It was a dark and stormy night... But the SAIL Pathfinders were not discouraged, as they headed out Oct. 30 to collect non-perishable food items for the Austin South Food Pantry, which works with the Capital Area Food Bank. The Pathfinders collected more than 160 items from the neighborhood, and we heartily thank all those who donated. This is the second year of the food drive, and we are already planning for a bigger drive next year. Our service project for November will be building out emergency response kits for use after natural disasters, and in December we will be back in Bastrop to help the continuing efforts to replant the Lost Pine forest after the wildfires.
The SAIL Pathfinders held our weekend overnight out at the ranch, and once again it rained. It always rains when we camp at the ranch, though this time we only had half an hour of rain, the storm skirting south of us, with only a small spur skimming over out site. Overall the weather was beautiful, a perfect environment for fellowship together in God’s natural world.
We had quite a full agenda this weekend, learning about camp sanitation (and digging cat holes and slit trenches), evaporative camp refrigerators (we built a test model, and the temperature inside was nearly 20 degrees cooler than the temperature of the control), lashing, fire building, practicing various camp cooking methods (reflector ovens, dutch ovens and the traditional way - on sticks), and testing out our search and rescue and first aid techniques.
We are now gearing up for our annual October food drive to help stock the Austin South Food Pantry, and preparing for the November Central Texas Camporee.