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Skills camp

Last weekend was a skills camp for Scouts in WA. We spent the weekend training more than 60 Scouts in skills such as knots, lashings, general camp skills, backwoods cooking and navigation. Then we got them up at 5am on Sunday and challenged each patrol to find their breakfast by following a compass trail through the bush in the dark! They all managed it (much to my relief - I taught them the navigation skills!), and then had to learn how to light a fire using damp wood.

On Saturday morning, I got up well before sunrise so that I could take some pictures of Venus and Mars. They are close on the sky at the moment, and at the weekend were directly between the Pleiades and the Hyades. In this photo, the Pleiades is on the left (upside down, remember!), Mars is above. Venus is the bright object near the centre, and the Hyades cluster in Taurus is to the right.

Venus and Mars between the Pleiades and Hyades
Venus and Mars between the Pleiades and Hyades CREDIT: Megan

There was also a campfire on Saturday night. As well as setting the fire (with the help of Womble), I ended up leading one half of "There's a Hole in my Bucket", and teaching everyone "Waddly Acha". After the campfire, I got some of the Scouts to create some more light paintings.

Campfire songsTorchlightsTorchlightsBreakfast
Left to right: Campfire circle, torchlight paintings, Sunday breakfast CREDIT: Megan

Posted by Megan on Tuesday 14th Jul 2009 (13:57 UTC) | Add a comment | Permalink


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