How to build a quinzee snow shelter

Winter camping season is fast approaching! Here in Southern Ontario we are expecting the first significant snow fall of this year over the upcoming weekend (or so the weatherman says) so I thought I would find some “winter” Scout craft to share with you today.


As we challenge our youth to experience winter camping, sleeping in a shelter other than a tent can offer an experience of a lifetime. The quinzee is a simple shelter to build and can quite warm. The following article is from the “Boys’ Life” blog run by BSA. If you have time have a look around it, there are lots of interesting information on it!


Until next time …

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

The Friendship Knot for Your Necker

I first saw this knot on a necker several years ago when a Scouter friend from Australia was visiting. Since then I have seen it appearing more often, especially with groups that have just attended a Jamboree or other large-scale event. Similar to the diamond knot for a Leader’s wood badge beads, you should have a friend tie it for you and once tied it should not be untied.

Being a knot head I finally decided it was time to learn this fun knot. I was surprised by how easy the knot is, and there is many online sources available including YouTube videos. For this post I’ve copied the great set of instructions I found on the  52nd Reading Scout Group website.

I started tying this for my Cub Pack in the hopes that they will stop losing woggles (one can hope) and plan to add it to the knot list they are working on.

How To Tie A Friendship Knot In Your Necker

(via 52nd Reading Scout Group website)

This knot is often used by Scouts to secure the neckerchiefs, instead of a woggle – either because they’ve lost it – or because they’re worried they might. It can also be tied in the points of a necker (very small) if a woggle is being worn.

The linking of the two sides of the necker represent the bond of friendship – both sides of the knot collapse to nothing if they are disentangled.

1) Roll the long edge of your necker first, to give neat ends to tie

2) Cross one end over the other then fold it back up on itself

3) Bring the second end over the folded (first) end and take it round behind.

4) Bring end 1 down over end 2, then take end 2 round and over end 1 and tuck it through the loop formed by end 1

5) Adjust the knot until the ends are even and the knot flat and square, tighten gently until it is the size you want

Traditionally, this knot should be tied in your necker by a friend, and you should never untie that knot in case undoing it “undoes” the friendship.

Until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

Building An Easy Tarp Shelter

Good morning!

I found this great video showing the set up of an easy DIY tarp shelter. It even includes instructions on how to make it at the end.

This is really a great project for Scouts to do. It requires very little in the way of material needs and can be accomplished easily in a weekly meeting. Space wise it rolls down to a manageable size that fits well in a backpack or day pack. A big part of our program is teaching the youth to be prepared and this is an awesome addition to their emergency kit equipment list. I’m thinking that I might have the Venturers in our Group make a few to work out the details, then teach the Scouts how to make their own.

So have a look at the video and until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

Ropes and Poles

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Scouting craft video. So to get back into the swing of it, I searched for something truly epic to share with you all. This is what I found!

Pioneering is one of those things that seems to get a meh from the youth when you first talk about it in the Scout hall, but once a project is hands on that can quickly change. Its one of those experiences that need to be done first before you can truly appreciate the effort involved.

“Ropes and Poles” also happens to be an excellent blog based out of South Africa all about pioneering. It is an awesome resource for anyone thinking about trying a project. Well worth at look!

Once the basic skills are mastered, the youth are only limited by their ambitions and imaginations. The following video is proof that if there is a desire anything is possible!

Until next time…

Be safe, be prepared and keep Scouting!