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 Post subject: Historical Trekking Training Camp?
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I was just on the New France Olld England forum http://nfoe.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=Ideas and Geoff suggested organising a training camp. Seeing as we go Historical Trekking in winter anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to highlight the trek as a training camp. We usually do practice skills to some extent, but it is not really organised. The thing is though we do need more members to attend. Just instructors does not do it somehow!!!

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Sounds good, A bit of practical instruction is always handy.
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Okay, we will keep this in mind for future events, no reason why we can't organise something at any time to suit members that wish to attend.

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just curious, since my group has a fair amount of new and inexperianced people in it, go you have any training type games you use or have used in the past?


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Rifleman68 wrote:
just curious, since my group has a fair amount of new and inexperianced people in it, go you have any training type games you use or have used in the past?


Nothing specific for adults, though in the past we have had primitive shelter construction competitions & the like for child members. Normally we just practice various skills & crafts on treks. If anyone has a specific skill they would like to learn, then we instruct them.
Occasionally we may set a scenario for the trek, e.g. ranging looking for French & Indians, or settlers scouting for land, or settlers moving to their land. On every trek that is at least one day & night we make individual camps, setting up shelters & fire places. Some scenarios may call for no fires.
Here is the latest camp I set up in the forest.
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Wigwam with inside & outside fire places & a drying rack.


I suggest you set tasks, e.g. this weekend we will be making fire with flint, steel & tinderbox using only plant tinders. You could include a walk in the forest to find suitable tinders.

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ok thanks. we have a skills camp commng up in November and im just fishing for new ideas...and i have been playing more and more with the tinder box over char cloth as of late.


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ok thanks. we have a skills camp commng up in November and im just fishing for new ideas...and i have been playing more and more with the tinder box over char cloth as of late.


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Does anyone know the science behind why charring these things makes them catch a spark so easily. Its a mystery to me.................Magnet


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Does anyone know the science behind why charring these things makes them catch a spark so easily. Its a mystery to me.................Magnet


I guess if anyone should know, it should be me, but I can't say as though I know for sure. Some plant tinder fibres will catch a spark without charring, but these fibres are very fine. So to my way of thinking the charring process simply changes the surface of material by raising the fibres & making them finer. This can be seen in using various cottons, the tight weaves do not catch a spark as easily as flannelette with its fluffy surface.
Sorry, being technical is not my thing, I can only comment on my observations.
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Does anyone know the science behind why charring these things makes them catch a spark so easily. Its a mystery to me.................Magnet


I guess if anyone should know, it should be me, but I can't say as though I know for sure. Some plant tinder fibres will catch a spark without charring, but these fibres are very fine. So to my way of thinking the charring process simply changes the surface of material by raising the fibres & making them finer. This can be seen in using various cottons, the tight weaves do not catch a spark as easily as flannelette with its fluffy surface.
Sorry, being technical is not my thing, I can only comment on my observations.
Keith.

Hey thanks for that Keith I think you've got something there its a thing I've been pondering for a while. Thanks..................... Magnet
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i have seen your whole play list Keith, its why i wanted to join here. and because i have seen your vids on chared plant is why im tring to work that skill into mine as well.
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