The Snow Camping Ideas

The Snow Camping Ideas

Going tent camping in the snow is fun. There are many camping activities you can do in the snow like snow shoeing, cross country skiing and snowboarding. There are many advantages to camping during winter all of the snakes, bugs, and flies are in hiding. The snow covered wilderness is beautiful. There are not too many people at the campgrounds and many campgrounds give a discount.

One of my favorite things to do while snow camping is snow shoeing. Snow shoeing is a great way to get around in the snow. Snow shoeing can help you reach places where you can enjoy other winter sports like cross country skiing and snow boarding. It is also a easier way to go up steep slopes while participating in those sports.

Another thing I like to do is cross country skiing. Cross country skiing is just like regular skiing except you are going cross country and not just down a slope. You can cover a lot of ground and see many great snowy sights. Cross country skiing can also help keep you in shape as it works every muscle group and burns many calories.

Snow Boarding is now a very popular sport and is fun. It is very popular with teens and people in their early 20’s. You can rent equipment which will keep down the cost of trying out this sport. Tell your kids you are taking them snowboarding and you will be their favorite parent.

Winter camping might be fun but it can also be dangerous if you don’t know what to do to protect yourself from the cold. You need to make sure you dress properly and use some cold weather camping gear. Make sure you layer your clothing and wear a water and windproof shell. Don’t wear cotton because it retains moisture and it can take a long time to dry out. Wear wool or a synthetic fabric.

Also make sure your sleeping bags and tent are rated for cold weather. The temperature rating for most sleeping bags are on the package. Use a foam type sleeping pad and stay away from the blow up ones. The cold will go straight through the air filled sleeping pads. This is not the situation where you want to be sleeping on air no matter how comfortable it sounds.

If you have taken all the precautions but you start to shiver do something that will make you warm so you don’t slip into hypothermia. Vigorous exercising will help you to warm up. Drink lots of liquid especially sweet and warm ones like hot cocoa. Last but not least follow moms advice and wear your hat. It will keep your head warm and prevent your body from losing too much heat.

Remember winter camping is fun but only if you have the right equipment and knowledge. In my next few posts I will go into more detail on the subjects I touched on here. This is just the tip of the iceberg of all the winter

Moral And Religious Camp Life

Moral And Religious Camp Life


Novel Bonfire

The author experienced something very unusual one Sunday afternoon in a camp where he was invited to speak. The talk was on “Trees or Growth, ” one of the studies of the course described. During the talk a number of things were referred to that enter into the growth of a tree which either mar or hinder it from becoming a symmetrical, beautiful tree and a similar comparison was made regarding a boy’s growth.

The question was asked of the boys, “What are some of the things which interfere with a boy’s growth physically, mentally and morally?” A number of things, such as smoking, swearing, impurity, etc., were given, and finally one of the small boys piped up “reading dime novels.” His answer was received with howls of derision, especially from the older boys.  “Hold on,” I said, “let’s discuss the matter; if dime novels are good for a boy’s growth mentally, we want to know about it, but if they are detrimental to this particular kind of desired growth, of course, we want to cut it out.”

The discussion brought out the fact that a number of the boys had smuggled a lot of this kind of literature into camp and were just loafing through their time in the woods, gloating over the wonderful and daring escapades of Wild West heroes. The boys finally decided that their mental growth was retarded by such reading. Then came the question, “What are you going to do about it?” “We don’t usually have a bonfire on Sunday,” I said. “I am inclined, however, to ask your leader for a special dispensation and we will have one.


You are to furnish the fuel, your leader the kerosene oil and I will provide the match. The fuel is to consist of all the dime novels in the camp.” “Whew!” “I know it will take grit to do this, but it is a test of your sincerity and determination to progress along right lines.” “We’re game?” yelled the boys, “and we mean business.”
The start was made for the place where the bonfires were usually held. By the time I reached the spot, the boys were coming from their tents with bundles of novels.

Every boy was requested to tear each novel in half and throw it upon the heap. When everything was ready, the boys uncovered and in the silence that came upon the group, the match was struck and the flames began to leap upward, until finally, all that remained was the small piles of ashes. For the majority of the boys it meant the burning up of the dross and the beginning of better and nobler thinking. I shall always remember this novel bonfire. This is what I mean by making Bible study and camp talks effective.


Sunday afternoon is the time for reading good, wholesome stories. Take the boys out into the woods where they can squat under a big tree, or if the day is warm seek the cool shelter of the tent and while the boys are lying down read a short story or several chapters of a story like “Dr. Grenfell’s Parish,” by Norman Duncan, “Just Boys,” by Mary Buell Wood, “Some Boys I Know,” “Chapel Talks,” or “The Story of Good Will Farm,” by George W. Hinckley.

If the group is made up of older boys who like to discuss life problems, read a chapter or two from Robert Speer’s excellent books, “A Young Man’s Questions” and “Young Men Who Overcame.” Make sure that whatever you read has the uplift note. The real purpose of the afternoon’s reading should be that of instilling in the boys’ minds some of the cardinal virtues of Christian character.


Don’t moralize; let the story do its own moralizing. Boys are hero worshippers. If the hero or the heroic appeal of the story is of a sane type and not abnormal there will be created naturally within the boy a desire to emulate the good deeds of the hero in the everyday life of the camp, which is much better than the parrot-like vocalization unfortunately many times encouraged by well-meaning men.


A pile of stones made to serve as an altar or pulpit, a chapel having the branches of a friendly pine as its roof and under which are built a reading desk and seats of white birch, a cathedral with towering columns of pine and cushions of pine needles, a rocky shore along the ocean–all are places where boys have heard the appeal for right living and responded with an earnest decision that marked an advance step in their moral and religious growth.
Make much of the music at these outdoor services on Sunday.

A choir of men and boys responding in the distance to the hymns of the camp boys, in antiphonal manner, a cornetist playing a hymn in the distance, make an impression never to be forgotten.
The great test of camp life is not the fun the boy had, or his gain in weight, height or lung capacity, or the friendships formed, or his increased knowledge in woodcraft, but his advancement in character-making and gain in spiritual vigor.



Lessons from Life (Animal and Human)–Thomas Whittaker. Macmillan,  $2.50.
Sermons in Stones–Amos R. Wells. Doubleday, Page & Company, $1.00.
Parables from Nature–Mrs. Gatty.  Colportage Library, 15 cents.
A Good Bible Dictionary and Concordance.


The Boy and the Church–Eugene C. Foster. The Sunday School Times Co., 75 cents net.
Starting to Teach–Eugene C. Foster. Association Pres., 40 cents.
The Child and His Religion–George E. Dawson.  University of Chicago, 75 cents net.
Religion in Boyhood–Ernest B. Layard.  E. P. Dutton and Company, 75 cents net.

Personal Camping Checklist Or Inventory

Personal Camping Checklist Or Inventory

Experience only can determine what should be taken to camp. Usually the first camping trip decides what to take on the second trip, and also reveals how few things, providing they are right things, one really needs to be comfortable in camp. A boy’s mother, who is generally the official trunk packer of the family, makes a mistake in stowing away in the trunk a lot of things not serviceable or suitable for camping.

Cotton goods, except towels, handkerchiefs, and hose, are of no use. Gray woolen shirts, gray, brown, or green sweaters (a boon to campers–avoid white, red, or striped colors), khaki suit, outing flannel pajamas (tan color preferred) are in the class of real camp necessities so far as clothing is concerned. The hat should be drab or khaki color, of campaign style, something that will shed water and sun. The hat used by the Boy Scouts of America is admirably adapted for campers.

The outfit may be divided into four classes: things necessary, things desirable, things convenient, and luxuries. Boys who go camping for two weeks or less should take articles in the following list marked (1); those who go for four weeks or less should take articles marked (2) in addition to those marked (1); and those who go for what may be called the season, six or more weeks, should take those marked (3), in addition to all of (1) and (2).


Woolen sweater (coat style) (1)
Note book or diary (1)
Twine and rope (2)
Two flannel shirts (gray) (1)
Lead pencil (1)
Change of underwear (1)
Pens and ink (2)
Two pairs stockings (1)
Stamps, stamped envelopes (1)
Jersey (2)
Outing flannel pajamas (1)
Paper, postals and envelopes (2)
Running pants (1)
Handkerchiefs (1)
Needles and thread (1)
Two pairs woolen blankets (1)
Matches in metal box (1)
Poncho (1)
Folding drinking cup (1)
Turkish towels (1)
Strong pocket knife on chain (1)
Extra pair heavy shoes (2)
Echo whistle (2)
Fishing tackle (2)
Comb and brush (1)
Camera (2)
Tooth brush and tooth paste (1)
Small-sized Bible (1)
Money (1)
Good disposition (1)
Leggings-tan, army style (1)
Pins and safety pins (safeties one-inch and four-inch) (1)
Toilet soap (in aluminum or celluloid box) (1)

Extra suit of clothes (2)
Rubber-soled shoes (sneakers) (1)
Soft laundered shirt (2)
Bathing suit or tights (2)
Small compass (2)
Small mirror (1)
Baseball, bats, gloves (2)
Whisk broom (2)
Tennis racquets and balls (3)
Dish towels (2)
Ping Pong racquets, balls (3)
Cheap watch (1)
Rubber boots or overshoes (2)
Map of vicinity (2)
Clothes pins (2)
Musical instruments (2)
Flash lamp (2)
Scissors (2)
Repair outfit (2)


Games (3)
Can opener (2)
Books (3)
Small hand washboard (3)
Small pillow (2)
Thick strong gloves (3)
Mosquito netting (2)
Heavy woolen stockings (3)
Candles (3)
Elk hide moccasins (3)

Bath robe (3)
Blacking and brush (3)
Shaving outfit (3)
Laundry bag (2)
Face rag (3)
It is understood that cooking utensils; tools, tents, cots and the general camp equipment and gear is supplied by the camp management. The above list is for the individual campers.

Mark Everything:

Mark everything with your initials, or, if in a large camp, your camp number. This may be done with indelible ink upon white tape, and the tape sewed upon the garments, or you may order through the large department stores your full name embroidered on tape in sufficient quantity to sew upon your belongings. Marking your “goods and chattels” helps identify ownership, for things somehow get fearfully mixed up in a boys’ camp.

A clever scheme for locating lost articles was adopted by one large camp. A “Lost and Found” shop was opened. Articles found were brought to the shop. Hours for identification and reclaiming were announced, the owner paying two cents for each article claimed. This method had the effect of making the boys more systematic and less careless in throwing things around, or leaving them upon the ground after a ball game or play. After a certain length of time, an auction was held of all unclaimed articles. The money received was put into books for the camp library

Camping Gear And Equipment

Camping Gear And Equipment

The greatest help after all is to take the children back to the garden that the Lord God planted. A boy must learn to sleep under the open sky and to tramp ten miles through the rain if he wants to be strong. He must learn what sort of men it was who made America, and he must not get into this fuss and flurry of our American civilization and think that patent leather shoes and white kid gloves are necessary for the salvation of his life.–Edward Everett Hale.

Selecting a camp site and general directions for the laying out of the camp grounds is treated very fully in the chapter on Camp Sanitation, so that this chapter will be devoted to methods that to the experienced camper may seem trite, but which the novice will appreciate.

Laying Out a Camp

Advance Party:

If the camp is a large one it is usually customary to send an advance party several days ahead to erect the tents and get the camp in readiness for the larger party. The successful management of a camp depends very much upon placing the tents in such a position as to give plenty of room and yet be compact. When tents are scattered the difficulty of control is increased. The above diagram is a suggestion for the laying out of a camp which provides for room and control.

Plan of Grounds:

The following hints will help the advance party to layout the camp in a systematic and scientific manner. To find the right angle of the camp square, drive a peg at A, another 3 feet distant at B; attach a 5-foot cord from the peg at B, and a 4 foot cord from the peg at A. The point at which the two cords meet at C, where another peg may be driven in, will be the line at right angles to B-A.

Right Angle of Camp Square

Measuring Device:

The illustrations opposite show a device by which a camp, baseball grounds, running track, tennis court or any distance may be quickly and accurately measured. The first thing to do is to get an inch board and cut a round disc (a) about 12 inches in diameter.

Cut two of them and tack them together. The diagram “b” is easier to cut out and will serve the purpose just as well. When the two are temporarily tacked together, bore a hole through the centre for the axle. The eight spokes should be of light material and not too pointed or they will sink in the ground and prevent accuracy. The spokes are tacked on one disc as shown in “c” and then the other disc is nailed on the outside.

A Measuring Device:

Paint the end of one spoke red, so that you can count it every time it comes around. By having the points that touch the ground exactly 9 inches apart, one revolution of the wheel will measure six feet. For an axle use a small piece of broom handle, and for a handle use a long light pole. By varying the length of the spokes you can make the wheel measure any desired distance.

Wall Tent:

The line of the camp having been laid out, the next thing is the erection of the tents. The best way of setting up a wall tent (either the 12 x 14 or 14 x 16 size), the type used in most of the boys’ camps, is the method used by the army and described in Kephart’s “Book of Camping and Woodcraft.” Four boys or men proceed as follows:

Nos. 1 and 2 procure canvas, and Nos. 3 and 4 the poles.
Nos. 3 and 4 lay the ridge pole on the ground, in the direction that the tent is to stand; then lay the uprights at each end of ridge-pole and at right angles to it, on the side opposite that from which the wind blows. Then drop the tent pins and hammers at their respective ends of the tent; then drive a pin at each end of the ridge to mark front and rear. Meanwhile Nos. 1 and 2 unroll the tent and spread it out over the ridge-pole and on both sides of it.

Nos. 1 and 3 now go to the rear, and Nos. 2 and 4 to the front, and slip the pins of the uprights through the ridge-pole and tent. If a fly is used, it is placed in position over the tent, and the loops of the long guys over the front and rear pole pins. No. 4 secures center (door) loops over center pin in front, and No. 1 in rear. Each goes to his corner, No. 1 right rear, No. 2 right front, No. 3 left rear, No. 4 left front.

All draw bottom of tent taut and square, the front and rear at right angles to the ridge, and fasten it with pins through the corner loops, then stepping outward two paces from the corner, and a pace to the front (Nos. 2 and 4) or rear (Nos. 1 and 3) each securely sets a long pin, over which is passed the extended corner guy rope. Care must be taken that the tent is properly squared and pinned to the ground at the door and four corners before raising it.

Shelter Tents, Seton Tepee, Tent Made Of A “Fly”, Wall Tent:

Nos. 1 and 3 now go to the rear, and Nos. 2 and 4 to the front pole, and raise the tent to a convenient height from the ground, when Nos. 2 and 3 enter and seize their respective poles, and all together raise the tent until the upright poles are vertical. While Nos. 2 and 3 support the poles, Nos. 1 and 4 tighten the corner guys, beginning on the windward side.

The tent being thus temporarily secured, all set the guy pins and fasten the guy ropes, Nos. 1 and 2 to the right, Nos. 3 and 4 left, and then set the wall pins.
To prevent the upright poles from sinking in the ground under the pressure of the canvas, place a flat stone or piece of wood under the pole.

Adventure Camping Leadership

Adventure Camping Leadership

What you are about to read is the culmination of information from many different places and resources. I hope you enjoy it.
The success or failure of a boys’ camp-site depends upon leadership rather than upon equipment. Boys are prevail by example rather than by precept. A boys’ camp is largely built around a strong personality. Solve the problem of leadership, and you interpret the greatest problem of camping.

The Camping-site Boss:

No matter how big or how small the camp, there have to be one who is in absolute govern. He may be known as the director, superintendent, or chairperson. His word is final. He ought be a man of manager knack and adequate common sense.

He have to own a keen thanks of justice. A die for to be the friend and lawyer of every boy ought usually regulate his movement. He will always keep the concern and good of every individual boy at heart, realizing that parents have literally mephitic upon to his grief and charge, for the spell creature, the bodies and souls of their boys. To be treasured have to be his aim. Too often the desire to be popular leads to failure.

The Settlement Leaders:

Aim to unimperilled as aide-de-camp leaders or counsellors under age men of obvious mark and moral leadership, public school men if possible, men of culture and refinement, who are good athletes, and who understand boy being.

“They ought be strong and sympathetic, companionable men. Too hugely sadness cannot be exercised in choosing assistants. Mind of effeminate men, men who are pathological in sex matters. An alert leader can speck a ‘crooked’ man by his actions, his glances, and by his choice of favorites. Deal alongside a man of this type firmly, instantly, and quietly.

Let him suddenly be ‘called home by station which he could not control.'” The leader must have the loyalty of his assistants. They should come into their rank from the leader, and this rank ought be legal by the entire camp. The highest sort leader present at any time ought have jurisdiction over the reception.

In a boys’ camp I be partial to the term “leader” to that of “counsellor.” It is more natural for a boy to follow a leader than to listen to wise counsellors. “Come on, fellows, let’s–” meets hard by hearty response. “Boys, do this,” is an entirely different possession. Leaders should grasp frequent councils regarding the being of the camp and share in counting its approach.

The most fruitful origin of come up with of leaders should be the colleges and preparatory schools. No vacation can be so profitably spent as that given over to the leadership of boy life. Here is a organization of equitable utility which should appeal to purposeful college men.

Older high school boys who have been campers build excellent leaders of younger boys. A leader should always receive some remuneration for his services, climate carfare and timber or a fixed sum of coin definitely agreed upon already.

The pay should never be so large that he will look upon his position as a “job.” Never protect service with the blinding attractiveness of Brit notes. The leader purpose of pay should be to help deepen the sense of obligation, and prevent free trade and indifference, as well as to achieve the services of living souls who must deserve something.

Do not take a man as leader simply because he has certificates of recommendation. Comprehend him on one’s own. Encounter out what he is able of doing. The following blank I use in securing information:

Leader’s Information Blank:

College or school
Class of
Do you sing? What part (tenor or bass)?
Do you swim?
Do you play baseball? What position?
Do you play an instrument? What?
Will you bring it (unless piano) and music to camp?
Have you won any athletic or aquatic events? What?
Will you bring your school or college pennant with you?
Have you ever taken part in minstrel show, dramatics, or any kind of entertainment; if so, what?
What is your hobby? (If tennis, baseball, swimming, nature study, hiking, photography, athletics, etc., whatever it is, kindly tell about it in order to help in planning the camp activities.)

A Leader’s Pulpit–Sunday Morning in the “Chapel-by-the-Lake”–Camp Becket:

Leaders should not be chosen in order to secure a baseball team, or an athletic team. Select men of diverse gifts. One should know something about nature study, another about manual training, another a good story-teller, another a good athlete or baseball player, another a good swimmer, another a musician, etc. Always remember, however, that the chief qualification should be moral worth.
Before camp opens it is a wise plan to send each leader a letter explaining in detail the purpose and program of the camp. A letter like the following is sent to the leaders of Camps Durrell and Becket.