Fall Camps Review

With Scouts beginning in September yearly, fall camps are a great way for new and old scouts to experience coming together with activities and developing unity as a troop. Scouts is a wonderful program that helps to develop many skills needed to be successful: personal, social and life survival skills. Within the troop, we break up into groups, called patrols. Patrols are made up of 4/5 scouts team that work together all year to improve skills and other attributes. Outdoor skills like: building tarp shelters, canoeing and geocaching.

In our fall canoeing camp, I was coxswain of the canoe. In this role, I was able give directions: paddle left, right and all paddle. I also was in charge of steering. This special canoe held approximately 20 people – the Big Canoe. Before getting in the water, we put life jackets on, questioned about swimming levels and reviewed water safety roles. We also learned techniques on getting in and out of the canoe: 3 points of contact when standing up: feet on the floor of the canoe and hands on the sides or seats. This forms a triangle which is more stable when balancing getting in and out of the canoe.

Another activity is geocaching. This activity took the entire morning, as there were 10-12 geocaching spots. When a spot was discovered, we had to sign our list and note location: longitude and latitude and what was the article found. The articles were amazingly tricky: a fuzzy caterpillar in tree or a stick in drain with string attached and article tied on (very challenging). Use all their senses and possible clues to find!!

The most important fall activity could be used in real life situations and be life saving: trap or shelter building. Key elements to note when trap shelter building; dry level ground (near water source, if available), trees far enough to build a shelter with space to lay down but trees close enough to tie ropes around.

Looking forward to more activities and growth, as the Scouting year continues.

CouncilNova Scotia Council

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