Fall Fundraising Is In The Air!

Fall Fundraising Is In The Air!

Support your local Scout group and place your order today! For order inquiries please email: Fundraising@leducscouting.ca

 

Nepal Fundraising Crest

We would like to do an order for these crest to help show our support for the victims of the Nepal Natural disaster If you would like to get one of these crests please bring $5 to your section leader On or before May 22nd so we may then purchase them for you. 100% of the proceeds will go to the relief funds and you have something cool to attach to your blankets!

 

If you would rather get one on your own please visit the Edmonton Scoutshop or go to http://www.scoutshop.ca/Item?item=88800003237#prettyPhoto

Support Nepal.

100% of proceeds will be donated to the relief efforts.

Order before May 25th and the Government of Canada will match our donations!

Winter Camping 101

WINTER CAMPING:   ALASKA / YUKON STYLE

Some thoughts on gear and staying warm in the outdoors
Since we have our first winter campout coming up here are some things to think about and if you need to go shopping – Do it Now!

REMEMBER COTTON KILLS- Cotton should only be utilized  for car camping.

Sleeping bag system – you need a good sleeping bag that is rated AT LEAST for minus 30  or better if you are going to be camping outdoors in the winter in Alberta. The modular ones (like Wiggies) are really good. At a minimum you should have a waterproof tarp on the ground, then a sleeping mat to place between the tarp and your sleeping bag. A gortex bivy for your sleeping bag is a very good idea. A waterproof stuff sack is important as well for backpacking. Understand the proper storage for your sleeping bag – in general is it NOT GOOD to store it all compacted in the stuff sack – is should be expanded loosely in a warm dry place – this makes the insulation last longer and your bag will be warmer.
You need to stay warm and dry and dress in layers. No cotton, have extras of key items like mittens, hat, and a under layer if it gets too wet. Keep yourself and your gear as clean and dry as you possibly can.

Boots – Highly recommend buying some bunny boots (also known as VB –vapor barrier boots – or Mickey Mouse boots) . You should know how to ensure the pair you buy are serviceable and that you keep the vent closed. Your boots should not be tight. I think the only suitable substitute is a good quality pair of Sorrels – if you get them second hand, try and get new inserts that still have some insulating properties and are not compacted. Remember laces can and do freeze overnight.

Socks – thick wool socks or smartwool socks. NO COTTON. Make sure you try out your socks in the boots ahead of time so they are not too tight. Have a few extra pair of socks.
Chapstick – keep this handy

Head lamp – with spare batteries – Flashlights are obsolete – headlamps allow you to use both hands while your work. Just keep it around your neck handy.

Hydration system. You need large wide mouth nalgene type bottles – in the winter camel back type systems are useless. A narrow necked bottle will freeze and you will not be able to get to the water – with a wide mouth bottle you can break through the ice that forms. Think about where you water is stored while camping – insulate it or keep it moving so it does not freeze.

Mittens – again – not tight fitting. Keep them on your hands. If you have to do things that require manual dexterity put on some good quality gloves and when you are finished with that task put the mittens back on. Have spare mittens and gloves. Keep them dry.

Hat – fleece or wool that covers your ears. It is really handy to have a balaclava type hat you can pull down to cover your face and nose. Have extras to you can put on a dry hat if one gets we through perspiration.

Clothing – silk or polypro long johns and long sleeve shirt against your skin. Then wear an intermediate layer – light fleece or some of the new moisture wicking fabrics – light wool works too. And on top is a wind and water proof shell. If you need more insulation, add it between your intermediate layer and your outer shell. You will need waterproof outer shell pants for kneeling and digging in the snow. Ski pants or snowboarding pants should work – if they are second hand they may have lost their waterproof properties. I muffler or neck gaiter is a good idea too.
Being active – you should be constantly assessing your layers to stay warm without being so hot you are seating out your clothes. Open your jacket, open your pit zippers, switch out your intermediate layer with something lighter or heavier….but make sure you are not allowing snow to get into your clothes or let your clothes lay on the snow. If you are camping out – you need to make sure you can get into something dry when you wake up. Watch your buddy – don’t let him do foolish things like making snow angles or wandering around without mittens or a hat on. If you see someone who is getting cold – take action immediately. Building a Quinzhee will require you to get in the snow when you are digging out the interior of the shelter. Get out and stand up and brush the snow off periodically – don’t let snow get underneath your clothing.

Sleeping – If you get in a sleeping bag with your clothes on, or if you are wet from sweating, you are in for big trouble. This can quickly turn into a hypothermia emergency event. You need to be dry and in underwear or silk/polypro long johns. Bring a towel and dry yourself off if necessary and change into dry long johns ahead of getting into the bag. Same for socks and your hair/fleece cap – get dry first. If your sleeping bag is touching the snow, it will start melting the snow and absorbing water into your bag. At a minimum you should have a waterproof tarp on the ground, then a sleeping mat to place between the tarp and your sleeping bag. A Gortex bivy sack for the outside of your sleeping bag is a very good idea.
While you are sleeping – take your clothes off and put them in a waterproof bag. – same with your boots. This will cut down on the frost that forms on them over night. If they are wet, they will be frozen in the morning and un-wearable. Make sure you have a dry set of clothes for the morning. – Extras… While you are sleeping you may want to keep your long johns on and keep some wool socks on your feet. Some like to sleep with a fleece hat as well. Zip up your bag so there is just a small hole for fresh air to breath. Some people like to position a flap of material for some insulation, but you need to be able to exchange air . If your bag is large and there is extra space in it, tuck it up under you so your bag is touching you and does not have air pockets in it – these will just make you cold.
What if I have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night? First stop your intake of fluids early. Better to wake up in the middle of the night thirsty than needing to pee. (BTW you may want to keep a small water bottle in your sleeping bag). If you have to go, get your clothes on and do it. Camp booties are really handy for this – they are expensive however. You will find that it is much warmer once you get settled back in and will sleep better. Make sure you go outside the immediate camp area to the designated latrine area – no one likes yellow snow in the camp area.

Waking up – this is the not-so-comfortable part. Open your clothes bag and pull your clothes into your sleeping bag to warm them up. Put on some light gloves or glove liners and then once your clothes warm up start getting dressed. Do it quickly. Take a look at the outside of your sleeping bag (with a headlamp or flashlight) and see if it got wet anywhere on the outside. If wet, you need to find a way to get the sleeping bag dried out. Otherwise, zip it up and put it in a waterproof stuff sack so it does not get wet from contact with the snow. Then get up and out and get active – help your buddy, check on your friends and start talking about how you slept like a baby last night.
Make sure you are eating and drinking during the day – being dehydrated or hungry is going to make you more prone to cold weather injuries.

YIS

Scouter Tom

Buddy Night

Last night featured our Beaver buddy night. We had almost all the beavers attend and we had a BLAST! Literally! We started the night showing the beavers friend how to do a proper opening and am sure the toastmaster group thought the walls were going to fall in! After that we went outside and had an Easter egg hunt. Some of the beavers said that Malak kind’s looks like the Easter bunny:) Later we made Film canister rockets and let them fly. If any of the beavers wants to have a film canister to take home let Hawkeye know as these are getting very hard to find. (I can give instructions as well) Then everyone was starting to get a little cold so we went back into the hall and made Easter chickens and Easter bunnies. Time flew so fast that it was time to go but not before we presented our white tail beavers with their new swim up tails. All of the white tail beavers are swimming up this year SO EXCITED!

Only 7 more meeting left to the year and so much to do!

Hawkeye

Getting to know you

Well our first night of Beavers was a success! We have such a wonderfull group of kids this year that i think we will have one of the best years in 2nd Leduc beaver history! We had a few shy ones but by the end of the night everybody was fine. We played the frindship web, did a meet a  friend activity and started to learn our first beaver song. Also we started to learn the opening and closing ceremonies for our colony and some of our rules. Each beaver has been tasked to do a good deed during each week and then to remember that deed to tell us about it at each meeting. Please help your youth with this task, Also we handed out card with our Promise Motto and Law. The beavers have to try to learn this for our investure ceremmony in a few weeks. This is the start of something great!

YIS,

Hawkeye

Keep Calm and Paddle Faster

What a fun night! We had a very good showing for our fall canoe night. The beavers were very excited to get out on the water. for a group of first time paddlers i was very impressed in the skill of the beavers. We only had to pull one canoe out of the reeds:) We had a birthday celebration last night for Lincon so happy Birthday! After the canoe trip we had a popcorn kickoff with lots of yummy samples so if you had left a little earlier i will get you the form next week or you can contact Hawkeye.

I have a feeling this is the start of something great!

Hawkeye

Welcome to the Colony

Welcome to the new year of Beaver scouts! I am excited to announce that we are complety full again this year with even a few on a waiting list!

Most of you were able to attend the meeting last night so i hope that is served to answer many of your questions about who we are and what we do. As always if you ever have any questions about anything please feel free to contact me.

As we were running a little late last night we did not get the chance to show the child and youth safety course. If you wish to do this online let me know and i will set it up for you but we will be offering this one more time in person whichh is the best way to get it done. Please remember though you MUST have this course and a police record check completed in order for your child to remain in the program so it is extremly important to get it done as we do not want to ever eject a child for any reason such as this. A date for the course will be announced very soon.

Also again we are still looking for full and part time leaders so if you have not talked to me and wish to do so i am always available.

Hope to see all of you very soon at our First meeting On Sept 17th!