The conditions for this years' wintercamp were perfect. We had lots of snow to build our quinzhees, temperatures were cool enough to let them set, but it wasn't too cold, making for a pleasant night.
The highlight this year was the quality of the quinzhees. The students spent 4 days building their quinzhees, with many of them spending extra time at lunch and after school ensuring that their quinzhees were in great shape. They also took care of the important features to ensure they would have a warm night out in the snow. With 59 students, we had 18 quinzhees of all shapes and sizes, with some fitting up to 8 students. There were many special designs added to increase comfort, with things like individual sleigh style beds, bunk bed designs, shelves for storage, a fireplace and many more items I will let the students describe.
The evening was nice and calm with temperatures around -7 C, which provided for a great evening hanging around the campfire to watch the stars. We got lucky with the firewood, as the new solar panels going up on the school provided us with plenty of firewood for the evening.
The morning brought one of the greatest surprises, lots of smiles. It seems as if the majority of the students out had a great and warm night. There were only a few that were chilly in the morning. Nothing a nice hot shower and warm breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon and fruit couldn't fix.
I must commend my students for stepping up in every aspect of this experience, from building the quinzhees and supporting each other, to the team effort making breakfast and cleaning up. All in all, this wintercamp was one of the best ones I have ever been involved in.