Vipers Canoe Trip

Vipers Canoe Trip
So much more than playing and paddling

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Experence!

Have you ever had one of those scouting experiences where the message and theme just clicked?
NOAC was one of those events. 16,000 arrow men all together was an event of a lifetime.
It has been the best scouting experience of my scouting career.

The "hub" was the main focal point of fun during the day.
Philmont and northern tier both had tent areas set up. Philmont showed up with a great display.

Battle bubble ball! What an awesome game! These guys were flying everywhere once hit. I had a great time just watching them.

My roommate and our room, luckily it was nice outside because there was no air conditioning, what's wrong with people?

At night we had shows in the stadium, and it was wonderful. People singing and having a good time. 
The Order did a great job putting this event on.
The only problem was, that everyone couldn't attend. It was a great reminder of what we are suppose to do. To serve cheerfully.

Waterproof what????

After my last canoe trip, and the swamping and flipping of my canoe..........many times. My Wally World Outdoor Brand water proof phone bag failed me allowing the buffalo river to invade my phone, I descided to "look into" different options.

Most of the waterproof bags are not waterproof like we think. Read the back panel on the package.
They are splash resistant.  That doesn't work for us outdoor folks. Who knows where our scouts will take us? Or when they will dump our canoes?

So I hit the web looking for deals and some stores looking for options.

The BG bag and the ECase came from REI. The NO Limits bag came from Academy sports.
The BG bag is your typical roll and buckle bag.
The ECase is a double zip bag.
The No Limits bag is a double zip and snap down bag.

The test consisted of my sink, spraying water all over them and then sinking them.
A folded up piece of tissue, would tell me what got wet.

The BG roll top bag, didn't survive. Well the bag did, the tissue didn't. It wasn't swamped, but it still got wet. This is a splash bag only!!
The ECase did pretty well, no water made it through the double zip. However, I don't like that it only zips close. That makes me nervous. It also has a speaker cord build in though for head phone or whatever.
The No Limits bag did well. Water made it between the  two zippers but not in the bag. Maybe I didn't have the first zipper closed well enough.

What did I learn? You can't be careful enough. I don't trust ziplock style lunch bags, though 2 together may work, double bagging it.
I will place some tissue between my device and the top of each zip top bag.
The BG bag will only be used to store something that has a ziplock bag over it. Like a first aid kit, fire kit and so forth.

The No Limits style bag is what I will use. I like that you can double zip it. This is a must! And I like that you can snap it closed to help it not un zip itself.

Whatever you choose, be careful. I think I may buy a waterproof camera and leave the iPhone in the truck!

About Me

Sitting around the campfire last month, my friends and I were discussing how we wished we had a camping journal. After years of scouting we have seen some awesome things, and spent more nights in the woods than we count. This will be my simple story of my outdoor adventure with friends and my scouts.