Option 1: Arctic Athlete
Try a new way to move about in winter, e.g., crosscountry skiing, snow shoeing, snowboarding, sledding, skating etc. Another great way to enjoy what winter has to offer is by trying out new winter activities! Are there any winter sports that you’ve always wanted to try? You might be able to do some at your meeting place, like broomball or practicing winter survival by building temporary shelters. While some may need more specialized equipment, facilities, or training, like ice fishing, curling or downhill skiing. In small teams, decide on a new activity to try and make arrangements to try it out!
Human beings have innovated many ways to try to move around in the winter. Snowshoes are one of the most commonly used Indigenous designs that have been used for centuries to help move around more easily on snow and tundra landscapes.
Option 2: Mini-Kondike Derby
Learn from the Inuit design of a qamutik (a traditional Inuit Dog Sled) How could we create a similar structure so that people can pull it? If you have no ice or snow, how can you adapt your qamutik to move on road, grass, etc.? A Klondike sled is adapted so that rather than using dogs to pull and a driver to direct, it is pushed from behind and has several people pulling from the front.
How does the driver of the sled communicate with the “dogs”? Develop your commands so that your “dogs” (Scouts) know what to do and when to do it.
A traditional qamutik is an Inuit sled designed for travel on the snow and ice of the arctic. It does not include the use of any nails or pins, and instead pieces are drilled and lashed together.