Scout Meeting Schedule: Week Four



11 Year Old Scouts



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Voyageur Award - Outdoor Skills p.79(8)













Candy Bar Scamper


This game can be played in small or large groups.


Equipment Needed:  

  • Old hat

  • Neck tie or scarf

  • Pair of gloves

  • Butter knife

  • Fork

  • Assorted candy bars individually wrapped with several layers of newspaper

  • Pair of dice

Caution: This game can become very fast and frantic. Be careful not to throw the utensils when changing players.


This game is designed for four or more players. Everyone sits on the floor in a circle. One person must dress up in the clothing items named above.


The person to his left has the dice. Upon the "GO" signal the dressed up player tries to quickly open a gift wrapped candy bar with the butter knife and fork, while the player to his left begins to roll the dice.


Each player gests three tries to roll doubles. If the person playing is unsuccessful, he quickly passes the dice to the person on his left. As soon as someone has rolled doubles, the clothes, knife and fork are quickly passed to the person who successfully rolled the doubles. That player then puts on the clothes and has a chance to extract the candy from its wrapping, while the others are attempting to roll doubles.


Play continues until all the candy bars are successfully removed from their wrapping. The person who finishes unwrapping the candy bar keeps it!



Opening Exercises








Ax & Saw Permit


Each youth must learn the proper and safe way to handle tools. Some considerations are as follows:

Before cutting or digging anywhere, ask yourself, “Is this absolutely necessary?” If it isn’t, don’t do it. Also, keep in mind that most national and provincial parks DO NOT allow any trenching, digging, cutting or limbing


Axes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. For camping an axe with a 1 to 1.5 Kg head and a short handle length (50 – 60 cm) works best and is safer. Always inspect your axe for damage, fix, or if unable to fix dispose of the axe.

  • Keep your axe sharp enough to really “bite” (not “chew”) into wood.

  • Always use a chopping block when using an axe or a hatchet while cutting wood.

  • Keep the handle tight. If it loosens, drive the wedge in deeper.

  • When not using it, keep your axe in a sheath. If you must carry it around camp. Hold the handle near the sheathed head with the edge down and away from your body. During a hike, lash it sheathed to the side of your pack.

  • When swinging an axe, make sure the area is clear of obstacles and people. Stay way from low branches and roofs.

  • When passing an axe to someone else, do so with the sheath on, handle first and the head down and edge out. Make sure the other person has a good hold of the handle before you let go.

(Note: Living trees should only be cut in emergencies.)



Hatchets are compact, but since they only require one hand to hold them they can also be very dangerous. Holding with one hand gives less control during the swing and you could miss the target and cause an injury.

  • When swinging a hatchet it is best to get into a kneeling position. Getting closer to the ground it is less likely to cause injury if the target is missed.

  • Always keep your free hand away from the wood you are chopping. If you must hold the wood use the “contact method” of chopping. Here’s how: Keep the axe and the wood you want to cut in contact with each other throughout the splitting. Bring both down against the chopping block at the same time.



The use of saws is often faster, safer, lighter, and easier to use than an axe.

  • When starting a cut, make a notch in the wood to keep the saw blade from jumping around.

  • Keep your free hand well away from where you are cutting…if the saw does jump this will avoid cutting your hand.

  • Use a blade guard when the saw is not in use.

  • Keep the saw blade clean and lightly oiled with an all purpose oil.



Shovels were once regularly use for digging trenches around tents or holes for latrines or garbage. Since these practices are no longer acceptable, it is rare that a camper would require the use of a shovel. If you’re out in the wilderness, and there are no washrooms/outhouses, move well off the trail – at lease 45 metres from water sources. Dig a “cat-hole” with the heel of your boat about 15 to 20 cm deep (on an adult, about the distance from the extended tip of the thumb to the tip of the “pinky” finger). Deposit waste in the hole and cover with loose soil, sticks, and leaves. Try to return the site to its natural state and mark the site with two crossed sticks to prevent other campers from using the same spot.







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