The Scouts went off Friday night for the long drive down past Medicine Hat to the Cypress Hills. We setup tents in the dark, had mug up and settled in for the night. The next morning we awoke, made a substantial breakfast, which of course included bacon and made sure that all the leaders were fully caffinated. We then prepared for the task that we had set ourselves, to mountain bike the TransCanada trail from Reesor Lake to Spruce Coulee in Cypress Hills Provicial Park.
The trail was a steep start with 7.5% grade for the first 2.5km but then flattened out into a large meadowed plateau which we rode across to the Lookout. From here we could see all the way down to the prairies. We continued on down the trail and descened down to Spruce Coulee another 4 or 5 kilometers on. The trail was quite bumpy and often one had to survey the grass to look for the dip in the waving stalks to determine the path. I will say that the trail was well marked and we never felt lost. There was always a signpost just up ahead.
Dinner that night was spahgetti and meat sauce, which the Scouts prepared. It was quite hearty and delicious after a long days riding.
The Scouts have started selling Simple Simon Pies Vouchers as well and if you enjoy Simple Simon pies you can do so at a discount to you and help the Scouts send youth to summer camp as well. For more details see the link at http://calgary18th.com/simplesimon or ask your local Calgary 18th Troop Scout.
We had the Telus Employee Community Fund come by and donate money to the group for the purchase of a new generator for our Lost Lake Camp! Our last generator has served us well, however it has been unreliable lately. With the generous donation from Telus we can ensure that there is clean drinking water four the many groups that use our camp. Thanks again Telus!
The all sections camp when swimmingly, swim-up-ingly that is. We had youth from all sections move up between the different sections and be welcomed by the youth in those groups for the upcoming year. We're looking forward to seeing all the new members of the various groups in the upcoming year! Kudos go out to the cub leaders for doing the cooking and most of the camp organization. I know the Scouts appreciated how easy they had it, even if they did have to wash a dish or two.
The Calgary 18th Scout Group and Grow Calgary have partnered up to help send kids to camp this summer. The Calgary 18th Scout Group needs to raise a little over $9000 to send 12 Youth to summer camp. To help us achieve this goal the scouts have planted tomato starts in cooperation with Grow Calgary which will be available for pickup from the Scout Hall (1919 19 Street SW) on:
May 19 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Scouts were out this weekend and fit in a 2-night camp. We left Friday night for Quaite Valley backcountry campground and hiked the short distance up to the first site. We set up the camps to be a short hike from each other so that we could get a representative backpacking experience. The youth were organized and set their camps and made their meals according to their schedule. We met a Venture company along the way, whose leadership complimented the youth on th
As the name implies most of the youth were off on Easter holidays which meant that many of them were away on vacations. Luckily for the ones that were here we had a great time introducing them to climbing in the gym at the Scout Hall. Our instructor was an alumni from the group that went on to a career that heavily involves climbing and outdoor pursuits on a regular basis and he learned to tie his first figure 8 at the Calgary 18th Scout Group. It is great when we can see these kinds of generational continuity in the group. Everyone had a great time.
In honour of St. Patrick's Day the Scouts took on a brewing project of their own. They brewed up some cream soda and root beer. This allowed us to talk through the principles of fermentation and the biology and lifecycle of yeasts as well as the importance of cleanly vessels for brewing and bottling. In addition to all that they learned about physics in the form of potential energy differentials, heat exchangers, symphonic action and laminar versus turbulent flows. The whole process was educational for the Scouts, edifying for the leaders and effervescent in the result.
As you probably are aware this winter has been pretty mild, so we took the opportunity to take the youth out on an overnight hike. We started off by taking a circuitous route up some back country roads until we finally stopped, hopped out of the van, climbed over a barbed wire fence and we were off. With little more direction than, "we will be camping by a lake to the Northeast of here", the Scouts headed off into the bush to whatever per