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
The Scouts were hard at work learning knots and engineering principles over the last couple weeks and some of them lamented that they had no practical application. Well this week at Scouts they got to put it all into action together to make an aerial transporter. They did this by lashing two A-Frames and connecting them with a large rope called a hawser. They then put a boson's chair on a pulley and used that to transit back and forth across the r
The Scouts were out for a Ski day at Norquay and had a great time. We arrived shortly after 10:30am and got ourselves setup and promptly set off onto the mountain to ski at the Mystic chair and area. The kids zipped around in a group and were seen at various points throughout the day.
It is with sadness that we note the passing of our Group Scoutmaster Bert Haynes. A Celebration of his life will be held on March 5 at the Salvation Army Berkshire Citadel 222 Sandarac Dr NW Calgary T3K 3T8 at 1 pm. More details follow.