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About Snow Camp Training 

          Snow camping started in Crescent Bay Council as early as the late 1930's.
The idea of snow camping for scouts reached  a level of importance in the Council's camping program that ultimately lead to the securing of a special winter campground in 1937. Located in Frazier Park, California, the site was known as Camp Trefoil. Very little information exists today on the camp or it's activities other than it was abandoned by Crescent Bay Council in the late 1940's.

           Winter camping resumed in the winter of 1947-48 at places like Camp Wolverton and other mountain locations within driving distance of Crescent Bay Council. Individual troops and groups of staff members definitely demonstrated a passion for camping in the snow. These hardy winter campers used their own experience and knowledge to survive the frigid conditions in the outdoors. As interest grew in the snow camping experience, the need for organized training in safe winter camping principals became apparent to the Camping and Training committees of the Council.

           Crescent Bay Council developed a specific training program for the snow camping experience in the fall of 1961 under the guidance of Mike Hiehle. The unique program was billed as training designed to help a select number of troops go camping in the snow. Four separate sessions were given, covering clothing & equipment, food & cooking, shelter & camp layout, and program. The course concluded with a Snow Campout in January. Enrollment was limited to one adult plus one Junior Leader per troop, capping at forty-eight total registrants. The training was meant primarily for Scout Troops rather than Explorer Posts. The initial cost was $1.00 per participant to cover handouts and the Trained Snow Camping segment patch.

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Snow Camping Patches 

                          
1965-Early 1970's
Segment
Issued by Crescent Bay Council
 
1973-Late 1970's
Round
Issued by Great Western Council










Awarded after successful completion of Snow Camp Training. Meant to be worn around other patches such as a Polaris Key.
See how this patch was worn.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE



Embroidered. Awarded upon successful completion of a snow camp out.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE




   
 






IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 

Segment
TYPE A


Segment
TYPE A B


Round
TYPE A


Round
TYPE B








 Twill goes up to left.
Short letters.
   Twill goes up to right.
  Tall letters.
 
Bear has larger lower jaw. Snow cap is further from head.
 
Bear has small lower jaw. Snow cap is closer to head.



How the Trained Snow Camping Patch was worn





Shown with Polaris Three Star patch; Polaris Key;
and Torch Training segment.
(image courtesy of Frank Glick)


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Documents 

Winter Camping Training Card
Winter 1971-1972








Front
Back

(image courtesy of Frank Glick)


 Sign-up Post Card-Scout
From Unit Leaders Handbook
Winter 1966-1967
 
   Sign-up Post Card-Adult
From Unit Leaders Handbook
Winter 1966-1967
 
 
     
 
Unit leaders filled out these cards and mailed them back
 to the Council office.

Note:
Polaris training was a requirement to attend
Winter Training
 
Unit leaders filled out these cards and mailed them back
 to the Council office.

Note:
Troop 258 training was a requirement to attend
 Winter Training
 
 
 
   
 


Winter Camping Training
1966-1967

     
Where to Go Snow Camping
1966-1967





          




 
 
 




 
 
 





Winter Camp Training School Curriculum
1966-1967

 





 
Session I - Warmth and Equipment
  • Psychology of snow camping-personal attitude
  • Clothing-use what you have-specialized clothing, effects of  wetness. personal gear.
  • Troop & Patrol equipment-minimum amount of gear
  • #10 cans for cooking                                         
Session II - Food
  • Display of mountaineering equipment-sample menus, stoves etc.
  • Importance of food in winter. Simplicity of preparation sample menus, early darkness, calorie discussion.
  • Types of foods-one pot meals easy to cook. short days. conservation of fuel, keep foo d warm
  • Protection of food against freezing, animals, finding it if buried. Water
  • fires-gasoline-charcoal-open fires, contamination by fuel of food-sanitation-starting fires.
Session III - Setting up camp
  • Shelter Types-tents, tarps, how to anchor. Snow shelter.
  • Layout for wind-sun-temperature-kitchen-sanitation.
  • Care & use of cars-special equipment,servicing, driving, parking.
  • Camp locations.
Session IV - Program
  • Program planning-advancement when snow camping
  • Winter sports-games
  • First Aid-winter accidents, equipment, treatment, getting lost, survival




 
 
 





Winter Training Program
1971-1972

 

Winter Camp Announcement
1971-1972











50 page training manual
(image courtesy of Frank Glick)
 

Letter announcing tentative snow camp location
pending snow conditions.
(image courtesy of Frank Glick)




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