We are starting our study of local trees, which will help us be familiar with the outdoors, understand how trees reflect their environment, and generally enjoy knowing a bit more about the world around us. On our upcoming hike this weekend, we will encounter several trees (and shrubs), some of which are below. Look for similarities and differences, for distinguishing characteristics of leaves, bark, fruits and the general shape or location of the tree, and for ways particular trees may tell you something about the area you are in. Click on the images for additional information about the trees (and shrubs).
The SAIL Pathfinders had a great first meeting, getting to know everyone, practicing some drill, and then getting down to some wood working. This year we are starting off with some wood craft projects, learning and practicing several practical skills.
To help introduce the concepts, skills, and safety techniques for wood working, we were happy to welcome some guests to the meeting, both experienced wood workers, builders and carvers. It was great having them share their experience with the youth, and provide encouragement and assistance.
We have three initial projects planned - bookends, a sign, and a bird house. On this first night, we had a few cuts that weren't exactly 90 degrees, but it's all about practice, and by the time we get to the bird houses, everyone will be ready to go.
Coming up we will have our first overnight of the Pathfinder year, time to practice camping skills and camp cookery before out first campout later this year. Thank you for your continued support of the SAIL Pathfinder Club.
The new Pathfinder year is underway, and the SAIL club is growing rapidly. We are looking forward to several activities this year; from camping and outdoors skills development to community service projects, from drilling and marching to first aid and CPR training.
As we begin the year, we are shaping our initial activities around two honors - Trees and Wood Handicraft. The Pathfinder program focuses on combined development of spiritual, mental, physical, and social skills. As we work through these two honors, we will have opportunities to explore God's natural creation, understand the connection between the growing environment and tree wood characteristics, and translate conceptual ideas and plans into physical products - from bookends to bird houses.
Thank you for your support of the SAIL Pathfinder Club, and we welcome you to follow our progress through the year.