Carnanmore – October 2017

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When
Friday 6th October 2017

Travel
Meet at the ferry port car park in Ballycastle to DEPART there at 5:45pm sharp. Please ensure that you have already had dinner before we depart.

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Parents & Siblings welcome to come along too.

What to wear
Walking boots or Wellington boots, strictly no trainers or lightweight footwear. Waterproof coat, woolly hat.

Bring with you in a lightweight rucksack
Small bottle of water
Torch / Head-torch

Predicted Timeline
17:45 – Depart Ballycastle Sea-Front Car Park in convoy
18:00 – Arrive at Flughery Bridge from Ballycastle.
19:00 – Reach the summit of Carnanmore.
19:30 – Walk to summit of Cushleake Mountain North
20:30 – Arrive back at vehicles at Flughery Bridge
20:45 – Arrive back to Ballycastle Sea-Front

Rathlin Adventure Camp 2017

Our summer camp this year is on Rathlin Island!

Travel
Departing Ballycastle on the 13:30 ferry on Friday 14th July 2017

Returning to Ballycastle at 15:25 on Sunday 16th July 2017

Please arrive in Ballycastle for 1pm on Friday 14th July having already eaten some lunch.

Activities to including caving, scrambling, beach fire building, swimming, nature exploration and fishing.

Camping

We will be camping on Rathlin.

Everything you bring must fit inside a large rucksack that you can carry on your back.

You will need to bring:

  • A tent (or organise someone to share with)
  • Torch
  • Sleeping bag
  • Carry mat
  • Weather appropriate changes of clothing, underwear, sleepwear etc. (including warm jumper)
  • Waterproof coat and trousers
  • Sturdy boots
  • Mess kit (Cup, Bowl, Plate, Cutlery)
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Sun Cream
  • Insect repellant
  • Hat (both for sun and cold)
  • Toilet paper (not a whole roll!)
  • Matches, or some way to light fire
  • Swimming costume
  • Small snacks / marshmallows for toasting
  • Safety knife (collect from Richard at Ballycastle docks before departure)
  • Trangea (only if you have one, don’t buy one specially)
  • Fishing line (hand or rod) – not essential, but will be fun!

£25 per person, please let Richard or Patrick know if you can come by the latest of Friday 7th July.

Please download, print and complete this form for each scout attending and bring with you on the 14th July.

FS120081 Activity Information Form 2nd Page

Tent Allocations

Tent 1
Richard
Julian
Thomas
Nathaniel

Tent 2
Patrick

Tent 3
Hester
Naimh
Alex

Tent 4
Michael
Zach

Tent 5
Kathryn
Megan

Tent 6
Matthew

Tent 7
William
Sharon
Jack
Aiden

Tent 8
Jamie
Sam

 

Food

Friday
Have lunch before coming
Evening meal: Irish Stew

Saturday
Breakfast: Cereal & Milk, Orange Juice
Lunch: Sandwiches, Crisps, Fruit & Chocolate Bar
Dinner: Pasta and Sauce

Sunday
Breakfast: Cereal & Milk, Orange Juice
Lunch: Sandwiches, Crisps, Fruit & Chocolate Bar

Troston Mountain Climb

Since we fancied more of an adventure than climbing Knocklayd again, we are going to climb Troston (the highest mountain in County Antrim) on Friday 2nd June at 7:15pm. The climb from Troston goes from Ballyemon Road (B14) at the bridge (see map below).

Richard and Patrick have cars departing from the scout hall in Ballintoy at 6:15pm with spaces for 6 additional people if parents do not wish to drive. We will collect telephone numbers and text parents when we are heading back from Troston with eta back to the scout hall. The climb is 2.5km each way, and we expect this to take 1.5 hours walking up and 1 hour down.

Walking boots highly recommended as it will be wet underfoot after the rain today. Please ensure you bring a waterproof coat as well, remembering also that the temperature at the top of the mountain will be significantly cooler and windier than at the bottom.

Scouts -Bivouac Adventure – Winter 2017

As part of our Survival Skills badge we are having an overnight camp from Saturday 18th February to morning of Sunday 19th February. No tents needed, we will be building shelters in Ballycastle Forest and sleeping in them overnight. Drop-off at the Ballycastle Forest Car Park on Drumavoley Road at 10:30am (or as soon as you can after any sports). This will give us plenty of time get building very sturdy shelters before it gets too dark.

Bring a packed lunch with you for lunch time.

Evening food will be cooked there if you can catch it.

CRITICALLY IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!
It is VERY important that you have enough clothing to keep warm. You should have a MINIMUM OF 5 LAYERS on your upper body for wearing overnight. If you have any base layers or can borrow them, wear them. A thick wooly pair of gloves, and 2 hats that cover your ears are really important. Bring a scarf too, you basically want to be as warm as possible, especially as the weather forecast currently shows overnight temperatures in single digits overnight.

Ballycastle Forest

Essentials you MUST also bring in a single rucksack that can be carried by you on your back up into the forest:

  •  Sleeping Bag
  • Bivouac bag (big plastic bag that your sleeping bag goes inside) (See bivi bag here on Amazon)
  • Torch (head torch ideally, but any torch is fine)
  • 2+ Warm wooly jumpers and Woolly Hat (a warm hat is VERY, VERY IMPORTANT, you will be wearing this all night to keep your head warm) and a warm pair of gloves.
  • Waterproof coat & Wellington boots
  • Spare socks
  • Wear your scout scarf
  • A metal or enamel mug (NOT plastic)
  • Some toilet paper / Baby wipes
  • Knife and/or axe

After building shelters we will be learning how to catch some game within the forest for us to cook on sharpened sticks for evening meal and breakfast the following morning. As a small exception, given our troop history of excellence in marshmallow toasting, please bring some marshmallows if you would like to toast some. We will be making nettle or pine needle tea to have as a hot survival drink before bed.

Collection from same car park at 9:30am Saturday morning. Please do not bring phones or electronic devices as it is highly likely they will get lost or damaged.

NB. This is a survival skills camp, in true Bear Grylls style it will be muddy, wet and cold. It will not be a luxury camp, however it will be amazing fun!

Scouts -Bivouac Adventure – Autumn 2016

As part of our Survival Skills badge we are having an overnight camp from Saturday 5th November to morning of Sunday 6th November. No tents needed, we will be building shelters in Ballycastle Forest and sleeping in them overnight. Drop-off at the Ballycastle Forest Car Park on Drumavoley Road at 12:30pm (have an early lunch before you come). This will give you 3-4 hours to get building your shelter before it gets too dark.

Ballycastle Forest

 

Essentials you MUST bring in a single rucksack that can be carried by you on your back:

  •  Sleeping Bag
  • Bivouac bag (big plastic bag that your sleeping bag goes inside) (See bivi bag here on Amazon)
  • Torch (head torch ideally, but any torch is fine)
  • Warm wooly jumper and Woolly Hat (a warm hat is VERY, VERY IMPORTANT, you will be wearing this all night to keep your head warm) and a warm pair of gloves.
  • Waterproof coat & Wellington boots recommended
  • Spare socks
  • Wear your scout scarf
  • A metal or enamel mug (NOT plastic)
  • Some toilet paper / Baby wipes
  • Knife and/or axe

Food will NOT be only what you can catch or forage in the woods on this first overnight. A local butcher will be providing some ready-butchered game for us to cook on sharpened sticks for evening meal and breakfast the following morning. Please DO NOT send any other sweets/drinks as these are not allowed as part of the survival skills badge work. We will be making nettle or pine needle tea to have as a hot survival drink before bed.

Collection from same car park at 9:30am Saturday morning. Please do not bring phones or electronic devices as it is highly likely they will get lost or damaged.

NB. This is a survival skills camp, in true Bear Grylls style it will be muddy, wet and cold. It will not be a luxury camp, however it will be amazing fun!

Fire Starter Badge?

We are endeavouring to get all our Scouts and Explorer Scouts into the spirit of survival in the outdoors, similar to the survival skills demonstrated by Chief Scout Bear Grylls on his TV series. With this in mind, we think that there should be a badge specifically for lighting fires, as opposed to the current badges that deal in the most part with cooking on them, as opposed to how they are lit.

We like to think of it as a Fire Starter badge.

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Proposed Fire Starter Badge Criteria

1. Must be able to start a fire from only materials gathered from nature on a hillside or countryside environment (no man-made materials like paper or wool etc) in dry conditions with any three of the following:

a. A single match

b. Flint and Steel

c. A bow drill

d. Magnifying glass

e. Rubbing stick

f. Tinder box

2. Must be able to start a fire from only materials gathered from nature on a hillside or countryside environment (no man-made materials like paper or wool etc) in wet conditions with any two of the following:

a. A single match

b. Flint and Steel

c. A bow drill

d. Magnifying glass

e. Rubbing stick

f. Tinder box