Indaba – Outdoor Skills

Pioneering Projects ~

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.

Stoves, Lanterns & Fires ~

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.

Emergency Planning for Camp ~

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

Camp Hygiene ~

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.

Camping Equipment ~

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).

Basic Weather Skills ~

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.

Leave No Trace (non-cert) ~

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.

Poisonous Plants of Alberta ~

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.

Shelters ~

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.