Carleton Area is sponsoring our Third Annual Badge Trading Event to be held from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Saturday 2 March 2013 at the Lion Dick Brule Community Centre at 170 Castlefrank Road, Kanata, K2L 2K6, in the community of Glen Cairn. It is on a drop-in basis, so come out at any time during that time period. This event is intended for Scout level and above, though is open to other Scouting youth interested in badge trading and collecting.
Every year we seem to deal with a lot of questioning, assertions and confusion about firewood, spars and other wooden things at Camporee. I would like to get this cleared up and get us all to the same understanding. First, a few definitions:
Firewood is split cord wood usually from mixed species. It also often has a lot of wood from dead, diseased or infested trees, which makes them unsuitable as lumber. There is a lot of cross contamination between the things in a pile of firewood.
Spars are straight poles, typically 1.5" to 3" in diameter and generally 6' long or longer. They are often Cedar but may be other species. They are used in construction and lashing projects in Scouting, typically but not exclusively in the Scout and Venturer programs.
In previous years, transportation of *firewood* into Ontario Parks was discouraged. As of this year, the parks are taking a much stricter stand and disallowing the transportation of *firewood* into the park. Anyone who has a woodpile or has ever seen what crawls out of one should not be surprised at this. Moving chunks of infested log around spreads the infestation. So... what are the options for firewood? Well... lumber scraps from construction are fine; as long as they haven't spent time in your icky woodpile. Anything that's been kiln dried isn't food or housing for bugs so it’s safe. Your other option is to buy a 1 cubic foot bag of firewood for about $6 in the park. It's expensive for that amount. It's shipped in and inspected :-(. (Maybe one day we'll go back to what we did 30 years ago and the parks will sell firewood created as part of their managed forest programs in the park.)
There was a change to the CFIA Order regarding the Emerald Ash Borer just last month. (See:http://www.inspection.gc.ca/<wbr />english/plaveg/pestrava/<wbr />agrpla/20110325minoe.shtml) The order prohibits the transportation of raw Ash lumber and all *firewood* out of the infested areas. In some cases specific properties are under an order prohibiting the transport of such wood even off the property. You'll know if that second bit effects you because you'll have had an order naming your property in your hand at some point. We are, sadly however, in an infested area and this most recent order has expanded the area to the south. So, transportation of firewood & Ash within the area is allowed but *not* out of the area. Fitzroy Provincial Park is also in the infested area but at the edge. Not surprisingly, they've asked that we not transport Ash into the park. Obviously, your axe handle, baseball bat, etc. that has been made out of kiln dried Ash is fine (no bugs).
Spars, *with* bark or without are fine and may be transported into the park... so long as they are not Ash! And if you can find a straight 6' Ash pole, I'd like to see it! So, just to be clear, your spars are fine, with bark and from any species but Ash. Natrually, if you're out harvesting spars, Cedar is a great choice because the oils in Cedar make it naturally rot and infestation resistant.
If you have any questions about this or any other matter. Feel free to e-mail me.
2012 Camp Chief
Don’t loose out on your great idea by delaying.
Camporee section co-ordinators are distributing access to“GoogleDocs” documents. Stake your claim. Get your game/activity, song, skit and cheer in.
2012 Camp Chief
Submit your crest designs to firstname.lastname@example.org by this Sunday April 1.
No joke! Yours could be the next Camporee Crest.
Update: Submitted crest designs may be viewed here: https://picasaweb.google.com/102738313068092858047/2012CamporeeCrests
We have a message dated February 24, 1812 from Isaac Brock, Esq., President Administering the Government of the Province of Upper Canada and Major-General Commanding His Majesty's Forces in Upper Canada.
Invasion is immanent!
Special note: we are very interested in having senior youth (Venturers and Rover aged youth) on the team and doing more than "KYBO duty" so please, pass this along to them.
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2012 Camp Chief