Scouts’ Outdoor Skills Day
16th October 2010
Scouts from 1st Crockenhill & 6th Swanley brave the weather to learn key outdoor skills.
Fifteen Scouts and linking Cub Scouts from two Groups had fun learning outdoor skills on a joint event run at the District camp site.
As Scouts spend a lot of time camping, it is important to learn the correct skills and techniques. This helps to ensure that every camp is safe and enjoyable.
We started off by pitching modern hiking tents. These are a lot easier and quicker to put up than the traditional canvas patrol tents, but there is still a right way to do it. Especially important when camping in the more wintry months!!
A lot more skill and practice is required with patrol tents, but the extra effort is well worth it when you have a weeklong camp.
Splitting into two patrols, we then practiced fire-lighting. Unlike Bear Grylls, the Chief Scout, we use matches - but it's not always as easy as it sounds!
This was followed by Knife & Axe training, when we had to take shelter from the rain.
The final event of the day was Archery.
For more photos, click here.