Attack of the Snow Blower

This weeks Sunday Coffee with Scoutmaster Jerry is full of coffee and adventure..
This weekend our Troop camped out up at White River on Mt. Hood.  It was a great time and lots of skills practiced and learned.
Sunday Morning around 4:00 AM our Troop encountered an unexpected attack.  We typically camp on the other side of a creek that flows adjacent to the White River snow park.  This is a good location as this camp out is always the first Winter camp out in snow for the new Scouts.  The location provides a good bail out plan and the comfort that the cars are not to far if we need them.  Anyway… this year the snow bridge was gone so we picked a camp site a bit closer to the parking lot.  We have camped there before, but this year was different.  At 4:00 AM the Oregon Department of Transportation snow crew cleaned up the snow park.  They plowed the parking lot and then sent in the snow blower  Now I don’t know about you but I had never felt the wrath of 100 lbs of snow shot from a cannon before.. until this morning!
Hope you enjoy the video.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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3 thoughts on “Attack of the Snow Blower

  1. Allan Green

    Jerry, I’m concerned. Your nylon hammock, under your nylon tarp, is just inches away from the flame of your cook kit. By the angle of the video, It is so close that it looks to be dangerous. If the pot is knocked on its side, the flame could shoot out and set the underquilt on fire. Fire inside a shelter is not good. I would never let the boys do anything like that.

  2. Allan,
    Its all angles… there is about 2 and half feet between the tarp and the flame. I am a big boy and know what I am doing. I would never allow a Scout to cook in his tent. Under a tarp however.. sure… depends on the Scout. Our older Boys dug trench shelters with Cooking platforms in them.. the platform, while under the tarp is away from other gear. As long as there is adequte ventaliation.. I’m ok with it.
    This will certainly bring up the argument that what is good for one is good for all.. I don’t think so. I think as skills and knoweledge increase, so does responsibilty. Trust goes a long way also. The younger Scouts certainly are ready for that.. They cook in a designated cook area, which this weekend they made a big trench with shelves to put their stoves on. It got them out of the wind.
    Fire in a tent.. not good…. fire in a shelter.. depends on the shelter and situation. I have fire in my house every day… that’s a shelter, right. But I trust that me and family are not got to burn the house dowm.
    Dangerous is not the term I would use. Maybe if someone does not know what they are doing.. yeah.. but I have never knocked the pot over.. hard to do laying in the hammock, and I am a pretty skilled camper.
    Thanks for the comment.

  3. Great video, Jerry…it’s a real testament to those units that don’t get out much, to see why they should, and the great fun that they can have, especially in the winter…show a unit this video, and they may be able to add winter to their camping repertoire…

    Why I like winter camping

    1. No bugs
    2. Food tastes even better in the winter, outdoors…
    3. Fewer critters that make late night raids into camp
    4. it’s easier to get warmer than cooler. When it’s 95 degrees in the summer, sometimes even being naked ain’t enough, and you are still hot (nevermind the whole naked-in-front-of-Scouts) thing). In the winter, too hot? peel off a layer…too cold? add another layer.
    5. Snow…better than pollen and dust, plus you can melt it and drink it!

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