May 21-23 at Camp Stearns
Are you ready to test your fishing and raft building skills against the legendary Huckleberry Finn? Sometimes it aint so easy getting away with all kinds of mischief, but it helps if you do a little practicing in advance. Thats why were all going to get together on May 21st to see whos the best at all these skills:
Finding good eats is easy with a good bow in your hands. If we have time maybe well fry up dinner.
It isnt often you have a gun in your hands, but it is a heap more easier to catch dinner with a gun than with a bow.
Sometimes when youve done something some people think you shouldnt have done, they start to chase you. Thats when its real good to be able to move through the forest like lightning.
It aint good to be lost in the forest, thats why were going to work on map recognition and distances.
Raft Building Competition
True, the lake at Camp Stearns isnt as much fun as running a raft down the mighty Mississippi, but you have to start somewhere.
Im the best fisherman north of Louisiana, and I have to be, cause when you are on a raft going down river it is mighty tough to hunt for game. So it is either learn to fish or go hungry. Ill judge you on the total weight of fish caught. And Ill give prizes also for the largest fish caught, (as well as the smallest fish caught). I might be able to sweet talk some companies into lending us some bamboo fishing poles to accommodate those of you who are crazy enough not to have your own fishing gear, however, you are HIGHLY encouraged to bring your own gear if you have it. Any of you who is 16 or over MUST have a MN state fishing license, or you could wind up in as much trouble as I have been in.
Im going to teach you Scouts a game that I have enjoyed for years. We will use 3 poles taped together as a big fishing pole, then we will fish for mouse traps set out in a lake. After each of you catches one he must hand the pole off to one of your buddies in your patrol. The patrol that catches the most Snappers wins.
Fly Fishing Skills Competition
Its come to my attention that some of you dont know how to fly fish. We will remedy that by using a Fly Fishing Rod to knock over several targets that are set at various distances around you. In this competition you will knock the targets over, then set the targets up again and hand off the rod to the next Scout
Giant Knot Tying Competition
Teamwork is important on the river. Guys have to learn to sink or swim together. We are going to work on that, as well as some making sure all of you know some vary important knots. All of you will have to tie a clove hitch, and a timber hitch, around a tree without coming within 7 feet of the tree, and just to be nice, I will let your friends help you.
Have you ever built a tree house? I have, and its lots of fun. But to do it you have to know the proper way to hoist the logs up into the tree. I will continue to test your knowledge of knots and your teamwork in this challenging event.
Fly Fishing rod
Fishing poles(estimate 3 dozen bamboo rods)
Tackle, i.e. hooks, line, sinkers, etc., enough for 3 dozen boys
Bait, as much as we can get
A couple scales to weigh fish
A couple measuring tapes to measure fish
PVC pipe, 30 pieces, 6 to 8 feet long
Mouse traps, as many as possible, at least 100
Lots and Lots of Twine
Material and markers to make some patrol flags with
5 targets for fly fishing competition, i.e. plastic bowling pins
Maps for symbol identification
Large rope for giant knot tying competition
Huck Finn Days Registration Form
Page #______ of _______
Scoutmasters Phone #_____________________________________
Assistant Scoutmasters Name_______________________________
Assistant Scoutmasters Address_____________________________
Assistant Scoutmasters Phone_______________________________
# of Scouts_________
# of Adults_________
Name of Scout\Scouter Address City Phone Age
Reminder: Scouts who are 16 or older need a fishing license to participate in fishing competition.
If more than 25 Scouts will be attending, please feel free to photocopy this form
The deadline for registration is May 10th. Late registration will be an extra $10 per unit to cover cost of extra patches being printed.