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The ‘Wolf Pack’ go Scandinavian

Posted on December 17th, 2017 by admin

This type of ‘cooker’ has been used in Scandinavia since time immemorial, and is an alternative to other forms of camp cooking over a conventional type of fire.

Although seeming relatively simple fuel economical way of cooking/heating water it does require an understanding of the fire triangle of ‘oxygen, fuel and flame’.

In the Scandinavian countries the predominant wood is, of course pine trees. Pine being a very resinous wood will burn whether seasoned or fresh cut. Other woods need to be seasoned to work well.

Lessons learned:
Communication and team work, who is doing what and when is essential.
Ensure your log is round enough to sit your kettle/pan on.
Make sure the base of the log is secure (you don’t want to spill your stew!)
Make the cross-cut deep and wide enough to allow air circulation.
Prepare your fuel before lighting anything.

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Can the ‘Wolf Pack’ Southern Explorers light a fire?

Posted on December 9th, 2017 by admin

A dark and damp Monday evening found the Explorers of the “Wolf Pack” facing an outdoor challenge.

Having been warned to dress for the weather and bring a knife and torch they were paired up then given a paper bag which contained the following:

  1. A cotton wool ball
  2. One stick of dry wood
  3. A box of matches with only five matches in
  4. Two individual sachets of hot chocolate
  5. Two polystyrene cups
  6. Two small plastic spoons
  7. Two empty bean tins

They then had to go into the darkness and get a fire going and make a hot drink. Simple? But not as easy as you might think.

Object of the activity: To demonstrate how difficult it can be to get a fire going when conditions are not perfect and to give an idea as to what extra kit to pack on expedition.

  1. Lessons learned:
  2. That in ‘the wild’ one member of the group should carry a small axe
  3. Another member should carry a lightweight ‘tarp’ to rig a shelter
  4. Also having a film container with a fire lighter in it or candle stub would help damp wood to get going
  5. Depending on the weather, the amount of time required to set up camp + fire before night fall should be extended

The use of natural fire enhances such as pine resin was also discussed. All in all quite a few lessons were learned.

Find more photos in the photo gallery here.

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‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorers prepare for Remembrance Sunday

Posted on November 18th, 2017 by admin

At the conclusion of their regular Monday meeting at Mullin ny Cartey the Explorers, after enjoying the challenge of the traverse wall, took a moment to reflect on the upcoming Remembrance Sunday parade and what it means.

Trying to comprehend the sheer number of people who lost their lives during two world wars is very hard to do so we concentrated on those who returned from war physically damaged.

This was accomplished by the Explorers having to do a seemingly easy task of making a jam sandwich and finding an individual item in a ‘box of oddments’.

However, if you had lost an arm or your eye sight, life becomes more complicated. For example, taking a lid off the jam, undoing a bread bag, peeling the foil top off the butter.

As these disabilities are not only confined to victims of war it brought home how very lucky the majority of us are in having all our faculties, and how grateful we should be to those who over the years have put themselves in harm’s way on our behalf.

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Wolf Pack Explorers griddle up some scones

Posted on November 7th, 2017 by admin

At their regular meeting at Mullin ny Carty the Explorers of the ‘Wolf Pack’ practiced their culinary skills using three different griddle and drop scone recipes. This also gave them the opportunity to try out their latest piece of kit namely the griddle.

This was salvaged from a discarded three layer tea trolley. The top shelf was cut of just above the second tray level giving (once cleaned) a cooking griddle on legs. Being stainless steel it is easy to keep clean and will not rust. It will, no doubt prove useful in the future to cook bacon, eggs, burgers etc.

 

Have any other Scouts on the Island got a piece of kit improvised from something else? Why not send in a photograph and tell us what it is?

 

 

Point to ponder: Never build a fire directly on top of or inside a concrete surface or structure.

Why? Concrete when mixed has air pockets in it. So, when heated by your fire the hot air expands which can make the concrete explode!

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St.George’s Day memorial hike

Posted on May 7th, 2017 by admin

On the 23rd. April 1945 a few short weeks before the war in Europe ended, a Boeing B17-G of the 534th. Bombardment Squadron of the United States 8th. Army Air Force was flying from its base at RAF Ridgewell, Essex carrying 31 passengers and crew for a weeks leave in Northen Ireland.
In thick cloud it crashed into the hillside of North Barrulle, Isle of Man. All 31 occupants of the aircraft were killed instantly.

On Sunday 23rd. April 2017 a small group of Manx Scouts from ‘Viking’ Troop, 1st. Malew Scout Group and ‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorer Scout Unit, leaders and parents hiked up to the crash site.

The Hike was organised by Malew Scout, Carter Melnick. Carter is from the United States and was formerly with BSA Troop 39, Forest Hill, North Carolina. He is now living in the Isle of Man with his family.

Whilst living in the Isle of Man Carter is still working towards his Eagle Scout Award (The American version of the Queen’s Scout Award)  To this end he researched the history of the event and did a presentation to fellow Scouts. He also planned the hike route.
At the crash site the Scouts raised a new American flag after which Carter then read out the names of the 31 casualties before ending the remembrance with the poem,

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

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‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorers, cook with ‘live food’

Posted on February 13th, 2017 by admin

The ‘Wolf Packs’ regular Monday meeting at Mullin ny Carty found them with a blind food cooking challenge.

After being put in teams they tossed a coin to see which of the ‘food boxes’ they were going to cook without seeing what they were getting.  Each box contained real ingredients, utensils and a recipe to follow. The three options ranged from a traditional meat stew to a Scandinavian dish of dauphin potatoes with smoked salmon, onion and dill to a vegetarian option of Pasta a la Christian, which was tagliatelle with blue soft cheese and creme fresh.

Lessons learned:

  1. Some meals take more time to cook than others.
  2. Cutting root vegetables eg: potatoes, onions, carrots into small bits cooks faster but, too small and you end up with soup!
  3. Taking a few minutes to discuss who is going to do what, when saves on gas and  burned or under cooked ingredients.
  4. Getting the Trangias etc. clean after use also takes longer than you might think
All told a tasty and experience gathered evening. Taste wise the salmon dish came out on top but without the dill and using black pepper instead. 

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