Daredevil's Club

For Parents and Explorers:

What a privilege it has been to be a part of the Daredevils Club as they transition through the waning of their Boys Explorers Club experience. Despite some surprising attrition in the Fall season, this group has come together and persevered, coming together as a small yet resilient bunch that can face any challenge and have a good laugh at the same time. Our Spring season will be the final season for the Daredevils Club before they graduate into the Four Shields Program. As the budding flowers begin to unfurl into their full potential as will the DDC come into their own this Spring and take the next step along their journey through adolescence towards becoming resilient, compassionate, and fun loving young men. Before we look ahead to Spring, let's look behind and see where we've been. Take a moment and revisit the Daredevil's Blog Posts to refresh your memory.

Our Spring season will focus on The Art of Surviving/Thriving. The DDC will get to try their hand at a medley of skills from collecting and boiling water over a fire to harvesting, carving, and using a Bow Drill Kit to harness the primitive skill of fire by friction. Perhaps we may even take some time to learn about primitive traps like a Figure-Four Deadfall that may one day help with procuring a food source in a survival situation. All that we learn will help us as we prepare for our final outing of the season which will be an overnight at Racehorse Falls. The DDC will be tasked with building an earth shelter that will keep them warm and dry throughout the night as we gain practice and experience putting our survival skills to the test. This is going to be a fantastic season and a great way to cap off a tremendous BEC career for the Daredevils Club.  Being Prepared is also a vital skill. Click here for a link to the EC Equipment List.

Daredevil's Club Spring 2016 Schedule

Lead Mentors: Tim & Peter

Friday, March 11th, 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Exploration: North Galbraith Mountain 

Galbraith isn’t just good for mountain biking, but exploring as well! Come prepared for adventure and discovery as we pick a location and navigate our way through this local forestland.  Of course, there will be time for some games, challenges, and open exploration.  Let’s see what we can find out there! 

Directions: Drive East on Lakeway Dr from I-5 for approximately 2 miles. Turn right on Birch St and continue to the end of the road 0.3 miles. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, April 23rd, 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Exploration: Clayton Beach

There is just so much to do here!  There are forests to explore, fossils to find, rocks to climb, giant hills of sand to play on, plus all the awesome plants and animals that call this area home. Where we go and what we do is determined by our curiosity.

Directions: Drive South on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, for 5.5 miles. The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance, on the left hand side. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, May 1st, 9:30AM to 1:30PM
Service: Boys E.C. Connelly Creek Restoration Site, Happy Valley Park

Our Official Explorers Club Restoration Site has changed dramatically in the last two and a half years. Blackberries that were once well over head-high have been chopped down to nothing, and many of their persistent roots have been dug out; hundreds of pounds of trash has been removed (including large car parts and a jungle gym); a 6-foot cedar fence was “discovered” and liberated from the blackberries; the Reed Canary Grass has been covered with bark mulch, native species are beginning to be planted on the banks of the creek, and the Alder are growing markedly faster than our Explorers. The most exciting news is that, for the first time in about 80 years, the salmon have returned. Now those returning salmon are really going to need our help if they are going to lay eggs. We'll focus on providing just the right environment for a vibrant and happy northwest stream. With the help of Bellingham City Parks and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, we are making a real positive impact on our land.

New this Season! Drop-off and Pick-up will now be at the Bellingham Park & Ride (WSDOT) Westside as per the request for the residents on Wilson Street. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Driving Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for 0.1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th Street and drive for 0.3 of a mile. Turn right on Donovan Ave. and drive for .1 of a mile. Turn right onto 32nd Ave. and drive for .2 of a mile. Turn left into Bellingham Park & Ride (WSDOT) Westside. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Friday, June 10th, 10:00AM to Saturday, June 11th, 3:00PM
Overnight: Racehorse Falls

139 vertical feet of cascading water. A deep fold of Chuckanut Sandstone. A momentous flash flood in 2009.  Fossilized relics from an Eocene River delta.  All this comes together to create a magnificent exploration.  Racehorse falls never ceases to amaze. 

This will be an overnight outing so make sure to check out the Equipment List!

Driving Directions: Heading South on I-5 take exit 250 for State 11 S/Old Fairhaven Pkwy toward Chuckanut Dr. Turn right onto Old Fairhaven Pkwy for .5 of a mile. Turn right onto 24th St for .3 of a mile. Turn right onto McKenzie Ave for .2 of a mile. Destination will be on your right. Click here for the Google Map Destination.