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Johnson City Pack 100

CUB SCOUT PACK 100
Johnson City, New York • Hiawatha District • Baden-Powell Council




COLD WEATHER CAMPING TIPS

Clothes

Cold temperatures do not usually require nearly so many clothes as people think they need. Most people do not become cold because they don't have enough clothing, but because it is the wrong type or is not used properly. All clothing should be roomy/loose fitting instead of tight. Socks should be neither too tight nor too loose.

When temperatures plummet and snow starts to fly there's no reason to shiver and shake - that means layering our clothing from the inside out. Choose loose-fitting clothing that will meet the most extreme weather you expect to encounter and be sure you can put it on and take it off a layer at a time. The trick to layering is to combine the right clothing in the proper order, trapping the air warmed by your body heat while letting moisture vapor from your body's perspiration be conducted away from your skin. Versatility in your clothing is the key to successful layering. Several shirts, a sweatshirt, and a jacket will allow you to adjust your garb in many more ways than a single heavy coat.

Boots

It's not necessarily the insulation of a boot that keeps your feet toasty, but the fit. Poor fitting boots cut off circulation, and blood flow keeps you warm. Resist the urge to cram three pairs of socks into your summer hikers; you're better off with less sock and plenty of wiggle room. A thin polypro, silk, or wool liner sock worn next to skin, topped with a medium-weight lofty sock of wool or synthetic knit helps. Keep boot linings dry with VBL socks - plastic bags work too.

Hydration

Drink your fill. Blood is to your body what water is to a hot-water heating system in a house. Run low on fluid and your blood pressure begins to drop as the volume of blood decreases. Another side effect is that blood thickness increases and flow becomes sluggish, which slows its progress in your extremities. This means you'll begin to feel cold. Drink even before you feel thirsty and hydrate in a big way at dinnertime.

Care of Sleeping Gear & Equipment

It is important to keep your sleeping gear free of snow, ice, dampness, & dirt. Keeping warm depends on this. Your sleeping bag should be stored in a waterproof bag with your name on it. Do not unroll until you are ready for bed. Your equipment should be stored in small plastic bags, one for each day or by item.



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