Historical Driving Tour – lunch at Apple Hill Scout Reserve

The Glengarry Pioneer Museum hosts an annual driving tour of Eastern Ontario, and they made a stop at our camp.

Specifically, they had lunch in the Pole Barn. This is fitting, as the Pole Barn was one of the original buildings built in the 1960s when the property was handed over to Scouts Canada (Boy Scouts of Canada at the time).

Patrick was on site to tell stories of the property and lead them in campfire songs. Of course, Patrick was more than happy to have a fire going to set the proper atmosphere.

Conservation officer visit

As part of creating a Sustainable and Managed Forestry Plan for the camp, we invited conservation officers from Nation and Raisin River Conservation areas to visit us. Technically, we’re in the Raisin River area. The Conservation Areas are offering free assistance to help landowners prepare Forest Management plans.

Peter took Cheyene, Nation Conversation Area, on a walk through the property (Red Trail, NW field to gate, NE field to gate, Blue trail – Orange – Main road). We saw a wide variety of trees, she educated Peter on tree identification by bark and leaves, plus we discussed best practices for our existing poplar stands.

Some of the tree varieties:

  • ash (3 varieties)
  • maple (sugar + another)
  • ironwood
  • basswood
  • hemlock
  • beech
  • oak (burr, white)
  • bitternut hickory
  • butternut
  • white pine
  • black cherry

    The wetland area on the western side of the property is considered a Provincially Significant Wetland (PSW). That means no buildings to be constructed; no problem. We did find there is a birdhouse in the wetland, would be a good place to add more.

    The old Domtar poplar stands are reaching the end of their lifespan. We can start doing in-fill planting and use the poplars to protect the saplings for a few years. We could also do selected planting of cash crop trees, again using the poplars to protect the saplings. Both of these options provides an opportunity for Scouting youth to organize and plan a tree planting session to help with our reforestation plans.

    Next steps are to determine if we want to have a detailed forest survey (last done in 1985) to go along with the plan.

  • Spring Work Weekend – April 28, 2018

    April 28, 2018

    Spring Work Weekend!

    Free camping to the workers and we’ll feed you Saturday lunch too.

    We’ve got a long Project List and looking forward to having many hands help out with checking off a bunch of items.

    Here is a list of some of the major items for our Work Day. This list may change as items are added before April 28th.

    Wade Lodge, cleanup, maintenance
    Trails – clearing
    Generators – servicing
    Pole Barn – cleanup
    Hyde Away Cabin – heater installation
    Kybos (14) – check supplies, LED lighting
    Adirondacks (2) – inspect
    Fire Pits (3) – perimeter, tools, cleanout
    Roads – Holes and filling
    Wells (2) – Proper signage in place and replace if required
    Equipment storage shed – check and inspect and account for all equipment
    Play Structure & Bouldering Wall – inspection and weed removal

    Quebec Council ScoutCon

    Scouters Patrick and Peter attended the first Quebec Council Scouters Conference in Montreal to talk with their Scouters and youth about Apple Hill Scout Reserve.

    We already have several Scout Groups from the east end of Montreal coming to AHSR, so this provided an opportunity to let other Groups know how close we are to Montreal.  Only a 1hr 20min drive from the ScoutCon location.

    We had lots of conversations with Scouters looking for an alternative to Tamaracouta.

    We’re looking forward to seeing if we get some more Quebec Council Groups coming to our camp.

     

    Camp Committee Chair selected

    Peter Smith was appointed as Chair of the AHSR Camp Committee by Odawa Area Commissioner, Charlene Martens, and Marilyn Johnson, Chair Council Properties.

    In the past, the Camp Committee had been run by the Area Service Team, so Peter’s first task will be to define the required roles and recruit new members.

    Peter has been a Scouter with 8th Orleans for the past 12 years and has helped at many Area and Council level events.  Most recently he was Lead for the Voyageur Council Contingent to CJ17.