Calgary-area scouts learn winter survival skills

Calgary-area scouts learn winter survival skills

More than 150 scouts from across southern Alberta gathered this weekend to attend a winter training camp aimed at teaching emergency and survival skills to youth.

The Senator Buchanon Winter Skills Training Camp invited 12 different scout groups to set up camp on a field just outside Diamond Valley.

Children learned basic first aid along with how to pack their bags for a hike and what essential items are needed in frigid conditions.

Instructors also taught how to care for someone experiencing hypothermia, how to tie different knots, start a campfire, and how to boil fresh snow into water to prevent dehydration.

“You never know when you’re going to need these skills in life,” said 11-year-old, Folu Ajibola with the 86th Woodcliff Scouts.

“I’m learning how to turn on stoves because it can get pretty cold and also about nutrition plans and how to use carbs, fat and protein because

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