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| Living conditions in the bush can be extremely harsh and treeplanters need to condition themselves to deal with them. The weather is out of anyone's control, but the physiological demands of the seedlings don't become less important because it's cold out. Thus we work. It is important for planters to be prepared and equipped for these conditions.
Bruin is famous in the industry for the quality of our food. Our trained and certified cooks prepare hot breakfast and supper and supply meats, vegetables, fruits, etc. for planters to make their own lunches. The meal fee, or camp cost is below industry average.
Camp consists of one large (20'x45') dining ("mess") tent heated by a wood-burning stove, a smaller kitchen tent, a dry-shack' tent with an airtight wood-burning stove) for drying clothes at night, hot water shower facilities, outhouse tents and a food storage tent. All planters and staff must assist in camp set-up, which generally takes about half a day. Planters and staff provide their own tents and sleeping gear and make a home for themselves in the woods. Bruin provides a list of all planting and personal gear, required, recommended, suggested and optional at an information seminar we hold for our first year planters in April. The planting gear (bags, shovel, silvicool bags) can be purchased through Bruin at a reduced rate (around $140 total). We strongly suggest high quality personal equipment, particularly with regard to staying dry and warm on wet, bitter days.
What it Takes:To merely survive as a treeplanter takes more personal fortitude than most people are willing to exhibit. To really succeed requires skills, ability and a certain attitude as well. Planters must be willing to make sacrifices and endure hardship to reach goals. They must be willing and eager to learn at every phase and able to be happy but not satisfied with the level they have achieved. Planters must have the natural ability to rise above circumstances rather than succumb to substantial obstacles. It's easy to become exhausted and depressed, but to succeed at treeplanting, individuals must maintain an even mental/emotional keel and convince their bodies there is energy somewhere in the reserve. Most of all, Bruin treeplanters must be totally honest and have our clients' best interest at heart. We work hard to make planter, company and client objectives the same, so that if everyone gives it his or her all, everyone wins. This is the basis upon which Bruin and its predecessor have succeeded for over thirty years.
Here is a list of items you'll need if you're thinking about planting trees
for a summer.
Personal Identification (including Health Care Number) Cash Sleeping Bag Tent Tarp (big enough to cover your tent) Ground sheet Foamy or Insulite Warm Clothing (Down Jacket or heavy sweater) Work Pants (3 to 5 pair) Work shirts T-shirts and heavy duty shirt Underwear Cotton Socks (as many as you're able to bring) Sweatpants(something to wear at the end of the work day) Good clothes (city clothes) Hat Handkerchief/headband First Aid Kit Alarm Clock Running shoes Books Pen and Paper Walkman and tapes Knapsack or hockey bag (preferably only one piece of luggage) Pillow Other camping items (Knife, hatchet)
Shovel -- available to Bruin planters through Bruin Planting bags (with silvicool inserts) -- available to Bruin planters through Bruin Gloves (winter, dishwashing and rubberized) Rubber boots (must have steel toes) felt insoles (3 pair) Hiking boots Grease pencil or waterproof marker Rain Gear (pants and jacket) Day pack Lunch kit (tupperware or something durable) Insect repellent (Muskol) Canteen or waterbottle Watch Anakit (Bee sting kit)
Toiletries (toothbrush and paste, shampoo, soap, etc.) Towel Nail clippers Molesquine Foot Powder Hockey tape Duct Tape Rope or twine Sunscreen chapstick Aspirin Needle and thread Extra Blanket