bonding cannot be tracked within a spreadsheet or database.