Camping with the scouts would have been miserable without the fireplace

I thought it was crazy when I went hiking with my boy scout troop in the freezing weather.

  • Things might have not been so bad if we didn’t end up getting hit with a brutal winter storm.

It just kept on snowing like crazy while we were out there hiking, and we ended up having to stop at a shelter. The shelter was not very big, just enough to allow us all to put our sleeping bags down and rest there without being buried in the snow. The snow got really deep though and fortunately, the scout leaders had shovels. It seemed to me that they were planning on all the snow. Still, there was a fireplace we were able to use in the shelter and there was a generous amount of wood stacked up. A lot of scouts would hike through this area and when they would finish using the fireplace, they would split the same amount of wood they used for whoever would use the shelter next allowing for a continuous supply of wood. I was thankful for that fireplace because we were freezing before we were able to use it. I suppose that’s why the main scout leader was never concerned, because he knew we would have access to heating with that fireplace. It would have been a shame though if we had arrived there and there was no firewood for the fireplace. We would have had to split all our own wood, and it would have to be dead wood because there wouldn’t be time for the wood to dry and cure properly.


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