Oh to be a Timanous camper right now! We are so fortunate to have perfect Maine summer weather for all of our activities, and we're making the most of the opportunity. The Eagles, Crogles, Loons and Cardinals all ventured out and back on their camping trips with much success and enthusiasm. Today's activities include two camp favorites- a Saturday morning game of C-Flag between the Green and Gray (two ties!) and our annual TFFL (Timanous Touch Football League) extravaganza this afternoon. We've got plenty of other activities going on today for those not playing football, ranging from sailing to riflery to handicrafts. And, of course it's a great afternoon to go for a swim, whether it is after the football games or regular activities. Tonight will be cabin cookouts with all cabins grilling as a cabin group at their individual cookout sites.
Now, I'd like to share an update on our new CampCraft awards from Camp Craft leader Jim Poulin.
New Campcraft Awards
There is a new way for campers to earn awards this summer! After gathering significant input from our counselors, we have created the Timanous Campcraft Awards. These awards aim to challenge campers while developing valuable outdoor living skills. Campers can earn their beginner, intermediate, and advanced rating in four different disciplines: Fire, Knots, Tool & Craft, and Nature.
To earn their beginner rating, campers must complete the “water boil test” in six minutes or less. This test involves building a fire to heat a can of soapy water. The timer starts when the match is lit, and ends when the soapy water bubbles over the edge of the can. All wood must be gathered from the forest, and pre-building the fire is not allowed. This is an intense challenge, and it has already been the source of much excitement this summer! The intermediate rating requires faster completion of the “water boil test,” this time in four minutes or less, and also includes successfully starting and maintaining a fire from a spark. The advanced rating requires campers to start and maintain a fire using a bowdrill or other friction method, as well as starting a fire from a log that has been soaked in water for five minutes.
To earn their beginner rating, campers must complete the “Endrizzi Ridgeline Test.” This involves tying a ridgeline using a bowline and trucker’s hitch that meets standards for tautness and ability to support weight. The intermediate rating requires campers to successfully hang a tarp, complete with a ridgeline and secured corners. This test is graded using the “Hamilton Scorecard,” which forces campers to adhere to specific requirements when setting up their tarp. The advanced rating is a unique award indeed! To earn this award, campers must design and build a down-wind sailing rig for a canoe, and sail it across the Timanous Cove. They may only use a tarp, rope, folding saw, and knife to earn this award.
Tool & Craft
The beginner rating for Tool & Craft requires campers to complete a simple walking stick carving project using a folding saw and fixed-blade knife. Campers learn the basic skills needed to properly use these tools. The intermediated rating consists of successfully completing a spoon carving project. Campers must cut their own blank, and carve using both a spoon knife and a detail knife. They are encouraged to smooth and finish their projects, and hopefully use them in the barn! To earn their advanced rating, campers must create a primitive canoe paddle using only an axe, saw, knife, and rope. They must then use it to successfully solo paddle between Crows dock and Beginners dock in five minutes or less.
The nature discipline allows campers to pick the subject areas they want to focus on. To earn a nature award, campers must accumulate points through a system called the “Suitor Nature Scorecard.” There are ten topics that campers may choose from: trees, rocks, insects, wildflowers, reptiles/amphibians, fish, mammals, fungus, ferns/mosses, and birds. To earn points, campers need to complete field activities guided by the head of nature. The beginner rating requires campers to earn five points. The intermediate rating requires five additional points, and the advanced rating requires 10 additional points beyond what was already earned at the beginner and intermediate levels.
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