Grimes Boy Scout Troop attends OKPIK Winter Camping Program
Troop hosting soup supper fundraiser on February 21
GRIMES – Members of Grimes Boy Scout Troop 171 just returned from an exciting adventure up north! Eleven local scouts and leaders participated in the OKPIK Winter Camping Program at Northern Tier, located 22 miles northeast of Ely, Minnesota. At this high adventure camp, they enjoyed skiing, snowshoeing, animal tracking, winter games, ice fishing, and dog sledding. One group stayed on land in a cabin. The other group pulled their supplies by sled for a two-hour trek to Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and stayed on the frozen lake. Once there, they began building their own quinzee, which is a Native American shelter used by the Athapaskan Indians. It is made by piling snow, packing it, then hollowing out the pile. Northern Tier is Boy Scouts of America’s oldest national high adventure program, outfitting scouting groups for canoe trips since the summer of 1923. Northern Tier is the site of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Cold Weather Camping Development Center. OKPIK Cold Weather Camping, Northern Tier’s winter offering, is the BSA’s premier winter camping program. At OKPIK, Scouts experience a true Northwoods winter: learning how to thrive in subzero temperatures, travel across frozen wilderness lakes and construct their own sleeping structures out of snow. All trips are fully outfitted and provisioned, including almost all of the personal gear necessary to stay warm in the winter. A highly trained staff member, called an Interpreter, accompanies all crews on their trek.
The group had a great time, but were glad to be back to the “warmer weather” of Iowa.
In order to raise money for a much-needed trailer, Troop 171 will be hosting a “Soup Supper & Sweets for Scouts” on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Grimes Community Center Cafeteria. Free-will donations will be accepted. A variety of warm bowls of soup, desserts, and beverages served by scouts. Vote with quarters for your favorite soup(s).Traveling trophy and ribbons will be awarded. For questions, please call (515) 986-4216 or (515) 975-0985.