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With west-central Wisconsin covered under the heaviest blanket of snow that it’s had in several years, many people have tired of winter.
Yet members of Boy Scout Troop 243 who attended the group’s Feb. 22-23 campout found much about the weather to enjoy. Temperatures were above zero, the snow was deep enough for snow caves and plentiful enough for ample sledding opportunities, with additional snow falling during the night.
Arriving at their campsite after dark they dug tunnels deep into the snow, slid their bedrolls into the tubes they’d excavated and crawled in for a very warm and comfortable night. In the morning, after breakfast and hot chocolate, they found a suitable hill, made a run and spent hours sledding.
Scouts attending the event included senior patrol leader Tanner Nierenhausen and brother Nathan and Nevan Nosker.
Boy Scout Troop 243 teaches basic outdoor skills 12 months a year and frequently provides opportunities for its members to develop advanced abilities, such as cold weather camping, according to Jim Nosker, the troop’s scoutmaster.
The unit is chartered by Colfax Sportsmen’s Club which promotes more youth programs than any other non-government group in the area, Nosker said.
He pointed out that in addition to sponsoring the troop, the club awards scholarships to graduating seniors from Elk Mound and Colfax high schools, financially assists the 4-H shooting program, sponsors the Colfax Scholastic Action Shooting Team and the Colfax Scholastic Trap Team and sponsors the Colfax Hunter Ed course. The club also built, maintains and staffs – with unpaid volunteers – the current shooting sports complex at the county owned Colfax Area Shooting Range.
Any youth interested in trying the adventures Boy Scouting provides, or wanting to join one or both of the scholastic shooting teams, should contact the club for more information by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org