June 2010 Newsletter

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June 28, 2010

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There has been an ongoing problem here at InsaneScouter with emails not getting through. This is normal to a point but our bounce rate is pretty high. Also, I have noticed some days I get almost no email, and with the number of mailing lists, etc that I am on I know emails are not getting through. The only solution I know of to fix the problems with sending and receiving email is to set up my own mail server. The problem is to do this will require at least a VPS costing $130 a month. The only way I can come up with to raise these funds would be to offer a Scouting based paid Gmail like service or beg for donations. Does anyone else have suggestions?

Will you help me? My new(ish) site http://roadceo.com is up and working. RoadCEO is devoted to all outdoor travelers. The site focuses around two main elements a blog and a database of recreational properties such as campgrounds, attractions, and trails. It would be really cool if you would create an account, log in, and add any properties you know about. There are a ton of data items you can add about a property but only title, details, and GPS coordinates (which can be set by clicking on the map) are required.

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Penguins and Polar Bears
1-10 small wooden game pieces or bowling pin shapes (Look for shapes at craft stores orthrift stores from old games.)• Black paint• White paint• Orange Paint (for beak and feet on penguin)• Small paint brush• Medium small paint brushPaint the wooden pieces as illustrated for either penguin or polar bear. Line them up in theclassic bowling position and shoot marbles at them for a fun mini bowling game. Or draw tictac-toe squares and use the pieces in place of X’s...
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Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Closing
BOOM!! SIZZLE!! Oooh! Aaah! Don’t you just love a good fireworks display on the Fourthof July? The colors are so beautiful, lighting up the night sky. But did you ever stop to thinkhow boring it would be if all the fireworks were exactly the same? You’d have to sit there inyour lawn chair for 20 minutes watching one after the other, every single one being red or yellowor green. You’d be ready to go home in just a little while....
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Discover America Skit
CAST:LOUWEEGEE NAVIGATORCHRISTO MARIOANTONIO LOUIE the LOOKOUTGENO INDIAN (in appropriate costume)PROPS: Table, Map, and Telescope. Cast are dressed in sailor costumes.Boats, if desiredNARRATOR: Scene 1. Christopher Columbus and his sailors are standing by their ship talking.LOUWEEGEE: Hey Christopher, I hear you are going on a trip.CHRISTO: How many times do I have to tell you Louweegee, I did not trip!LOUWEEGEE: No, no. I mean in the boat.CHRISTO: Yea. We’re going to saaa-ail away.ANTONIO: We’re going to take three boats.GENO: We’re taking...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Closing
Baden-Powell had a vision which he made come true, So that we enjoy Scouting and have fun while we do.He wasn't an American But he's famous to usHe has earned in America our admiration and trust.May the spirit of Scouting be with both young and old,As we never forget the blue and the gold.May you strive for truth and spirituality in the warm sunlight from the sky above,May you bring good cheer and happiness to othersAnd have steadfast loyalty and love....
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Bragging Fisherman Skit
CAST:6 Cub ScoutsPROPS: Stools (for fishermen to sit on)Fishing polesSETTING: 6 fishermen sitting on stools by a lake, hanging their poles in the water. Headsdroop until it’s time for them to speak their line.1st Fisherman: Not bad for a day.2nd Fisherman: Not bad. When we lived in Texas, we caught them as big as eight inches.1st Fisherman: 8 inches? Why I’ve caught them over 20 inches long right here in this verypond.2nd Fisherman: Who’s talking long? In Texas, we measure...
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Bugs and Things
You can learn a lot about life by watching insects. Have you ever taken time towatch a colony of ants? They are always busy, working together, doing what needs tobe done without complaining. The Greek writer, Aesop, told a story about the ants and thegrasshopper. All summer long the ants worked hard to gather and store food for the winter.Meanwhile, the grasshopper wasted its time, playing and singing in the long grass. In the fall,when the rain came and the...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Opening
Rocket's Red Glare Opening
I Will…1st Cub -This is my country I will use my eyes to see the beauty of this land.2nd Cub - I will use my ears to hear its sounds.3rd Cub - I will use my mind to think what I can do to make it more beautiful.4th Cub - I will use my hands to serve it and care for it.5th Cub - And with my heart, I will honor it....
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Soup Skit
Customer: Waiter! Waiter! There's a fly in my soup!Waiter: (Enters, very snooty, and peers in the soup.) Oh, yes. You are right sir. That will be an extra 25cents for the meat.Customer: But waiter, he's swimming all over the top!Waiter: (Still snooty.) You are right. He doesn't know he's a fly, sir. He's doing the butterfly stroke.Customer: Well, I think he must be an Australian.Waiter: Why do you say that, sir?Customer: BECAUSE HE'S DOWN UNDER NOW!...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Opening
Echo Opening
Recently I heard a story of a family on vacation. They were traveling by car on a grand touracross the country. At one point, they stopped at a scenic overlook, which stood at the edge of asteep-walled canyon. Some people at the overlook were havingfun, yelling into the canyon and listening for the many echoescoming back.“The youngest member of the family had never encountered anecho like that before, where more than one reply came back. Hekept shouting all different kinds...
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The Litterbug
CHARACTERS:     PAPER          Crackle-Crackle                                 TRASH           Dump-Dump                                 CANS              Clatter-Clatter                                 LITTERBUG   Toss and ThrowNARRATOR:      God put bugs in this world for many reasons.He made them able to survive in every kind of season.But the pesky LITTERBUG with his PAPER and CAN,was made through neglected TRASH by the foolish person.To keep America beautiful, get rid of the LITTERBUG,so beach goers can again lounge on a clean sandy rug.Because of this pest, we must wallow around,in PAPER and CANS and TRASH...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Opening
Nature opening ceremony
It is exciting to learn about animals, birds, insects, flowers, trees, rocks, soil, weather, waterand stars! Nature is everywhere all the time---in cities, in the woods and fields, in the winter,spring, summer, and fall. Nature is not confined by time and place--- it iseverywhere.But where to begin? How to begin? All you need to start is an inquiring mind ---and eyes, ears, nose, and hands. Use all senses to gather information from the worldabout you. In the beginning we might...
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Remembering Pearl Harbor Skit
1ST CUB:         Around 750 AD, the Polynesians discovered the Hawaii Islands and gave themtheir name.2ND CUB:        The British explorer, Captain James Cook discovered the islands in 1778. Herenamed them The Sandwich Islands after Britain’s Earl of Sandwich.3RD CUB:        In 1813, the first pineapple plants were introduced from Spain.4TH CUB:        The first contract laborers from Japan arrived in 1885 to work on thesugar cane plantations.5TH CUB:        In 1892, Macadamia nut trees are first planted in Hawaii.1ST...
Home > Resources > Activities > Skits
Happiness is - Misery is (skit)
CAST:2 to 8 Cub Scouts, or more. (Cubs alternate, first boy says, “HAPPINESSis…,” second boy says, “MISERY is…”)PROPS: Hold up cards or cardboard cutouts (painted) of smiling and sad faces that boys can makethemselves.1ST CUB: HAPPINESS IS…hearing your Dad has won an all expense paid trip to Hawaii.2ND CUB: MISERY IS…when you find out that the trip is for two and you have to stay home with ababy-sitter.1ST CUB: HAPPINESS IS…when your Dad drives you to school in his brand...
Home > Resources > Activities > Songs
(Tune: Supercalifragilsticexpialidocious)Superwavehawaiiansurfer, expert of theocean.Even though the most of themDo not use suntan lotion.When they hit the waves too hardThey always cause a motion.Superwavehawaiiansurfer, expert of theocean.Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddlelie,Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddlelie.Because I was afraid to surfWhen I was just a lad,My father took my board awayAnd told me I was bad.But then one day I learned the wordThat everybody knows,The biggest word you’ve ever heardAnd this is how it goes…Superwavehawaiiansurfer, expert of theocean. Even though...
Home > Resources > Activities > Skits
Water Skit
Over to one side of the "stage" area, there is aglass of water. One by one a scoutapproaches and crawls across from theopposite side of the "stage" area, toward theglass, exclaiming "Water, water!" Each scoutstops short of the glass and "collapses downdead" a little closer to the glass than theprevious one. When the last person finally isable to reach the cup, he pulls a toothbrushout of his pocket, dips it in the glass, andbegins brushing his teeth. (Variation-the lastboy dips...
Home > Resources > Activities > Songs
The Scout's Winter Song
Tune: If you're happy and you know itIf you have a cold and you know it blow your noseIf you have a cold and you know it blow your noseIf you really have a cold, then grab just one of thoseIf you really have a cold blow your nose.If you're a Scout and you know it say 'Do Your Best'If you're a Scout and you know it say 'Do Your Best'If you're a Scout and you know it, then your...
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Desserts
Banana Rocket
Ingredients:BananaRed or green apple slices and chunks (do not peel)Canned whipped toppingRed sugar sprinklesCut 2 inches of the end of a banana and discard or eat. Cut in half lengthwise. Lay each pieceflat side down on a blue paper plate. Lay 2 apple slices near the bottom of each banana with oneend touching the banana and the other end pointing down (fins). Place small apple chunks downthe banana for windows. Right before serving, put the whipped cream at the bottom...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games
Spray Capture The Flag
Materials needed: Spray bottles for each player, plenty of waterballoons, plenty of towels.Play: Divide players into two teams, each of which must defend a flag(in this case a water balloon) while trying to capture (and stomp on) theopposing team’s flag. Instead of tagging opposite players to “freeze”them, you squirt them with a spray bottle. And, because this is a cool off game, to release yourteam mates from a “freeze”, you have to squirt them again!...
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Desserts
Rolling Tin Can Ice Cream
Ingredients:¾ cup milk1 cup whipping cream1/3 cup sugar½ tsp. vanillaOptional, add crushed fruit.You need an empty 1 pound and an empty 3 pound can with lids. Mix the ingredients in the 1pound can. Secure the plastic lid on the can. Place the 1 pound can inside the larger 3 pound can.Add ice and salt (most of the time more is better) Put the plastic lid on the large can. (secure thelid with duct tape if you like) Roll the can...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games
Uncle Sam
Play: Designate one player to be IT (“Uncle Sam”). All other players standon one side of an marked area with IT in the middle. The players chant“Uncle Sam, Uncle Sam may we cross your waterland.” IT replies, “Notunless you have the color --- (Red on, or brown eyes, or black hair, etc.).”Anyone having that color gets a free pass across the area to the opposite side.After the free passes have gone, those without the color, run across trying to avoid...
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Desserts
Oreo Ladybug
Ingredients2 OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies4 tsp. red-tinted vanilla frosting2 tsp. miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips2 Mini OREO Bite Size Chocolate Sandwich Cookies4 pieces black string licorice (1 inch)SPLIT large OREO Cookies leaving filling on 1 side of each cookie.Cut sides with filling in half to make "ladybug's wings." Spread plainside of each wing with frosting. Press chocolate chips into red frostingfor "spots."SECURE wings, red frosting sides up and rounded edges out, to topsof remaining plain cookie halves with additional frosting, separatingwings...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games
Patriotic Colors
Play: The Cubs are sitting in a circle.One Cub is designated asUncle Sam. Uncle Sam stands inthe middle of the circle and points to a player and calls "red" the player has to name anobject that is red (tomato, fire engine, etc.…) before Uncle Sam can count to 10 out loud. Thesame object cannot be repeated. If the player fails to think of an object before Uncle Sam hascounted to ten, the two switch places. Use the patriotic colors of...
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Lunch
Tortilla Wheels
Ingredients:Large tortillasSoft cream cheeseThin sliced hamAmerican cheese singlesGrated carrotSpread cream cheese on a tortilla. Top with sliced ham and cheese. Sprinkle with grated carrot.Roll up tortilla tightly and slice into 6 slices....
Home > Resources > Activities > Games
Hula Wheel Game
Materials needed:One Hula hoop for each team, items for each obstaclecourse, one rubber bike handlePlay:Set up identical obstacle courses for each team. Divide the playersinto equal teams. Give each team a hula hoop (wheel) and a rubber bikehandle to turn it with. The first player on each team must turn the hulawheel through the course in the same fashion the pioneers played with their metal wheel rims,using the rubber bike handle. Once through the course, the player runs with the...


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Thoughts to Ponder


Fourth of July

Everybody loves the Fourth of July. In many communities it's a time for parades, fireworks, ball games and picnics.

Real fun! But we ought not to forget what the Fourth of July really is - the birthday of our country - because that's when the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776, over 200 years ago. Here's a trick question for you. How many stars were in the US flag on the first Fourth of July? You're probably going to say 13, because there were 13 colonies in America then, but that's wrong.

In fact, there weren't any stars in the flag. The colonists were using the Grand Union Flag, which used the British union symbol and 13 red and white stripes. You can see a picture of it in your Official Boy Scout Handbook.

Stars representing the states first appeared in the US flag 11 years later. Since then, starts have been added each time states have joined the union.

Today we honor this emblem of our country with its 50 stars and 13 stripes because it is the symbol of the nation's unity. We use flag ceremonies so often that it's easy to forget what the flag means and what the Fourth of July means in this country's history.

Now I'm going to ask our honor patrol to retire the colors. As they do it, let's think about the brave men who signed the Declaration of Independence and the love of country they passed on to us.



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