Newsletter Nov 13, 2009

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Home > Resources > Activities > Games
Recycle Man

Materials needed: chairs – need one less than there are boysPlay: One person is “Recycle Man” and stands in the center of the group, who are seated inchairs. Each boy is given a name of paper, plastic or aluminum. When “Recycle Man” shoutsone or two of these names, the boys having these names must change chairs. While they arechanging, “Recycle Man” tries to get one of their chairs. The boy without a chair becomes“Recycle Man”. Now and then, “Recycle Man”...
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Picking up Litter

Tune: I’ve Been Working on the RailroadI’ve been picking up the litterAll the livelong day.I’ve been picking up the litterJust to have a place to play.Can’t you see the litter basketSitting on the sidewalk there?Every little bit will help usIf you just show you care.Won’t you pick it up,Won’t you pick it up,Won’t you pick it up today?Won’t you clean it up,Won’t you clean it up,Help us clean the USA!...
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The Twist Mouth Family

retold by S. E. SchlosserA while back there was a family I know of that had a mother, a father, and severalchildren. Four of them had mouths that were twisted into strange shapes. Themother’s mouth twisted up while the father’s mouth twisted down. The sister’smouth twisted left while the younger brother’s mouth twisted right. The eldestson John’s mouth was perfectly normal.When John grew up, his parents sent him to college. He was the first person in his family to geta...
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Desserts
Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:1 stick butter, softened but not runny1 cup sugar1 egg1/2 cup sour cream1 teaspoon vanilla3 1/4 cups flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon saltPreheat oven to 350° – Yields about 3 dozenCream butter and sugar. Add egg and beat untilfluffy. Add sour cream and vanilla. Blend wellMix together flour, baking soda and salt.Gradually add to creamed mixture. (May needto add a little more flour).On floured board or counter, roll out to 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick. Cut out into desired shapes....
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Recycled Bottle Bowling

Materials needed: seven or more 2 – liter bottles, water, volleyball or basketballPlay: Have boys fill each bottle with a few inches of water. Replace lids. Toplay the game, boys take turns setting up the “pins” and bowling with the ball.They can keep individual scores or team scores after so many rounds...
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

from litter toglitter…and a smile. Recyclingis a great habit to start, one thatwill make the boys and the earthhappy. This game challenges tothe boys to be happy in a differentway. Two teams line up about4 feet away from each other. Oneteam is heads the other tails. Thegame leader flips out a coin andcalls out heads or tails. The teamwhose name is called laughs andsmiles while the other team triesto keep a sober face. Any playerswho laugh at the wrong time...
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Desserts
Dirt Pudding

Ingredients:Chocolate pudding snack packs (enough for eachboy)Large plastic cups (enough for each boy)Chocolate cookie crumbs (Oreos work well)Gummy worms (about 3 or 4 per boy)Scoop the pudding out of the pack and placeit into the plastic cup. Add cookie crumbs andgummy worms. Mix together and enjoy....
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Newspaper Hockey

Materials needed: roll of newspaper for each boy, soft rubber ball or nerf ball, two goalsPlay: Play like you would regular street hockey. Each team has a goalie. “High Sticking” resultsin a penalty....
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings
Pile it Higher and Deeper

divide players into groups of 5-6.Provide several large garbagesacks filled with clean recyclables.(cereal boxes, milk cartons,cans, corrugated cardboard, etc.)Only items from the sacks maybe used. A tower can be as wideas desired (multiple items maytouch the floor. The winningteam is the one with the tallesttower that can stand on its own...
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Chinese Lanterns

You will need: a used greeting card (or construction paper), scissors and craftglue or a glue stick.1. Cut off the front of the card. Fold it in half lengthwise so that thepicture shows.2. Make cuts that start at the folded edge but stop before the opposite edge.3. Unfold the card and glue the ends together. Hold the glued area for amoment while it dries.4. For a handle, cut a strip from the back of the card or from another cardfront....
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Paper bag Dragon

You will need: Large brown paper bag, scissors, tissuepaper, craft glue, poster paint (or crayons, or markers),paint brush, newspaper.1. Cover the table with newspaper. Cut the bag in half     on a diagonal. Cut two nostril holes in the side ofthe bag. (Actually, you’ll use these to see out.)2. Glue long strips of tissue paper onto the bag forstreamers; then paint on colorful designs. Let drycompletely before wearing your dragon costume....
Home > Resources > Girl Scouts > Daisy
Daisy Girl Scout Song - 1

I'm a Daisy, Daisy Girl Scout And I'll tell you something too, I'm a loyal lil' Girl Scout, And my color is true blue....
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Dragon Craft

What you will need:• Tempera paints, or markers in colors desired• Paintbrushes• Wide Crepe paper (at least 3 1/2” x 4”)• Narrow Crepe paper n bright colors• Scissors• Construction paper• Glue• 7” paper plate• Heavy paper (1”x7”)• StaplerHow to Make It:1. It is best to make a dragon before, so the boys can see how everythingfits together.2. To make the body of the dragon, cut a strip of wide crepe paper 31/3-4” wide and between 4 and 6 feet long.3....
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Lame Chicken

Materials needed: a 10” long stick for each boyPlay: Divide into two groups and have the boys place the sticks on theground about 10 inches apart, like the rungs on a ladder. On a signal, the firstboy on each team hops on one foot over all the sticks. He then reaches down, picks up the laststick and hops back over the other sticks. He tags the second boy, and the second boy hops overthe remaining sticks, picks up the last...
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Catch the Dragons tail

Materials needed: handkerchief, Chinese music, cassette or CD playerPlay: The boys line up in a single line, each holding onto the waist of the boy in front. The boyat the end (the tail) has a hanky hanging out of his back pocket. The boys count down together,“EM”-1, “ER”-2, “SAN”-3, “KO”-GO! The music starts and the boys walk in time to the music.When the music ends, the first person, who is the Head of the dragon, tries to catch the tail,(the...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Closing
Chinese Characters Closing

The Chinese language is both unique and beautiful. The Chinese writing system first appeared in China over 3200 years ago during the Shang Dynasty making it what is believed tobe the oldest surviving writing system.The number of Chinese characters contained inthe Kangxi dictionary is approximately 47,035.That’s a lot more than double the number of CubScouts in the largest council in America – TheGreat Salt Lake Council which has 18,080 CubScouts. Each character is important in its own respect just as each...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Opening
Chinese Olympics Opening

In a couple months, the 2008 Olympics will be held in China. Like the Five OlympicRings from which they draw their color and inspiration, the Five Friendlies will serve as theOfficial Mascots of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, carrying a message of friendship and peace-- and blessings from China -- to children all over the world.Designed to express the playful qualities of five little children who form an intimatecircle of friends, the Five Friendlies also embody the natural characteristics of four...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games
Marble Chop Suey

Materials needed: marbles, pencil or chopsticks, small bowlsPlay: Put six marbles in a small bowl. The Cub Scouts use two pencils or chopsticksand using only one hand, try to move the marble into a second bowl. Thisis a little easier if they use unsharpened pencils with erasers....
Home > Resources > Activities > Songs
Chicken dance

Chicken Dance(great to do while cubs beat arhythm)ChorusEverybody.....Do the chicken dance!I said everybody.....Do the chicken dance!Dance around like you’ve got ants inyou pants.And do the chicken dance!Verses: (any 1 person say loudly)A really old manFrom down the streetSat on a benchAnd tapped his feetHe stood upAnd gave me a glanceSo we started doingThe Chicken DanceChorus:A leprechaunHe came to me Asking“where Ireland be?”Go over the seaJust take a chanceBut before you goDo the Chicken Dance!Chorus:There was a lot of noiseComing from...
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Chinese Story

The Gate Gods: A Chinese FableMany Gods are worshiped in China, especially during the Chinese New Year. At this time ofyear many Gods are invited to be a part of their celebrations, tonight we would like to introduceyou to the Gate Gods.It was said a long time ago there grew a peach forest. The king or largest of the peach trees shadedtwo stone huts in which lived two giants who were brothers, Shen Tu and Yu Lei. Both ofthem were...
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Dinner
Fortune Cookies

Ingredients:1/2 cup sugar 2 egg whitesPinch of salt1 /4 cup melted margarine1/4 cup all purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extractPrepare 15 “fortunes” on 2 1/2 x 1/2 inch slips of paper.Preheat oven to 350 °. Butter a baking sheet.In a mixing bowl, stir the sugar into the egg whites. Add the salt.When the sugar is fully dissolved, add the margarine, flour, andvanilla and beat with a mixer until smooth.Drop the batter, 1 teaspoon at a time, on the prepared bakingsheet...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games
Chinese Wall

Materials needed: masking tape or rope, measuring tapePlay: Players line up along one side of the gym. Two parallel lines of masking tape are madedown the center of the gym about three to four feet apart. The catcher stands between the linesand tries to tag players as they try to cross the “wall”. The catcher must stay on the “wall” andplayers can only be caught when they are on the wall. If caught, players stay on the wall andhelp to...
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Alternative

1 can frozen orange juice concentrate 1 pint pineapple juice 3 ripe bananas or other fruitAdd ingredients together in pitcher. Then freeze until mixture is slushy. Spoon 2- 3 Tablespoons or more into a party glass and add ginger ale....
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Dinner
Ham Fried Rice

Ingredients:1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine or butter 8 cups cooked rice2 cups diced, cooked ham 2 Tablespoons soy sauce1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 - 4oz can mushrooms, drained and cut smaller1 teaspoon salt 2 dashes pepper 4 eggs, beatenDice ham into small pieces. Melt butter in skillet. Add ham and cook3 minutes. Add onions, salt, pepper, rice, soy sauce and mushrooms.Mix thoroughly. Stir in beaten eggs and cook about 5 minutes. Servehot. Makes about 8 servings....
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings
Chinese Dragon

Kung hei fat choy! (traditionalChinese New Year greeting). Celebrate your blue and gold withthe Chinese New Year. Make copies of the dragon on bright cardstock. Cutout the pattern and string the piecestogether with short lengths of straws forspacers and bright tissue paper streamersfor the tail. Attach to a straw or dowel andhold a parade for the audience.     ...
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Captain Zoom I

The Adventures of Captain Zoom, Space ____________ (NOUN).  Captain Zoom is a superhero who wears a/an ____________ (COLOR) cape and a/an____________ (COLOR) suit of long underwear. He has his own ____________ (ADJECTIVE) rocket ship, which takes him all over the universe. His ship is fueled by ____________ (A FOOD) mixed with ____________ (A LIQUID) and can go____________ (NUMBER) miles per...
Home > Resources > Crafts
Japanese Stuffed Paper Fish

In Japan on Children’s Day, streamers shaped like fish fly high from bamboo poles!You will need: 2 sheets of tissue paper, Used computer paper, scissors, craft glue, markers (orcrayons).1. Cut a wide-mouthed fish from 2 sheets of tissue paper.2. Squeeze a thin line of glue around the fish (leave the mouth unglued); press the 2 sheetsof tissue paper together.3. Draw on fish’s scales and eyes. Stuff the fish with torn computer paper and glue themouth closed.4. Attach a string and...
Home > Resources > Crafts
Greeting Card Ornaments

You will need: embroidery floss, used greeting cards, a cup, pencil, scissors, a ruleand craft glue.1. Fold a length of embroidery floss about 40 cm (16 inches) long in half andset it aside.2. Use the cup to trace five circles onto colorful areas of the cards. Cut themout.3. Fold each circle in half so the picture is on the inside.4. Spread glue on one of the plain halves of one of the folded circles. Presshalf of another folded circle onto...
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Recipe Holder

Materials Needed: Small precut wood shape, mini clothespin, 2 wood pieces (1 for the base and 1 for the riser), glue, finish nails and hammer. Sand all the pieces of wood to smooth the edges. For the riser use a medium sized dowel or a piece of wood approx. 1” x 3/8” x 2”. Glue the riser to the base (approx. 2” x 3 ½” x ¾”). Hammer 1 or 2 nails from the bottom side of the base into the riser. Glue the...


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Buffalo Eagle
Back to the Granite Dome !!
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12 Nov 2009 | 9:20 pm

Melrose Productions
MSPP #77: "A Century Of Values" Open House Part 1
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Scouts In Action


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Thoughts to Ponder


On The Trail

Once a long time ago a hound was out with his master trailing a mountain lion. The hound came to a place where a fox had crossed the trail, and the hound decided to follow the fox instead of the lion.

A short time later, a rabbit crossed that of the fox, and again the hound changed direction. Why should he chase a fox when a rabbit might be easier to catch?

When the hunter finally caught up with his hound, the dog was barking at a small hole in the ground. The hound had brought to bay a field mouse instead of a mountain lion.

Well, how about you? Have you set out on a trail to achieve your ambition? Are you able to follow it, or are you sidetracked by easier trails that cross it from time to time?

Don't be like that hound. Find out what it takes to achieve your ambition, and then get started. The best way to achieve anything in life is to set a true course for it and then stick to that trail.


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