2 mins

A Brief History of Horseback Riding and the Riding Merit Badge

Brief History of Horseback Riding

Horses are one of the oldest species of animals on earth, dating back to over 50 million years in origin. At first, they were treated primarily as a source of food by our ancestors, but soon their intelligence and transportation value to led to their domestication by humans. The earliest traces of domestication of horses can be traced backed to the Eurasian steppes of Kazakhstan around 3500 BCE. Their domestication led to huge steps forward for humans in terms of agriculture, warfare, and transportation, things which were unimaginable started to happen, thrusting civilization forward.

The first historical evidence of domestication of horses and the way they revolutionized transportation for the next few thousand years came in the form of their integration with chariots, found in burial sites in the Ural mountains.

In the next few thousand years, the size of the average horse shrunk as most wild breeds were wiped out with the domesticated horses surviving primarily in the evolutionary chain. The Botai culture was the first human tribe to domesticate and use horses for transportation, leading to the invention of ‘bit’. However, most of the horse riding gear that we see today is the result of using horses in warfare, which required riders to be as safe and secure as possible while riding at high speeds on horseback.

The development of the harness and other riding equipment evolved from the application of horses in war. The first harness was used by the Egyptians in 1600 BC for chariots first used during the Hyksos invasion. The next big invention came in the form of stirrups around 400 BC, first used by the Assyrians in their war efforts. The modern saddle was first invented by the Romans around the 2nd century AD and turned the Roman cavalry into something ferocious and fearsome that all their enemies feared. To learn more about horseback riding in the 21st century, visit www.horseridingcanberra.com.au.

Until the early 1920s, before automobiles took over, horses remained the most efficient and common human transportation method not only in America but all around the world. Nowadays horses are mostly ridden for sport and hobbies. The cultural and traditional values of horses are still large in many parts of the world among many indigenous tribes who still live life the primitive way. In Canada and certain places in America, horses are still used by locals for traveling and other purposes. Horses are amazing animals and riding them is one of the most fun activities you could ever do.

2 mins

How a Chiropractor can Help You Recover from Summer Camp and Auto Injuries

How A Chiropractor Can Help You Recover from Auto Injuries

Car accidents are frightening, stressful, and can cause serious injury and costly damage to vehicles and people involved. While most car accident victims survive, the majority of them will have to deal with some sort of physical injury in the aftermath. Many injuries received in accidents tend to be relatively minor (not requiring surgery), but can be debilitating and impact everyday life none the less. One of the best places to visit to take care of injuries sustained in an accident is actually a chiropractor!

Chiropractors are healthcare professionals (many of whom are trained specifically to treat automobile accident related injuries), who make adjustments to your body in order to help relieve pain and stiffness. This experience is crucial in dealing with the soft-tissue injuries that are common in accidents.

Impact of Auto Injuries

“A common symptom shared between people who have been in car accidents is that pain (and other signs of injury) do not show until days or even weeks after the initial crash. Because of the delay in most cases, it is important to visit a doctor or your primary healthcare provider as soon as you can. Treating an injury as soon as possible will help prevent worse pain later on down the line.”

James – Reaves Chiropractic

One of the most common injuries that results from an accident (whiplash) is often believed to occur only when the crash happens at high speed. This is not the case however, and the misconception means that people in low-speed collisions may not realize they have whiplash until it begins impacting their everyday life.

So what is whiplash? It occurs when an unexpected movement (being hit from behind for example) causes neck sprain or strain; usually because of the back/forward jerking motion of the head. This swift and unexpected motion can damage discs, ligaments, nerves and more.

If you have been in an accident and are unsure of whether you have whiplash, the following symptoms can be used as indicators:

  • neck pain
  • stiffness
  • headaches
  • shoulder pain
  • low back pain
  • numbness
  • dizziness
  • blurred vision
  • fatigue
  • difficulty concentrating

When you experience these symptoms, it is important to seek out the help of a medical provider for a proper diagnosis.

The Importance of Chiropractic Care for Injuries & Overall Health

When you visit a chiropractor, they will diagnose and evaluate any injuries you have and will develop a treatment plan, which will include procedures they deem necessary for your recovery. These may include things like various therapies, adjustments, and exercises for you to do on your own that will help your neck and spine. The purpose of chiropractic treatment is to help remove pain and help you get back to feeling how you felt before your accident.

3 mins

The Importance of Learning a Trade

Scouting as as much about learning basic life principles as it is for preparing young men for the future ahead. Regardless of what the future may hold in terms of career, it is highly advisable for Scouts to learn a practical trade to better prepare them for life. Now, these skills do not necessarily have to be used, but in line with the motto “always be prepared” it is important to have them in your tool belt just in case. In this post we will discuss the highly lucrative trade of mold remediation and testing. While this may not seem like the most glamorous job, it is one that needs to be done and can pay high dividends when done correctly.

What is mold removal and why is it important?

Mold removal (or remediation) is the process of identifying and removing mold from homes and commercial buildings. It is not only highly lucrative, but provides a great services to the community. Mold can be highly toxic, and extensive exposure can result in symptoms including:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Loss of memory
  • Stiffness
  • Joint pain

The job of any mold specialist is to first identify the strain of mold in the building, then come up with a comprehensive plan to eradicate it completely. Oftentimes mold will be caused by excessive water exposure, and the source must first be found before removal is attempted in order to prevent re-infestation.

How can you become a mold specialist?

As with any career, becoming a mold remediation specialist takes time and training. There are a number of training programs throughout the nation, but your best bet will be to find a company in your city and intern with them (here is a list of nationwide remediation companies). For those of you in the WNY area, you can find a map of mold removal companies in Buffalo here. Certifications will vary depending on your city, but for New York, you can find the mold training and certification class here.

No schooling is required, only on-the-job experience, a desire to learn, and the drive to help your community.

How lucrative is it?

According to Homeadvisor, the cost of mold removal varies between a couple hundred dollars, and tens of thousands. Like many jobs of this nature, the amount the customer will have to pay varies greatly on the size and scope of the job. For example, if mold has spread throughout an entire building, the cost of remediation will be quite high. If it is only a small patch in the basement, it may only cost a few hundred dollars.

Is this a growing industry?

According to an article discussing trends in the restoration industry, jobs dealing with mold, asbestos, water damage, and anything else that requires emergency cleanup will always be around and continue to grow. The only difference between now and 20 years into the future will be how customers are marketed to, how regulations will change, and how technology will benefit or hinder the ability of specialists to do their jobs. This is why coming in at a young age is beneficial, because younger people will be more susceptive to changes in tech and industry practices, and can easily adapt and overcome.

Additional information

Mold removal on the state level is increasing. To explain this trend is industry expert Doug Hoffman, who was interviewed to discuss exactly how the mold industry is growing and changing. Check out the interview below.

2 mins

A Scoutmasters Guide to Success

Running a troop can be a tiring thing, especially on major camping trips like Summer Camp. This post will detail everything you need to know about in order to be successful, keep your moral up, and be able to lead the Scouts effectively.

Camping Equipment

Having the best camping equipment is an essential factor for success. First, you will need to know the environment you are going into. If you live in a warm area (like Troop 1 in California), you will want a sleeping bag specifically designed for warmer climates. Conversely, if you are in colder regions, you will want a cold weather rated sleeping bag to keep you warm and allow you to get a good nights sleep. Since sleep is essential, you will want to know if you prefer the ground or if that may give you back problems (leading to restlessness during the night and tiredness during the day). If you need a softer surface, you can look at getting an inflatable camping air mattress. They are inexpensive and can save your back from some major issues after a couple days in the woods.

Camping Food and Refreshment

Food and refreshments can make the difference between an enjoyable and sub par camping experience. If you do not have the right food, you will feel tired and drained of energy more quickly, which of course is not ideal when you are in charge of making sure your Scouts are learning and having fun. Some of the best foods for camping require proper cooking equipment, such as cast iron pots, mess kits, coffee brewers and more. You can find some of the most highly recommended mess kits here, and 5 best semi automatic espresso machines here. Mess kits are easy to clean, and an espresso machine will help you get more of a punch than regular coffee.

Activities and Merit Badges

Scouting trips are all about fun and learning, so it is important to have activities lined up that are both fun for the Scouts and conducive to their learning experience. Some of the best merit badges to earn for advancing in rank also happen to be some of the most fun. Many events like summer camp will have predetermined programs, but if the event you are going on does not, here is a list of all merit badges so you can pick the best options for your group.



3 mins

Apprentice With an Amherst Locksmith

Value of Learning a Trade

This will be a slightly non-traditional post in terms of being about Boy Scouts exclusively. While it may not deal directly with Scouting, I feel that it is important to deliver life lessons to Scouts as well as applicable skills. In this post I will draw from my experiences as an apprentice locksmith in Amherst, New York, and discuss why it can be very important to learn a viable trade, how to get apprenticeships, and ways to branch out in the future.

The value of a trade comes into play when you think of longevity. For example, if the economy takes a drastic turn, someone who has skills in HR may find themselves out of work, but someone who knows a trade (such as a plumber, locksmith, handyman, etc) will usually never be unemployed.

What are the different types of trades?

There are a couple primary trades people usually go into. They include: Plumbers, locksmiths, handymen, and carpenters.


According to the graph presented by Google of people searching for plumbers in their area, the need for highly skilled labor is increasing dramatically each year. Not only are plumbers finding themselves more work, but they are also finding dramatic wage increases. Although an apprentice plumber will only find themselves making around $25,000, a Master Plumber can rake in an excess of $100,000 per year. While the work may not sound glorious, it is a skill that will never go out of demand and can certainly pay the bills.


Just like plumbers, the demand for skilled locksmiths is increasing on a yearly basis. Similarly, an Apprentice locksmith will make about $30,000 per year, while more skilled locksmiths will pull in over $75,000. A locksmiths career path also offers more opportunities to branch out, with some working as rekeying experts, digital lock experts, or automotive specialists.


Like the last examples, this graph shows an upward yearly trend for a local handyman. Somewhat differently than the previous examples, handymen make more of less money depending on the job they are working on. However, statistics cite that on average, a handyman will make between $50 and $120 per hour. Like locksmiths, handymen have a wide variety of jobs they can specialize in including, outdoor and interior work, basic plumbing, and other necessary tasks.

When Should You Consider These Career Paths?

If you know deep down that more “traditional 9 to 5″ jobs are not for you, or if you thoroughly enjoy working with your hands to create or fix things, then you may want to consider learning a trade. Not only will the skills be with you for the rest of your life, but you will most likely not have difficulty finding employment if you excel at what you do. Do not take this decision lightly however, and consult with everyone available to you to get a sense of what the best path to go down is. To help you get a sense, here is a video discussing what it is like to be an Apprentice plumber: