Survival week at Seedrioru (1)
This is an old idea that is now bringing new things to Seedrioru!
“Train them...Teach them...let them Lead Lord B.P
Using the aged Patrol based system, the youth were divided into 4 different balanced groups of mixed ages and gender to learn together. This year we featured the self named:
Ohutuse koolitus / Skills Safety Training
For the first 2 days at camp, suitably aged youth are encouraged to learn wood carving, fire lighting, axe and saw safety and knot tying in order to give them the skills to bring them to the next level. Each skill must be passed to a safe level so that they can be used throughout the week during construction of projects, games and the final camp. This is performed under the watchful eye of the Kasvatajad and medical staff.
Tule tegemine / Fire Lighting
Learning to start fire 5 different ways……..
Tikud - matches
Süütaja – lighter
Suurendusklaas – magnifying glass
Terasvill ja patarei – steel wool and battery
Kirve ja sae ohtustreening / Axe and Saw Safety Training
Kirve ja sae ohtustreening / Axe and Saw Safety Training. Kasvataja Colin Sõber-Williams lending a hand
As part of their woodsman skills training, the youth were expected to be safely proficient at cutting down small trees by the end of the training. Most were very enthusiastic and we didn’t loose any digits in the process. We managed a very safe and productive session.
Kasvataja/ vetelpäästja (lifeguard) Sven Wichman cutting down his first tree (a new spectator sport?)
Sidumiskunst / Lash together
The youth were expected to learn simple knots and master the square lash which is the primary method of tying two pieces of wood together. Using these skills, they were then asked to construct simple structures and rafts!
Sõlmed / Knots
Usually the hardest thing to teach a group, however abi-Juhataija Helmi Hess did an outstanding job of promoting the use of the reef knot and sheet bend in order to prepare for the camp. She even added to the list by promoting the girls using the swing hitch and constrictor knots for some gymnastics equipment!
Abi-Juhataija Helmi Hess and Kasvataija Stefan Laanemaa-Paskov assisting in creating some new gymnastics equipment
Ehitus ja…..Talgud? / Construction and …..Talgud?
As part of their continuing training, we asked the youth to participate in building two projects. This valuable work increased their skills of harvesting trees using teamwork. One person had to fall the tree, another removed the limbs and a third moved the branches away to be piled…..Talgud! It increased their confidence in their woodsman ship and cleared a portion of the forest of unwanted trees and deadfall.
A traditional Suvekook or puskoda and some traditional Estonian farm fencing was erected south of the mannimets close to where the old Skauti maja still stands. These projects will be continued next year!
Suveköök-Püstkoda ehitus / Summer kitchen construction
The final test of skills
The youth were allowed to take control of a small island on the Grand River with only a log rope bridge and equipment zip line available to shuttle people and possessions across. They were only given their skills, lashing rope, axes, saws, a tarp and some straw to create temporary shelters from logs harvested from the surrounding forest. Their goal….to survive overnight! Many set to the task quickly by creatively building their shelters of their own design and some even dressing them up with flowers and thatched grass.
The youth were greeted with tall grass, flowing river and a “Metsa Sauna” created last year by Kasvataija Egon Ordras.
Telgi ehitus / Tent Construction
Before….. and after
As with any program such as this, it requires that they become the experts quickly at things that may be entirely new. Their creativity and enthusiasm dictates the program and youth’s success. As with the previous year, the quality of the people involved shows just how wonderful each individual was. It takes special individuals committed to safety and fun!
A perfect example of this was Kersti Hansen, vetelpäästja/ lifeguard who received the Egon Ordras Award for creativity in lashings. Egon was extremely busy all week last year in building that I had to make a special award for the Kasvatajad!
Kersti Hansen's unbelievably quick study of hammock making turned this....which turned into a hammock swing installed at the Punane Maja for the Mudilased, and inspired this hammock shelter!
Autasu / Reward!
We were able to reward the youth with some quality Swiss Army knives generously donated by Thomas Koger for best shelter, best camp helpers and fishermen awards!
Tänud kõigile / Thanks to all!
After being away for so long and having attended Seedrioru as a youth (circa 1988) I find it very satisfying to be able to share my skills as a Canadian Scout Leader and apply them in this very special way at this very special camp. Being a “Northern Ontario” Estonian from the Elliot Lake/Sudbury Area, I am not well known in the community and Seedrioru was the only exposure to the language and culture outside of my family. I owe my Seedrioru experience to our close family friends, the late Edi and Ellen Rebane, Ene Rebane-Billings and of course my “Kasvataijad Kadri Nõmmik-Munro, Hannes Aasa, Merike Koger, Liisa Soots and the many others who influenced my experience collectively.
This Skaut camp would not have been possible without the patience and trust of Toomas Aasa, Seedrioru Juhatus and of course the camp cook Juri Kimsto who played a very active role in finding everything I needed.
See you next year!
Juhataja, Skaut week
1st Port Elgin Scouting Association