I was asked by the local Varsity Team and Venturing Crew 422 to help prepare for their summer camping experience at Philmont. The idea is to get the boys into physical shape so that they are able to do 40 to 50 miles in a week plus other strenuous activities while at Philmont.
Today they planned to do some snowshoeing and target practice. This event will be very similar to the winter olympic biathalon of cross country skiing and rifling. However, snow shoes are cheaper to rent and they are not allowed rifles on an open range so today we used BB guns. They were scored on their time through a 2.5 mile figure 8 and also on their marksmanship.
I was asked to be in charge of one of the five shooting stations. I and a couple others snow shoed in to get setup for the runners. We got to nearly break trail. In some places I would sink into the fresh snow up to mid calf deep (about 16 inches) with the snow shoes on. Other places, off trail, I sunk nearly up to my hips in the snow. That was difficult to get out of with the snow shoes on.
I took along my wife's digital camera and tripod. I had thought it would be a great spot to get a panorama. It was but the shots I took did not stitch together very well. I will try again another time. It was fun to be involved with the scouts again and to do some winter activities.