Fall Fundraising Is In The Air!
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Support your local Scout group and place your order today! For order inquiries please email: Fundraising@leducscouting.ca
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
100% of proceeds will be donated to the relief efforts.
Order before May 25th and the Government of Canada will match our donations!
2nd Leduc Cubs and Venturers held our first annual Court of Honor on Friday April 24 at the Lions Club campground. Three of our Cubs – Dean Kopfensteiner , Isaac Pollard and Elijah Pollard were honored for earning their 6 stars and all three received plaques for their job well done. The Venturers – Brandon Saitz Jordan Saitz, Wyatt Carr and Savannah Roberts were honored with handmade antler awards made by Scouter Tom for a successful survivor man challenge and Wyatt Car was awarded with his next level within the BSA movement, Wyatt is now a life scouter.
Life is second-highest rank attainable and ranks above Star Scout and below Eagle. Life is awarded when the Scout serves actively in the troop, team or crew, serves in a position of responsibility for six months, and performs six hours of community service. Another thing a Scout must do in order to achieve Life is earn an additional five merit badges (three of which are required for the rank of Eagle), to make a minimum total of eleven merit badges (including the six previously required for Star). Finally, the Scout must pass a Scoutmaster conference, and board of review. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranks_in_the_Boy_Scouts_of_America)
One last thing that was presented this evening was each of the cub and Venturer youth were presented with campfire ashes that have a pedigree that trails all the way back to the original scouting movement on Brownlee Island.
2ND LEDUC SCOUTING WINTER CAMPING GEAR LIST
Warm shirt (wool or heavy non-cotton)
Mid-weight inner layer (sweater, fleece, wool scout jacket)
Snow pants or wool pants
Winter-weight jacket/snowsuit(with hood is good)
Inner sock (thin poly sock)
Outer sock (smart-wool)
Inner glove (lightweight)
Outer heavy glove or mitten
Warm hat (wool, fleece, fur)
Ski mask (full face covering)
Winter boots (Bunny boots best; Sorel-type ok)
Scout Basic Essentials:
First aid kit
Extra clothing (as needed)
Rain gear (jacket and pants, or poncho)
Water bottle (full)
Flashlight (good/extra batteries in pocket; headlamp is ideal)
Trail food (as desired)
Matches & fire starters (flint & steel, batteries & steel wool, etc.)
Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm)
Map & compass
One complete change of clothes; top and bottom
Extra non-cotton underwear
Extra set of non-cotton long underwear (tops and bottoms)
2 pairs of wool socks for each day of campout
Extra stocking hat
2 pairs extra gloves/mittens
Extra pair of felt liners for Sorel-type of boots (n/a bunny boots)
Dedicated sleep kit (sweatshirt, pants, knit hat, loose, warm socks in plastic bag)
Sleeping bag (cold weather)
Second sleeping bag or layer (wool blanket, sleeping bag liner, extra sleeping bag, etc.)
2 foam pads (closed cell or Therm-a-rest pad)
Reflective ground cloth to go under sleeping bag (6’ x 8’)
Tent (coordinate with buddy and Patrol Leader)
Ground cloth (goes under tent)
Bag to hold gear (backpack, duffel bag, etc.)
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.
Here is a .pdf displaying badge placement for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Rovers, and leaders.
Investiture is the event wherein the “tenderpads,” i.e. the first-year Cubs, are invested into the Cub program. At this event, Cubs are asked to recite the Cub motto, law, and promise. They are then presented with their neckers, woggles, and badges indicating the group, area, and council to which they belong. At that point, the Cubs are fully invested in the program, and full members of the group.
This year, we will be doing things a little differently. We will be holding our investiture at the regular day and time, however we will be travelling to a farm where we will have a campfire for the Cubs only. We will then have campfire activities, and a fireside investiture for all of our tenderpads. I will send out directions by e-mail.
Looking forward to it! Please encourage your Cub to memorize the motto, law, and promise in advance of the investiture–not strictly necessary but it makes for a better ceremony.
Yours in Scouting,
Here’s how to build your own wilderness survival kit.
Start with a zippered fanny pack that attaches at the waist. The best emergency kit is the one you have with you in case of emergency so if it’s too big or heavy you’re unlikely to carry it with you. This list is the essentials I believe necessary. Many people carry extra items in the emergency kit. Your kit can be unique to you, just so long as it fits and you’re not losing something important.
Putting one of these kits together can cost as little as $20 plus the fanny pack, lost in the woods I would be happy to find a kit like this around my waist.
Put some thought into what you would need, I keep a lighter in mine because in an emergency it would last longer than a finite supply of matches. Water purification tablets would save time from boiling, but aren’t necessarily required.
I hope this guide is helpful for you in constructing your own emergency kit, something a Cub, Scout, Venturer, Rover, or Leader should have with them and on them at all outdoor camps.
Another year for 2nd Leduc Cub Scouts is about to begin! This year, our themes will be “Canada and the World,” and “The Natural World,” which are covered by the purple and black stars respectively. Watch this space for updates!
Our first meeting is Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 6:30-8:00 PM.
Our group held an all section Baden Powell Potluck Dinner. We had guests of George Rogers MLA, Alderman Glen Finstand, and Amy from our local paper THE REP. We had presentations of Certificates of Commedation made to several Leaders from our group made by Earl Wesa from The Aspen Plains Area Service Team. This Venturer Company was also awarded Cerificate of Commedation from Aspen Plains Area Youth Comissioner Andrew Wesa. This was a great surpirse for us as we are the first youth in this area to get these. We finished the evening out with a Campfire program.