FIRE by friction, shelter building, camouflage techniques and backwoods cooking were all on the programme when the 1st Charrmouth Scout troop spent four weeks using the natural facilities at Monkton Wyld Court and the contents of the Survival Kits they had previously assembled.
Each week, the four groups of Scouts tackled a new activity. Dave Barton managed to help them create a lot of smoke with this hastily constructed fire bow – but, sadly, no glowing embers. However, the 9v battery and wire wool was a success and the glycerol plus potassium permanganate was a real winner, if a little smokey.
Steve Mackenney used his ex-military training to show how the Scouts could use natural materials to hide from view in the undergrowth – even when they were wearing hi-viz vests.
Alex Willatt, John Smith and Jon Winkle imparted their backwoods cooking skills and the Scouts dined lavishly on fish steamed in wet newspaper, kebabs, biscuit tin pizzas and chocolate bananas.
Kevin Payne demonstrated how to make a hammocks out of a groundsheets and a simple shelter out of five pieces of hazel wood and a tarpaulin.
Suitably trained, the Scouts will be given the opportunity to put their new-found skills into practice with an overnight Survival Skills Camp at Monkton Wyld Court in July.
The Scout group expressed their thanks to Monkton Wyld Court for allowing its members to use their grounds to impart some of these essential survival skills and to Lyme Regis Town Council, who provided a grant to buy whittling knives, tarpaulins and hammocks.