Summer Map and Compass Event

On Saturday August 16th Pack 24 met at Ghiloni Park in Marlborough and learned about compasses and how to use them. We first had a talk about the devices including the scouts. We even got as far as talking about why magentic North is moving. Then the scouts were given, if they didn’t have their own already, a compass and a six step instruction sheet. The instructions included a compass bearing and a number of steps. Then they were off, each team assisted by an adult leader. Each team completed each course (there were three) and then cleaned up afterward. Then the scouts were given a carefully crafted map sheet, in the style of an old pirate map, to draw either the park, their neighborhood, anything. With all these activities completed in a little over an hour the scouts that attended earned their Map and Compass Belt Loops.

Then we had a special surprise, one of our adult leaders showed the scouts a wilderness survival kit that he put together when he was a scout about their age. Besides a few items being a little rusty it was very intact. The boys were interested as well as surprised at a few items. There were matches, a strikepad, a sewing kit, mirror, pocket knife, fishing line, a sinker, fishing hook, and more. All of this was carefully packaged in an army surplus container with a belt clip about 3 inches, by 4 inches by 1 inch. Something maybe for our scouts to aspire to.

We also learned a few unexpected lessons, like the big difference from “analog” compasses and digital ones, what happens to a compass when you are right next to a fire hydrant or other large amount of metal… Even that a poorly laid out course could be accomplished in more than one way…

Thanks to all that attended and I am sure all had fun and learned a thing or two…