2018-01-25 / Outdoors

Cub Scouts camp, take on Bahle Park with homemade sleds

— Story and photos by Eric Carlson


CAYDEN JELINEK’S cardboard and duct tape sled still had some life in it after several runs down Bahle Hill during Cub Scout Pack 131’s annual Winter Fest. CAYDEN JELINEK’S cardboard and duct tape sled still had some life in it after several runs down Bahle Hill during Cub Scout Pack 131’s annual Winter Fest. Cub Scouts of Pack 131 in Suttons Bay had their annual Winter Fest last weekend, celebrating with a “campin” and by building cardboard sleds and racing them down Bahle Hill.

The cubs camped inside Keswick Church on Friday night because some snow shelters they’d made earlier outside had melted. They also constructed sleds out of cardboard and duct tape.

The weather was nearly perfect for sledding at Bahle Hill on Saturday morning, with mild temperatures, mostly sunny skies, and very slick, packed-down snow.

“This is awesome,” said Easton West, a second grade Wolf Cub who made his cardboard and duct tape creation into a sliding helicopter.

Many of the Cubs’ creations held up for only a few runs down Bahle Hill, according to Cubmaster Lynn Bakker. But sliding was so good the boys were able to use the remnants of their sleds — or nothing at all — to enjoy a good ride down the hill.


HEADING UP Bahle Hill in Suttons Bay, Cub Scouts of Pack 131 and family members prepare for another run with their custom-made cardboard and duct tape sleds.HEADING UP Bahle Hill in Suttons Bay, Cub Scouts of Pack 131 and family members prepare for another run with their custom-made cardboard and duct tape sleds.


CUB SCOUTS took to sliding down Bahle Hill “penguin-style” on their bellies after their cardboard and duct tape sleds fell apart. CUB SCOUTS took to sliding down Bahle Hill “penguin-style” on their bellies after their cardboard and duct tape sleds fell apart.

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