Just before the Christmas Break, the Grade 10 & 11 classes participated in Wintercamp. For about a week, the students spent time piling snow and digging out their Quinzhees to get ready for the night out in the Canadian winter. The snow was good and temperatures ideal.
During the weekend before the wintercamps, we received a great amount of snow, which made building our piles quite easy. The temperatures also dropped to quite cold, ideal for staying out. The one challenge, because the temperatures stayed consistently cold, was that the snow in the quinzhees never fully set. Normal conditions would see the warmer day temperatures settle the snow and then the night freeze would settle it. This year we were missing the warming up. which meant that although the quinzhees were stable, they were still quite light and fluffy.
The nights themselves were amazing. A small crew on the first night enjoyed colder temperatures while they sat around the campfires. The night was quite cold, but the well made quinzhees made that a non-issue and most did quite well. The second night was quite a bit warmer and that was truly enjoyed by the large group as they spent the night around the fire. All in all, both nights were tremendous, with almost everyone doing quite well.
There are always many versions of the same stories on those nights, therefore I highly recommend that you read the reflections the students will attach to this post.