Woodbadge 2 - Leader Training

Weekend of Sept 16 and Oct 24, 2014

Jeremy and I took this course with a bunch of other scouters down in Magrath Alberta. . 

Most to the training involved learning about safety, forms, issues relating to youth: abuse, bullying, handicaps, risk assessments just to mention a few. So not a lot of pictures for these items. For the ones involving skills we got pictures.  

Tem Members

Jeremy Olsen, Karl Burndorfer - Calgary South Scout Leaders
My Team (the Mountaineers: Rhett Manden, Derrick Beck, Foster Heninger, Brad Coon)
So many trainers I didn't have room for them all

Maps and stuff

Map to Training Campground

Photo Library

DSCN4379.JPG (1830650 bytes) Derrick working on our "under budget" breakfast. Omelet burrito, great taste, limited cleanup. DSCN4380.JPG (1793881 bytes) Some minor cleanup and the breakfast in the dark was done. These guys start the training day early man.
DSCN4381.JPG (1821703 bytes) Rhett and Brad taking it all in after that filling breakfast.  DSCN4382.JPG (1836767 bytes) Foster and Derrick discussing the previous nights skit.
The big guns come in to do some fire /axe /saw / cooking training. 
DSCN4383.JPG (1854005 bytes) Some basic fire tools and supplies DSCN4384.JPG (1578347 bytes) Your basic tinder box. drop in some denim and put the box in a fire to slightly burn the material. DSCN4385.JPG (1707750 bytes) Close up of the box with it's contents on the table. DSCN4387.JPG (1771994 bytes) Stuff that burns from sparks: dried grass rubbed together vigorously  to expose the fine fibers, Bull Rush heads work good, just pull apart the head and fluff up the seeds.
DSCN4387.JPG (1771994 bytes) Make sure it's dry, cotton balls with a bit of Vaseline rubbed in work well to.   DSCN4391.JPG (1589293 bytes) Then get your flint and an knife and scrape the sparks towards your dry fuel. DSCN4395.JPG (1596218 bytes) For flint it's all about the hardness of the metal. He had an old file handle he used.  DSCN4401.JPG (1533284 bytes) Drive some sparks into the cotton ball...
DSCN4402.JPG (1533678 bytes) and we have ignition. DSCN4403.JPG (1572497 bytes) Try some bull rush fluff... DSCN4404.JPG (1520303 bytes) nicely burning now...
DSCN4396.JPG (1785959 bytes) Using magnesium shavings this time. Give a nice hot burn and won't be effected if it got wet.  DSCN4397.JPG (1721856 bytes) Get a little pile of shavings going here... DSCN4398.JPG (1707367 bytes) Use the file handle and the opposite edge of the magnesium stick for the sparks... DSCN4399.JPG (1713003 bytes) and snuff it out before the fire alarms go off.
DSCN4419.JPG (1533535 bytes) He preferred using flint to make fires from sparks.  DSCN4420.JPG (1553255 bytes) There were other hard stones you could use: Chert, Jasper, Quartzite and even  Obsidian.
DSCN4421.JPG (1683217 bytes) Potassium Permanganate has some interesting fire starting properties as well.  DSCN4422.JPG (1689353 bytes) Pour a little antifreeze on it and watch what happens... DSCN4424.JPG (1729612 bytes) Gee, seems to be smoking a bit now... DSCN4426.JPG (1639343 bytes) Whoa, that's cool magic for any scout leader. 
The ultimate Challenge for any one who wants to call himself a Boys Scout Leader A link to show some of the techniques he used: http://www.wikihow.com/Start-a-Fire-with-Sticks
DSCN4405.JPG (1493473 bytes) Scouter Boyes: So with just a stick and a piece of wood you can make a fire, right? DSCN4406.JPG (1553923 bytes) Well there are a few more tricks to this. 1st the piece of wood needs to be dry, no sap. then cut an angled v-notch in from the edge.  DSCN4408.JPG (1759104 bytes) Notice the current angle of his knife. Both sides of the V should go no deeper than this.  DSCN4409.JPG (1783296 bytes) This shows the finished notch. He made a few of these about an inch apart as you may go through a few of these before one takes off and lights.
DSCN4410.JPG (1727372 bytes) Make a starter hole directly in line with your notch but in from the edge a bit more than the thickness of your stick.  It will be rubbings it's way through into your notch, but if your too close to the edge your  stick will work out off the edge of the piece of wood.  DSCN4411.JPG (1720364 bytes) Just need a small starter hole to keep the stick aligned with your notch.  DSCN4412.JPG (1747212 bytes) You will need a bow of sorts with a rope, and a thin piece of wood to act as a plate to catch the hot fibers that get rubbed off. His was a piece of birch bark. His rope was a couple twisted strands of rawhide. DSCN4413.JPG (1763826 bytes) The stick was sharpened to a 45 degree point. He indicated the wood fibers in the stick going the length of the stick would cross through the piece of wood with its fibers at 90 degrees. This was important to get maximum friction and produce the hot wood filings building up inside the notch.

You can see he places the wood plate under the notch.

DSCN4414.JPG (1718089 bytes) He then stepped on the piece of wood and got his bow ready.  Notice the bow was carved to keep the rope secure at the ends. A special knot at the other end allow him to adjust the slack in the rope.  DSCN4417.JPG (1718389 bytes) This is his stone socket used to allow the palm of his hand to press down on the top of the stick. Keep your eye out next time you walk along a rocky path or stream for a rock with a concave shape and maybe even a divot inside it.  DSCN4429.JPG (1697127 bytes) Got his foot on the piece of wood, bow wrapped around the stick, palm pressing down on stick with socket stone, and the stick placed into the starter hole.   DSCN4430.JPG (1714039 bytes) And now we are starting to see smoke. 
DSCN4431.JPG (1696907 bytes) Here you can see the friction enlarged the hole quite quickly and the rubbings on top are similar to those that drop down the notch onto the plate.  DSCN4432.JPG (1783641 bytes) Bad focus pic, but you can see hole starting to expose the v-notch. Bit of light shining through. DSCN4433.JPG (1694266 bytes) Good shot showing the buildup of rubbings inside the notch  on top of the wooden plate.  DSCN4434.JPG (1744743 bytes) Object is to build up a small pile of hot rubbings on the plate. 
DSCN4446.JPG (1715818 bytes) If you rub through before you get a hot enough pile, start on the next v-notch and repeat the process. DSCN4450.JPG (1725117 bytes) Make a fresh tip on your stick. DSCN4451.JPG (1810410 bytes) May need to adjust the slack in the rope as well. DSCN4452.JPG (1790573 bytes) Doing this one outside. and everything is set to go. 
DSCN4453.JPG (1770689 bytes) Getting some heat now.  Video - it's a lot of work...(720mb) Video - Another one fizzles out. (76mb) Video - It finally bursts into flames...(700mb). 

Once you get a good pile of hot rubbings and can see some glow, pull the plate out and gently to blow to build up the heat. then pour them into your nest of dried fuel and continue to blow until the nest starts on fire. 

Care of Sharpening of Saws, axes & knives 
DSCN4458.JPG (1711003 bytes) How to sharpen an axe. DSCN4459.JPG (1910148 bytes) A few sharpening tools... DSCN4460.JPG (1703430 bytes) Personally I prefer an axe over a pocket knife if I'm lost in the woods. It's a hammer, axe, allows for a lot more strength transfer, extends your reach etc.  DSCN4461.JPG (1662337 bytes) I could shave with this now...
DSCN4462.JPG (1747094 bytes) If you need to skin your dinner these hones will keep an excellent edge on your knifes or even an axe.  DSCN4457.JPG (1566816 bytes) Great saw to have but awkward to pack. Storage should be dry. They do make files to sharpen these blades. A short piece of garden hose with a slit make a nice protective shield for the blade. 
Cooking stoves
DSCN4464.JPG (1814333 bytes) One of the Shipley brothers checking out the fancy light weight equipment. DSCN4465.JPG (1545168 bytes) That stove is way to clean to be a scout camp stove.  DSCN4467.JPG (1582428 bytes) The next generation Coleman stove. Still all the same mechanical failure points but smaller. No problem cooking at below -20 though.  DSCN4468.JPG (1573690 bytes) Setup the heat shield. 
DSCN4469.JPG (1893623 bytes) Fill the bottom little dish with raw fuel. Then try lighting the fuel. DSCN4470.JPG (1826010 bytes) That parts burning, now just wait till it heats up the rest of the fuel delivery system.  DSCN4471.JPG (1745465 bytes) There you have it, the blue flame. DSCN4473.JPG (1813797 bytes) The new "all in one" disposable. trick is to know if there's enough fuel left for the current hike.  
DSCN4466.JPG (1876715 bytes) A home made pop-can stove. burns alcohol.  DSCN4474.JPG (1577415 bytes) You make a heat shield as well.  DSCN4475.JPG (1828633 bytes) Can't even see the flame. DSCN4477.JPG (1866746 bytes) Put the pot right on top and the holes allow the flames to spread over the bottom.
Gourmet cooking with a Dutch Oven
DSCN4478.JPG (1579468 bytes) Gourmet  hash. DSCN4481.JPG (1529879 bytes) Perfect pot roast done to medium rare. IMG_3290.JPG (2849459 bytes) The awesome Pineapple upside down cake. IMG_3292.JPG (2782674 bytes) and then the "Piece de Resistance", Cinnamon Twists.
DSCN4480.JPG (1562251 bytes) Starter kit for cinnamon twists. For a 350 degree oven it's 25 briquettes on the lid and 12 under the pot. I think? DutchOverCinnamonBuns.JPG (533387 bytes) Cinnamon twists. Once the dough rises, pull it out of the Dutch oven. You then lather with sugar, butter and cinnamon, then cut into short strips, twist them and place bake into the Dutch oven to finish baking.  These were way amazing.   IMG_3294.JPG (2808568 bytes) Hard not coming back for seconds on these babies.  CampFireCinnamonRollsInOrangePeal.jpg (107486 bytes) Jeremy provided me with a useful link for developing the skill: DutchovenDude.com .
  I want to try these at the next campfire. 
Closing Ceremony 
DSCN4482.JPG (1899550 bytes) Some additional awards  DSCN4484.JPG (2050539 bytes) Even some of the trainers get awards...  DSCN4483.JPG (1841244 bytes) Participants ready for Gillwell beads and scarf.  DSCN4485.JPG (1870806 bytes) and you got to wrap it up with a camp song.