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Family Training Event (FTE) Information

Join us from August 18 to 26, 2018 at Camp Woods for some incredible training for our volunteers and youth

Please see below for the daily schedule, course schedule and descriptions.

The are also youth programs available for children between 5 to 15 years old who are attending with their familes.


Daily Schedule

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Session Schedule

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Session Descriptions

Session Title/Type/Description Day/Timeblock
Awards & Recognition - Indaba session
What is a Silver Acorn? How do you show your sponsoring body your group's appreciation? What is this "Thank You" button everyone keeps talking about? Come spend the morning learning about both formal and informal recognition within Scouts Canada.
Thursday - Morning
Back Country Cooking - Special session (1 day - $75)
A 1-day session on how to prepare and make your very own back country meals and how to then cook them up for a gourmet feast on the trail. Hotdogs aren't the only food to make at camp.
Thursday - Morning
Balanced Program - Indaba session
The Canadian Path delivers a balanced program to all youth members. During their journey in Scouting, youth members regularly participate in adventures relating to each of the six Program Areas: Environment & Outdoors, Leadership, Active & Healthy Living, Citizenship, Creative Expression and Beliefs & Values.
Sunday - Afternoon
Basic Weather Skills - Indaba session
What is a cumulus nimbus? What does a "low front moving in" actually mean. Come spend the afternoon with us to learn more about our weather and how to "read the signs" when you are out on your adventures.
Thursday - Afternoon
Camp Hygiene (water safety, contingent plans) - Indaba session
This hands-on session will look at methods of setting up camps, cleaning equipment (and dishes) and exploring methods to ensure safe and clean drinking water. You will be able to practice using and maintaining some of the equipment as well as practice laying out a clean and hygienic camp to avoid those nasty stomach bugs that can quickly ruin any adventure.
Tuesday - Afternoon
Camping Equipment - Indaba session
Time for a new pack? Is the old canvas tent a little too heavy to trek to the mountain top? What makes a good sleeping bag? Come join Scouter Larry and team from the Chinook Scout Shop for a morning of demos and tips and tricks to making sure you have the right gear for your adventures (without breaking the bank).
Thursday - Morning
Canoeing Basics - Indaba session
Do you know what a T-rescue is? How about the J-Stroke? Spend an afternoon on the water learning the basics of operating the iconic Canadian watercraft! (All equipment provided, personal equipment also welcome)
Monday - Afternoon
Communication Strategies - Indaba session
Is your daily newsletter not getting past spam filters? What is this SMS they speak of? Come join us for a discussion and introduction to some effective communication methods and tools to help your section stay more in touch.
Tuesday - Afternoon
Conducting Crucial Conversations - Indaba session
Shared leadership is an important part of volunteering in Scouting. Scouters need to learn what it means to be part of a team within Scouts Canada and develop communication skills to be effective in this role. Part of this responsibility is addressing behavioural issues in a timely, constructive and respectful manner before they jeopardize program quality.
Monday - Morning
Crafts - Younger Youth - Indaba session
It's true, the crafty Beaver and the inquisitive Cub still exist. Come learn some fun activities that you can bring back to your group. We have sample activities for all ages and budgets.
Tuesday - Morning
Dangerous Animals & Bear Aware - Indaba session
This hands-on session developed in line with the Alberta Bear Smart program will go over how to stay safe in the out country with those residents who think you'd make a great snack. Animal identification, proper camp and hiking safety and review of deterrent methods will all be covered.
Monday - Morning
Developing Effective Scouter Teams - Indaba session
Shared youth leadership is central to the Scout Method, and the practice of shared leadership is modeled by Scouters. Working effectively as a team of Scouters to support youth members is imperative to facilitating high-quality programs on The Canadian Path.
Tuesday - Morning
Dutch Oven Cooking - Special session (1 day - $75)
1-day session on how to have some fun with standing camp cooking. Learn some great recipes and methods for making your next camp a gourmet event to remember.
Friday - Morning
Emergency Planning for Camping - Indaba session
What is a 'Risk Assessment'. A comprehensive risk assessment goes beyond a safety checkup. It attempts to identify a complete range of potential outcomes that may impact success in many categories. It assigns a risk rating and enables the development of risk management strategies. Develops skill and competency in hazard identification, risk assessment and management. This session will follow the Scouts Canada Risk assessment Trail Card
Monday - Afternoon
Engaging Parents & Fundraising - Indaba session
There are many benefits to engaging parents in your program. Engaged parents are able to see the value that their children are getting from the program and do their best to help make it successful. Children of parents who are engaged in their Scouting program are much more likely to return to Scouts year after year. Engaged parents are more likely to volunteer as Scouters because they see how much fun Volunteers like you are having! The bottom line is that an engaged group of parents will make your role as a Scouter much easier.
Thursday - Afternoon
Expedition 1 - River Tripping - Special session (2 days - $75)
Beginner Level - Overnight trip on the Red Deer River with experienced Venturer Scout. We will help you source equipment, you only need food and sleeping bag (you are welcome to use your own gear if you have). Communications will go out prior to participants with more details. Learn the basic skills to take a group on a short expedition.
Thursday - Morning
Expedition 2 - Overnight Hike - Special session (2 days - $75)
Beginner Level - Overnight hike with experienced Venturer Scout. We will help you source equipment, you only need food, pack and sleeping bag (you are welcome to use your own gear if you have). Communications will go out prior to participants with more details. Learn the basic skills to take a group on a short expedition.
Monday - Morning
Expedition Planning - Indaba session
An introduction to weekend trips that are high on adventure and low on hurdles to do. This session is led by an experienced Venturer and is highly encouraged for anyone participating in either of the FTE Expeditions. Basics covered are in risk assessment and trip planning.
Sunday - Afternoon
How to get WBII - Indaba session
Learn about the new WBII Canadian Path and how to effectively use the WBII Guide to start your journey towards joining 1st Gilwell
Sunday - Afternoon
Knives, Axes & Saws - Indaba session
A shape knife is a safe knife. Come join us for an afternoon of exploring assorted styles of blades and saws as well as proper care and maintenance. We'll also share some tips on how to introduce these tools to your younger sections in a safe and yet fun way.
Tuesday - Afternoon
Leave No Trace - Indaba session
Many of us have taken a pine cone or rock, veered off the trail to dodge mud puddles, gotten too close to wildlife or tossed an apple core into the woods. While these actions may seem harmless at the time, until we learn to reduce our impact, the quality of our outdoor experiences and the recreational resources we enjoy are at critical risk. Our continued access to wildlands as land management agencies sometimes take restrictive action to protect the resources they manage is at risk. Unless, of course, education catches up with behavior, and we all learn to leave the outdoors as unchanged as possible by our presence.
Friday - Morning
Magic Campfire - Special session (2 days - $80)
2-day course on how to prepare and lead a fun Magic Campfire for all age groups. And remember, it's not always the fire lighting that makes it magical.
Monday - Morning
OCC Hiking - Special session (2 days - $165)
Outdoor Door Council of Canada certificate course for Field Leader (Hiking). This course offers a systematic approach to planning and managing a hiking activity for one day.
Thursday - Morning
Paddle Canada - Waterfront Instructor - Special session (2 days - $280)
Certificate course on Waterfront Canoeing from certified Paddle Canada instructor. Candidates are considered a canoeist who has the knowledge and skill to teach and demonstrate all the necessary skills for the Waterfront program. The Waterfront Instructor will be able to safely implement a Waterfront Program for novice level canoeists in a designated calm flatwater environment.
Thursday - Morning
Personality Assessments - Indaba session
Ever wonder why other members in your team tend to see things from a different (sometimes alien) viewpoint. Are some team mates spur of the moment types while others take their time and plan to the last detail. Come join us for an introductory session of identifying the different personalities and gain some effective tools for getting everyone working towards the same goals.
Thursday - Morning
Pioneering Projects - Indaba session
Lashing and staves project to build gate camp entrances or handy camp furniture. And learn some of those basic lashing knots that Scouts should be proficient at.
Sunday - Afternoon
Poisonous Plants of Alberta - Indaba session
Are there plants that can kill me in Alberta? Is it safe to chew spruce gum? What is that little blue berry and can it go well with pancakes? Come join us on an interactive hike and learn about the local plants of the Alberta alpine, plains and boreal forest.
Friday - Afternoon
Program Quality Assessments - Indaba session
Scouts Canada has established a process to assist youth and their Scouters as they seek to plan, do and review safe and adventurous Scouting programs. The program quality framework includes objective criteria to aid in the planning process, and to serve as a set of self-assessment tools to assist youth and Scouters in the evaluation and improvement of their programs. Our Scouting Year can be divided into four program cycles, aligned with the seasons. With each new season, we can imagine great new adventures. Each Section has a series of assessment questions to help evaluate its program. This session let's you practice how to do this in fun interactive activities for all age groups.
Monday - Afternoon
Range Master - Archery - Special session (1 day - $45)
Range Master training
Monday - Morning
Range Master - Pelletry - Special session (1 day - $45)
Range Master training
Tuesday - Morning
Range Master - Tomahawk - Special session (1 day - $45)
Range Master training
Thursday - Morning
Range Master Recertification - Special session (1/2 day - $20)
Range Master recertification training
Sunday - Afternoon
Range Master Trainer - Archery - Special session (1 day - $45)
Range Master Trainer training
Monday - Morning
Range Master Trainer - Pelletry - Special session (1 day - $45)
Range Master Trainer training
Wednesday - Morning
Range Master Trainer - Tomahawk - Special session (1 day - $45)
Range Master Trainer training
Thursday - Morning
Recruiting Volunteers - Indaba session
One of the most important elements of Scouts Canada is the Volunteer base upon which the organization is built. Without Volunteers, Scouting would not exist. For this reason, recruitment of Volunteers is crucial to providing an excellent program, growing the organization, and the strength of the organization as a whole. Volunteers affect each and every aspect of Scouts Canada; recruiting Volunteers who will help improve the quality of our program and the experiences of the youth is key to the success of Canadian Scouting.
Friday - Morning
Sailing - Special session (4 days - $200)
This week long session will get you to a level of confidence with the Camp Woods Sailing Fleet. Includes both dry land and on the water sailing with our own Scouter Andy of the Calgary Sea Scout group.
Monday - Morning
Scout Tracker - Indaba session
Are you looking for a program that let's you spend more time doing Scouting activities and less time in Section or Group admin? Join us for an interactive session with one of our local ScoutsTracker power users to show you all the tips and tricks of this fantastic program.
Monday - Afternoon
Scouting Tradions - Indaba session
What is 1st Gilwell. Who is this BP man they speak of? How long have they been holding Jamborees? Come join us to learn more about the traditions and history of Scouting in Canada and around the world.
Friday - Morning
Scouts Canada - Who are they and what can they do for me? - Indaba session
What the heck is an ASM, AYC, CC or Key 3? Come spend the morning with us exploring the structure and supporting members of Scouts Canada's teams. Learn some of the programs that exist and who to contact when you have a question. You might even meet some of them...
Friday - Morning
Section Meetings for Older Sections - Indaba session
How do we break the flag? What is this horse shoe we hear of? How do we help our Scouts, Venturers and Rovers develop and execute an effective adventuring program and how do we help them gain the skills of running effective and efficient meeting? Come join us for a discussion and introduction to some tools to help get these youth to the adventures they want.
Tuesday - Morning
Section Meetings for Younger Youth - Indaba session
What to know how to do a Grand Howl? What's an opening game? How does the White Tail council work? During their journey in Scouting, youth members regularly participate in meetings where they learn in a youth-led, non-formal educational experience of play and discovery. Youth gain formal and informal leadership skills during these experiences.
Monday - Morning
Shelters - Indaba session
Forgot to pack your tent or just wanting to go a little lighter on the pack? Come spend a morning with us discovering and practicing to build several fun shelters and gain some fun skills to take back home to your groups.
Friday - Morning
SPICES Development - Indaba session
Through 'The Canadian Path', youth have the opportunity to develop in all aspects of their lives. In their personal progression through the adventures on The Canadian Path, youth work on all of the following dimensions of personal growth: social, physical, intellectual, character, emotional and spiritual. The acronym for these six dimensions is "SPICES". They give shape to our Scouts Canada programming. For young people to reach their full potential, they need to explore each of these six dimensions of development.
Friday - Afternoon
STEM Activities for Older Youth - Indaba session
It is Scouts Canada's mission to help youth develop into well rounded individuals better prepared for success in the world. In today's world, more than ever before, this requires some basic literacy, self-confidence and curiosity in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). More importantly, STEM can be used as a powerful tool to help youth gain necessary 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, environmental and technology literacy, and collaboration. To this end, we have a diverse and hands-on STEM program that aims to foster curiosity, nurture interest, increase self-confidence and break stereotypes around STEM and provide youth with exciting learning opportunities.
Thursday - Afternoon
STEM Adventures for Younger Youth - Indaba session
It is Scouts Canada's mission to help youth develop into well rounded individuals better prepared for success in the world. In today's world, more than ever before, this requires some basic literacy, self-confidence and curiosity in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). More importantly, STEM can be used as a powerful tool to help youth gain necessary 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, environmental and technology literacy, and collaboration. To this end, we have a diverse and hands-on STEM program that aims to foster curiosity, nurture interest, increase self-confidence and break stereotypes around STEM and provide youth with exciting learning opportunities.
Tuesday - Afternoon
Stoves, Lanterns & Fires - Indaba session
Spend a morning learning more about the equipment you use when camping, from the newest style pocket stoves to the Coleman 2 burner white gas work horse, you'll get hands on with a multitude of equipment.
Monday - Morning
The Patrol System & Section Leadership Team - Indaba session
The Patrol (Team) System is the recognition that everyone has something to offer the team. Everyone must be included and no one can be left behind as the team takes on its chosen adventures. Everyone has a say in what the group chooses to do. By working together in a mutually supportive spirit, the team can accomplish more than any one member could accomplish alone. Responsibilities and leadership are shared among the group, with the support and mentorship of the Scouters, who create a safe and respectful atmosphere in which the team can work.
Thursday - Morning
The Patrol System & Section Leadership Team - Indaba session
The Patrol (Team) System is the recognition that everyone has something to offer the team. Everyone must be included and no one can be left behind as the team takes on its chosen adventures. Everyone has a say in what the group chooses to do. By working together in a mutually supportive spirit, the team can accomplish more than any one member could accomplish alone. Responsibilities and leadership are shared among the group, with the support and mentorship of the Scouters, who create a safe and respectful atmosphere in which the team can work.
Thursday - Morning
The Scouting Method - Indaba session
The Scout method is the informal educational system used by Scouts. The aim of Scouting is character training with the goal of helping participants become independent and helpful, and thereby become "healthy, happy, helpful citizens". The Scout method uses appealing games in the primitive outdoors to generate challenges which a Scout learns to solve by himself. Come play with us to learn more about the foundation of Scouting today.
Tuesday - Morning
Volunteer Support - Indaba session
Shared leadership is an important part of volunteering in Scouting. Scouters need to learn what it means to be part of a team within Scouts Canada and develop communication skills to be effective in this role. Part of this responsibility is addressing behavioural issues in a timely, constructive and respectful manner before they jeopardize program quality.
Friday - Afternoon
Wilderness First Aid - Special session (4 days - $250)
Basic level of Wilderness & Remote First Aid that covers material in Standard First Aid & CPR, plus special material on techniques for wilderness and remote areas. Course also offers strategies for providing extended care for up to 24 hours. Part of the course is taught in an outdoor setting and requires greater physical activity and endurance than typical first aid training. Suitable for those who work or live in remote locations or who are outdoor recreation enthusiasts.
Monday - Morning
Working with Diverse Youth - Indaba session
On 'The Canadian Path', we are aware of each individual's personal progression, as well as his or her background. Scouting is a journey, which means that youth make the program their own according to their own interests, goals and abilities. This approach to Scouting is sometimes referred to as ""age appropriate facilitation""; however, the program may be adapted not only according to age, but according to other factors, such as gender, sexual orientation and religion. Scouters must appreciate the diversity within their Sections and adjust the way that they facilitate the program accordingly.
Friday - Morning
Youth Led Program & Camping - Indaba session
Nature is an ideal setting for personal development and recreation. Youth join Scouting for the opportunity to participate in camping and outdoor adventures that they have been involved in planning. These activities must be fun and engaging for members and comply with recognized health and safety practices. As Scouts, we have a responsibility to live in harmony with the natural environment and ensure that our outdoor adventures leave no trace.
Friday - Morning

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