How does Germany deal with floods

Emergency Response Planning Workshop

Under the slogan “Together to Protect Human Society?” Tuft’s community conducted a series of workshops to discuss how to deal with natural disasters and emergencies. The workshop discussed the principles and methods of protecting residential areas from the adverse impacts of natural disasters, and how to avoid them. The workshop also discussed the most important material, human and psychological negative effects that such disasters inflict on the population of all sizes.

The participants discussed in detail floods and how to deal with them at the individual level and the state level and the related organizations. In his introduction on the topic, the head of the District Engineers Association said: “Man has known floods since ancient times and worked to overcome them and eradicate of their devastating effects. Yet the undeniable fact is that no matter how much science develops, preventing floods is an impossible task to this day. The best option remains is to deal with floods using technology in order to reduce the danger of floods awaiting humans. What we are sure about is that following simple measures can prevent many risks.”

How does Germany deal with floods?

How does Germany deal with floodsNo doubt, not only developing countries are vulnerable to flooding. For example, Germany has experienced many floods throughout its history. In 2002 the city of Dresden sank in eastern Germany, which caused tremendous damage and the number of flood victims reached 38 people. In 2013, there were floods in many areas in eastern Germany, which killed 8 people. And it cannot be said that advanced German technologies can prevent any floods. Indeed, as Professor Strumpf of the Aachen Technical University says, flooding is a natural phenomenon and cannot be prevented, but the risks can be reduced.

In Germany, floods are faced with what is known as the Hochwasserschutzstrategien flood response strategy, which is divided into three sections: flood-prone area management, prediction and advance planning, and flood-response techniques. This relies mainly on a European Union (EU-Hochwasserrichtlinie) paper urging the management of flood risks, by assessing the severity of risk in different regions and prior planning to deal with risk before it occurs. Damages that you can never prevent, but you can reduce their risks.

According to the risk assessment, a few measures can be taken to deal with floods. In some areas, areas known as floodplains are prepared and floodwaters can be directed to instead of flooding in residential areas. As well as other steps such as developing networks based on the separation of wastewater so that wastewater is kept separate from rainwater that can flow directly into any estuary without the need for any treatment.

The truth is that the list of preventive measures is very long, but Professor Stromph confirms that the best measure to reduce the risk of floods is to reduce the size of human presence and human activity in those areas most vulnerable to flood threat. Also, there must be professional weather stations to inform the citizens of the timing of the flooding as soon as possible.

Simple procedures to reduce flood risk

The head of the District Association of Engineers reviewed a study summarizing some simple preventive measures in dealing with floods before, during, and after the flood. Preparing an emergency bag containing a flashlight, radio, batteries, first aid kit, in addition to food, water bottles, and a whistle. Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, and plastic sheets to prevent floodwater from breaking into the house. Supplying houses with sump pumps. However, the speaker mentioned the necessity of attaching the pump to a backup battery or purchasing a battery-backup sump pump; otherwise, it will not do the required work in case of disconnecting the electrical current.

  • In case of a warning about an imminent flood, we must disconnect all electrical appliances from electricity and taking them to an upper floor if there is time.
  • After the end of the flood, it is necessary to be very careful in dealing with the stuff that the floodwater has reached. It is recommended that children’s toys be washed well.
  • Do not any eat foods that have been exposed to the floodwater. It is not recommended to drink directly from the taps and preferably only from bottled water.

Having a sump pump is not enough and the benefits of battery backup sump pump:

  • Low cost: this type of sump pump is more affordable than other regular ones.
  • Easy to install: since the system is simply hooked up to the main pump, it is described as a non-invasive pump–no dust, no noise, no hammers.
  • Easy to charge: the battery backup system is automatically charged, which means less effort on your part to keep your basement dry.
  • Fully automatically: when the power goes off the inverter will turn on automatically. It won’t be necessary to rush to the basement in the middle of a storm to turn the check on the pump.

Outdoor Play Ideas and Backyard Activities in Tufts Camp

Outdoor Play Ideas and Backyard ActivitiesAdam Sander once said: “My buddies, we’ve always just tried to make each other laugh. I mean, just like all friends hanging out – that’s the goal.” No one can be taken by surprise knowing that young adults are extremely tied in with hanging out. Spending time with fellow university students, peer neighbors, old friends from school is an important part of young life. Base on a questionnaire conducted by Tufts students, eight students out ten said that they spent time with friends mostly outside where they could do amusing things and fun activities. However, the questionnaire shows that most activities mentioned by the students are limited to sports that need physical effort, high body engagement and some special preparations as well. Other common activities are not more than going on a stroll or sitting outside chatting with peers over a cup of coffee. We believe that it would be perfect if we could put together the best amusing outdoor play and activities in one list.

Games:

Board and card games

If you are looking to zero physical effort and 100% mental workout, chess, monopoly, scrabble, backgammon are the most common games that everybody likes. If you are a group of friends looking higher level of excitement and competition, you can go for card games such as Poker, Hearts and Onu.

Shoot & Throw games:

Apart from being fun and enjoyable, this type of games improve hand-eye coordination, distance sensitivity and spacial skills. The most well-known game is Darts. Many people say that they feel better physical and mental concentration and self-control after playing Darts on a regular basis. Other games of the same category are Frisbee, Pong games, Spike Ball, Bocce Ball, Horseshoe, Ladder Toss.

Trampoline

If you’re fed up with regular sports and looking for an insane, crazy sport, trampoline is the answer. You can still get the benefits of working out by just going nuts and jump. Jumping alone has the following benefits:

  1. Strengthening bone
  2. Increasing muscles mass
  3. Prevent osteoporosis
  4. Enhancing immunity against infections
  5. Improving balance and coordination
  6. Improving eyesight by strengthening eye muscles
  7. Expanding lungs capacity and oxygen intake

Mini-golf

Mini-golf is a creative and way to enjoy time with friend and family. This game is more the most affordable-luxury game you may have in your backyard. All what you need is a couple of square meters of quality artificial grass and you will be good to go.

Partying

To have an absolute stress-free and entertaining experience, we need that buzzing feeling of fun parties. Parties where the revelers are satisfied and nobody gets eaten alive. Here’s a number of parties that you can create an oasis of happiness, publically outside or in your backyard.

Dinner party

Outdoor dinner party is an amazing way to get your friends and college mates all together.  Rather than waiting until holidays or occasions, ask your friends to choose a wonderful location outside, get some food and drinks, and with some music, you will all have a fabulous evening. If you are looking for a more sophisticated and fascinated scheme, you can have the dinner party in the backyard at home.

Karaoke night

When it comes to young generations, nothing seems more joyful than hosting a karaoke night. Vibrant lighting, disco glob, sound system with nice speakers and a microphone are all what you need to give your vocal cords a try; and who knows? You might be the next pop star.

Costume party

Costume parties allow people to unbridle their imagination and fantasies. It’s a brilliant way to show off and socialize, even if you are originally shy. Some wood fire pits will definitely add a musty atmosphere. But be careful using non-flammable material under the pits if you are using artificial turf for your backyard.

Community service

Participating in a community service activity allows students to experience the feeling of being effective members of their community. Apart from allowing them to gain some valuable life skills and knowledge, community service is proved to have a lasting, positive impression on students and their fellow citizens as well. However, taking part of big projects and sophisticated program makes students hesitate. Easy and simple community service activities mostly pay off pretty well. Holding an outdoor group fitness for senior citizens in your neighborhood is one of amazing ideas. If you have enough space in your backyard you can invite some of your neighbors over for a yoga session. You and your friends can raise money for charity by pulling out some of the old and unused stuff and sell them in the backyard. Lumberjack Run is another idea that tufts students came up with last year. The idea is to go around the neighborhood helping old people cut the wood logs.

The importance of having a backyard

Going back to the questionnaire Tufts students conducted, we can easily notice that students chose to meet at someone whose house comes with a backyard. It is worth noticing that having a backyard comes with countless benefits. Not limited to but just a few examples, the backyard provides the whole family with better lifestyle physically and psychologically. It’s an outdoor sanctuary where you can have quality time. The backyard is where your kids can get together with their friend safely. It allows you to start your dream hobbies–drawing, sculpturing, clay art, and even growing plants and flowers. If your not fan of gardening you can rely on artificial grass. Having a backyard is like a city escape but at home.


camping tips

Top 8 Cooling Tips On The Camp

camping tipsMany of us have been waiting for summer since last August and finally, it’s here! So it’s high time to give a preference for outdoor activities rather than staying at home or sitting in cafes. As the weather is getting hotter what can be better than having some time with your family or friends in nature? Just imagine spending a couple of days away from your routines and big city life.  Let’s consider camping as a good combination of fresh air, freedom, and peace. If you feel excited, you’ll find this article useful.

As anything camping can be both a blessing and a curse, as there are certain inconveniences you will have to face. But is it a reason to give up such a great experience? Especially when knowing some life hacks to improve it? So here we go, find our top cooling tips on the camp below:

1)  The first tip is… wait for it… to find shade! It might sound too obvious but knowing where the sun rises and sets can surely help to find the best spot. Once your choice is made the adventure begins!

2) Life in nature requires particular clothes. It doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune in the Columbia shop.  Just give preference to light colors and you will be able to enjoy most of the time despite the heat. Open your wardrobe

3) So your backpacks are packed and it’s time to come up with the plan: what are you going to do apart from enjoying the scenery. So here is my next tip – find the right time. Having said that I don’t mean setting off late in the afternoon or getting up before sunset. Try to schedule your activities at cooler times.

4) What are you dreaming of when you are thirsty? Right! Camp near water, it can not only save you from heat but also become a good bonus. But remember to bring some repellents as some insects find such areas rather inviting.

5) Do you remember this feeling when the windows are open and you can feel fresh air entering your apartment? The same rule works for camping. Just keep your sleeping area vented. Especially before going to sleep.

6) Time outdoors can fly. Remember drinking a lot of water even if you are not used to it (coke and other soft drinks don’t count). Also, cold food is much tastier in the heat: it takes less time to prepare and is refreshing.

7) You don’t have to be a doctor but knowing the signs of heatstroke can definitely come in handy. They say forewarned is forearmed so google it and be prepared. Just in case.

8)keep your food frehsh The last but not the least. We still live in the 21 century and cannot imagine our lives without gadgets which were created to make our lives more convenient. We’ve gone through 7 tips already and there wasn’t mentioned anything about where and how to keep your food and beverages fresh and cool. Well, you may prefer old-fashioned ways like digging holes in the ground but I’d suggest buying a good quality collapsible cooler. Nowadays there’s such a variety of them so that it won’t be that difficult to pick up a good one: Coleman, Igloo, Lifetime – this list can be endless. You can find them of any colors, shapes, sizes, materials, and prices. Just go for it, you will definitely find a cooler useful.

It seems like I mentioned everything I had to say to you. I hope you are already planning your camping trip. Whether you are going to follow these tips or not I wish you the best summer and as many good moments as possible!

 


students develops due to the team working.

Working Together: Building a Library! Collaboration in Tufts Camp

two heads are better than oneAs the old axiom says, two heads are better than one. This has been witnessed during the Tufts camp for engineering students as they practice team working. The current project of building a new library has given them an opportunity to put theory work into the practical part of learning. They have been working with the contractor at all levels, from the designing to the site work including the construction activities. The construction of the four-story building is halfway, which has enabled the students to learn building and construction rules as outlined by the National Construction Authority.

First and foremost, the students have fostered creativity and learning while working together as a team. They can brainstorm ideas, which prevent musty viewpoints that often come as a result of solo working. This means there is a sense of shared knowledge to assist the students in learning and developing new skills to build their career. There is also an aspect of developing enthusiasm as opposed to solitary work. The ability to share innovations and discoveries with the team members has fostered knowledge amongst themselves.

Secondly, students have also been able to develop their talents more appropriately. Since it is a construction project, every coworker has a chance to share his or her abilities with the rest of the team. They rely on one another to bring each talent to the drawing table. As the team observes the process behind their skills, each person can learn the best methods of combining their gifts in order to grow as a stronger team. When a member sees a coworker using a different method in the construction process, he or she gets an opportunity to improve the skills.

students develops due to the team working.Thirdly, an element of building trust among the students develops due to team working. This means there is a stronger relationship between the coworkers, regardless of the common disagreement that may occur from time to time. Sharing a strong bond is a sign of effective co-working, which also establishes a firm foundation for a relationship that can solve minor disagreements now and in the future. Since the team members can trust one another, a feeling of safety emerges in the long run.

Fourth, the collaboration between the students is also promoting a broad sense of ownership. Every member is encouraged to share contributions without fear of contradiction, which help them to handle harder issues related to construction. Given the nature of the construction design, they feel encouraged to work together towards achieving a common objective. Even the institution will benefit from the teamwork approach because, at the end of the project, the job satisfaction level will be higher.

Fifth, team working and collaboration is encouraging healthy risk-taking. The fear of considering alternative approaches during the construction process is no longer an issue. In case a certain method fails, the team will be responsible for everything and reconsider a different approach. Even though a single student will not get full credit for a successful project, team working distributes the responsibility for any probable failures during the project. However, a team is comfortable with taking risks because each individual offers the necessary support even when there is a failure. If a certain method brings success, they will have created a revolutionary move that is helpful today and in many years to come. Interestingly, the riskiest option turns to be the most successful and the team can enjoy the freedom of thinking outside the box.

Due to the collaboration between the student’s team and the contractor, the students have learned more skills and personal requirements in construction sites. Safety is always important and that is why specific pieces of equipment must be used. Since the construction work started, every student has been issued with steel toe work boots in order to ensure safety standards are met. There are various reasons for using these types of shoes, and you will know them shortly. Here we go…

Construction Equipment: Steel Toe Work Boots

A steel toe boot is also known as a comfortable safety work boot or safety shoe. It is made of highly durable materials with protective properties within the toe area. The foot is protected from any falling object by the reinforcement material around the toe. Also, there is a mid-sole plate that offers protection against sharp objects on the construction ground. The students have learned the common injury cases that can occur at any construction site.

One of the major benefits of safety work boots is to prevent injuries to the feet as a result of falling objects. During the construction of the library, a stone of 40 pounds may fall accidentally and hit your foot.  You can imagine the pain, and of course, if someone is not wearing a safety shoe! The work boots have steel toe caps to protect such injuries. The steel caps are designed to absorb such falling pressure in a manner that the worker won’t get injured.

This is one of the reasons why wearing comfortable safety shoes is important. They come with toe caps to protect the feet from falling objects.


well-equipped garage workshop

The Well-Equipped Garage Workshop

A well-equipped garage workshop creates a fun and interactive way for the learners. They will easily learn general things about different types of cars, the maintenance approaches to prolong the lifespan of a vehicle, how to talk to car owners (clients), and ways of handling emergency situations. At the Tufts study camp, a reliable auto garage workshop is allowing the students to learn the practical part of their courses to ensure they have the actual skills when it comes to dealing with car issues. Space is perfect for the students to ask questions, feel unashamed of being less skilled, and gather confidence as they prepare to become car repair experts.

The workshop management has been welcoming more students to join during this intake period. The workshop is simply interactive without crazy and unwelcoming surprises down the line. Lessons are easy to learn since the educators have vast experience doing similar tasks for many years.

Lessons to Learn at the Garage Workshop

well-equipped garage workshopThere are various lessons to learn at the workshop. However, most of the modern cars require less regular service to maintain them in their good condition. Therefore, the workshop targets providing tips on taking care of cars so that the students can transfer the knowledge to their clients in future. Here are some of the tips students learn from the workshop;

Cleaning Interior and Exterior of a Car

This is one of the key things car maintenance experts teach at the workshop. So, why is it so important? When a car is always kept clean, it doesn’t look older than its actual age. Also, a car owner’s lifestyle can be judged by observing how dirty the car is. The experts are also recommending washing materials and equipment such as car vacuum cleaners for the interior. The Optimum bottle is also recommended for the exterior because it leaves a car looking a brand new. When a car is left with dirt for a relatively long time, the accumulation of grime can damage both the interior and exterior. It will also make the car to lose its aesthetic value!

Changing Oil Every 5,000 to 7,500 Miles

Changing the oil regularly is quite advisable. The experts go further to recommend the synthetic oil because it works well with many different types of cars. As much as a car owner may want to change the oil himself or herself, it is good to let the expert do it because they can as well identify another issue easier. This will prevent a costly mechanical repair in the near future. The fundamental responsibility of oil is to lubricate the engine as well as stopping detergents. Failure to change the oil may lead to accumulation of dirt that will destroy the expensive engine.

Checking Tire Pressure

The tire pressure should be checked every month. If the tire pressure is not sufficient, some problems such as instability, poor braking, and less gas mileage will occur. A pressure gauge is used to measure the tire pressure. Alongside measuring the tire pressure, a professional mechanic should rotate the tires to ensure they are wearing out evenly. However, let the car owner make the most out of them before considering a replacement.

Replacing the Brake Pads

Even the best brake pads in the market need to be replaced after every 25,000 miles. However, they can be replaced as soon as they wear down without waiting to cover the stipulated mileage. Checking the brakes is quite important, and should be done by a professional mechanic. A car owner can easily realize it when there is a grinding noise whenever braking. When the brake pads are resisting the loss of braking power at high temperatures, visiting a garage to replace the pads is required. If the car owner ignores it, the brake rotors may fail to lead to more costly replacement.

Maintaining the Car’s Interior

This is important because it keeps your car looking good as well as maintaining a high resale value. When grime accumulates, it tends to ‘eat’ away areas such as the expensive vinyl seats or dashboard. This eventually makes the car to look like a nasty machine. Interestingly, the experts at the workshop suggest cleaning products such as leather honey and meguiar’s quick interior detailer for the car interior cleaning. Not only are they relatively affordable but also leaves a car interior looking new. If the interior of the car remains dirty, it can lead to the devaluing of the investment, leading to loss of hundreds of dollars upon reselling it.

Lastly, experts also recommend checking the battery of the car regularly. This is important to ensure that the terminals and cables are in the right condition. They should be safely attached to the battery’s terminals, as well as corrosion-free. Remember, corroded cables or terminals may cause the engine not to turn on, causing inconveniences and time wastage. For the batteries with removable caps, a professional mechanic should check the level of the fluid, though it should be checked every few months during warmer months.


car stereo system

Sound Engineering Workshop in Tufts Camp (Car Audio)

The Tufts study camp has been engaging learners in various courses including arts and engineering courses. The site entails practical learning whereby the students are putting the theory that they have learned in class into practice. During the camping period, the sound engineering students have been given an opportunity to explore different industries that involve sound production and business. So, what have they been doing? Are they playing a vital role in the music industry?

Sound Engineering Workshop

For those who have been to music concerts, perhaps you have wondered the clarity and quality of the music. If the music was just amazing, there is a likelihood that there was a highly talented sound engineer who was controlling the music sound. 4 through blending, reproducing, and manning the electronic and equalization of the sound. That said, it should be noted clearly that sound engineers do not necessarily work on the music specifically. They usually design and control the sound to draw the audience’s attention to the concert.

This is what the Tufts students’ sound engineers have been practicing at the site. They have been learning how to control sound levels, microphones, and outputs by combining their ears with the knowledge of acoustics to generate the highest quality of sound for a wide range of purposes. One of the major areas where the sound engineers are likely to venture in is the car audio production and designing. That is why almost half of the students have narrowed down to go with this line of specialization given the high demand for high-quality car stereo systems.

car stereo systemA good car stereo system should be a centerpiece of a car music system. Not only produces the best music sound but also creates an attractive appeal in the dash when combined with other vital features. The modern car audio system is capable of performing broad multifaceted functions so that the driver or car owner can enjoy a better ride time. It is also important to know that a car audio system has three distinct sections.

First is the source, which allows the car owner to select what to hear. The sources may include DVD or CD player, AM/FM tuner, iPod or Smartphone, Satellite radio, or a USB port input. Second is the Preamp from where every sound changes are made. This section may include various control features such as fader, volume, balance, tone adjustment, source selection, crossovers, time correction, and equalizers. The last section is the amplifier that boosts a small audio signal into a larger signal. The signal originates from the preamp section and then sent to the speakers.

So, why do you need a new quality audio speaker system for your car? Basically, a good car audio system will offer a better music sound and more flexible playback choices compared to those typical stereo systems. Having a superior built-in power with good circuit design will not only be louder compared to the conventional audio system, but also generates a richer, cleaner, and more detailed music sound. If the tone controls are more enhanced in the preamp section, it means you can perform better fine-tuning of your favorite music. For the new car audio systems, there are numerous functions that have been added to the sources. These include; iPod and iPhone support, MP3/WMA/AAC playback, satellite radio, Android phone support, DVD playback, GPS navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and Pandora Internet radio app support.

In the near future, these sound engineering students will be assisting car owners who are looking for new car audio systems. The technical advice is fundamentally based on the listening sources since they are the specific factors to put into consideration. Apart from the sources, you need also to understand other important aspects such as the level of sophistication you want. There are more advanced features on car audio systems that offer clearer display such that the car owner can see and change based on what he or she wants. Certainly, the touchscreen monitors are recommended because they make it easier when controlling and adjusting the stereo.

There is also an aspect of advanced sound controls, which are available on those high-end audio systems. For instance, the parametric equalization and digital time correction are quite helpful whenever a car owner wants to pinch the music sound. However, there are low-priced stereos with almost similar sound controls that can provide more stereo control than the conventional receivers. So, basically, a new audio will create a better music environment in your car.

It is worth noting that a good car interior is just cool, especially when the high-tech stereos with high-quality displays are installed. A car owner may choose to have animated full-color display, customizable color patterns, and touchscreen monitors with selectable colors and backgrounds. For those who may wish to enhance their music listening experience while driving, they can choose the car audio systems with flashing lights as the music goes on.


night shooting competition

Outdoor Opportunities to Empower Tufts Students

As one of the youth empowerment programs in the US, night shooting competition has been incorporated in various art faculties at different institutions of higher learning. The initiative is dedicated to developing skills of Olympic sports among the Tufts students across the states. The focus is to enhance the development of shooting competition that is believed to represent the US in Olympic Shooting Games as well as World Shooting Championships among other renowned international sports.

night shooting competition

The shooting sport is one of the outdoor activities that can be utilized to empower the youth, according to sports experts. In 2016, more young men and women have been practicing the game through the laid down programs. It was noted that there are many Tufts students who want to learn the night shooting sport. For that reason, an introduction program has been rolled out to help them pursue their dreams. There are Athlete Development and Shooting Youth programs, which are managed by the State National Champions Council. In this association, there are highly experienced night shooters who have received several annual awards during various such Olympics.

In order to make the programs attainable, the US Shooting Group has partnered with other like-minded organizations. This has enabled inclusion of all students who may not excel in other types of sports, especially where someone’s physical factors are majorly considered. Actually, a student does not need to be masculine, tallest, strongest, or fastest to participate in night shooting sports. The aspects of the game teachings entail things such as determination, patience, mental control, physical control, safety skills, organizational skills, problem-solving, good sportsmanship, and goal setting ability.

So far so good, because a significant number of students who have traveled across the world to participate in night shooting tournaments. Some of the countries where the students have set their feet include Germany, Munich, China, and the Czech Republic. Interestingly, the US Shooting Group provides the essential facilitation so that the students can attain their objectives and goals. Moreover, all the students have been working towards gaining the ability and potential to compete and become the best in the sport.

The Shooting Study Camp for Students

The shooting camp has a wide range of training programs including the safety and the rules of the game. This is different from a hunting camp because more aspects than owning a gun are considered. Of course, every student is issued with a firearm such as a handgun. However, other important factors must be taken into account to ensure professional shooting competition is achieved. This is where holsters, knee pads, and concealed carry belts come in. These pieces of equipment are mainly for safety purposes in order to adhere to the outlined rules of shooting games.

That said, let us look at the each of the mentioned night shooting requirements.

Holster for Shooting Competition

During a night shooting competition, it is not advisable to trade off your safety for the speed. That is why rarely race holsters are used in these competitions that involve the young men and women. There are a number of factors that have been considered when selecting the holsters for competition purposes. One of the factors is the ability of the holster to cover both the trigger and trigger guard. This is a legal requirement as those race holsters may not be safe for the youngsters, especially the beginners in the shooting competitions. So, the holster must keep the gun secured even during strenuous activities such as jumping. Another important aspect is the ability to get the gun out of the holster as soon as possible. However, a strong plastic holster is recommended because it holds it firmly while outside the waistband for easy access.

Concealed Carry Holsters for Shooting

For a concealed carry of the gun, it is quite vital to have the right belt. If the belt is poorly designed, perhaps it will slow down the ability to pull the gun properly. There are those dedicated concealed carry holsters, which are designed taking into consideration the ability to pull the gun easily and safely. However, they are stylish and designed to prevent the other partners from seeing your drawers. More importantly, they are made of sturdy material to withstand the holsters, bend, or stretch whenever you pull the gun. The goal-built belts are of different designs and styles, as well as featuring practicality and professional appeal.

Knee Pads for Shooting Competition

The knee pads for night shooting competition are often overlooked by shooters. However, this is one piece that should not miss in your kit when going for outdoor shooting activity. Even though they might not look appealing as some holsters or plate carrier, they remain an integral part of the shooting requirements. During a night shooting competition, you will kneel down on the ground while aiming the target. Your knees may suffer injury due to wear and tear of the knee pads, especially those made of low-quality materials. The right pads are supposed to prevent such scenarios, given the extended period of kneeling during training. Therefore, the correct kneed pads need to be durable, protective, and offer the maximum comfort possible.


Night Hunting Activity

Night Hunting Activity in Tufts Camp – How to Use New Technology

Night Hunting ActivityIn our modern world, technology remains to be one of the most trending things in all industries. It simplifies work by making tasks easier even without a person physical engagement. At the Tufts Camp, students are learning hunting skills through the use of technology, courtesy of the trail cameras. Some of the game trail cameras are waterproof, highly durable, and capable of capturing and recording pictures at night. That is why the students are comfortable using them for night hunting.

Hunters have been using them due to high-quality, reliable technology, and excellent performance. They can be used to capture photos without the presence of a hunter, allowing detection of animals of interest within a particular hunting area. It can be installed in a distant place and left to record when motion is detected. It has a built-in sensor to detect motion of animals, but the sensitivity can be adjusted to ignore unnecessary movements around bushes.

After setting up a trail camera, the owner or hunter can go back once it has finished recording the photos. However, it is worth noting that infrared trail cameras are more reliable for night hunting. This is because they use infrared to record photos of animals rather than a normal flash. The infrared is considered the best for hunters because it doesn’t disturb animals as opposed to normal flash cameras. At the campsite, students are also taught on how to set up the trail cameras without disturbing their natural habits.

trail camera

Before the start of the study camping, the use of trail cameras had already become an integral part of hunting activity. However, there are many types in the market that can be used in a variety of applications including hunting. Different categories of these cameras are distinguished by several aspects.

Types of Trail Cameras and Their Work

Digital Trail Cameras

These perform just like many other digital cameras. They come with features for night capturing and recording abilities, data storage cards, and power. Once placed in a hunting area, a photo is captured when an animal enters the detection center. However, the detection zone’s parameters may depend on the manufacturer, but most of them provide an amazing range based on the positioning of the device. There are also other units with video options for recording short clips to understand the exact patterns of an animal. The students can retrieve data by downloading the images.

Film Trail Cameras

They are similar to most digital cameras, but the key difference is the medium. Instead of storing the data in a digital memory card, the film cameras record data on a traditional film. Of course, some development is required when retrieving the information. That is why the new technology in hunting outweighs the use of these conventional trail cameras.

Cellular Trail Cameras

Cellular trail cameras capture photos in a digital manner, but the data is not stored in the unit. The camera is internet-enabled such that once a picture is recorded it is transmitted to a user’s mobile device through a wireless signal. It is quite useful for night hunters as they can retrieve data instantly, allowing them to make quick decisions. However, the unit must have a SIM card with a registered local network. This also means you need to have a data bundle in order to use it.

Laser Aim Trail Cameras

This model of trail camera uses digital photography principle, but the main difference is the integrated laser aim.  Since the laser is guided, the user can control the area to be covered in the detection zone, which the lens will focus on. It is highly useful for night hunting because it allows hunters to have greater control, as well as making clearer pictures compared to other trail cameras.

Strobe Flash Trail Cameras

trail-camerasThe level of craftiness is one of the key goals of using a trail camera for night hunting activity. This is the good thing with the strobe flash model. It produces a small flash once a detection zone is activated. The flash is emitted too fast such that the user is capable of maintaining secrecy. However, the flash may scare away animals. That is why it is preferably used for security purposes at homes or in private properties.

Wireless Activated Trail Cameras

The wireless activated trail cameras are ideal for night hunting. This is because they are capable of transmitting photos through a wireless network immediately they are taken. The unit can be connected to a receiving network, which is permitted to transmit. However, there is an element of network strength in order to provide the photos once they are captured.

Infrared Trail Cameras

These trail cameras are used during the night, especially in night hunting. The infrared feature is used with the help of sensors when required. When a photo is captured, infrared light is produced for exposure purpose. These cameras are perfect for night hunting as they do not disturb the natural behavior of animals, unlike the traditional white flash models.


Morning workouts

Morning Activity: Stretches to Relieve Foot Pain

Morning workoutsNowadays, people are looking for natural ways to stay healthy and fit. Morning workouts are becoming a norm, especially for those putting effort to lose weight. Perhaps, you have seen many Tufts students waking up as early as 5 o’clock to run or jog before going to classes. Experts recommend running as one of the best exercises for maintaining physical fitness. That is why more students prefer running to lifting weights unless those who want to build muscle packs. According to health experts, foot pain may develop due to lack of sufficient exercise that causes feet joints to jam. Therefore, a little exercise such as running every morning can be a solution.

However, it is important to choose the right running shoes. This comes a time when students with flat feet are suffering from feet pain after running. Of course, they deserve exercising their bodies to achieve their goals. So, how can they do it without causing more harm to their feet? For that reason, this article will be outlining the facts about shoes for flat feet.

Shoes for Flat Feet

Shoes for Flat FeetThe foot’s arch is naturally made of a curve in the metatarsal and tarsal bones. These bones act as shock absorbers when running or walking, whereby the arch cushions the impact from the knees, hips, ankles, and feet. Someone can have a low arch, normal arch, or high arch, which are all determined by the height of the foot’s arch.  Those individuals without a foot’s arch are said to have flat feet, and they are vulnerable to body injuries when running. That is why they need to choose the right shoes that can provide necessary support to the body. That said, you need to understand the three kinds of shoes that are designed for flat feet.

Support Shoes

According to health experts, it is advisable to wear shoes that offer support to their feet. Shoes such as sandals, high heels, or flip-flops are not recommended because they do not lift the arch of the foot. Therefore, you need to look for shoes with a label of “added support” since they designed to perform the duty of the arch.

Stability Shoes

If you have discovered that you always turn your ankle inward when walking or running, probably you have flat feet. This turning of ankle inward is usually referred to as pronation in a medical language. Pronation may cause stress on the knees, ankles, and feet, which can lead to serious injuries. For those who have a normal arch of their foot, their feet will land straight on the ground, unlike those without proper foot arch. Therefore, appropriate shoes with added stability help to control the landing pattern without pronating.

Motion Control Shoes

If you are facing the challenge of extreme pronation, you need motion control shoes. They are advanced more than the stability shoes because they have extra control and support features to keep your ankle straight when running. They have been designed incorporating medial post technology that entails dual density foam. Right under the medial side of the foot arch is a harder foam material, which could also be extended to the heel area. The hard compound material in most motion control shoes can be noticed easily right inside of the midsole.

Remedy for Sore Feet

Sometimes, the foot pain might be caused by other factors apart from the wearing wrong shoes. Your feet take in more than 2 million kilograms of pressure on a daily basis. This could be the cause of feeling hurt on your feet from time to time. So, what can you do to stop the aches?

Soak in cold and then in hot water

This is for freshening your feet. Fill two basins with cold water and hot water. However, ensure that the hot water is comfortable for standing inside. Pick a comfortable chair and then place the feet inside the basin with the cold water. Switch to the basin with hot water after a few minutes. This is known as hydromassage, which constricts and dilates the blood vessels of your feet.

Massage the soles with a roller

There are rollers designed for massaging feet. They can be obtained from a local health and fitness store. If you are not able to reach the store, you can as well use a golf or tennis ball to roll your bare feet. Do this for a few minutes on a daily basis as it exercises the foot joints, hence relaxing the tense muscles.

Stretch the Foot Achilles Tendons

This is applied to foot pain around the heel area. The Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendons, which is felt in every morning. In such situation, you need to move your leg forward while bending the knee. You will feel a little stretch in the heel. Switch to the other leg after about 15 seconds.


B&B shooting facility

B & B Shooting Range Facilities

B&B shooting facilityThe Tufts study camp has collaborated with one of the renowned B&B shooting facility in order to include the shooting range training for the interested students. The principal aspect of the design of the shooting range at the campsite is the safety. It has been constructed taking into consideration the versatility of the space to allow adequate room for the trainer and the trainees to practice shooting while maintaining downrange focus as well as keeping the maximum safeguards. The innovative space maximizes several lanes based on the capacity of the room while lending a better shooting comfort, orientation, and protection. In short, the camp is just safe and secure for both the learners and instructors.

As one of the Tufts camp activity, the students are gaining more interest in the shooting range. This implies that more enthusiasts will join the existing team in the near future. Now, the site has rifles and ammo ready for the learners to use. Apart from the just mentioned equipment, the facility has also provided essential gear that must be used by all participants. The management takes into account all the necessary precautionary measures to ensure that safety standards are met.  Therefore, the following are the pieces of equipment for the shooters at the Tufts study camp.

Hearing Protection

Since the shooting range is one of the activities in the camp, it is the responsibility of the management team to ensure all the participants have hearing protection. It is a requirement to have these protective products in such an ear-damaging environment. The facility provided high-quality earmuffs, which are usually preferred by most of the professional shooters. Apart from being reliable for protecting shooters’ ears, they are also affordable for any shooter out there. They are capable of lowering gunfire sound to safe levels, hence preventing the potentially harmful gunfire sound that can cause hearing loss.

Shooting Range Bags

Shooting Range BagsThe B&B shooting facility is an established and self-sufficient facility, which is currently collaborating with the Tufts study camp members to promote shooting range training and competitions. In this background, the facility has provided the camping team with dedicated shooting range bags with proper organizers and pockets to allow efficient shooting with less hassle. Of course, a typical backpack can be used in place of a range bag. But they lack appropriate features found in a range bag. There are range bags for handguns and rifles with specific pockets for gear, sturdy shoulder straps, and highly durable material to resist wear and tear.

 

Shooting Range Eye Protection

Ignorance when it comes to using of eye protection in the shooting range has been discouraged. That is why every student must use the protective gear in order to protect the eyes against grime due to blowback, the explosion of brass, and any bullet fragments. These small pieces of solids can cause serious injuries to the eyes. The shooting eye protective gear comes in different types, but the ones used at the campsite are of the best quality. They are capable of preventing the mentioned particles as well as shielding damaging sunrays from reaching your eyes. Sometimes, they can be used as normal sunglasses even when not in a shooting range.

Shooting Range Multi-Tool

In case your gun or ammo stops working properly, you will need another one. This is also important when it comes to clearing a jam, reassembling a gun, or tightening a loose rifle scope. The multi-tool comes in when such situations happen. The package has screwdriver blades, Allen wrench, choke tube wrench, carbon scrapper, and a file. Even though the tool is mostly carried by the experienced or serious shooters, the facility has provided them to create a sense of a professional shooting range activity.

Shooting Range Cleaning Kit

The tendency of cleaning the guns after the shooting is no longer encouraged at the Tufts study camp. This is because a professional shooter should learn to clean his or her gun while at the shooting range. Additionally, a gun is supposed to be cleaned while on the outside and on a flat surface. Also, some guns such as .22 automatics may start to jam too frequently, which means they need to be cleaned in order to continue with the shooting activity. Therefore, it is advisable to have the cleaning kits to oust stubborn or barrel obstructions.

Shooting Range Portable Rest

In order to train the students on how to shoot up to the rifle’s maximum potential, a firm rest is required.  The idea of improvising things is not encouraged anymore at the campsite because time-saving and preventing frustrations are part of the training. Therefore, a portable rest is needed to enable a shooter to spring and adjust properly before making a shot.

Shooting Range Spotting Scope

The Spotting scope is useful for those who want to shoot about 100 yards or more.  It saves time by magnifying the target at a far distance. The high-quality scopes are the best for shooting since they come with an HD lens system for excellent transmission of light for achieving a high magnification optic.