Caveman Engineers Camp

The main Caveman Engineer Society site is here: https://caveman-engineers.org

Firearms are one of our society’s most contentious issues, and due to the nature of the subject we feel it is better addressed within the context of the VFGPA site than put directly on display in the Caveman site. While researching our educational programs we inevitably encounter high quality material around firearms, and have included the items below as highly recommended for viewing.


Parents and other caregivers are children’s first and most important teachers. Getting kids outdoors and providing a relevant education has become more important than ever. The aim of the Caveman Engineer Society is to foster an outdoor social network promoting an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related subjects.

The Caveman Engineer Society is developing a “nature-placed” Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) outdoor education camp program. We will have ‘pop-up” demonstration camps in parks and other public places around Victoria area communities over the summer – time & place to be announced.

The first executive board meeting of the Cavemen in Saxe Point Park, July 5, 2018. Where else, but outside?

Cavemen Engineers have to innovate technology and solve problems from resources available in their circumstance and environment. Promoting self-sufficiency and self-reliance, as our camps develop, activities will include our “bring your junk to camp” program, in which Cavemen Engineers (CEs) will repair things and/or generally destroy them to make new things out of junk. With a little help from cavemoms and dads, campers will be able to take their skills home and make repairs around the home cave.

The scientific proof of the benefits of nature-placed learning is long established and well documented. Advances in epigenetic science are beginning to demonstrate that “common sense” is inherited and expressed as attitudes and aptitudes in populations that have maintained their culturally transmitted knowledge, largely lost in urban environments.

Our first two Canada Summer Job students meeting Otis on the airsoft range during first day orientation.

 

 

 

A shift to a more holistic approach to learning can be seen in the “First Peoples Principles of Learning” pedagogy adopted by the BC Ministry of Education, which could perhaps be more accurately labelled “Human Principles of Learning.”

Known Benefits:

  • Improved academic performance
  • 27% increase in mastery of scientific concepts
  • Better cooperation and conflict resolution
  • Gains in self esteem, problem solving, learning motivation, and classroom behaviour
  • Better attendance records
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Reduction of stress and anxiety, improved stress self-management
  • Improved emotional stability and balance, expression of humour
  • Decreased alienation from school, better integration of academics with real-life application
  • Improved sense of self as part of nature, not nature apart from self
  • Recovery from attention fatigue – moderation of ADHD, hyperactivity, and spectrum disorders
  • Improved physical and mental health

VFGPA 2’nd VP Paul MacNeill has generously offered to leverage his wealth of naval command experience and CFB Esquimalt network to arrange field trips as follows:

  • the Navy has the largest electronic virtual ship simulator in Canada here in Victoria where naval warfare officers are trained to drive ships….the largest video game the Cavemen will probably ever see; Tuesday 14 Aug at 1:30 
  • Navy Clearance Divers disarm / exploit maritime mines / improvised explosive devices worldwide and locally they are able to display their capabilities, including the use of robotics…all done completely safe to the youngsters of course. These are some of the most courageous and competent folks.. Wednesday 15 August from 10AM to 12AM 
  • HS443 Helicopter Squadron at the Victoria International Airport. Friday, 17 August from 9:30AM to 11:30AM
  • tour a local Armoury to see modern battlefield communications systems;
  • tour an attack submarine with briefings from marine and combat systems engineers;
  • tour a 4500 ton Canadian Patrol Frigate loaded with modern (1-2 years old) gas turbine and diesel propulsion systems, electronics sensors and weapons (missiles, guns, torpedoes) with briefings from the marine and combat systems engineers. Thursday 16 August at 1:30 

Pre-registration for field trips required – cut off August 3. Public parking is generally unavailable, so we will have to arrange off-site meet-ups. 

Registration: You must register yourself and your children with us by August 3rd. Unfortunately, no late registrations will be accepted. An online registration form is here: https://caveman-engineers.org/ce/events/

To register please include your full name, birthdate, and citizenship. As we will be entering an active military base please bring valid I.D. If you have any issues please give us a call at 250-642-2917 or send us an email at access@vfgpa.org

Please do not bring any backpacks or carry bags during your visit. Photographs are ok.

Contact:
Terrance Martin
VFGPA Director, Caveman Engineer Program and Access
access@vfgpa.org


Base Camp

The overall program is shaping up with some new dimensions. We have been given permission to expropriate the abandoned trailer marked TP22 by the pistol range parking lot, and have extended an invitation to the airsoft crew to join us in rehabilitating it as a joint occupancy base camp.

An initial concern was that it is too far from airsoft operations for all the junk to be dragged up and down the hill every event. However, it has good parking access and a power feed right next to it, and we didn’t want to move it, so we solved the dilemma by donating the use of the Cavemobile to transport airsoft equipment up and down the hill.

CaveMobile

The Cavemobile is a fully loaded 2002 Ford Explorer LTD, now on site. The condition: anyone driving it has to be able to fix it. We’ll help, but in return of course, we expect to see some of the energy of youth transferred to interest in operating our club.

The CaveBuggy

Future plans for Cavemen projects include:

The CaveBuggy in flight

 

 

The CaveBuggy, CaveBoat, the Cave Bike, and full time day camps to run over the summer. Information will be coming on the web site as programming develops.

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The CaveBoat

 

 

 

Video Introduction

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Caveman Engineers camp is an in and out of school based program designed to unplug youth from electronics and integrate before, after, and out-of-school time with outdoor oriented STEM education. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math – a pre-requisite for many professional career paths.

Working parents face a number of challenges with children too young to be left on their own, and it is difficult with even those youth old enough to be independent to find productive activities that get them unplugged and give them active face-time with peers.

Parents that elect to stay home while their children are in school, instead of putting them in day-care, face financial challenges and an after-parenting career exit strategy, in addition to finding constructive outside activities with similar minded parents.

The wait-lists associated with before and after school care programs, out-of-school STEM programs such as Science Venture, nature education programs, and the emergence of “Maker-space” programs, demonstrates a parent-driven need for an integrated approach, situated within school facilities so that children do not need to be transported and can go to and from class within the school.

Although needs vary over time from one school catchment to another, of the approximately 1,150 public elementary schools in BC, in 2015 only 150 had a school-situated before and after school care program, and of those a number have subsequently been moved off school property to open needed classroom space as school enrollments swell.

The Caveman Engineers camp program is designed to address these considerations, with the ambition to fund and secure facilities, create paid camp leader positions open to “stay-at-home” parents, and operate the program on a low-cost or free basis within those schools in which there is a demonstrated need.

Forestry, mining, oil & gas, and utilities are all resource industries that operate on working landscapes and employ highly educated people with these skills. In turn, extracted resources are the root of the supply chain that consumes STEAM skills to deliver manufactured goods and technologies that improve the state of all of humanity and reduce our impact on the environment. It all started with humans using a rock.