Artist – Using the setting of the Handicraft cabin at Camp Wanocksett, boys will create masterpieces sometimes associated with the theme of the event. Many of our Artist teachers work as Art teachers and are accomplished artists of their own.
Engineer – Professional Engineers are usually teaching this class. And there are catapults. The MIT Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity has worked with us as well. Did I mention catapults? People who do this for a living can explain why and how certain things are important which adds more than just someone covering requirements. Plus we may have a Boy Scout constructed trebuchet (big catapult like device).
Forester – We make attempts to get people who work with trees. It’s better to hear about what actually goes into Fire warnings than just learning what the different stages are. Plus, you’re in the New Hampshire woods just as the leaves start turning. Cool.
Geologist – Our Geologist faculty are either professional or heavily into studying Geology.
Handyman – Changing tires and looking in the engine of an antique car. Our only problem with this class is dads are often more excited about it than the boys are. This is a very hands-on class for the boys.
Readyman – The class is headed by the Acton Venture Crew, who handle first aid for many Massasoit District events. We use a set defined program, with hands on experience to reinforce the knowledge picked up by the boys.
Scientist – The laws of science are kind of interesting. Watching them being applied is awesome.
Showman – The class is tied in with the evening campfire to give the boys a chance to quickly utilize what they have learned. There is a bigger emphasis on performance here than on the academic part (what’s a theatre in the round?).
Scoutcraft – The content of this changes every year. Unlike the predefined activity badge requirements, there is no set program. We pick the content of the course depending on our instructor and what s/he is knowledgeable about. This is not just a few hours of knots. We’ve had wilderness survival (presented age appropriately) with a focus on good woodland habits.