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InsaneScouter News

Volume: 2

Issue: 6

June 2002

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Fun Activities - Egg Carton Bugs Craft

Materials Needed:
Egg Cartons
Misc Supplies (wiggle eyes, felt, pipe cleaners, sequins, etc)

Use egg carton cups to make a variety of bugs! Cut a long row of cups and make a caterpillar. Use two sections and some tissue paper and make a butterfly. Make a spider with long, pipe cleaner legs! Use your imagination and I bet you can think of a lot more!

Fun Activities - Nature Activities

Acorn Finger Puppets
Very quick and easy! Pull the tops off of acorns and use them as hair or hats for finger puppets. Simply stick them on your fingers and draw a face on your finger. Presto! Instant finger puppets!

Daisy Chains
Kids can either do this by themselves or together, to create one long chain, see who can make the longest chain, or just to make pretty natural jewelry for themselves. This can also be done with other wildflowers - ones with stiff stems work the best.

First, you have to start by picking a lot of daisies (or whichever flower you are using). Next, you make a cross out of two daisies laying one over another sideways. Bend the stem of the top daisy under the stem of the bottom daisy, then up and over both stems. Pull the stem tight so that it makes a knot. Keep adding daisies in the same manner - tying them on, until you run out of flowers. You can make necklaces, bracelets, and headpieces by tying the end daisy back to the beginning daisy to make a complete circle.

Indoor Twig Relay
Have a group of winter twigs scattered at one end of the room, as many of each kind as there are players. Show a twig, as the white ash. The players may look as long as they wish. Samples are then passed back and they are given 30 seconds to get a white ash twig. Everyone back in his seat with a white ash twig at the end of 30 seconds gets one point.

Nature Sounds
The group is given five minutes to see who can make the longest list of things heard in the woods during that time. It may be a raindrop, crow, cow, rooster in distance, rustling leaves of oak or the swish of the pine, tapping of the woodpecker, or song of the brook.

Sand Tracking
Make puzzles on the beach, such as someone has a piggyback ride, someone falls down and is helped up, someone crawls on hand and knees to view a bird, etc.

Boy Scout Camp Gadgets

Most of these gadgets are Pioneering (knots and lashing) in nature and may require a fair amount of lashing skills, rope, and other lashing materials.

General Gadgets
Camp Gadgets

InsaneScouter Monthly Tip

In warm-weather camping, pay close attention to your body’s response to the heat. A rapid, weak pulse, rapid, shallow breathing or red, hot, dry skin are all indications of a heat stroke, a serious medical emergency. If you recognize any sign of heat-related illness in you or another camper, get out of the heat immediately. Loosen clothing. Apply cool, wet cloths. Drink cool water, but slowly. Seek medical help.

Fun Activities - Flora the Flea Skit


(The performer is putting his trained flea Flora through all her tricks, explaining all her tricks as she does them. His eyes follow every flip, jump, etc. as she performs and lands back in his hand.

Then he asks her to jump to the ceiling. His eyes lose her and she doesn't return. He looks high and low (perhaps with the help of a friend) but can't find her. Finally, he looks in someone's hair.)

Performer: (Delighted) Flora! There you are! I'm so glad to have you back.

(looks more closely.) But say ... this isn't Flora!

Fundraising - IRS Contributions Rules: What You Should Know.

Have you ever wondered if you are following all of the tax rules when you give your donors their donation receipt?

Your organization hosts a banquet for a donation of $25 per seat. The dinner costs $10. What is the allowable deduction for the donor and what amount should you have on your receipt that you issue to them?

Since your donor will not know what the dinner costs or any other benefits they receive, you will have to specify for them what is the allowable donation deduction. Find out how to figure your donor receipts at the IRS Contributions section.

-- Taken from the "Profit Quests' Fundraising News Weekly" newsletter

InsaneScouter Moment - SALT OF THE EARTH

Who can tell me what "salt of the earth" means? That's right, it means a person who has a fine character and is a nice guy to be around. The expression "salt of the earth" probably came from the fact that common salt improves the taste of a lot of foods. As you young Scouts will discover while you are working on your Cooking skill award, salt is used in many recipes - maybe most of them for breakfast and dinner dishes.

Just as the salt improves the flavor of many foods, a person who is the salt of the earth improves the lives of those around him. He lives every day by the Scout Oath and Law, even if he's not a Scout. He does his daily Good Turn and he deals fairly with everyone he meets.

You can be the salt of the earth, too, just by living the Oath and Law. Let's remind ourselves of what it takes by repeating the Law now (Lead Law. )


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