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Nature Outdoor Pursuits Outdoors Scouting Scouts

Den

#Writephoto #Outdoors #Camping #Scouts

It wasn’t the easiest of shelters

for young scouts to construct

finding wood that wasn’t attached to a tree

was a difficult task in itself

Take the wrong kind of material

and you would attract some serious attention

if not from the leaders guiding you

then the camp warden in charge of the site

Matters of construction

took careful thought and planning

particularly if you were spending

the night in your shelter

Weather could be a friend or foe

Rain could get in on your roof of spruce

While Wind could get in

if the walls weren’t tied correctly

Supper in the den?

Required careful planning

night time treats created over altar fire

had to be a real safe distance

from your wooden hut you were sleeping in

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Scouting Scouts

The new scout section

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#scouts #squirrels #beavers #cubs #ventures #explorers #network

Imagine my surprise to see

something to make me smile at tea

reminding me of a place

that brought a smile upon my face

I was once a young cub scout

and played with others and learned about

making things, and knots and tents

and camping outside, quite content

I remember the beavers – who wanted to be cubs

and the games and activities , picking out grubs

making things for mum and dad

and telling them of the fun that they had

Now there’s a section – for younger ones too

They call em the “Squirrels” (I know they’re new!)

doing the things scouty for fun

and jumping and around and having a run

With Squirrels and Beavers and Wolfcubs abound

The scout families healthy with lots of em round

learning new things , in enjoyment and play

and enjoying themselves each and every day

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Outdoor Pursuits Outdoors Poetry Scouting Scouts

Backwoods Stew

#Scouts #Cubs #Beavers #Supper

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The ingredients were simple enough,

Taters in the embers of some dying beechwood

Corned beef, Some Carrots and a very big onion

Butter for frying, and some stock cubes for flavour

The Metallic billy can protected by the finest washing liquid

as flames licked the sides of the can

As the potatoes softened, the onions went see-through

hiding amongst the beef

and as the bubbles rose bringing the feast together

chef prepared his serving spoons – as it was served in tin mugs

in the other can ? usually tea but not that night

as chocolate buns were served for afters – with hot cocoa.

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Ventures all headed for bed after Campfire – with Smiles on their faces.

They said “Ban Soap at Camp”….but this rule didn’t apply to the cookware….as the recepticles enjoyed a dip in the bubbliest of alfresco baths and a scrub getting rid of charcoaled washing liquid

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Acrostic Camping Character Childhood Outdoor Pursuits Scouting Scouts

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17th August 2017

Middlewood scout camp, Worsley, Salford

UJG

Maybe it was

in the act of “doing our duty” that the

dedication of raising and lowering the union flag each

day at camp, reminded those

little or big, to “do their best”

even in the smallest of acts – from

washing the pots , to keeping their tent clean

over time, we’d learn a lot at that campsite – but we’d always

observe the traditions of flagbreak, each

day and evening

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Memories Outdoor Pursuits Poetry Scouting Scouts

hike

Hike

preparation done

his backpack full

a day on the hillside

its never that dull

 

Planned out a walk

cross moorland and hill

And stopping at reservoir

watching time stand still

 

Following a way

that’s old as Time

he’s having a packed lunch

when his watch does chime

 

Armed with a compass

binoculars and map

this accomplished hikers

a happy chap

 

and he’ll scribble his thoughts

at the boathouse by the edge

having drink at the pub

the sandpipers wedge

 

 

 

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Outdoor Pursuits Outdoors Poetry Schooldays Scouting Scouts

Knots

#Napowrimo #Day17 #Knots

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A Dictionary poem for #Day17 of the Napowrimo challenge.  Based on my old scouting days! enjoy.

 

Don’t get stressed,

in time – you’ll master it

creating an artform from two ends of rope

bridges don’t need wood or metal but a few simple knots

Reef Knot, Clove and Timber Hitch are handy for a pioneer

and some west country whipping will soon get those old ropes into shape

Loop your ropes tight around the tree to maintain tension

Sheet bend and bowline and the old Round Turn comes in here

The half hitch keeps these in tight.

Be careful with your left and your right though

as one wrong move with your rope work could spell disaster

Can’t have a Granny Knot where a Reef Knot is Needed.

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Camping Outdoor Pursuits Outdoors Schooldays Scouting Scouts

A Tale of Old Boots

In a part of the corridor, just by the stairs by the front door, lies a pair of Old Black Boots. It’s been quite a while since they have been walking. Their leather is worn from the passing of time…

Source: A Tale of Old Boots

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Camping Outdoors Scouts

Fires a Burning

Another piece for the daily post prompt

Smoke

also appears at http://allpoetry.com/poem/11670889-Fires-a-Burning-by-InkdropK

The sun went asleep, upon the moon break
and the light from a match began to awake
starting to burn the bark from a tree
whilst little one’s watch with their cuppas with glee

The bark it alights and begins to glow,
producing smoke as it burns the wood slow
small twigs surround the bark as it burns
fallen from trees amongst bushes and ferns

Flames round the wood, performing a dance
dancing towards night sky, given a chance
providing light, and heat for the camp
whilst heating the supper, in the cold and damp

And wood keeps on burning to feed this small fire
As tales are told round it to teach and inspire
and youngsters all smile as they receive with glee
a mug of steaming hot soup for their tea!