How could I survive in the frozen mountains? Simple! I'm a Boy Scout, working on my Tenderfoot rank with the other Scouts in Troop 96. Bullowa, in Stony Point, is a 67-year-old Scout camp where we camped in mid-October.

The first night of camp was freezing. I forgot to pump up my sleeping mattress all the way, and the ground was not cold nor freezing, it was Arctic! We were walking through Bullowa and suddenly my friend James put his walking stick in some "quickmud" (like quicksand, but less dangerous and more messy) and lost the metal bottom of it!

"That's five feet deep!" he said.

"I call it quickmud," I said.

But then our buddy Daniel spoiled the fun and said, "There's no such thing as quickmud, it's just mud!" And that's when he sank, and boy, he sank deep.

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All the bigger, heavier older boys were having trouble making each step. One kid lost his shoe.

But that was only the beginning. The place was filled with quickmud, water and nowhere to escape. I can't wait for the next trip. For more on Bullowa:

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