Local scouts practice winter survival
Mike Medallen / Submitted Photo
Standing on their igloo are (top row) Stuart Medalen, Brandon Ware, Charlie Christensen (middle) Adam Ware, Britton Erickson, Anders Christensen, Van Abbott, Aaron Murph (bottom) Nico Larson, Skipper Erickson, Jeff Erickson (not pictured) Alan Murph, Charlie Christensen Sr.
Members of Petersburg Boy Scout Troop 24 slept in snow caves and igloos last week as they participated in the annual 'Frostbite Challenge' just across the Canadian border near Skagway, Alaska.
Petersburg scouts dug two snow caves out of 10-foot tall berm and constructed five igloos-two of which received honorable mentions in the judging contest.
Petersburg scouts also took first place in several competitions including axe throwing, snowshoe races, snow canoeing and other snow related activities.
Higher than average temperatures-the lowest at about 15 degrees-graced the scouts during the event.
Scouts from all over Southeast Alaska and Canada participated.