Webelos Polar Bear Campout
About a month ago I came up with the idea of taking my son’s Arrow of Light Webelos Den camping in December. My hope was if we did then they would have the opportunity to earn a Polar Bear badge. This would also be the last time they would get to camp together as a Den before crossing over to the Boy Scout Troop.
So after getting the ok from the Den Leader (my wife) I emailed the idea to the Den. The Den has 20 registered Scouts but only 10-12 are curently active. Of those, we had five Scouts and four parents attend.
Going in we were not real sure if they would actually earn the Polar Bear badge since the weather looked like it was going to be warmer than normal but Mother Nature finally helped out. It got down to 26° and felt really cold since the weather had been so warm.
The Scouts did a great job of setting up and tearing down their own tents and helping setup and breakdown camp. They helped cook the breakfast which consisted of breakfast burritos and assembled a lasagna for lunch (which was really good). They went off on a hike by themselves and all five made it back to camp.
Most importantly, they got to bond as a group one last time. They will all be crossing to the same Troop but there will be more new Scouts than just them so this was their last hoorah!