Sunday, April 20, 2014

Scout Craft Camp a success

From the beginning, the Scout Craft Camp 2014 had been an interesting trial of Baden Powell’s concept of “teach the youth a skill, then let them lead”.

When the youth brought to the leaders that they wanted an indoor camp filled with things like pottery, art and skills, they all thought that this was going to be interesting and the leaders were right.

“With 16 Scouts and eight adults offering support, those who participated had a blast,” said Scouter Eric Tiisler in a press release.

Assistant Patrol Leaders Kevin Crombeen and Jasmin Skinner were designated as “CampChiefs” and had to design the camp, delegate the responsibilities and arrange the food while Assistant Patrol Leader Hayden Johnson set the schedule.

Last Saturday morning was busy with the Scouts favourite things such as fire lighting, whittling, building structures and tripods using rope and wood.

The afternoon program featured: clay forming; leather working, pop can stoves, wax shaping, costume making and smoke bomb lighting.

The evenings dinner was “a taste of Mongolia!”

Skinner’s mom, Zhiping Skinner heard that the youth were going to be honorary Mongolians at the “ancient civilizations” themed Area Camp in June.

“As she is from China, her talents in the kitchen had everyone coming back for seconds,” Tiiser said in the release. “There weren’t any thirds!”

The menu featured a variety of “inner Mongolian” dishes that included a potato, carrot and meat curry, some pork dumplings, a fantastic potato and dill pickle medley and rice.

She then shared a bit of history and current affairs for Mongolia as well as a bit about southern China.

“All in all, it was a great success as we were able to refresh some essential Scouting skills for our next camp up the peninsula in May while exploring our creative side,” Tiisler said.

In other Port Elgin Scouting news, many Leaders are facing retirement or job changes and are in need to recruit the right kind of people to train and replace the current leaders.

The Port Elgin Scouting Group which serves all of Saugeen Shores is looking for people who might enjoy participating with an experienced leadership team with a possibility in becoming future leaders of the youth. This is to help sustain the groups over 100 years of local Scouting history in the community.

The benefits aside from the smiles on the children’s faces will be great training and meaningful fellowship.

Our community needs your help to create a safe place for our kids to learn and grow in the future.

If interested in helping, contact Ed Buckle at

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