The Scouts Canada Summer Camp series is in its fourth year in the Okanagan. The camps boast of uniquely skilled university/college-aged camp counsellors who are passionate and enthusiastic about teaching the science behind wilderness survival skills.
“The campers are always stunned,” says Ann Armstrong, Community Development Worker for Scouts “when we challenge them to cook bacon and eggs for breakfast and all we give them is a flint and paper bag. Sometimes the youth unwittingly use the bag as fire starter; however, by the end of breakfast they have all succeeded in starting their fire with the flints, used the paper bag to cook the breakfast in, and learned the science (and the patience) as to why and how this works”. Ann continued to explain that “how in one short week, my Camp Counsellors and I see such growth in both the wilderness survival skills and the youth’s leadership skills, it really is amazing.”
The Scout Canada’s Summer Camp series takes place at Camp Boyle, north of Summerland and Camp Dunlop in Kelowna. Their camp focus is wilderness skills, leadership development, and laughing-until-your-sides-hurt! Due to Scout’s hands-on philosophy, they only register a maximum of 6:1 youth-leader ratio. There are still spots available, however, they wont last long.
More information can be found at www.adventurecamps.ca, or contact Ann Armstrong at 250-488-5378.