Feb. 16, 2012
On Thursday night, the students of the Grade 10 & 11 Outdoor Ed classes spent the night sleeping out in the cold. The lead up to this year's wintercamp was quite interesting, as the snow was covered by a layer of ice that made it difficult to get the Quinzhees piled up high enough. This lead to some last minute (some late into the night) work to complete the Quinzhees and others making a variety of different winter shelters.
The night promised to be a good one with warm temperatures and some light snow. It was fairly warm, but the flurries only lasted about 15 minutes before it turned into a steady drizzle for most of the night. With memories of last year, where we cancelled the overnight because of heavy rains, students were determined to make this evening happen. There were some adjustments to waterproof the shelters further and others realized that they would be spending a night in a Quinzhee that would feel damp.
For the most part the evening went quite well, with nice fires, good food and a solid game of manhunt. There were a few that were challenged in starting their fires and keeping them going to cook their dinners. A few students were also not careful enough in keeping their sleeping stuff dry. Bouncing around like penguins in their sleeping bags in the rain didn't make for a good start to a night of sleeping in a Quinzhee. Needless to say we had a few people head home that evening.
The night itself proved to be quite challenging for some, as the dampness of the night made for a chilly night, while others had a great night sleep. We will let the students tell their stories and the lessons they learned during our wintercamp in the comments attached to this post.