Polar Cubs provides Cub Scouts an opportunity to go outside in cold and snowy weather and love it. Boys and their parents will be part of a “Super Den” that is led through several fun wintry activities by enthusiastic staff members.
There are also overnight options which accustom Scouts to camping. Scouts spend most of their day outside but eat meals and sleep inside. There are opportunities in the evening for sledding and a movie.
Polar Cubs is also a great way to acquaint with the camp in preparation for summer camp. A mix of great staff and outdoor adventures will make this a winter your Cub Scouts won’t forget. Every year, new activities are added along with some good old favorites. Below are the type of activities you can expect.
- Snow forts
Registration & Fees
Registration is on a first come first served basis. Units can reserve space without assigning individual names until Dec. 15th at which time any un-named space will be released. Registration can be completed online.
- Weekend Cost: Adult: $30 | Youth: $40
- Saturday Only Cost: Adult: $20 | Youth: $30
- Availability can be seen online. Weekend capacity 180 campers, with 60 overnight guests each night.
- $5 late fee per camper for registrations after December 31st.
- Full payment is due 2 weeks before your scheduled weekend.
The Tesomas Alumni Camping Trust has been established to assist any youth with financial need to experience camping. Applications are due December 1st.
Polar Cubs check in is at the Hanna Venture Base (or McCormick Lodge) at the times listed below. If you will be arriving later than this please contact the Winter Director.
- 7pm - 8pm Friday for those attending the Friday Overnight.
- 9am Saturday for those attending Saturday Only and Saturday Overnight.
- Use this guidebook in explaining the program to parents. Getting the kids excited is easy, just ask “Who wants to play in the snow for a weekend?”
- You have the option to attend as a large group or several smaller groups. Units are not limited to one weekend. We recommend at least one adult for every five Scouts.
- Register by December 31 to get the $5 discount!
- Hold a meeting to check each Scout’s gear before leaving for camp.
- Let us know ahead of time if any camper has special medical or food needs.
- All campers must use the Annual Health and Medical Record sheet provided by National BSA. Please ensure every camper completes parts A & B. This activity is less than 72 hours so campers can omit part C. Copies turned in to camp must be kept on file after they leave camp.
- Medications brought to camp must be in their original container.
In Case of Bad Weather
Sessions will only be cancelled in extreme conditions. If this happens the unit will be notified and encouraged to attend another sessions. No makeup sessions will be offered.
What to Bring
Day and Overnight
- 2 winter hats (one spare), the face mask type is preferred
- 2-3 pairs of mittens (warmer than gloves)
- 2-3 wool or fleece sweaters/sweatshirts
- Winter jacket, preferably parka style or hooded
- 1-2 pairs polypropylene long underwear
- 2 pairs of pants, one of which wool or insulated snow pants, no jeans
- 2-3 pairs of heavy insulated socks, wool or synthetic
- 2-3 pairs of light synthetic liner socks
- 1-2 pairs of warm winter boots
- Sled (optional)
Overnight & Extra Stuff
- Sleeping Bag
- Water Bottle
- Toothbrush, soap, shampoo, Chap stick, towel, and other toiletries
Winter Camping Tips
Stress to all campers that cotton clothing is not appropriate for outdoor winter activities. Cotton holds moisture and your body cools quicker with wet cotton than with nothing at all. Dress in layers. Pass on this warning!
Too much physical activity can cause perspiration which creates more moisture buildup in clothing than exterior snow. Don’t over exercise. Ventilate and loosen clothing as needed. Change wet layers before they soak others. Rest for 10 minutes after every hour of activity.
Even in colder conditions your body will need fluids. Especially with higher than normal activity levels. Make sure your Scouts are drinking plenty of water.