Dogwood Land Navigation

Here is a concept for a land navigation exercise. Take your group on a land navigation training event. Pre-nav your course so that each waypoint can be teaching spot. One spot should be a dogwood tree. They grow from east Texas to north Florida up to Maine, over to Illinois. When in the wild they can typically be found at the forest edge and popular on dry ridges. this week on our property here in Georgia, the dogwood blooms are magnifcent. Large clouds of white blooms are backdropped by a vast sky of pine green forest. During the teaching session, the following story can be relayed. This is merely a story of symbolism I had heard long ago. The dogwood tree reminds us that even though Christ's body may have been taken from this earth, His spirit remains and every spring we are blessed with a reminder of the events that unfolded on that fateful weekend, 2000 years ago. The blooms often appear in the shape of a Cross with holes in the tips of the pedals signifying the nails that were driven into the Cross. If you look closely at these holes you can notice a faint red stain representing the Blood. In the center you will find a green bloom symbolizing the crown of thorns placed on the head of Jesus. The dogwood is more than a treeit is a representation of life. With every spring we are reminded of what God did for us and given the chance to be reborn and start a new life as children of God. (John 3:1)