29th Nepean Scout Troop
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CJ'07 is now officially over.
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The following information remains available as a reference for future canadian jamboree organizers and participants. I hope that our experience will go on to help others as they prepare for what is nothing short of an adventure of a lifetime!
- Tips & General Information
- Packing Tips: June 18
- Packing Tips: June 25
- Packing Tips: July 2
- Packing Tips: July 9
- Packing Tips: July 15
- Before Leaving: July 15
- Make sure your scout understands... (July 15)
- Departure and Arrival Information (July 25)
- Unit #644 Official Activity List
- Water - Essential to Life
- Your Personal First Aid Kit
- Sunday Visits (July 29)
- Web Links
- CJ Newsletters and Articles
See you at the 11th Canadian Jamboree (CJ'07) at Tamaracouta Scout Reserve in Quebec!
Scouter Michael Milette
27th & 29th Nepean Scout Troop
Blue Springs Subcamp, CJ Unit #644
"Scouting with a Purpose"
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- If you haven't done so already, PLEASE get your Physical Fitness/Consent Form back to Scouter Pamela (unit #871) or Scouter Michael (unit #644) as soon as possible. It is now becoming urgent that we get these forms back as soon as possible. IMPORTANT: Be sure to indicate if your child is for any reason unable to take certain non-prescription medications such as Tylenol, Advil or Asperin.
- Wondering where you are going to be camping at CJ? Look for the Blue Springs Subcamp on the following map: http://www.scouts.ca/cj07/images/Tamaracouta_CJ07Map.gif
- Let your friends in other units/groups know how to find you at CJ by sharing your subcamp and unit number with them.
- In addition to the activity list are the Blue Springs sub-camp activities as well as the many other common jamboree activities not yet to been disclosed. Hope you're ready for an unforgettable week!
- For a sneak peak at the waterpark you will be visiting, check the website http://www.mssi.ca/en/st_sauveur_waterpark/16/
- Practice some of thegreat recipes in the Camp Cookbook at home.
- Listen to CJAM radio, Jamming with Toucs and participate in cool CJ contests and challenges! Parents and friends can email the radio station with various wishes by sending an email to email@example.com
- LUNCH BAG: Be sure to have an insulated lunch bag on your list of things to pack. We will often make and pack our lunch in the morning and only be back at camp for supper. Soft insulated school lunch bags are perfect. You'll need to carry it in your day pack.
- FEET AND BOOTS: If you don't already have hiking boots, get them as soon as possible and wear them as often as you canto get use to them and break them in. Don't wait until the last minute or you might end up with very sore feet at the Jamboree. Good hiking boots should provide you with ankle support, be water proof and breathable - not steel toe construction boots! Wearing a thin pair of nylon socks under your regular socks will help stop friction between your skin and the boot and will also whisk away moisture from your feet. Take good care of your feet as you'll be on them for most of the jamboree.
- HAT: Be sure to bring a wide brimmed hat that you like. You're going to be out in the hot sun for up to 9 days in a row. The Scout Shop has wide brimmed hats for sale at about $10 each (they are just above the sashes - not the $70 Tilley hats by the entrance door). Be sure to try it on before you buy as they have several different sizes available.
- NAME TAGS: Make sure your name and your unit number is on everything! There is going to be up to 8,000 people at the Jamboree, all potentially loosing their stuff too. Scouter Pam's unit is #871. Scouter Michael's unit is #644. The Scout Shop can make you custom iron on labels. They are 50 for $7.99 and 100 for $9.99. It takes them up to two weeks to process an order so don't wait until the last minute. Remember: Name AND Unit number.
- PACKING: You can squeeze more room out of your backpack by packing clothing in compression sacks. Practice packing. Don't wait until the last minute to find out it doesn't all fit in your backpack. Remember everything has to fit in your one backpack.
WATER BOTTLE: Make sure your water bottle 1) has no chance of leaking, 2) holds about 1L of water, 3) has a wide mouth at the top so you can drop ice cubes in. I have personally been through many water bottles and found the ones made by Nalgene to be very durable. They may be a little more expensive but at least you'll never find your water bottle leaked all over your tent or clothes (unless you don't screw on the top properly of course).
- CLOTHING: The WORST PANTS to wear is jeans. They are heavy, bulky and can take up to a week or more to dry if they get wet. A better choice would be dual purpose pants such as the cargo pants sold at the Scouts Shop with zip-off legs (they double as shorts) or other light weight quick drying pants.
- P-J's: Fleece pants or shorts and a long or short sleeve sweater can not only be used as pajamas but can double as a spare pare of pants and t-shirt.
- BATHING SUIT: Don't forget a bathing suit. Not only will you be using this for swimming and for the water slide park, you will also be using it for taking showers.
- HIKING BOOTS: Have you started breaking in your hiking boots yet? Remember, these boots will be carrying you around for 8 days and must be comfortable.
- WATER SHOES: Consider bringing water shoes or dollar store flip flops for going to the beach or other wet related activities (like going to the showers). Water shoes, flip flops and sandals should not be used as walking shoes and should not be worn on a day-to-day basis as the grounds at Tamaracouta are quite rugged.
- YOUR BED FOR 8 NIGHTS: Be sure to bring a GROUND SHEET for inside your tent. It will help you stay dry if water gets in the tent. A red/silver solar blanket (not the tiny thin ones) is a good choice and can serve multiple purposes. Don't forget your MATTRESS. Self-inflating mats are very comfortable can compress quite well. Closed cell foam mats are lighter and thin, though not quite as comfortable. Open cell form is bulky. Inflatable mattresses are not recommended as once they start leaking, they become useless and more trouble than they are worth. Finding your SLEEPING BAG bulky? Try putting in a compression bag. It will help keep it dry and can sometimes reduce the bulk down to 50% or 60% of it's original size. Temperatures at this time of the year can sometimes go down to about 10C at night (who really knows with global warming). A good three summer or three season bag is appropriate for this type of camping. Can't fit your PILLOW in your backpack? Save space by bringing just a pillow case and stuff it with clothes, a fleece jacket or your (optional) campfire blanket. Bring a second one if you are used to having a pillow between your knees.
- WORK GLOVES: Bring a pair of light weight work gloves to help reduce the chance of getting blisters.
- UNDERWEAR: Should be proper fitting to prevent abrasion. I can't begin to emphasize this enough! Women, same goes for support bras too.
- RAIN GEAR: Rain coat and rain pants are preferred to a poncho as pants tend to get wet when the rain runs down a poncho type rain coat.
- FIRST AID KIT: Each Scout must bring a small personal first aid kit with them.
- PACKS: Be sure to put a tags on each of your packs (backpack, fanny pack, day pack). It is also highly recommended that you purchase or make a travel bag for your backpack to keep everything together during transportation. If anything should pop open or come unattached from the backpack during travel, this bag in which you put your whole backpack will keep everything together. Lost and found at a Jamboree can be a nightmare. It will also help keep your backpack dry in the (unlikely) event that it is raining on the days we are travelling. They go for $20 at Le Baron - ask them for a "flight bag". I haven't checked yet at other locations.
- GROOMING: A pencil case makes a good compact GROOMING kit.
- TOWELS: Small synthetic micro-fibre towels are best as they are compact, easy to wring out and dry fast. Try using them after your bath or shower to get use to them before you leave. To make it easier to hang them up, attach shower hook, or paper clip to the towel, or bring a clothes pin. Although you can get very nice ones at the Scout Shop or outdoors shop, check out your local dollar store in the wash cloth area. It's often the same stuff at 1/10th the price or less. Using a No Rinse WATERLESS SHAMPOO will cut down the time you need to spend in the cold water showers. Speaking of washing, please remember that your SOAP should be odourless and biodegradable. You can also save space by wrapping your DENTAL FLOSS around the handle of your tooth brush. Don't forget to bring and use DEODORANT. Leaders and your friends have to live with you for a week!
- OUTHOUSE KIT TIP: Take the cardboard centre out of a roll of toilet paper. Then wrap the roll with an elastic band and place it in a zip lock bag along with a package of Wet Ones. Why? You will draw the toilet paper conveniently out of the middle of the roll preventing it from unrolling. There is very little that is worse than getting to the outhouse to find that there is no toilet paper left.
BUG CONTROL: Bugs can get quite aggressive in the woods at times. BUG SPRAY for youth should contain a maximum of 30% DEET. Bring a BUG HAT OR BAG that goes over your existing wide brim hat (won't work with a baseball style cap). You can find them for about $3 or $4. I recommend spending the extra dollar to get the ones with elastics that go around your arms to help keep the bugs out. NEVER USE BUG SPRAY NEAR PLASTIC OR NYLON such as a tent as DEET melts nylon and plastics like the face of a watch, nylon tent, and even glasses. Tip: Bugs like dark colours, less light colours and hate yellow. Something to keep in mind when choosing your clothes.
- NAME TAGS (UPDATE): Please include the name of your subcamp "Blue Springs" on name tags in addition to your name and unit number.
- LUGGAGE TAGS: It's a good idea to put a luggage tag on your Backpack, Daypack and Camp Chair. These are items that may not always be with you during activities and can get lost. If you don't already have, you can probably plastic tags from a dollar store or even make your own. Ensure they are covered in plastic to make them weather proof and securely attached to your equipment. If you are using a flight bag or other type of sack to keep your backpack and all your belongings together during travel, be sure to securely and clearly label that too.
- CAMP CHAIR: Bring a good camp chair or you could end up on your feet for the whole week. I know you can sit on the ground, but what if it's been raining and is all mud?
- GLASSES: Bring a pair of inexpensive SUN GLASSES with a cord, not your irreplaceable favourites. If you wear GLASSES, bring a copy of your prescription in case you loose or break them. Do you wear CONTACT LENSES? Bring daily wear disposable ones - and sunglasses to keep dust out of your eyes.
- DISHES AND CUTLERY: All dishes and utensils need to be identified with your name and preferably your unit number. If you do this with a sharpie, bring a sharpie with you as the information tends to wash off. Your mess kit should be stored in a net bag (not plastic) clearly identified with your name. After dishes are washed, they can then just be put back in the bag to drip dry.
- FLASHLIGHT: A flashlight that uses two C-size cells is a good compromize between bulk and durability. Flashlights with two AA batteries are also a good idea especially if they use LED lights. Batteries might be available for sale at the jamboree but it is best not to depend on it. The less common AAA batteries are harder to find should you need replacements. Use a piece of tape or elastic bands to keep extra batteries together.
- GARBAGE BAGS: Use clear garbage bags or large zip-lock bags to hold things that are not to be thrown out accidentally as garbage. It will also allow you to see the contents of most of the bag without having to riffle through or empty it.
- PACKS: Be sure to leave space in your pack for items acquired at the Jamboree. Use real rope, not bungee cords to tie things onto your backpack. Don't forget to pack everything in plastic bags to ensure your belongings stay dry. You never know when your backpack or daypack will be exposed to water.
- PERMITS: Be sure to bring your Knife Permit as well as your Stove and Lantern Permit. All Scouts in our unit must have these permits with them. Contact your Scouter if you don't have these as soon as possible.
- AXE/HATCHET: Please leave these at home. They are heavy and take up precious room in your backpack. Besides, chopping anything at CJ is forbidden.
- SPECIAL SUPPORT: Don't forget to bring any leg or knee brace, insoles or other support devices, even if you only occasionally use it. Chances are you'll need it.
- MONEY: Should you bring money? If so, how much? There is no requirement for scouts to bring any money at all. However one CJ official recently suggested that scouts bring about $50-$60 as there will be activities, snacks and souvenirs available at the Jamboree. If you are planning on bringing money, travelers cheques and a money belt are highly suggested. Again it is up to scouts AND their parents to make the decision.
- There will be very little security at CJ so please leave expensive items and electronic games at home.
- Wash your feet the night before leaving.
- Wash (shower or bath) the morning before leaving.
- Cut your toe finger and toe nails just before leaving.
- Hair getting long? Get a hair cut! Chances are pretty good it's going to be a hot week!
- How much does your backpack weigh? It should typically weigh about 25% of your body weight (a little more if you are in great physical condition).
- Practice drinking the right amount of water each day for a week.
- Keep in mind that the buses will be leaving from St John the Apostle on Baseline Road at 8:00 AM. Total travel time will be about 3 to 3.5 hours.
- Bring a full water bottle, a snack and a book to read (or some other diversion) for the trip.
- Review the participant guide, your program list, and the program booklet
- It is a Scouts responsibility to keep themselves clean and take care of themselves throughout the week. Please make sure they understand this.
- Scouters are there to help the scouts when they need help, to guide them towards making the right decisions, to do their best to keep scouts from harm, and to be there for them when they need someone to talk to or need some advise. Please encourage your scout to talk to us if they have any concerns.
- Bed time is expected to be between 9:00 and 10:00 PM each night as scouts will require their full 9 hours of sleep in order to keep a good level of energy level and a positive attitude. Tired irritated scouts won't be able to enjoy themselves. That's right, they will be expected to rise and shine between 6:00 and 6:30 AM each morning! Scouts are free to hit the hay earlier if they feel the need or so desire.
Please remember that you are camping on the Canadian Shield, not a farmer's field. The land is rough and yes, there are trees! Flexibility will be important to everyone.
NOTE: Confirm the bussing schedule the day before you leave on the web at:
WHO: Our units #644 and #871
WHERE: Drop off and Pickup will be from St. John the Apostle at 2340 Baseline Road, Nepean.
DEPARTURE: You must be there no later than 8:00 AM on Wednesday July 25
RETURN: Estimated time of return will be between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM on Thursday August 2nd. We hope to have a better idea of our return time on the day of departure.
A few notes to make your trip more pleasant:
- Be at the pick up point no later than 8:00am
- Pack a light lunch and/or snacks as you will be about 2 to 3 hours on the bus which will put you into camp around noon and a possible wait at the holding area while they clear busses onto the site. There will not be food at the holding area so carrying a snack and water would be helpful. When you get onto camp there will be too much activity to have a meal on site.
- Please make sure the bus is clean when you off load at camp or we will be charged for cleaning the bus and will have to charge the units.
Remember the bus and your driver as they will be picking you up at the end of camp, ALSO remember to set up a pick up time with all units on your bus for the following Thursday, the plan is for the busses to straight to camp is they have a time slot set.
Members of unit #644, our official list of activities is in!
- Mystery Settlement, Morning - July 26, 2007
- Spidermen Climbing Wall, Afternoon - July 26, 2007
- 1907 Badge Works, Morning - July 27, 2007
- Swimming, Afternoon - July 27, 2007
- Free Period, Morning - July 28, 2007
- Dragon Boats, Afternoon - July 28, 2007
- ING Cliffside Challenge, Afternoon - July 29, 2007
- X-Center, Morning - July 30, 2007
- Brownsea Island Adventure, Afternoon - July 30, 2007
- Water Slides, Morning - July 31, 2007
- Water Slides, Afternoon - July 31, 2007
- Centennial Celebration, Morning - August 1, 2007
Departure Preparation, Afternoon - August 1, 2007
For details, please refer to the CJ'07 Jamboree Program Book available on-line at: http://www.scouts.ca/cj07/images/Program%20Booklet%20(final).pdf
Members of unit #871 should contact Scouter Pamela for their schedule.
Water, who needs it? We all do. But how do we know if we are drinking enough?
Please go over the following with your scout before CJ:
- Drink (1% of your body weight) / 2 = number of litres of water minimum per day
- If you are worried that you will need to go to the washroom too often if you drink that much water, start drinking this much each day at least a week before you leave for camp. After about 4 days, you'll find your body has adapted itself.
- Your urine should be clear. If your urine is yellow, you are not drinking enough.
- It's ok to add juice crystals, just to give it a little flavour.
- DO NOT DRINK COFFEE. Drinks containing caffeine actually dehydrate you.
- Tea is a good thirst quencher.
- Drink an extra 500 ml of water before a hike.
- Do not share your water bottle with anyone.
- If you are going to use a portable urinal (bottle), practice at home before leaving.
- You should never pea behind your tent, even if the weather is really cold or raining at night. You and your neighbours will regret it for the rest of the week.
- If you are having diarrhea, it is essential to drink lots of water to prevent dehydration. Trust your scouter by letting him/her know if you are constipated or having diarrhea.
- Make sure your water bottle 1) has no chance of leaking, 2) holds about 1L of water, 3) has a wide mouth at the top so you can drop ice cubes in. I have personally been through manywater bottles and found the ones made by Nalgene to be very durable. In general, my experience has been that bottle with an external spout tend to leak. Bottles like those made by Nalgene may be a little more expensive but at least you'll never find your water bottle leaked all over your tent or clothes (unless you don't screw on the top properly of course). By the way, Canadian Tire also sells a bottle that includes a cheap flashlight, first aid kit, small multi-tool and rain poncho (not the one with a spout). They are about the same price as the Nalgene bottles, are the same size (1L). I have tested it out over this past week and it hasn't leaked yet.
- I recommend you purchase a spout your Nalgene bottle. They are available from the Scout Shop and fit inside the mouth of compatible the bottle making it a lot easier to drink out of with less opportunity for dribbling. I tested it and they also fit the Canadian Tire bottle mentioned above. They are available in plain black and also in a yellow happy face model which puts a smile on your face each time you take a drink. I think the cost was about $2.50.
Here are some suggestions for making your own small personal first aid kit:
- (1) - Triangular Bandage. Just one more use for your necker!
- (6) - Sterile pads 2"X 2"
- (8) - Band-aids (more if you tend to be accident prone)
- (1) - Roll of adhesive tape
- (4) - Moleskin tape squares (or one sheet that you can cut from)
- (1) - Antiseptic soap or several individually wrapped antiseptic wipes
- (1) - Tube of sunscreen with moisturizer (the higher the SPF, the better) - need not be inside the kit if it is too large.
- (1) - Tube of lip balm with moisturizer (note some have sunscreen built-in)
- (1) - Insect repellent
- (1) - Small scissors (*)
- (3) - Safety pins
- (1) - Tweezers (*)
- (1) - Container of diaper cream (for chaffing)
- (1) - Container of foot powder, baby powder or corn starch to help combat heat rash.
- (1) - ZIP-Lock Baggie to hold all of the above (can double as an ice bag)
- (1) - Emergency whistle (plastic pealess type is best for year round use)
* Check, these items are often found on your pocket knife.
The unit will also have a more complete first aid kit. Anything requiring attention beyond first aid will be dealt with by on-site paramedics.
Family members can visit CJ'07 participants on Sunday July 29 in the morning only. As there is absolutely no parking at Camp Tamaracouta, all visitors are asked to go to Ski Mont Olympia (the same place all units must go to on arrival) to meet up with our mascot Toucs, and get picked up by our shuttle bus.
(See directions to Ski Mont Olympia below)
The bus departs from Ski Mont Olympia at 8:30 am sharp!
Cost of bus and parking of car: FREE
Toucs, our friendly mascot, will come and greet you at the parking lot and ride the bus with you back to camp, asking you to sign our sign-in sheet.
It is a 20-minute bus ride so you should be with your loved ones at Camp Tamaracouta by 9 am.
Onsite, you will visit with your family member and they can show you around. Bring some money to eat at the canteens or buy souvenirs in our trading post during your visit.
The bus will leave the camp at 1 pm (13h00) to bring visitors back to the parking lot of Ski Mont Olympia.
Right now we expect to fill one bus (48 seats). Please indicate to us if you are coming to visit by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can plan for the right number of visitors. (And please tell the participant/your child/spouse you are coming to facilitate your reunion! We will not be able to locate them as it is “free time”.)
Please note that we cannot accept visitors to the Jamboree at any other time during the week as there is NO parking on site.
Thank you for supporting scouting in our centennial year! We look forward to your visit on Sunday.
Directions to Parking Lot at Ski Mont Olympia
330 Chemin de la Montagne, Piedmont, Quebec
From Ottawa (Google Maps):
- Travel to Lachute (Quebec) – you can cross into Quebec through Hawkesbury and take Hwy 148 to get there
- From Lachute, take Autoroute 50 (travel for 39 km)
- Merge onto Autoroute 15 via the ramp to Saint-Jérôme (travel for 22.5 km)
- From Autoroute 15 take exit #57.
- Go RIGHT at end of off-ramp.
- Turn LEFT at lights onto Boulevard des Laurentides, Highway 117 North. (Travel 3.8 km)
- Turn RIGHT at Chemin Gare. (Travel 0 .6 km)
- Turn RIGHT at stop sign onto Chemin Montagne. (Travel 1.2 km)
- The parking lot is on your right at Ski Mont Olympia