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Scouts to set sail at Bowfest’s Island Paradise
Keep a sharp lookout this year at Bowfest as the Bowen Scouts prepare to launch their biggest project yet!
These kids have been busy building Puddle Duck Racer sailboats and will proudly set afloat two handcrafted wooden boats at the beach in Crippen Park on Saturday, Aug 24th.
It started back in February when the scouts took on this monumental challenge of building a workable sailboat with the help of many volunteers. Labeled “the easiest boat in the world to build” (see pdracer.com for details), it took the scouts six months to complete two racers.
They first started off by making scale models of the boat, this introduced them to some of the tools and methods involved in the engineering of such a vessel. They learned how to read a basic plan, measure accurately and use cutting tools.
“They used squares, straight edges and utility knives (and not a small amount of tape!), they managed to make some nice little quarter-scale models helping them to understand how the bigger woodpieces of a real 8 foot long boat would fit together,” explains Jud BerryM volunteer scout leader.
The kids are excited and extremely proud of their accomplishments but they could not have done it without the help of some great volunteers and our community.
The Bowen Scouts would like to send out a big thank you to the Bowen Building Centre (IRLY) for supporting their project. IRLY has a history of facilitating community initiatives and the scouts were delighted to receive their generous donation of building materials. They would also like to thank Florrie and Doug Levine for donating a much needed sail and to Chris Barnett for contributing paint and a hatch.
Scouts Canada caters to both boys and girls and have been around for more than 100 years. According to the organization, it currently has a membership of 17 million Canadian youths nation-wide. Scouts use to be offered on island but a lack of interest soon dissolved the group. Three years ago Leslie and Steven Blais along with Jud Berry decided to start the scouting groups back up again, since “there were few activities for boys aged 5-7 that didn’t revolve around sports. For girls there was the Sparks, Brownies, and Guide groups, however they do not include boys. Scouting involves both boys and girls.” states Leslie.
With the help of volunteer leaders Jud Berry, Dave Jones, Michael Kerr and Frank Olsen the Scouts are back up in numbers, “we currently have a Cub Scout (age 8-10) and a Scout group (age 11-14) with 15 registered youth to date, six leaders and a small group of volunteer parents and relatives to assist with the organization of the group. We currently do not have a Beaver group due to a lack of leadership (volunteers welcome), however there is a waiting list of approximately 8 kids who are interested in joining.” says Leslie
Registration is still open with spaces in both groups. For more information on the Bowen branch go to http://bowenscouts.wordpress.com.