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Klondike time! Regional Boy Scout cold-weather camping event a hit

  • Justin Haney of Harrisburg gets instructions for building an emergency cold-weather lean-to structure at Klondike camp Saturday at Pine Ridge Scout Reservation.

    Justin Haney of Harrisburg gets instructions for building an emergency cold-weather lean-to structure at Klondike camp Saturday at Pine Ridge Scout Reservation.
    Travis DeNeal photo

  • Boy Scouts build an emergency lean-to shelter during Klondike Camp at Pine Ridge Scout Reservation near Makanda on Saturday.

    Boy Scouts build an emergency lean-to shelter during Klondike Camp at Pine Ridge Scout Reservation near Makanda on Saturday.
    Travis DeNeal photo

 
By Travis DeNeal tdeneal@dailyregister.com
Posted on 1/23/2019, 12:01 AM

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS -- Boy Scouts from across southern Illinois gathered for the region's annual Klondike camping event over the weekend, learning cold-weather survival skills just in time for the weekend's snowstorm.

Scouts and leaders arrived Friday at Pine Ridge Scout Reservation on Little Grassy Lake near Makanda, set up tents and weathered heavy rains through the night.

Saturday was filled with learning segments, featuring cold-weather survival tips including making an emergency shelter, starting a fire with primitive techniques, rescuing a person in icy water and testing accuracy with primitive weapons (slingshots).

Boy Scouts braved dropping temperatures, increasing wind speeds and finally snow, before the end of the Klondike event.