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Scouts learn cold-weather skills while ice fishing

Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

After weeks of being inside and itching to get out and have some fun, the scouts of Boy Scout Troop 139 in Waterman traveled to Shabbona Lake Jan. 18 for some fishing. This was no everyday fishing trip; the boys, pelted with snow and blasted by wind, were bundled in layers of clothing carefully planned to keep the below-freezing temperatures at bay.

On the frozen lake, 18 inches of ice separated the boys from the fish beneath. Assistant Scoutmaster Tim Tausch, Eagle Scout, helped each boy prepare a homemade ice fishing pole for the trip days before.

The boys carried their supplies onto the lake and set up an ice fishing hut to shield them from the elements. Though no fish were caught, the trip was a huge success; the Scouts learned a lot and are more prepared to compete in the upcoming Klondike Derby, when they will use their scouting skills in an overnight campout competition against other troops in the Three Fires Council Kishwaukee District.

The troop plans to take high-adventure trips to Florida and Minnesota, funded by a Feb. 2 drive-thru pork chop dinner and a March 7 fish fry.

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