Tree Planting - Conservation
June 14, 2014, with training May 15, 2014
Nat and Ethan have been working on their World Conservation Badge and the rest of the troop have help them out. In May we had Denys come out and teach us a few things., He had worked with in BC Forestry and had lots of experience replanting trees. He provided a lot of tips on the why and how for tree planting.
We worked with Mike from our local Chinook Council to help us to join in on this event. Their group worked hard and got some great corporate sponsors to help provide funds for trees, food and a bunch of other stuff.
We even ran into and old friend from Calgary South stake, Bruce Cahoon, who was on the team and serving us boys hamburgers.
|Jason Smith, Karl Burndorfer, Nigel Kennett, Glenn Buchanan, Dave Proctor, Peter Erasmus - YM Leaders|
|Denys Beams, Maki Ohba, Tom Ohba - Parents & Experts|
|Hale Aqino, RJ Laigos, Michael Laigos, Ethan Conrad, Austin Smith, Devin Obha, Javon Falconer, Preston Layton, Tayson Saravia, Sam Erasmus - Scouts|
|Map to Planting area|
|Map of Planting area|
|Training||After a very informative discussion from Denys on all the reasons we need trees and all their benefits, he forgot to mention the most important one. They are great for climbing!|
|Great for showing our family tree...||Devin is the root and Jeff and are his branches.||They also make good drums||And the lower branches can comb your hair.|
|You could tickle them||You could have an arm wrestle with them||Ride them like a pony.||Hide things in their pockets.|
|Do exercises with them||They provide nice homes for ants and other bugs||and great 'King of the Castle' games||We got him down. come on, quick, climb up.|
|Javon's still the King||Tayson's now in on the game.||Kind of harsh on the arm pits there.||Bit rough on the knee there.|
|Bit raspy on the belly button now.||That's it. I'm getting my Velcro suit on now.||You mean we have to go....|
|GPS Coordinate in? Check!||1st pee break. Sam's got the fence post covered.||Definitely could use a few more trees around here.||Careful you don't step on any.|
|Great soil eh!||Can we opt for a "no leash" experience here?||Perfect spot.||I'll keep guard, you dig. Never know when a bear's going to sneak up on you.|
|This is great quality soil here.||Pounding in the home made Dibble tool.||
Lots of rocks and roots down there.
Keep pounding, I got the bear thing covered.
|We're trying it with the old fashioned garden trowel.|
|OK, lets try the dibble.||This is better.||Drop it into the hole and pack a bit of around it. Done.||Who says this is back breaking work?|
|Let plant ours here in the shady areas.||Maybe a slightly rounder hole would help to get it in.||According to my cell phone, this should be the right spot.||Team work.|
|Team work, with a Forman.||Cold and rainy in Calgary||Kind of hot here! You can tell by the length of my tongue.||So, you date girls right?|
|So if we're going to work in the shade, can you move a little to the right?||Gee, I found another 20 trees.||I could water that for you as soon as you plant it.||Does dog pee work as fertilizer?|
|That's my tree, buddy, don't touch it!||You can get out of a lot of work with the right smile. No, no, I can still hold these for you.||So do we look like lumberjacks yet?||You look like a tourist grandpa. Who packs a camera that big?|
|Down to our last 5 trees, and even the foreman is working.||These are green thumbs, well, maybe tan and beige.||I've been told girls dig guys with their thumbs up.||Did those guys just fall down that cliff?|
|They did, and they're OK.||Lunch call. Time to drop everything.||Do I really have to stop working?||Man, I'm so thirsty even this mud puddle taste refreshing!|
|Now these are burgers.||Almost got #2 down, need that drink.||It's great when you're expecting hotdogs and they give you burgers instead.||You can still talk even with your cheeks full of burger.|
|Fancy meeting our old friend Bruce Cahoon out here serving us hamburgers.||Don't let anyone see me!||I'm stashing a couple hamburger in here, so we'll be set next time we're back.||
They can see dirt on your nose?
Think they'll figure it out?
|I'll just make like one of the kitchen staff and see if we can score any more patties!||Might be something over here?|
|Gravel mountain race.||Sam takes 3rd place at just under 2 minutes||Michael tries to find an easier route up.||Javon's at the top, but it's just like the "Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump". 2 more steps and he's of the cliff edge.|
|Sam takes the 2 steps and head down.||Definitely easier running down.||Sam challenges Javon for a 2nd round.||Javon's closing the gap. Sam pick up on it and puts the 4 wheel drive into action.|
|Winner and new Champion, Sam!||OK, Where's the water now.|
|All you can drink Sam!||Skipper throwing contest.|
Activity working with clay.
MJ was here.
|River crossing game. Hales indicates he's only good till the water gets to the top of his boots.||
Engineering projects. Still need about 2-3 metric tonnes of nice big rocks.
|More consulting needed.|
|You need this integral small rock here.||Maybe we can just use rocks from the water and then we don't need to carry them.||Anyone into "Bite the Bubble"? It's a cool game!||So you guys don't want to play "Bite the Bubble"?|
|It's an ok 1 player game. Get a bit muddy making the bubbles.||Gets a bit gritty on your teeth too.||Well, off to find another puddle.||I don't think were going to find enough rocks to get all the way?|
|Come on, we only need around 200 more!||OK, lets at least show off it's structural strength.||and our shoes are staying dry.||His aren't going to be.|
|Did I tell you I hate baths?||Careful, not up the nose.||Hey, that's cold water, careful on the tummy.||Finally, done. Did I tell you I hate baths?|
|Maybe I need a bath too?||There's no fish in there, right?||Nope, just Water Mochasins and eels.|
|Some shots from Glen|
|Great event everyone!|