Leader Outdoor Skills Training

1st Stittsville Scout Group will be conducting several Outdoor Skills training sessions in September. These sessions will be hands-on and interactive, covering the skills that Leaders require to safely teach and supervise our youth at camps.  Attending these session is a great way to prepare for our Fall Camps in October.

All  Leaders are invited to participate. We especially encourage Beaver, Cub and 1st year Scout Leaders to attend. Experienced leaders who are already trained in these skills are not required to attend.

Sunday September 14, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Knives (9:00 – 10:30):  This hands-on session covers the basic requirements for Cubs and Scouts to earn their Knife Permits.  Knife safety, types of knives, techniques for teaching youth, and hands-on practice are covered in this session.

Stoves and Lanterns (10:30 – 12:00):  This material covered in this session is suitable and recommended for all Leaders, but is mandatory knowledge for all Troop and Company Leaders.  It provides a brief introduction to different types of stoves and lanterns, but focuses primarily on the Coleman naptha stoves and lanterns that are used by Scout youth.  Topics include fueling, lighting, safety procedures and simple repairs that can be completed at camp.

Session 2: Saturday September 20, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Knots and Lashing (9:00 – 12:00):  This hands-on session introduces participants to a few essential knots that can be used for most outdoor activities. These are the basic knots that Leaders should be teaching to Cubs and Scout aged youth. After mastering the basic knots, participants will learn lashing skills, and have an opportunity to practice with an interesting construction project.

Session 3: Saturday November 1, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saws and Axe (9:00 – 12:00) – This session teaches the basic Axe and Saw skills that Scouts require in order to earn their permit pins.  The emphasis of this session is on techniques and procedures for safely handling these tools for chopping firewood.  Participants will practice using the axes, hatchets and collapsible saws that qualified Scout  youth are allowed to use.  This session is limited to at most 5 participants.

Campfire Skills (9:00 – 12:00) – this is a 2-part session covering both Fire-building skills and Campfire Cooking.  The Fire-building section introduces multiple campfire safety, preparation and lighting techniques, including single match fires, flint and strikers, no-trace and cooking fires. After participants have successfully started their campfire,  they will be learn some innovative and easy ways to prepare campfire meals, including tin-foil meals, interesting deserts and dutch-oven cooking.

Note:  the two sessions above will be running at same time; therefore, participants are not able to register for both of these.

All training sessions will be held at the Firepit (corner of Stittsville Main and Abbott).  If we need to cancel a session due to weather, then we will post a message on the 1st Stittsville website, before 8:30 am on the morning of the training.

Please complete the form below to register for any of these sessions.