From the Scouter Manual:
Objective: I will explore environment, nature, research and/or leisure pursuits as they relate to water.
When planning your adventure, consider including:
- an environmental aspect and/or a leisure pursuit
- an outdoor activity or research
Here are some ideas to get you going on creating your own adventures:
Adventure Idea 1: Canoe or hike an historical water route 1. Pick an historical water route accessible to you. Find out about the route and plan a paddling or hiking trip for your Patrol. Share some of the history when you are on your outing. 2. Integrate a challenge that fits with the history of your route. For example, First Nations and early European explorers would prepare their meals over campfires – not on camp stoves. If you are on an overnight adventure, plan to cook your meals without the aid of stoves. 3. How is the water route a source of food as well as a means of travel? Identify and sample wild edible plants on your outing. Bring fishing gear and try to catch a fish. Be safe – eat only what you are sure is edible. 4. Find out what environmental stresses this waterway faces. Add to your plan a way that you can help the environment along the route, either by gathering litter, keeping to pathways, counting bird species, etc. 5. Create a log of your journey by taking photos, recording video, drawing pictures, taking notes or in some other way. Adventure Idea 2: The Best Paddle of All 1. Why are canoe paddles the shape they are? Find out about some of the different shapes of paddles, then collect a few of them to try out. Which shape is your favourite? 2. What other paddles are used for other water activities? What are the differences between a kayak paddle, a canoe paddle and a row boat oar? Try these different kinds of paddles out, too. Is there a style of paddling or rowing that you enjoy most? 3. Try out paddles made out of different materials. Reflect on the pros and cons of each material. 4. Using what you’ve learned, create your own canoe paddle. You might start with a kit or start from scratch. 5. What can be done with old canoe paddles that are no longer water worthy? Find an old canoe paddle and reuse it to create a new item. Other Ideas! Start with these and develop the five parts to your adventure.
- Panning for gold has always intrigued people, and has made a few rich. Do any rivers or streams in your area have a history of producing gold? Learn about the techniques of panning for gold, and give your luck a try in an appropriate and safe location.
- Discover a local fish species improvement project. This might include restoring stream banks, planting stream cover, cleaning up river banks, or releasing fingerling fish in spring. Find out how you can be involved and lend a hand.
- Ever been fishing? Learn about fishing outfits and how the gear is used. Plan, prepare and go on a fishing outing. Learn how to clean and cook a fish. Do you need a fishing license? Is there a catch and release program in your area for certain species?
- Pick a nearby body of water. Observe plant and animal life in and around water. What human activities might have an effect? Keep a detailed log. If possible, take pictures and/ or videos.
- Learn to handle a fly fishing rig, and set up a safe and fun fly fishing adventure.
- Learn about natural disasters related to water that might occur in your area, such as flooding or tsunamis, including the likelihood of various disasters occurring in your area and in other parts of Canada. Create a plan for these emergencies.
- Set up a healthy fish and plant population in an aquarium.
- Learn about different technologies for personal floatation devices and life jackets. Design and build your own model PFD or life jacket, for demonstration purposes.
- Design and build a model water vehicle like a sailboat, canoe or kayak.
- Set up raft races. Decide upon the materials each team will use. Then build and race.
- Take a dip in as many different bodies of water as you can this summer, while keeping safe.
Need some more ideas?
Look at the Trail Cards for Mackenzie Trail River (Environment & Outdoors) and Cabot Trail (Creative Expression) to inspire a Water adventure you’d like to try on your own.