Have you ever had an experience you could truly say was life changing? According to the Cambridge Dictionary, life-changing can be defined as, “Having a powerful effect” or “having an effect that is strong enough to change someone’s life.” Personally, I have had many of them throughout my Scouting experiences, not a single camp changed my life in a week as much as my 10 days Campanoe Challange camp did.

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Many things were different about this camp; one of them could have been the fact that it was my first time having a 3 days overnight canoeing trip. On the night before we started, we had to pack our bags. Having purchased a 45L hiking backpack for the occasion, I could only pack my essentials. They included:

  • Sleeping bag
  • 3 pairs of change (Shirts, Long Sleeved Shirts, Pants, Long + Short Socks and Underwear)
  • Mat
  • Rain gear
  • Mess kit
  • Hygiene Stuff
  • (Optional) If you have space, pillow.

We then proceeded to waterproof it.

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I am not the strongest person. As a matter of fact, I was the weakest one there. Canoeing in itself takes lots of upper body strength. I was practically struggling the whole time I was supposed to be canoeing. I mean, my canoeing partner would say, “Paddle stronger!” and even though I was trying my hardest, I still couldn’t paddle strong enough. In that aspect, I was changed: I improved at canoeing, and might even say I gained some muscles? Not only that, but I learned some interesting aspects of paddling, including what it means to be canoeing against the wind, and with the wind on your side.

“I learned some interesting aspects of paddling, including what it means to be canoeing against the wind, and with the wind on your side.”

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Later in the trip, we proceed to have a new experience: camp in the city (or not really a city, more like a village; it didn’t even have a gas station. Funny story: when we went to the playground, we were being “stalked” by these girls in a golf cart…

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After the 3 days camp, we set up to hike…. a two hours like thorough bushes. We had a challange: sleep in shelters that we made, using poles, tarps and ropes. This is what our camp looked like. imageedit_6_5360983900

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From now on, every camp I go to, I will review using this:

What I learned/improved: I improved at everything, from fires to shelters, paddling, social skills and lashing.

Overall: I really enjoyed this camp, I would rate it a 9/10 because of another Scout I had problems with, but a camp friend helped me get over it. This types of camp I really enjoy, you get to meet new people, learn new skills, and be in nature. I would definitely recommend it to everyone I know.

I wasn’t kidding about the fires..or the ballista.

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Links:

Official Website

Official Twitter

Campanoe Official Facebook Group

Some pictures were from the group, some were from me.

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Go read my newly published story about my adventures in Yorkton, SK here.

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