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Under the tutilage of Hughan, the youth learn  to build a tent using bamboo poles, elastic bands and a tarp.
REPORTING · 14th March 2010
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat Scout Leaders attended elementary schools in Kitimat the week of February 8th to the 12th to teach students about the leadership, survival, the outdoors and the scouting program. They attended Kildala, Roy Wilcox, Nechako and Saint Antonies.

“The focus of the activities was on Teamwork, enhancing any leadership potential of the kids that were there.  When you are doing a teamwork thing, there are always kids who come to the forefront to do some leading even if they don’t realize it.  That involved building some stuff that they were able to play with and building some emergency shelter type things that they would be able to use in their outdoor activities where ever it be, who ever it would be with and some activities that got them thinking,” said Scouter Doug Hughan, “activities where they had to act as a team or group, to get it all done together.”

Scouter Marcel Brousseau had them building a tripod.  When they were done, they had to knock a bowling pin over with a tennis ball on a string.  Hughan had the kids building a tent from poles and tarps.  Scouter Geoff McFarlane taught the kids about packing their backpacks as well as finding out how small they could fold a tarp.  

“Out of the four days of 4-7 classes a day, we never heard any totally negative comments.  It was all positive, they all seemed to have fun,” said Hughan.  He commented one of the teachers was amazed at how the kids came together and worked together.  The groups were randomly selected.  Their teamwork amazed their teachers.
Scouter Marcel teaches the kids about tripods and creates a game from them.
Scouter Marcel teaches the kids about tripods and creates a game from them.
Scouter Geoff teaches the kids about how to pack a backpack.
Scouter Geoff teaches the kids about how to pack a backpack.
The construction of the tent begins.
The construction of the tent begins.