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Scout's Dirt Day
« on: December 18, 2015, 04:51:51 PM »
It's not directly a part of BSA merit badge or advancement programming, but me and a couple of the other leaders run "Dirt Day" at my house every couple weeks to work on skills.  Last weekend we had stations with lashing and shelter building, carving walking staffs, making fire string and char cloth, and a hatchet/hawk throwing contest..  The boys love this stuff lol...






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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2015, 05:09:20 PM »
That looks like fun.....can OLD Boy Scouts come, too? :shrug:
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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2015, 05:43:09 PM »
That looks like fun.....can OLD Boy Scouts come, too? :shrug:

You are always welcome at my campfire.  My wife and her friends always cook up chili, biscuits, burgers and dogs for the guys too.  Its tiring, but very fun!

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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2015, 10:10:06 PM »
Sounds like a great day to me.  I know they run you guys ragged, but the scouts will carry the skills and memories of Dirt Days with them forever.

Wolfy, we ought to take him up of the offer one of these days.
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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2015, 04:26:49 AM »
Good stuff!

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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2015, 08:05:25 AM »
VERY cool, and awesome that you have a place to do that!!  And yes, they'll remember those times forever

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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2015, 10:17:37 AM »
Great activity for everybody.

The thought of Chili and biscuits made my mouth water.  :stir:
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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2015, 03:02:43 PM »
You have my respect, sir.  Those kids will remember these days forever.
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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2015, 06:16:10 AM »
I have very fond memories of scouts. Those young men will remember what you have done for them and the fun they had.
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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2015, 06:42:29 AM »
cool...what any of us would give to return to those days of yore  :drool:...woods
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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2015, 03:14:20 PM »
Yep - just to have their energy...

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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2016, 05:05:53 PM »
Another Dirt day today.  Campfire cooking and fire-making with just a ferro rod and only wood for tinder...


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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2016, 05:30:38 PM »
It's a good idea to practice that method.......someti mes that's all you can come up with that's dry enough to catch a spark. :camp:
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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2016, 05:56:25 PM »
It's a good idea to practice that method.......someti mes that's all you can come up with that's dry enough to catch a spark. :camp:

Yep - I  give them a knife and ferro rod and a pile of wood.  The first scout that boils water, wins...  It teaches them about fire and steel (particularly prep...).  Than we used to the fires to cook goulash lol..

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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2016, 06:47:58 PM »
It is really a good thing that you take the time to teach those skills.  I think of all the good times it can lead to and all the good skills it will bring along with it.
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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2016, 03:46:38 PM »
It is really a good thing that you take the time to teach those skills.  I think of all the good times it can lead to and all the good skills it will bring along with it.

Thanks, I think we have some good folks in our troop. People criticize youngsters for sitting around all day playing computer games, but the truth is those games are really well made and we don't drag them outside enough.  I find that boys are fascinated by bushlore and will seek it out, given the opportunity...  Some of my guys are pretty skilled.

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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2016, 05:20:32 PM »
:thumbsup: The next challenge should be the same as this, but done in the rain or wet conditions.  :fire1:
Good to see the boys outside and away from the electronic screens :)
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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2016, 05:12:14 PM »
:thumbsup: The next challenge should be the same as this, but done in the rain or wet conditions.  :fire1:
Good to see the boys outside and away from the electronic screens :)

That's hard.  You can see a vid of me trying to do that over in the "Fire" sub-forum.  I'll take them through all the types of fire-making before I broach that lol...  We did test many of our fire-starting skills at the Klondike Derby last weekend.  There is no quit in my boys..  I'm proud of them.







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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2016, 06:30:19 PM »
Making slingshots in the Adirondacks, good times!


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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #19 on: April 23, 2016, 02:53:01 PM »
I saw a thread here about using fiberglass resin and cordage to create grips for knives.  I asked my scouts if they wanted to try it and got 35 takers (I only have 30 souts lol, family members jumped in to...).  I ordered a bunch of carbon steel blades and we got to work today...





I'll post pics of the finished product soon!  We also did some fire starting and a knife-throwing contest lol...


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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2016, 03:25:10 PM »
COOL! :thumbsup:    What kinds of blades did you buy?
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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2016, 03:28:29 PM »
Look like a terrific day.  It will be interesting to see how these turned out. 

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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2016, 05:01:41 PM »
COOL! :thumbsup:    What kinds of blades did you buy?

Jantz Supply's drop point belt knife...

Look like a terrific day.  It will be interesting to see how these turned out. 



I will be posting up some pics!

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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2016, 05:33:44 AM »
It is cool you are doing so many fun outdoorsy things with the young folks & also sharing it here!
Thanks!
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I love being out in the woods!   I like this quote from Mors Kochanski - "The more you know, the less you carry". I believe in the same creed, & think  "Knowledge & honed skills" are the best things to carry with ya when you're out in the wilds. They're the ultimate "ultralight" gear! ;)

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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #24 on: April 24, 2016, 02:26:06 PM »
It is cool you are doing so many fun outdoorsy things with the young folks & also sharing it here!
Thanks!
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Thank You!  I hear a lot folks bad-mouthing today's youth and I disagree.  Adults need to give young men an opportunity to get out do things in the woods.  These guys are so hungry to learn skill, etc..

The top blade is the one my scouts are making:


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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #25 on: April 24, 2016, 02:33:02 PM »
Can't wait to see the results!  I posed that question a while back!

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« Reply #26 on: April 24, 2016, 02:33:58 PM »
Oops just saw the results lol.

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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #27 on: April 24, 2016, 06:47:08 PM »
Top blade I see, is a "spear point"! I call it a "Kephart" style. Although I am sure it has other names.  I think it is the "classic" shape of the "Kephart" though, thus my preference for calling it the name.
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Regardless.. I do not think you could go wrong in getting them young folks used to that sort of blade style for outdoors use...

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  Anyway, great all around configuration for an outdoors blade.. IMO of course.
(The "spear pointed "Kephart", is "my" favorite". ;)  It is the style I prefer... for more than one good reason. ;) LOL )


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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #28 on: April 24, 2016, 06:49:53 PM »
A lot of truth in what JB just said......that OLD design is still around for many reasons. :thumbsup:
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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #29 on: April 25, 2016, 07:17:17 PM »
For sure.  You can't go wrong with a time-tested pattern, with simple lines and carbon steel.  Its one of those knives that always find a way back into your hand..

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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #30 on: May 05, 2016, 06:27:12 PM »
Some of my scouts are trappers, the rest are learning about it!


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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #31 on: May 05, 2016, 06:35:21 PM »
I am really glad to see that trapping is still on the list of activities for Scouts. 
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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #32 on: May 05, 2016, 06:45:24 PM »
Lol - everything is on the list.  Scouting is old school fun.  I think there are a lot of boys who aren't exposed to bushlore anymore...  We do everything, shoot shotguns and bows, boat, swim, throw knives and hawks, build fires, camp, hike, track animals...  The stuff I grew up doing....

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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #33 on: May 05, 2016, 06:51:15 PM »
 :hail:  I salute you!

Lol - everything is on the list.  Scouting is old school fun.  I think there are a lot of boys who aren't exposed to bushlore anymore...  We do everything, shoot shotguns and bows, boat, swim, throw knives and hawks, build fires, camp, hike, track animals...  The stuff I grew up doing....

.......as it should be! :thumbsup:
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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #34 on: May 05, 2016, 06:56:47 PM »
Lol - everything is on the list.  Scouting is old school fun.  I think there are a lot of boys who aren't exposed to bushlore anymore...  We do everything, shoot shotguns and bows, boat, swim, throw knives and hawks, build fires, camp, hike, track animals...  The stuff I grew up doing....

I'm glad you share your troops doings. It's good stuff. Thanks
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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #35 on: May 10, 2016, 05:50:40 PM »
Lol - everything is on the list.  Scouting is old school fun.  I think there are a lot of boys who aren't exposed to bushlore anymore...  We do everything, shoot shotguns and bows, boat, swim, throw knives and hawks, build fires, camp, hike, track animals...  The stuff I grew up doing....

I'm glad you share your troops doings. It's good stuff. Thanks

Thanks.  There is a reason, I sometimes read posts on forums that say things about scouting that aren't true (usually folks too busy sharing opinions to be involved in scouting...).  Anyway - we finished a bunch more knives this weekend:




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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #36 on: May 10, 2016, 06:20:44 PM »
I see an opportunity for the boys to make a sheath and be that much closer to earning their Leathercrafting Merit Badge, too......any plans in that direction? ???

Good on ya' for doing this! :thumbsup:
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Re: Scout's Dirt Day
« Reply #37 on: May 10, 2016, 07:10:36 PM »
I see an opportunity for the boys to make a sheath and be that much closer to earning their Leathercrafting Merit Badge, too......any plans in that direction? ???

Good on ya' for doing this! :thumbsup:

Yep - we discussed that at last nights Troop meeting!