The Polaris District consists of youth, parents, and volunteers in the northern part of Milwaukee County including: Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, and parts of Milwaukee's north side.
On March 14, Polaris District held its annual District Dinner at Sprecher's Restaurant at Bayshore Mall. The food was fabulous, the fellowship even better, and everyone (except Ed Brandon) was totally stumped by the Second Annual Larry Danner Totally Irrelevant Trivia Contest.
Congratulations to Jon Gabik, Lori Holz and Kathy Myszewski for being awarded the District Award of Merit. Congratulations also go to Pack 393 and BOTH Troops 6 and 15 for being awarded Units of the Year. Finally, congratulations to the following Youth Service Award honorees: Dan Platek, Erik Kakulis, Dakota Lynch, John Denecke and Peter Wojtowicz.
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Polaris District Winter Camporee
The 26th annual Polaris District Winter Klondike was held January 30th – February 1st.
Patrols from 12 troops participated in a number of stations involving tests of Scout skills including first aid, shelter building, navigation and fire building as well as several unique challenges for Scouts to demonstrate their level of preparedness. In addition, an advanced “snow ninja” trail provided an opportunity for senior Scouts to work in two-person teams to accomplish tasks involving a higher set of skills. Trail judges assessed the performance of each patrol based on a combination of Scout skill, teamwork and spirit.
Following the trails, patrols participated in a sled race (definitely a highlight) and “snow snake” throwing competition. District Executive Larry Danner was impressed with the distance traveled by some of the snow snakes and wants to patent the design for future use by NASA.
The weather cooperated with temperatures in the mid-teens to low-20s along with light snow (until the Sunday storm…). While cabins were available, five troops elected to spend the weekend in tents, cooking their own meals, and earned the Polar Bear award. “It was great winter camping weather”, said Jim Jeffery, Scoutmaster of Troop 398, "No mosquitoes this weekend!"
The event is supported by a dedicated group of volunteers (some of whom have been active for its entire history) and it is a credit to the Scoutmasters who encourage their Scouts to enjoy the outdoors and experience winter camping.
The planning committee is already looking forward to next year and the trail bosses have started working to find new challenges (and twists to old ones) to keep the event fresh for its 27th year!