Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Troop Program Ideas: Tips for Cold Weather Camping

Happy Troop Tuesday! Need a few quick activities for your next troop meeting? The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council's Troop Program Ideas, published in the months between the Golden Link, gives Daisy, Brownie and Junior troop leaders fun ideas for games, songs, crafts, snacks and ceremonies to use throughout the year.

Tips for colder weather camping during the winter months 
You and your Girl Scout friends need to be prepared for colder weather when staying at one of our beautiful camps during the winter months. Staying nice and warm is easy when you follow these helpful tips: 
  1. Dress properly and layer up. Wear clothes that keep you warm. Start with leggings or polyester thermal underwear as your base layer. Pack a scarf or neck gaiter that you can raise and lower easily to regulate your body temperature. Take a lightweight jacket that is waterproof and breathable. Fleece or wool stockings caps are good and can be made windproof when covered with a detachable hood. The warmest and best socks are merino wool (not itchy) or wicking polyester socks made for hiking. Your boot don’t have to be expensive, but they should be waterproof or water-repellent, especially if you plan on hiking through high grass and wet woods. 
  2. Pack a pair of gloves. Keep your hands warm and dry by wearing a good pair of gloves. 
  3. Make the most of the sunshine to keep you warm throughout the day. Whether you stay with us in a cabin, tree-house or platform tent, be sure to close any windows, window shades or tent flies to keep the cold wind outside. 
  4. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and fluids even if you’re not thirsty. Drink water (warm or cold) or some hot tea or hot chocolate. 
  5. Wear layered clothing to bed. Warm pajamas may not be enough to keep you warm. Put on what you’ll most likely be wearing in the morning before you go to bed. Choose a sleeping bag with a temperature rating that closely matches the indoor temperature where you’ll be sleeping. Most camping bags feature a temperature rating between +15 degrees and +50 degrees. Select a sleeping bag with a temperature rating a bit lower than the lowest temperature you expect to encounter. 
  6. Camping in cold weather months can be a great and fun experience when you bring the right clothes and gear. Following these tips will help you and your troop stay warm and drys

If you're waiting for warmer weather to camp, don't forget to register for your favorite 2017 Summer Resident Camp sessions while there are still spots available! Every girl who registers by Feb. 1, 2017 will receive a pair of limited edition camp socks AND a chance to win a second week at camp FREE!