Boy Scouts conduct a Polar Outing

Saturday, January 21, 2012 | 5:44 p.m. CST; updated 10:48 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 21, 2012
Branden Jorgensen, 9, watches Seth Benetiz, 10, Max Meystrik, 7, J.T. Baysinger, 7, and Jackson Skousen, 6, play trolleys. Cub and Boy Scouts went to Fr. Tolton Catholic High School to enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor activities Saturday afternoon.

COLUMBIA — Cub Scout packs from the Columbia and Jefferson City area gathered Saturday at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School for games and a first-aid tutorial at their first Polar Outing event.

The organizers wanted to have a sledding station as well, but Saturday came and Columbia was snowless. Jon Wilson, district director at Great Rivers Council, said they were able to adapt and use the other games they had planned.

“Next year we’ll get a snow machine in,” joked Corey Scott, a volunteer for the event.

From noon to 4 p.m. the 110 boys traveled in packs to different stations, learning about winter first aid and playing chess, broom hockey and other team and leadership building games.

Ten-year-old Keyan Marshall said chess was his favorite station because he doesn’t get to play often. He said he tried to teach his little sister to play, but she confused it with checkers.

“I learned a lot of the chess names that I just forgot before,” said Keyan.

In the winter first-aid session, Eagle Scouts taught the boys about hypothermia, dehydration, hypoglycemia and bandages. When teaching hypothermia, the mantra repeated was, “If they’re red, raise their head; if they’re pale, raise their tail.”

“I just don’t remember all the facts. … Sometimes you lift their head, but if they have a pale face then you raise their legs,” 10-year-old Joshua Thompson said.

Wilson said the event was held at Tolton because one of the pack leaders was on a committee at the new school and Wilson thought it would be a good way to let parents know about it.

Wilson said they planned the Polar Outing as a way to get the boys back into the swing of Boy Scouts after the winter break.

Volunteer Diane Cook said this is the first year the council has organized an event for this time of the year. To make it happen, Cook said she pulled on past experience.

“The swamp crossing became glacier crossing, and, of course, we used other games that we know and have the equipment for,” Cook said.

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