Ken Williams clears an area in the deep snow to pitch his tent.
Dick Yeager hams it up for the camera at the 1961 Polar Bear.
Wyalusing Boy Scout David Yeager, center, gets in line to board the Denver Zephyr on a journey with other scouts to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 1962.
Scout Leader Charlie King, front left, gives Boy Scout David Baker a load of pine boughs to carry to his tent. The scouts slept on the pine boughs to provide a layer of insulation.
The main source of heat for cooking at the 1961 Polar Bear campout at Camp Brule was “Polar Stoves” like the one pictured above, where some scouts sample the soup of the day.
Tents like this were used by Troop 8 Scouts on their trip to Philmont.
Dave Keeler at one of Philmonts vistas.
Dave Keeler and Dan King by the campfire at Philmont.
Left to right: Dan King, Dave Yeager and Bill Gannon entering the Chicago Train Station on their way to Philmont.
Bill Gannon and Dave Yeager at Philmont.
Dave Keeler and Dan King at Philmont
Terry Young, left, and Tom Knolles dig out a place to pitch their tent at the 1961 Polar Bear.
Assistant Scout Leader Jack Bodnar is pictured with Jack Long while the two were loading camping gear.
Wyalusing Scouts are pictured enjoying a summer campout at an unidentified campsite sometime in the 1960’s. Those pictured include (from the left) Ron Bodnar, Pat Dunfee, Brian Keeler and Rob Oliver. The boy on the right is unidentified.
Dave Keeler awaits lunch by the Polar Stove
Former Wyalusing Rocket publisher Bill Keeler, right, who took most of the 1961 Polar Bear photos, is pictured with Wyalusing School District Superintendent Max Gannon.
Dave Lafrance presents his mom with a miniature Eagle Scout pin after his Eagle Scout ceremony.
Glen Felter, left, and Dave Keeler, center, cook a can of beans on a wood stove. Bill Gannon is on the right.
Jim Iddings, left, and Charlie King display a thermometer, which unfortunately is unreadable in this photo. Iddings recently said the temperature was about 10 below when the photo was snapped. That’s Max Gannon, Jr. on the right.
Left to right: Jim Iddings, Dick Yeager and Ken Williams keep a close eye on lunch on a sub zero morning at Camp Brule.
Wyalusing Troop 8 Scouts unload gear from Jim Iddings’s 1950 Ford pickup. Those pictured include (from the left) Jim Iddings, Max Gannon, Max Gannon, Jr., Bill Gannon, Craig Williams, Dave LaFrance, Art Allyn and Terry Young.
Scouts load a toboggan with gear to pull through the deep snow to their campsite. Those pictured include (from the left) Craig Lutz, David Keeler, David Baldwin, Craig Williams, Glen Felter and Jack Long.
Jim Iddings prepares to build a fire at the 1961 Polar Bear.
Rusty Williams, left, loaded down with a heavy pack, heads for his campsite at the 1961 Polar Bear. Pictured with him are Max Gannon, center, Craig Lutz, right, and Gannon’s 1950 Ford pickup, which he named Frank.
Wyalusing Valley High School Principal Ken Williams, left, at the 1961 Polar Bear pictured with District Superintendent Max Gannon, center, and Dick Yeager, with his back to the camera.
Wyalusing Troop 8 Scouts, their dads and leaders gather around the breakfast campfire.
Wyalusing’s Craig Lutz and an unidentified scout enjoying the warmth of the campfire.
Tents were pitched in deep snow at Polar Bear