Chelsea, Quebec scouts sleep outdoors during deep freeze

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by admin on January 27, 2011

Aylish Marshall crawls through her Quinzhee, a five-foot snowdome she slept in

Aylish Marshall crawls through her Quinzhee, a five-foot snowdome she slept in

Ottawa commuters who cursed the recent double-digit dip in temperatures might consider this: A group of Chelsea, Quebec scouts chose to sleep outside the previous weekend.

The First Chelsea Scouts Troop embarked on a camping trip to Otter Lake on Jan. 22, ignoring media warnings, but frigid temperatures during the day and toe-numbing cold at night did not chase the intrepid troop from their sleeping bags.

Instead, the 11- to 16-year-olds, with the assistance of their scout leaders, made a quinzhee. The five-foot-tall snow dome acted as an igloo and kept the young scouts warm when the temperatures dropped at night.

Scout leader Chris Majka says the troop slept in -30C weather and spent the day building the quinzhee, snowshoeing and tobogganing – at a slightly warmer -20C.

When the First Chelsea team camped with the many scouts from around southern Quebec and northern Ottawa, they were ready for the conditions. They wore wool and fleece clothing instead of cotton and cooked stews and soups around the campfire.

“We were prepared,” said Majka. “It’s the thrill of doing something different.”

The group arrived with the right attitude, he added.

Aylish Marshall certainly did. The 11-year-old arrived at the campsite with her mother a day earlier than the rest of her group, because she wanted to earn her winter camping badge. Scouts who spend two nights in the brisk outdoors are honoured with the extra pin.

“We had so much fun,” she said. “We were ready for it.”

Asked whether she would go winter camping again, Marshall said, “Maybe. Not if it’s that cold, though.”

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