As has been noted in a few earlier emails and our discussion at the meeting on Monday, we are preparing for our Christmas Stroll fundraiser for this coming Friday evening. We plan to sell Tacos in a Bag and Hot Chocolate.
I wanted to write you all a note, as the temperature on Friday is expected to be a high of -8F, with an expected temperature of -20F. Although we have expended funds for food, licenses, etc., our finances are not our primary or even our secondary or tertiary concern. As Committee Chair Copenhaver has noted, the safety of the boys, parents and volunteers is paramount.
You all need to be aware that this fundraiser will involve staying sedentary preparing and issuing the food we are selling for the length of the fundraiser. This is not like an outdoor activity where the boys will be moving and active. Staying warm, particularly in the extremities, will be a concern.
I am also concerned with the logistics of preparing tacos-in-a-bag while wearing heavy gloves or mittens. It is also worth considering that all the condiments we are planning on serving will quickly freeze in this environment.
Appropriate dress for these situations include covering all exposed skin. Wool or synthetic fabrics as a base layer (socks, glove liners, etc.) are extremely important, especially in your extremities. Insulated pants and coats and warm hats that cover the ears are also part of “appropriate dress,” as are insulated winter boots. If we go forward with this event, please be aware that if you arrive inappropriately dressed, you will be sent home. We do have a box of chemical handwarmers in the troop trailer, and it will be available for any of our volunteers at the event.
We have made no decisions regarding this event. I also believe that we will need some extra adult volunteers to oversee the boys to make sure that we do not run into any frostbite situations.
I would like to receive a note from each of you that is planning on coming indicating the shifts you plan on working and a statement that you understand and are prepared to work in this kind of weather. Please send me that note by the end of the day tomorrow.
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America
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