Staying Warm with a Wind Chill

By: Keith Jones Email
By: Keith Jones Email

The Valley faced single digit temperatures during the weekend, even without counting the wind chill factor. Staying warm is a must, especially for several Boy Scout troops spending time out in the cold, and they learned a thing or two about staying warm in the wind.

"I was walking in the woods during an orienteering course for Iditarod and my [shoe] sole broke and then it just gradually kept falling off so I'm like 'Hey, my friend has duct tape, so I'll wrap my foot and it's keep the soul together,'" says 15-year-old Scout Ben Ramsey.

Even though it looks silly, Ben says measures like these could keep you warm when the temperatures drop.

"Just stay where you are, hug a tree. That's what we always tell them, hug a tree, someone will miss you," says Larry Ramsey, troop leader.

Larry says to always tell someone where you'll be. In this case, the boys in Troop 13 must survive the cold weather all weekend, but when the freezing winds hit, they're protected.

"Don't let yourself get wet in any way, because then you'll get colder and hypothermia could possibly set in, and stay dry and warm and you'll have fun," says Ben.

"If you go out in weather like this and you wear tennis shoes and shorts, you're going to get very cold," says Larry. "So you just have to be prepared and that's the Boy Scout motto."

Following this mantra, preparation goes beyond wearing warm clothes. No matter what, always be ready.

"Duct tape definitely works. It's always handy. Band-aides are an easy thing to pack, gauze, antibiotics," says Ben.

"And if you know the weather is going to be really bad, don't go out," says Larry.

The scouts down in Camp Shenandoah are set to come home Sunday night. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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