Scouts from DeKalbís Troop 33 recently journeyed to the shore of Lake Superior to experience a four-day winter adventure. They camped in snow trenches, hiked on the ice of frozen Lake Superior, enjoyed a museum, and found excitement dog sledding on a trail in the great north woods. The Superior Winter Adventure took place over the Presidents Day weekend.
Snow camping along the Lake Superior shoreline featured Scouts sleeping outdoors in snow trenches dug into drifts covered over by tarps. The night was cold with strong winds, punctuated by the sounds of coyotes.
Lake Superior offered ice hiking in the Apostle Islands area. Hiking on an ice shelf provided a challenging walk on sharp ridges with Scouts carefully climbing over the ice formations using trekking poles for extra support and balance.
The final stage of the adventure involved dog sledding. After learning about dog care and mushing, boys took turns driving dog sleds along trails winding through the woods.
The Superior Winter Adventure was the most recent activity for the winter season. They also enjoyed other great winter adventures in January and February.
Other winter trips included skiing and snowboarding at Cascade Mountain and Kalahari water park in Wisconsin.
Illinois trips included eagle watching along the Illinois River, canyon hiking at Starved Rock and sledding in Ottawa, plus the Adventure Travel Show in Rosemont with exhibit booths, scuba diving, animal exhibits, camel riding and even a Segway course.
Local winter activities included DeKalb County Forest Preserves, cabin camping at MacQueen and sledding at Russell Woods. In addition, they participated in the Klondike Derby at Sycamore Sportsmanís Club with other Scout troops from DeKalb County.