Compass, Utinseless, FUN!
Jim Peterson (kupete@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU)
Fri, 19 Jun 1998 07:47:45 +0100
Mike's posting about the compass work for his scouts reminded me to write
about our recent outing. It ended up being one of our best programs for a
campout this year so I thought I's share it with you all. Some of you might
remember my requests for utinsiless cooking of potatoes and corn....got
tons of responses, thank you. Here's how it went:
The boys arrived fully packed for a usual campout. The SPL lined everyone
up with packs and told them to take out their swimsuit, towel, compass,
knife, bedroll, waterbottle, insect repellent and sunscreen. That's it.
And that's what they had for the duration of the campout. No flashlights.
No matches, no messkits. The balance of their gear was secured in the
Each patrol was issued one plastic tarp on which to set up camp just to
keep the ticks down. At evening campfire they were taught flint and steel
firebuilding and were sent back with steel, flint and charcloth. Each
patrol made a fire for the balance of the evening.
In the morning, each patrol was given compass directions to find their
breakfast which was hidden somewhere on our 200 acre campground. Breakfast
was bacon and canned biscuits which they cooked on squewers and a bananna.
They were then told that in order to get directions for lunch, they were to
purchase the compass directions with beads. Beads became the commodity for
the duration of the campout and the boys loved the trading business! They
could earn three beads for hitting a target with an arrow.....of course,
they first had to cut out and blacksmith a steel arrow point (yes, we had 4
anvils and a forge!), cut a dogwood shaft, scrape and sand the shaft and
fletch the arrow with furnished feathers and sinew. They could also earn
beads by hawk throwing, making camp gadgets and through canoe races (after
they paid for the canoe with beads).
They continued to have to purchase and orienteer for their food through
Sunday lunch. Great campout that the boys are still talking about!
BLUE SKIES!, Any day above ground is a good day!
Jim Peterson Eagle class of '63
BS RT Comm, Pelathe Dist
Heart of America Council Brotherhood, Tamegonit Lodge
ASM, T-55, Lawrence, Kansas Mic-O-Say: HW "Shieldmaker"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City