Local Troop Braves Subzero Temperatures for Badges

By: Ali Ingersoll Email
By: Ali Ingersoll Email

Boy Scouts in Troop 337 from Edgar camped out overnight when the temperature was 17 degrees below zero to earn their Zero Hero badges.

"The boys themselves actually slept in shelters which they dug out themselves," says Daniel Grondin, the Scoutmaster for Troop 337. "They lasted all night. They did a great job."

The group dug out igloos from a snow bank. A trip like this takes a lot of planning. The scouts had to be both mentally and physically prepared.

"You have to think about all the safety things that go on," says Grondin. "Are the boys going to have the right clothing? Are we going to make sure they're prepared before we go out there? We made sure they had hot cocoa; made sure they had something warm in their stomachs; made sure they had a good meal before they went out there so they had a lot of energy to burn while they were sleeping."

"I was actually kind of excited," says Colby Krebsbach, a tenderfoot rank in the Troop. "I was preparing myself for the coldness, which I never felt. I was actually kind of scared because I was wondering how cold it would be. Would I actually get this? Will I actually not?"

All five boys completed the task and earned their badges. They also gained some valuable life experiences during the trip.

"Zero Hero for me means to be prepared and knowing all the stuff so just in case of one tragedy, a huge snow storm comes on me when I'm sleeping in a tent, I know what I have to do, what I have to be prepared to do and how I am going to do it," says Krebsbach.

During the trip, the scouts also created new memories and friendships to last them a lifetime.

"The memories that I will remember is when they came out of those igloos, first thing in the morning and they realized 'I did it.'" says Grondin. "It just warms your heart when you see these boys had a challenge and they stuck it out and they conquered it."

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