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Frost Points

What are Frost Points?

One point is awarded for each degree below freezing recorded during a campout. The degree of temperature is determined by the "official" weather bureau station nearest the campsite; however, a leader's thermometer reading will be accepted.

Daniel Webster Council

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100 Degrees of Frost - http://www.nhscouting.org/activities/camping/100-degrees-of-frost/45360

The 100 Degrees of Frost Award is presented to the Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or adult leader who “earns” 100 or more below freezing points annually between October 1st and May 30th. Any scout, regardless of location, is welcome to participate. One point is awarded for each degree below freezing recorded during a campout. The degree of temperature is determined by the “Official” weather bureau station nearest the campsite; however, a leader’s thermometer reading will be accepted.

THE CARRYING OF POINTS INTO THE NEXT SEASON IS ALLOWED.

[An example of point calculation is as follows: 22° Fahrenheit is 10° below freezing (32°F and 0°C = freezing) and is thus worth 10 points.]


THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET:


  1. Eight continuous hours must be spent between sunset and sunrise in a lean-to, snow shelter, in a tent, or in the open.
  2. No stoves or heaters are permitted in the tents or shelters.
  3. Open fires are permitted as long as they do not constitute a hazard to the shelter or the surrounding area.
  4. Scouts and Venturer’s must be accompanied at all times by leadership approved by the Unit Committee.
  5. All campouts to follow guidelines set out in the Guide to Safe Scouting.


Troop camp outs, Organized District and/or Council activities may be used, as long as all rules are followed. Make-up nights and backyard camping for those who miss outings due to illness, etc., are authorized only if they are approved by the unit leader. Appropriate measurements of temperature for those nights must be used.

Camping Standards:

  1. 1. No Scout, Venturer, or Scouter will camp alone. Two adults are required at all times on all sponsored events.
  2. 2. All health and safety standards are in effect during all outdoor camping experiences. Refer to Scouting manuals for correct procedures, etc.
  3. 3. Being prepared is necessary: Prior to the camping trip the Scoutmaster will approve the following:
    1. a. Place- date and duration of trip, including names of campers.
    2. b. Equipment list.
    3. c. Complete menu- food cost per meal per camper.
    4. d. Obtain all permissions required.
    5. e. File all tour permits as required.
  4. 4. Cold weather camping comes with inherent risk. The unit leader will ensure all scouts are properly equipped and appropriately dressed for any cold weather outings.
  5. 5. All camping will be in accordance with principles outlined in the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace. Leave your area better than you found it.
  6. 6. All leaders must adhere to youth protection policies.

Resources:

Longs Peak Council 100 Degrees of Frost Award

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100 DEGREES OF FROST AWARD

The 100 Degrees of Frost Award is presented to the Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or adult leader who "earns" 100 or more below freezing points annually between October lst and May 30th. One point is awarded for each degree below freezing recorded during a campout. The degree of temperature is determined by the "official" weather bureau station nearest the campsite; however, a leader's thermometer reading will be accepted. Degrees (points) cannot be carried over to another season!

THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET:

  1. Eight continuous hours must be spent between sunset and sunrise in a lean-to, snow shelter, under canvas (tent), or in the open.
  2. No stoves or heaters are permitted in the tents or shelters.
  3. Open fires are permitted as long as they do not constitute a hazard to the shelter or the surrounding area.
  4. Scouts and Venturers must be accompanied at all times by leadership approved by the Unit Committee.
  5. Organized District or Council activities may be used, as long as all rules are followed. Make-up nights and backyard camping for those who miss outings due to illness, etc., are authorized.

A special 100 Degree Frost Award patch is available from Council Service Centers. Unit leaders certify campers who have met the requirements. The award may be earned more than once.

Frost Point Award - Longs Peak Council - http://www.longspeakbsa.org/awards/frost.shtml

Montana Council 100 Degrees of Frost Award

100 Degrees of Frost Award - Boy Scouts - Montana Council - http://www.montanabsa.org/be-a-scout/scout-awards-recognition/100-degrees-of-frost-award/

The 100 Degrees of Frost Award is presented to the Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer or adult leader who earns 100 or more below freezing points annually between October 1 and May 30.

http://www.montanabsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/100_Degrees_Of_Frost.pdf

Montana Council

100 Degree of Frost Information

  1. Any Scout, Varsity Scout Or Adult Scouter may qualify for this Award.
  2. One hundred degrees of frost are required to earn this award in a given period. One night out, with a low temperature of 10° Fahrenheit, will net each camper with 22 degrees of frost. (32 degrees of freezing temperature minus 10 degrees equals 22 degrees frost.) This will apply for only the boys and adults camping, not the troop or patrol as a whole.
  3. The official weather bureau station nearest the campsite will determine the degree of temperature. The leader’s thermometer reading will be accepted, but the temperature estimates should be checked with the weather bureau or published temperature readings in the newspaper.
  4. A Scout cannot carry degrees over to another season.
  5. A Scout must spend eight continuous hours in the period between sunset and sunrise in a lean-to, snow shelter, under canvas or in the open.
  6. No stoves or heaters are permitted in the tents or shelters.
  7. Open fires are permitted as long as they do not constitute a hazard to the shelter or surrounding area.
  8. A Scout must be accompanied at all times by leadership approved by the troop, varsity or post committee.
  9. Any organized council or district campout, such as Junior Leader Training, Klondike Derby or other winter camp, may be used as long as all of the rules are followed.
  10. The qualifying period for the 100° of Frost Award Emblem is September 1 through May 31st.
  11. Requests for the emblem and the segments must be sent to the Council Office. The emblem will not be dated so you must order the year segment.

Scoutbook

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Scoutbook.com on Twitter: "Camping Log feature just added to our FREE Scout tracking web app. Log Frost Points + Nights https://t.co/DAM1q51I2c http://t.co/AevgdBW02e" - https://twitter.com/scoutbookcom/status/315128465970057216

Camping Log Now Available - https://www.scoutbook.com/mobile/blog/16/camping-log-now-available/

"Now you can record all your Scout's camping adventures with our brand new Camping Log which we are adding to our FREE Boy Scout advancement tracking web app. Scouts can include a journal entry, keep track of nights camped, enter frost points earned and much more."

Hot Spots

"Frost Points" vs "Hot Spots" vs "Heat Points" vs "Scorch Points"

https://www.scoutbook.com/mobile/forums/boy-scouting/26063/expanding--frost-points-/?Search=frost

"I like "Scorch Points" over "Hot Spots""

Camping Badges of Honor - https://www.scoutbook.com/mobile/forums/new-feature-requests/536/camping-badges-of-honor/?Search=frost

Extreme Camping Patch

Camping Heat Index Points - https://www.scoutbook.com/mobile/forums/new-feature-requests/34386/camping-heat-index-points/?Search=frost

"We use the extreme camping patch here in our council, camping under freezing and over 100. It's nothing for us to find ourselves in 110 plus weather here, and just like we track the frost points it would be fun to add the heat points too. As this isn't something that national recognizes at all it's just something we do for fun."