August 2009 Newsletter

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August 2009

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Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Desserts

Ingredients12 tortilla chips ½ c shredded mozzarella cheese5 thin slices pepperoni 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese2 olives, sliced ¼ c pizza saucePlace tortilla chips on a microwave safe plate, in a single layer. Top with mozzarella, pepperoni, parmesan cheese, and olives. Place pizza sauce in a small covered microwaveable bowl. Microwave sauce and nachos on high for 45-60 seconds, or...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Cub Scouts sit in chairs scattered around the room. Each is given thename of a planet - Venus, Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, Earth, etc. One boy ispicked to be Mission Control. He stands and says “Countdown”... walkingaround the room, he calls out the names of various planets. Whena Cub Scout hears the name of his planet, he gets up and walks...
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

What you need:1 cup of used coffee grounds1/2 cup of cold coffee1 cup of flour1/2 cup of saltSmall dinosaur figurinesStir ingredients until well mixed. Knead the dough together. Mold dough arounda dinosaur figurine covering it completely. Press your dinosaurs firmly into thedough. The boys should carefully pull the “dirt” away from their “fossil” usingtooth picks or a toothbrush and water....
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Desserts

Ingredients:1 package (18 oz) cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare mixFood coloring (optional)1 can (16oz) white frosting1 tube (4 ¼ oz) white decorator icing72 chewy fruit squaresAssorted round sprinklesLine muffin cups with paper liners. Prepare cake and bake in muffin cups according to directions.Cool in pans on wire racks 15 minutes. Remove cupcakes and cool completely. Tint frosting with food...
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Let the boys take turns outlining each other’s body on butcher paper. Then let them fill them in.They can either draw in the parts of the body (organs, bones, etc.) or drawn themselves (clothes,hair, etc.). Hang on the wall or display at pack meeting.     ...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games

This is a variation of charades. Divide group into equal teams. Give each team five minutes todecide on a career they will dramatize and practice doing it. Suggest to the teams to pick occupationsthat might not be real easy to guess.Example: Teacher (easy to guess)All the boys on one team except for one sit on the floor facing the one...
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Desserts

Ingredients:1 package (12oz) chocolate chips 1 bag pretzel rodsAssorted toppingsPlace chips in a microwavable bowl. Be sure bowl and utensils are completely dry. Cover with plastic wrap and turn back on corner to vent. Microwave on high 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking in 30 second intervals until chips are completely melted, stirring after each heating. Dip one half of each...
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One person starts the game by saying: “AsI was traveling through the United States, Iplaced an apple in my bag (or anything thatbegins with the letter A).The next player says “As I was travelingthrough the United States, I placed an apple anda balloon in my bag.”Each additional player must repeat what wasnamed and add to it something from the nextletter...
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Cut out tree parts (trunk, branch, leaves, fruit, nest, etc). Give each boy an envelope containing 5(or number of your choice) of the same item (I.e. trunks) as he arrives. Each boy is to trade theiritems until they have a full set. On the large piece of butcher paper write across the top “OurDen Forest” and have the boys assemble...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Divide the players into two sides: Attackersand Defenders. Defenders form a circle,holding hands and facing outward, with theircaptain in the center. Attackers surround thefort from a distance of 20-30 feet. They tryto kick a soccer ball into the fort; it may gothrough the legs of the defenders or over theirheads. If it goes over the defenders heads, thecaptain may catch...
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Find tree names hidden in the sentences:1. The ranger’s map led us safely through the woods.2. Will owls hoot in daylight?3. Its fun to hike and tramp in every direction.4. Forest rangers wear white helmets.5. We saw a honey bee checking clover blossoms for honey.6. Many forest fires are caused by human carelessness.7. We got soaked when we were caught...
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Dinner

Ingredients:Pizza dough pizza toppingsRoll out pizza dough and cut into dinosaur shapes with large cookiecutters or knife. Spread with sauce and let boys create their ownDino with toppings. Sprinkle with grated cheese and put in 400°oven for 10-15 minutes....
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Desserts

1/4 oz cream cheese 2 tsp butter1/3 C powdered sugar 2 tsp Cocoa powderPut all ingredients in a sandwich sized zipper bag. Allow cubs to squish and squeeze it until allthe lumps are gone and what is left inside looks like fudge....
Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Statue of Liberty - Each boy is given a small amount of foil in order to make a liberty torch.Go West Young Man - Each boy is given a pretend horse and runs a course that is marked by orange cones.Crossing The Mississippi River – Swimming pool filled with water...
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

One person is “It” and tries to tag another. Players are only “safe” when they are touching a tree.Players can only stay safe for 10 seconds, then they have to leave and go to another tree. Oncetagged the player becomes the new “it.” If there is a lack of trees or you are playing inside havechairs or the leaders be...
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Desserts

18 small marshmallows1 large marshmallow9 toothpicksBreak 3 toothpicks in half, leave other whole and assemble snowflake as shown....
Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Divide the group into equal teams, each linedup a few feet away from the table. Place abowl on the table for each team. Lay 50 cutoutpaper stars (approx. 2 inches in diameter)out on the table beside each bowl. Give eachplayer his own straw. On the signal, the firstplayer on each team, runs forward and picksup one or more stars, with...
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Place the name of an occupation on the back of each person as they enter.They should ask yes or no questions of the others to discover what they are.Alternative: Use plant names....
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout

Each of the Cub Scout receiving an award or recognition willhave it placed in a different type of container that represents atype of person that they could grow up to be.  A Doctor:                                First aid kit A Pilot:                                    Paper airplane A Postman:                           Large envelope ...
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Plant a lima bean seed against the side of a clear cup. Place it in a warmplace and watch it grow over the next few weeks.     ...
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Obtain pictures of either the participants or famous people when they were younger. Have participantsmatch up the baby picture with the name of the grown-up person                    ...
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Lunch

Ingredients4 medium sized potatoes 1 tbsp oil¼ tsp paprika ¼ tsp saltSlice the potatoes into ½ inch fries. Toss in a bowl with oil, paprika, and salt until coated. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake 35 minutes at 475 °, turning occasionally. Finish by sliding under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to brown. Makes 4 servings...
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Have each boy bring something for a time capsule to be opened in 5, 10, or more years. Havethe boy briefly write down why it’s special. You could do this over a few weeks assigning eachboy a week or a letter each week for the item to start with....
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Practice folding and unfolding a flag, relay style. Person 1 & 2 unfold the flag, 2 & 3 fold it, 3 &4 unfold, etc. As people join put them at the back of the line. Boys who are done can help guidethe others....
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Cut out large versions of the letters in America. Cut the letters into pieces creating a puzzle andplace in a bag. Give each boy or group a letter and have them put their letters together. Then asa whole put your letters together to form “America. “...
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Provide boys with crayons and paper so everyone candesign a NEW American Flag. Have them explain thesymbolism behind their new flag....
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Using maps and atlases, have the Scouts and familiesfind one geographical location for each letter ofthe alphabet. Examples: Arizona, Blue Lake (Utah),Columbia River, Denver, etc....
Home > Resources > Leaders > Leader Tips

On a cold winter den meeting night, you might try some of these ideasto keep the boys warm and dry.At, you can print out a variety of word searchpuzzles, dot-to-dots, and mazes.Information on how to play board games can be found at Old and new games can be found on this site, along with the instructions on how...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games

All you need to play this game is 8 or morepeople, an old sock tied up in knots and someopen space with marked boundaries. To start the game, everyone gathers in the center andone person throws the sock high into the air.You now have to decide whether you want tostay and try to catch it as it comes down orrun...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games

The group sits in a circle with enough placesfor everyone except for one. This person staysin the middle of the group and calls on differentpeople asking the question “Do you loveyour neighbors? The person called upon sayseither: 1. “No, I do not love my neighbors”and the two people sitting directly on bothsides of that person have to exchange placeswhile the...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Materials: a large box, 4 different colors of balloons-one for each playerTo Play: Divide the group into 4 differentteams of equal numbers of participants. Eachteam is given a specific color of balloon, andeach player is given his own balloon. Eachperson must put one hand behind his back andonly use his other hand to try to tap the ballooninto the box....
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag

Preparation: Make seven cards with one letter on each: A, M, E, R, I, C, and A.Cub Scout 1: A is for all people in our land.Cub Scout 2: M is for the many that lent a hand.Cub Scout 3: E stands for equality of race, color, and creed.Cub Scout 4: R is respect for all people’s needs.Cub Scout 5:...
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Divide the group into teams. Each team is given an orange and lines up in relay fashion. On signal, the first boy in each team puts the orange on the floor andbutts it with his head to a turning line and back. He may not touch the orange with his arms or hands, only with his head. The next team...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games

You will need chalk and chalkboard, or a large sheet of paper and felt tip pens.Set the chalkboard at one end of the room. Divide group into an equal number of teams with at least 6 members on each team. If the teams are smaller, players can have two runs. On signal the first player runs to the chalkboard and...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Boys line up in teams, relay style. Each team has two shoe boxes representing Kris Kringle’s boots. On signal, the first player of each team places his feet in the boxes and shuffles up to and around a chair, at the opposite end of room, He shuffles back to starting point where the next boytakes over. First team to finish...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games

You will need numerous pieces of string in varying lengths. Hide them around the room before the boys arrive. Have the boys hunt for the “icicles”.The leader ends the hunt after a given period of time. The winner is the boy whose icicles form the longest line when laid out end to end... not the player who collects the most...
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Two large identical outlines of Santa Claus are cut from pieces of cardboard.One outline is attached to the wall, while the other is cut upso that each player gets a piece of it -- a nose, beard, belt buckle, etc.Each player is blindfolded, and spun around several times. He then triesto pin his appropriate parts of Santa to the cutout...
Home > Resources > Activities > Songs

Tune: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Randall, the red-cheeked Cub Scout Had a very cold, cold nose And if you ever noticed You could even say it flows All of the other Cubbies Used to laugh and point it out That Randall, the red-cheeked Cub Scout Had a very runny snout Then one day the Den leader Took Randall out of sight And told him that it’s time he knew How to wipe...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout

Preparation: Make and hold up a sign with the word “SMILE” written on it. Narrator or Cubmaster: A smile costs nothing—but creates much. It happens in a flash, but the memory sometimes lasts forever. It cannot be bought, borrowed, or stolen, but it is something that isn’t any good until it is given away to someone else. So, if you meet someone...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout

Preparation: Have seven Cub Scouts stand with candles or flashlights behind the narrator. Narrator or Cubmaster: The seven lights you see here represent the seven seas and the seven continents from which our ancestors came to this great land. Our Statue of Liberty has seven spikes coming from her crown to represent the same seas and continents. Let’s give thanks to our God who guided all...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag

Our flag is bright with cheer, brilliant with courage, and firm with faith. Many of our holiday traditions this month involve lights such as the Star of Bethlehem, the miracle of the lamp, the Morning Star that enlightened Buddha, candles on a Menorah, and the bonfires of Yule. Let us think about these things as we pledge our allegiance to the flag....
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Provide a list of items boys have to find that someone else fits. Examples: Born outside the state of Utah Who can roll their tongue Who has green eyes Who can say 10 words in another language Who has a letter that appears twice in his name....
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

A Kinara includes 3 red, 3 green and 1 black candle. Give each person a colored paper candle. They must form a group creating a completed Kinara. When a group is formed have them write their name on their candle and tape it onto a paper Kinara on the wall....
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Place several dreidels around the room for groups to play with. Give each person 10 or 20 “tokens” (pennies, candies, etc). Each player puts a token in the center “pot” when he joins the game. Each side of the dreidel has a different symbol that tells the player what to do. Players spin the dreidel and do what it says to do when it...
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I Won!
Back in April on the Leader’s Campfire show number 62, there was a trivia show. At the end of the show, a competition was launched for listeners to answer the questions that the show’s participants weren’t able to answer. All the questions ca...
3 Aug 2009 | 2:00 pm

An Hour A Week? #190
#190-Rain What a rough ending to July! Some tragedy and heroics, the Program Helps is online, a cool patch, hotspots at campsites, a bunch of cool tweets, a neat online brochure, “Made In America”, ten things every Cubmaster needs, feedback, and ...
3 Aug 2009 | 6:42 am

Backpacking Tip
Hey Scouts and Scouters.. I am always wanting to share what's in my pack, ideas, tips, and love to suggest good reading. Here is a must have for every backpacker.. no matter what your skill level is. If you are an expert... this book can help you...
3 Aug 2009 | 6:00 am

Name That Council: July 31, 2009 solution
The trees are green. The fish are jumping. The water is pleasant. It must be summer in the land of Friday's patch. Friday’s patch featured the pleasant green-and-blue hues that people in cooler climes associate with summer. But notice that i...
3 Aug 2009 | 5:59 am

Top 10 July 2009 Posts
Here are the top 10 most viewed posts for July 2009 (other than those solely about monthly theme items): New Cub Scout Belt Loops Coming 2009-2010 Program Helps Kindergarten Lions: Pilot Description 2009-2010 Program Helps Full Download No More Mon...
3 Aug 2009 | 3:24 am

New Recipes Added
Two more recipes were recently added to Trailcooking! Pizza Pan Biscuits I used the fry pan lid of the GSI Backpackers Set and a GSI Mini Spatula. Getting the batches ready (Stove used is a MSR WindPro remote canister - it cooks very evenly): Firs...
2 Aug 2009 | 9:11 pm



Random Scout News


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JAC calls for Scout stories (The Topeka Capital-Journal)
The Jayhawk Area Council is scouting out stories to tell for the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America. Dave Nolle, assistant scout executive for the Jayhawk Area Council, said Monday that Calling All Scouts is a campaign to reconnect with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of all ages, including den leaders, pack leaders, Scoutmasters, moms and dads. read more...
4 Aug 2009 | 12:33 am

Cub-struction in the park (Santa Maria Times)
Local Scouts with the Live Oak District of the Boy Scouts of America gathered this week at the organization’s Cub Scout Day Camp, themed “Cub-struction,” Monday through Friday at Pioneer Park in Santa Maria. In keeping with the construction theme, there were several woodworking projects, along with campfire cooking, sports, science and nature activities, BB gun and archery ranges....
4 Aug 2009 | 12:21 am

Scouts Visit Battleship Cove (The Sparta Independent)
Cub Scout Pack 295 of Sparta recently visited Battleship Cove, in Fall River, Mass. to explore the world’s largest collection of historic naval ships. After touring the battleship Massachusetts, destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., submarine Lionfish, PT Boats 617 and 796, and the Russian missile corvette Hiddensee, the scouts, their parents, and adult leaders spent the night of July 11 on board the ......
4 Aug 2009 | 12:04 am

Two new Eagle Scouts for West Milford Troop 44 (The West Milford Messenger)
WEST MILFORD - Boy Scout Troop 44 added two more names to its Eagle Scout Honor Roll. Kevin Sandve and Kevin Tlusty were recognized for achieving that prestigious award at a Court of Honor on Saturday, July 25. Both are seven-year veteran members of the troop and had previously been Cub Scouts together in Pack 44....
3 Aug 2009 | 11:56 pm

Two new Eagle Scouts for West Milford Troop 44 (The West Milford Messenger)
WEST MILFORD - Boy Scout Troop 44 added two more names to its Eagle Scout Honor Roll. Kevin Sandve and Kevin Tlusty were recognized for achieving that prestigious award at a Court of Honor on Saturday, July 25. Both are seven-year veteran members of the troop and had previously been Cub Scouts together in Pack 44....
3 Aug 2009 | 11:56 pm

Boy scout troop spends week at Camp Barton - Ithaca Journal
Boy scout troop spends week at Camp BartonIthaca JournalBoy Scout Troop 13 recently spent their annual week at Camp Barton. Eighteen scouts, ages 11 to 17, were accompanied by adult leaders Scott Hamula, ......
3 Aug 2009 | 11:52 pm

Girl Scouts move through the Renaissance (The Glendale News-Press)
The Renaissance-themed Girl Scout Twilight Camp at Crescenta Valley Park ended Friday after a week of dancing, singing and making crafts....
3 Aug 2009 | 11:26 pm

The heart of an American Boy Scout -
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3 Aug 2009 | 11:05 pm


Scouts In Action


They Saved the Baby from the River!
John Fitzgerald, 9, Christian Nanson, 11, and other members of Pack 100 and Troop 100 were swimming in Nebraska's Platte River when Christian spotted a baby floating facedown in the water. Listen as they describe how they saved the baby in a true story of Scouts in Action....
20 Jun 2008 | 1:57 pm

He saved the boy from the riptide!
As Todd Staszak, 15, was bodyboarding at Hatteras, N.C., he heard cries for help. A man was trying to save his son and his son's friend as a powerful riptide pulled the boys away from shore. Listen as Todd and others describe how he rescued the boys in a true story of Scouts in Action....
29 May 2008 | 9:34 am

He saved his friends from the oncoming car!
As Trevor Robinson, 18, and four friends were walking across the parking lot of their school in Carmichael, Calif., a car traveling almost 30 miles an hour rounded a corner and headed straight for them. Listen as Trevor and others describe how he saved his friends' lives in a true story of Scouts in Action....
23 Apr 2008 | 8:42 am



Thoughts to Ponder


Winning Isn't Everything 

Some years ago a hard-nosed coach said, "Winning isn't everything, but it sure beats whatever's second. " There's some truth in that. Everyone likes to win. Very few people enjoy losing.

The trouble is that in every type of competition, there must be losers as well as winners. That's true in sports and it's also true in the competitions we will have in the InsaneScouter contest.

It's also true in life. You and every other human being find that sometimes you have to be a loser. Perhaps your sports team loses a game on an unlucky break. Or maybe you work hard in school but get low grades. Some people might say you're a loser.

Maybe so. But you don't have to stay a loser. The real difference between winners and losers is that a loss makes some people more determined to do better next time. In the long run they are the winners because they learn to profit by their defeats and mistakes.

No, winning isn't everything. We can learn from losses, too. Let's remember that during this contest and in the years to come.

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