Local Scouts Inspire Children’s Adventure Book During Pandemic
11/10/2021

New author and Scout Leader Andy Chapman is launching his new book, Missing on Mystery Mountain. Written for youth at a local scout camp during August 2021.

Online PR News – 10-November-2021 – Parksville, BC – New author and Scout Leader Andy Chapman is launching his new book, Missing on Mystery Mountain. Written for youth at a local scout camp during August this year, the story is inspired by scouting youth and has them solve an 80-year-old mystery on an adventure of self-discovery and friendship in the Canadian wilderness. Proceeds from the book will help support the camp in future years.

The Vancouver Island Scout Summer Camp was started by a dedicated team of scout leaders over 22 years ago, founded by the late Lon Gaspadone, and has grown in popularity with scouting youth from across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. As the Scouting organisation came out of the lockdown phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vancouver Island Scout Summer Camp planning began with a very short window to run a scaled-back camp in 2021 that met Provincial and local health guidelines. In the space of a few weeks, camp preparation was complete, youth registrations were in, and the camp had the green light from Scouts Canada and the Province of BC. The Vancouver Island Scout Summer Camp was one of the few camps able to successfully operate in the summer of 2021.

This year 36 youth from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland were able to camp at Camp Woodlands on the shores of Lake Cowichan under a modified program centered on small cohorts of youth and staff. The program schedule was adapted with new activities to allow for appropriate social distancing and to restrict activities that would mean youth being off site as in previous years.

Chapman wrote a story for the youth based around the local scout camp, using local scouting youth and staff as inspiration. The result was Missing on Mystery Mountain, a story of outdoor adventure by six early teens in the Canadian wilderness and set amid the backdrop of Lake Cowichan and the local Scout Camp.

“This was an opportunity to fill a gap in our schedule with something a little different”, Chapman said. “Having story time at camp was unlike the usual campfire stories and skits we have each year and well received by the campers. The entire camp sat on the grass listening as the story was read aloud with the backdrop of Lake Cowichan and the mountains that feature in the story right in front of the youth.”

“These kids are an inspiration, when you see what they can achieve and the affect summer camp has on their personal growth, it makes it all worth it. The pandemic restricted the ability for kids to get outdoors, and I’m really pleased we managed to run the camp safely this year, getting the youth back into nature and active.”

Following the camp, many scout campers and staff asked for copies of the story, motivating Chapman to release it as a Young Adult fiction novel through Amazon, with all proceeds going back to the Vancouver Island Scout Summer Camp.
Chapman has been a local scout leader for 11 years on Vancouver Island. He volunteers with the Scouts Canada youth organisation and is a scout leader in his local hometown of Parksville, BC.

Missing on Mystery Mountain is available in Paperback from
Amazon $14.99 CAD, A. J Chapman, ISBN 9798753913364
Note to Media: Any Chapman is available for interviews. To arrange an interview, contact andy.chapman@scouts.ca or by telephone at (250) 327-1593