How To Organise a Bushcraft Camp for Scouts

I found this article while hunting for ideas on program. Having a “bushcraft” camp for Scouts is an excellent idea given the amount of publicity that these skills have received from outdoors-men such as Bear Grylls. Have a look, I found it quite interesting with lots of ideas on how to pull a camp program together for your youth.

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

Reblogged from Frontier Bushcraft

How To Organise A Bushcraft Camp For Scouts

by BARRY SMITH

Author with shelter build by Scouts.

As a keen outdoorsman and Scout Leader I believe that wilderness skills, and particularly bushcraft skills, have an important role in Scouting.

Being able to look after yourself, with minimal kit, in a variety of environments allows you to explore places you might otherwise avoid and get more out of the places you go.

I think bushcraft provides people with a better understanding of their environment and a greater respect for nature.

These are all values that are important to me and I am lucky enough to run a Scout troop with an outstanding set of leaders that share this ethos.

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Ever Wonder What The Kids Do At Camp?

Besides being a Scout Leader I am also a proud scout parent as well. Being a believer that sometimes my children needed to walk a path without mom (also a Scouter) or myself we didn’t attend every Scout camp with our children. Afterwards when the gear was loaded back in the car we would ask “So what did you do”?

Most every time they would respond with “stuff” or some similar noncommittal answer. Now don’t take this as an sign that the camp was boring. Knowing my Scouting Group, they experienced wonderful camps! They just seemed to forget somewhere between the camp site and the car. I have often suspected that the other leaders had gotten hold of a Nurilizer from the movie “Men in Black” and blanked their minds as they left camp. This would also explain their forgetting to pick up their rooms or taking out the garbage too.

Sorry straying a little from the topic! Anyway have you ever wondered what camp looks like to a 9-year-old. The 19th Leicester Scouting Group have helped answer that question. While attending the County Cub Camp this year they outfitted a Cub Scout with a Go Pro head camera and let him loose for the day. Kudo’s go to the Leicester Media team for coming up with this fun video! It’s got me thinking about Cuboree next spring! (really must buy some video equipment)

So buckle up for “A day in the life of a Cub”!

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

One extreme or the other: Jamboree Scouts find a moment of peace

Sometimes it’s nice to remember that not everything about Scouting need be about high adventure. This is a nice article on one of the activities offered at the BSA National Jamboree this year.

Painting offers a chance to develop observation skills and patience in young scouting members. I think that I need to remember where I packed my brushes.

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

Bryan on Scouting

At breakfast one morning early in the jamboree, staffer John Norkus was feeling a little left out as Scouters went around the table describing their jamboree jobs.

“We were feeling kind of puny around extreme BMX, extreme mountain biking, extreme skateboarding,” he said. “So we changed our name to extreme landscape painting.”

At an activity that harkens back to the watercolor journals of Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell, Norkus and fellow staffers Marshall Townsend and Jerry Silvestrini offered Scouts and Venturers a rare respite from the high-energy activities at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

Kyle, a Rhode Island Scout from jamboree Troop C252, was finishing his watercolor painting when I visited on Tuesday. See Kyle with his impressive painting above or see a close-up at the end of this post.

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Brownsea 106 Years Later

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This August 1st besides being “World Scout Scarf Day” is the 106th anniversary of the first encampment at Brownsea Island. We have come a long way from those first 20 campers. One wonders what the next 106 years hold for the movement?

I am asking that besides wearing your necker, neckie, or scarf this coming Thursday is that you also take time to say your Scout Promise as well. It’s a small gesture to our founder and the great game of Scouting as well as a reminder to all of us of our commitment to the service of others.

On my honour
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and the Queen
To help other people at all times,
And to carry out the spirit of the Scout Law.

I hope that everybody is enjoying the summer so far. Until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!