Winterfest 2015


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Weekend FORECAST for Forksville, PAVERY COLD!  Please be prepared for cold weather with multiple layers of WARM CLOTHES, hooded sweatshirt/coat, liner socks plus wool socks, hats, mittens, gloves and warm boots.  Please bring at least one extra of each of these (write your name on everything).  Jeans are terrible; wear lined pants, snow pants or water-resistant pants, if you have them. If not, then cargo pants or other fast-drying pants are okay with a thermal liner underneath. No sneakers outside but slippers or slip-on shoes are good to have inside the cabins. LAYERS, WARM HAT, EAR MUFFS, GLOVES!    Wear your Scout uniform on the trip and keep it in good condition for Saturday (shirt with name tag and Scout pants, no need for a neckerchief), and under-armour or a turtleneck to wear beneath it.  We always look better when we're working in uniform!
  1. We are staying in the dining hall and adjacent building, both of which are heated but you may be sleeping on the floor.  Bring a good sleeping bag and a pad, if you have one.  Bring a headlamp and/or flashlight.  No fires: no need for matches and lighters are never allowed in Troop 98.

  2. Do not bring a mess kit or eating gear but DO BRING a refillable water bottle (like a Nalgene).  Make sure your name is on it.  BRING A TOOTHBRUSH!

  3. Please keep all your things in a duffel or soft luggage.  We are not taking the trailer.  Please bring everything you need but not more.  Please pack as compactly as you can; we don't have a lot of extra room for luggage.  SPACE IS REALLY TIGHT!

  4. Patrols don't need to buy or bring food (except some non-messy food for the ride up).  We will be taking all our meals from the Kiwanis.  We will bill you $30 for this trip (this pays for meals, ski rentals and the van rental).

  5. You should bring some cash to buy things from the vendors, buy snacks, buy things at the Camp Brulé Trading Post, sponsor a Polar Bear plunger, take a sleigh ride, etc.  We suggest between $20 and $40.

  6. The Kiwanis are running the Polar Bear Plunge again, where people jump into the frozen lake (briefly!) after getting cash donations.  If you want to plunge you must bring donations of at least $100 (cash or check to "Kiwanis Club of Sullivan County"; tax deductible).  If you want to be a Polar Bear Plunger you MUST bring a signed waiver from your parent(s) and found here:  WAIVER.   Plungers are entered into a raffle to win some very cool prizes!  Wow!

  7. It's a long car ride and we don't want you to drive the drivers crazy.  Please bring a quiet game you can play in the car (and in the dining hall).  Playing cards, Battleship (the quiet one), Yahtzee, MadLibs, etc.  Board games will be good for Saturday and Sunday nights, too. If you bring your cell phone make sure it doesn't create a distraction or it will be held for you until we return home (A Scout is Trustworthy, isn't he?). Only non-messy snacks/food/drink for the car ride, please.

  8. Bring any winter gear you might want to use for ice skating, hockey, snowshoeing or ice fishing.

  9. Bring a goofy winter hat for the GOOFY HAT CONTEST.  Here's a pic:  GOOFY

  10. Don't forget your signed Permission Slip, which will be emailed separately.
Return is to St. John's on Sunday around 9PM, or Monday around 3PM.  We will call on the way home to confirm pick-up time from St. John's.

Please email with any questions.  See you on Friday!

Sign up for the 2015 Winterfest ==> HERE
 (or at the bottom of this page)
(Feb 13, 14, 15 and possibly 16)

Here's what we're going to do there:

  • Hang out in the awesomely huge Dining Hall building and play extreme board games or cards, play guitars, and/or go outside in the snow.
  • Participate in the Kiwanis WinterFest Carnival and Dog Sled Race.  The Kiwanis organize this as a fundraiser.  It starts early Saturday morning and involves two dog sled races (one 25 mile, one 50 mile).  Many people come to see the dogs off and we have been asked to have our Scouts help "keep" the dogs at bay at the starting line (under the supervision of each musher, of course).  Between the time the dogs leave and return (several hours) there are other activities like X-country skiing races, snowman making contests, ice-sculpting demos, ice fishing demo/contest, indoor arts and crafts, and a polar bear swim (for charity).  See prior year's pictures here: WINTERFEST2014PICS and WINTERFEST2013PICS and  WINTERFEST2010  and  WINTERFEST2009PICS  and  WINTERFEST2008
  • Ice fishing, ice skating, or ice hockey on the lake, just down the hill from our cabin.  Bring your gear for any of this!  Skates, fishing gear, hockey sticks.
  • Provided there's enough snow, sledding, tubing and cross-country skiing on camp trails or around the lake.  With some preparation and help, Scouts can complete the Snow Sports merit badge (see equipment details below and requirements here: SNOWSPORTS [we'll do the section on CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING]).
  • HUMAN-sled races, where teams of 6 people (Scouts!) are hooked up to a dog sled and have to race to the finish line; CASH PRIZES!
  • Hiking or snoe-shoeing around the lake or through camp (especially if Scouts still need hiking requirement 1b for 2nd Class rank).
  • As a Service Project for the Kiwanis Club, each Scout attending will be required to help for three hours during the day.  This could be directing cars to parking, assisting with events, or assisting in the kitchen/dining hall.  You may be able to get more service time if you need it.
  • If you want to participate in the Polar Bear swim you will need to raise money for the Kiwanis club and bring a signed waiver which you can find HERE.
  • GOOFY WINTER HAT CONTEST Bring your goofiest hat!  Here's a pic:  GOOFY
  • Leave Camp after breakfast and be back in Blue Bell around 2PM, unless there's a lot of snow, in which case we'll stay and have some more snow activities and leave after lunch, arriving in Blue Bell around 5 or 6PM (we'll call to let you know our exact ETA).  If it's cold enough and the ice toboggan is open in Eagle's Mere we may go there.
New for 2015: Sunday to Monday option:  The Kiwanis are planning a number of events to take place on Sunday. This would also significantly increase your chances of going to the toboggan at Eagle's Mere. If there are enough interested Scouts and adults/drivers we may offer this option.  Let us  know on the RSVP form if you are interested in staying one extra night.

So here's the plan:
  1. Leave Friday February 13th from St. John's at 5:30PM.  Early Departure Option: some Scouts may have the day off from school.  If you can drive early on Friday please note this on the RSVP and we'll consider an early departure (Noon?  3PM?).
  2. Return Sunday February 15th to St. John's around 2PM (or around 5PM if we stay for tobogganing).  We will call en route.
  3. OR Return Monday February 16th to St. John's around 3PM if we do the Sunday to Monday oprion.
  4. Accommodations:  We will be staying upstairs in the dining hall (on the floor) and in an adjacent cabin.  It's heated but you should bring a sleeping pad or air mattress (kind of like the Klondike Derby, except a lot warmer!) or even a camp cot, if you want.
  5. Meals: To make this trip easier and support the Kiwanis' fundraising, we will take all our meals from them in the Dining Hall.  They make good food!
  6. Cost of Trip:  $30 per Scout or adult (to cover food, ski rentals, tobogganing, etc.).  We will debit your troop account after you go.
  7. Bring spending money to enter the contests, sponsor one of our Scouts for a jump into the frozen lake, buy nick-nacks, or stuff from the Camp Brulé Trading Post.  We suggest $20.
  8. Equipment:
    • X-Country skiing: We will bring and/or rent cross-country skiing gear.  Please write in your shoe size and height on the RSVP form.  If you have your own cross-country ski gear, or can borrow some, please do so and bring it.
    • Snoe-shoeing: bring your own, if you have them or if you can borrow them.
    • Ice skating/ice hockey: bring your own skates and hockey gear.
    • Ice fishing: bring your own gear.
    • Camping: regular gear for a cabin/outdoor campout (just like the Klondike!).  You will be outside much of the day.  Bring lots of clothing layers and a complete second  set of clothes, especially socks, gloves and hat.
    • Label everything with your name and bring a large duffel bag to put everything in.
  9. Adults and Drivers:
    This is really too far away to have parents just drive, so we need adults to come on the trip.  Please let us know if you can devote this weekend to Troop 98. 
    Many of our Scouts say this is our BEST TRIP of the year!  Come join us!

Sign up for the 2015 Winterfest ==> HERE