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.
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!
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Alan has been to the Boundary Waters (twice), Philmont, Sea Base and LeFeber Northwoods Camps numerous times, but managed to wait until almost turning 18 before finishing his Eagle project. Having just turned 18 in December, he has no regrets as his project, building roofed dugouts for the baseball diamonds at Water Tower Park in Whitefish Bay, turned out great (and based on village codes, are likely to survive a category 4 tornado!).
Alan always has a smile and can sing about sunshine in even the worst weather. However, I would think twice about going on a trip with Alan as it hailed during both his Philmont and Boundary Waters trips (both in July). While it did not hail during his trip to Sea Base, members of his crew did have to dodge falling obstacles, but you’ll need to ask him about the experience! You can also see his enthusiasm in the attached picture welcoming visitors to the troop’s demonstration at the centennial celebration at the museum in 2010.
Shorewood’s Pack 2, Pack 6 and Troop 6 participated in the Shorewood Connects leaf raking program. As a group they raked and cleaned up 10 yards for elderly residents in Shorewood that were unable to perform this work. They do this annually on the first Saturday in November, and have done so for 3 or 4 years now. It's always an enjoyable and rewarding experience for these Scouts. The homeowners are very appreciative and the boys have a good time doing it.