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January 2012

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Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Bobcat
Wild Den Of Bobcats
Props needed: Top Hat, cape or a cane, bobcat name tags Ladies and Gentlemen of the Big Top. May I have your attention, please! In the center Ring, we now have Cub Scout _______boy’s name. He has shown his parent that he is qualified to receive this ________ badge. But... he must still pass this daring feat of courage. He must pass the den of Bobcats. Without being scratched or his clothing torn to bits or fainting from the...

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Frijoles Con Cerveza
1 lb Beans, black; dried 6 c Water 12 oz Beer 1 ts Garlic powder 1 ts Salt 1 Cilantro, fresh; chopped 1 Sour cream Sort beans, and rinse thoroughly. Combine beans and water in a Dutch oven; let sit overnight. Bring bean mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 2 hours. Add beer, garlic powder, and salt to bean mixture; stir well. Cook beans an additional 30 minutes. Sprinkle cilantro over beans; serve with sour cream...

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Pocket Shrink Art
In the grocery store are many hard plastic containers. Most of them have a symbol in what type of plastic they are. (This symbol is found usually on the bottom in a triangle. Especially in the bakery section, watch for the 6 types of plastic. If you happen to buy something in this type of plastic, cut out the flat, clear parts, and save it. This is shrink art plastic! Yes, you can buy it at craft stores, but that’s...

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File Gumbo
1 1/2 c Onion, chopped 1/2 Green pepper, chopped 1/2 c Celery, chopped 3 cl Garlic, pressed Peanut oil 1 lb Fresh okra, 1/2" slices 2 T Flour 1 Can whole/crushed tomatoes 1/2 Slice chopped smoked ham 1/2 ts Basil 1/2 ts Thyme 3 Bay leaves 1 T File powder (sassafras powder) 2 Cans chicken stock 1 Can beef stock 1/2 lb Bay scallops 1/2 lb Fresh shrimp Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 ts Worchestershire sauce 1 ts Tobasco...

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Clown In A Box
Cut toe of sock and stuff with rags, nylons, paper, etc. Insert tube, gather sock around it and tie. For the nose, pull a bit of sock to one side and tie with string. Paint on a face or sew on scrap materials for the features. Make a costume with hands. Add a ruffle around the neck and attach the head to the costume. Get a small box that is just large enough to put a hand in and cut out the bottom...

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Feijoada Latin Style
1 lb Black beans 6 c Water 1 lb Ham cubes -- 3/4 inch cubes 1 lb Pork loin -- 3/4 inch cubes 3/4 lb Italian sausage links -- cut in 1" pieces 1 pt Cherry tomatoes 1 Onion -- chopped 1 ts Red pepper flakes 6 Garlic cloves -- minced 1/8 ts Orange zest 1. Cover beans with cold water and soak overnight, or cover them with boiling water and let stand for 2 hours; drain. 2. Preheat oven...

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Dancing Bear
Use thin wood or heavy cardboard. Use brass paper holders as hinges for the leg. Drill holes in feet to attach clothes hangers. Make the bear dance, balance on the ball, chase the ball, or balance on his nose...

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2 lb Dried black beans 1 TB Vegetable oil 4 c Chopped onion 3/4 lb Turkey Polish kielbasa, Cut Into 1/2-Inch Cubes 4 LG Garlic cloves; minced 2 ts Ground cumin 6 c Water 1 ts Salt 1/4 ts Pepper 1 Bay leaf 1/2 c Red wine vinegar 1/2 ts Hot sauce Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans, and bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes. Remove from...

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Salt Box Clown
Cover saltbox with construction paper using glue or tape. Cut hole in top large enough for the neck of the light bulb. Glue in place. Paint (enamel) face on. Glue or tape ears. Cut strips of construction paper for arms and legs. Bend ends of legs up to form feet. The hat can be egg cup or cone. Glue crepe paper ruffle around the neck. Buttons can be cotton balls or real buttons. Put hand inside saltbox to move...

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Downeast Baked Beans
1 lb White Beans **; Dry 1/4 lb Salt Pork; Diced 1 ts Dry Mustard 1/2 c Molasses; Full Flavored 2 TB Dark Rum Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper; To Taste Put beans in a large pot with enough water to cover by about 2 inches. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to a medium and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Drain beans, reserving the cooking liquid, then transfer beans to a 2-quart bean pot or Dutch...

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Button Nose Clown
Materials: Felt, yarn, pompoms, glue, and scissors. 1. Cut out a circle from felt. In the center of the circle, cut a slit that is large enough for a shirt button to go through. 2. Glue on pieces of yarn and felt to make a clown face, hair, and hat. (Do not give the clown a nose.) 3. Button the clown to your shirt through the slit in its face. The button will be the clown’s nose...

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Dilled French Lentil Stew
1 TB Olive Oil 1 c Chopped Leeks; White Part Only 1/4 c Finely Chopped Carrot 3 Garlic Cloves; minced 1/2 c French Lentils 1/2 c Green Or Brown Lentils 1/4 c Red Lentils 5 c Water 1 Bay Leaf 1 c Eight Vegetable Juice 1 TB Minced Fresh Dill Weed 1 ds Freshly Ground Black Pepper Heat the oil in a nonstick Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring often, until the leeks are wilted and...

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The LookAround Clown
Materials: Plastic drinking cup (colored), plastic foam ball, ice cream stick, felt, rickrack, chenille sticks, glue, and scissors. 1. Dip an ice cream stick in glue and push it into the center of a plastic foam ball. 2. Poke a hole in the center of the bottom of the drinking cup, large enough so the stick can turn around. 3. Decorate the head and body with pieces of felt, rickrack, and chenille sticks. 4. Put the ice cream stick into...

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Crock of Beans
1 lb (1 1/2 cups) diced bacon 1 bn Chopped green onions (all Parts, about 1 cup) 12 oz Bottle of beer 1 c Light stock 1 c Barbecue sauce (of your choice) 1 lb (about 6 cups) cooked white Beans Salt and pepper 3/4 c Bread crumbs Preheat the oven to 350. In a medium dutch oven cook the bacon until crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the green onions and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in the beer,...

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Circus Animal Masks
Lions, tigers, monkeys, elephants, and bears can be a part of acts for Under the Big Top. These animal masks are made with brown grocery sacks as the base. Eyes, ears, etc., from colored construction paper, are glued on. To prepare the bags, slit up about 4” at the four corners of the bag’s open end. Slip bag on the boy’s head. The clipped portions will fit down his back, on his shoulders, and onto his chest. Cut off the...

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Creole-style Beans and Rice 2
2 ts Oil 1 c Chopped celery 1 MD Onion; chopped 1 sm Red or green bell pepper; ch 2 Jalapeno peppers; seeded/fin 16 oz No-salt-added tomato sauce 1 can Red beans; drained, rinsed 15.5-oz. can 1 can Black beans; drained, rinsed 15 oz. can 1 can Ready-to-serve vegetable bro 14-1/2 oz. can 1/2 c Long-grain white rice 1/4 lb To 1/2 t. hot pepper sauce Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat until hot. Add...

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Soda Bottle Bird Feeder
Materials: • 1 piece 1” X %” X 6” pine strip • 1 piece 1” X 2” X 6” pine perch support Hardware and miscellaneous: • 1 plastic soda bottle - 2-liter size • screw eyes, small size • 3 brass screws #6, %” long • Wood glue or Silicone clue • 1 piece l/4” wood dowel 4’ long • Tools Requires: • Drill • Heavy scissors • Screwdriver • Coping saw or Saber saw Directions: 1. Soak the...

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Creole Style Beans and Rice 1
2 ts Oil 1 c Chopped celery 1 MD Onion, chopped 1 sm Red or green bell pepper, chopped 2 Jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped 16 oz No salt added tomato sauce 15 1/2 oz Can red beans, rinsed 15 oz Can black beans, rinsed 14 1/2 oz Can vegetable broth 1/2 c Uncooked long-grain rice 1/2 ts Hot red pepper sauce Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat until hot. Add celery, onion,...

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Ant Home
Materials: one-gallon jar or large peanut butter jar, soil, and an anthill, black paper. 1. Fill a one-gallon far with soil. Find an anthill and put as many of the ants and as much of the surrounding debris in the jar as you can collect. 2. Place some cotton over the dirt and pour a little water in the ant jar every several days. 3. Put the lid with small holes in it back on the jar and cover...

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Creole Beans with Rice
1 lb Dried red beans 1/2 lb Salt pork 3 c Chopped onions 1 c Chopped fresh parsley 1 c Chopped green pepper 2 cl Garlic - pressed 1 TB Salt 1 ts Red pepper 1 ts Freshly ground black pepper 3 ds Tabasco sauce 1 TB Worchestershire sauce 1 can Tomato sauce (8oz) 1/4 ts Oregano 1/4 ts Thyme 2 lb Smoked sausage - cut in bite-size pieces Hot cooked Rice Sort and wash beans. Soak overnight in...

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Summertime cushion for picnics or backyard fun! This is a GREAT project. Materials: 12 double pages of newspaper Preparations: Start at one side of double-page, make a 2 %” fold, and crease well. Continue folding paper over and over until you have one strip. Fold all 12 pages the same way. Weaving: Layout 6 strips side by side. Beginning approximately 4” from one side, weave the remaining 6 strips of paper in and out. Leave a 4” tail of...

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Cowpoke Beans
1 lb Dried pinto beans 2 1/2 c Cold water 1/2 lb Salt pork, cut up 1 red chili pepper 1 medium onion - chopped 1 Clove of garlic - minced 1 can Tomato paste - 6 oz. 1 1/2 tb Chili powder 1 ts Salt 1 ts Cumin seed 1/2 ts Marjoram Wash and pick over beans; put in mixing bowl. Cover beans with cold water and soak overnight. The next morning, put beans and water into the Dutch oven and...

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Sawdust Skeeter Scat
A household funnel forms an effective mold for this skeeter scat. The funnel is filled with sawdust that has been previously mixed with Sobo or similar glue. Thin lubricating oil is then added to this mixture. Colors may be obtained by adding a small amount of vegetable dye. The inside of the funnel should be coated with Vaseline to prevent the mixture from sticking. The mixture is carefully pushed into the funnel and, when dry, is removed from the mold...

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Cowboy Pinto Beans
1 1-lb package dried pinto beans, sorted and rinsed 6 Slices bacon 2 LG Onions, chopped 2 Cloves garlic, Finely chopped 1 TB Dried oregano leaves 1 TB Chil1 powder 1 ts Salt 1 ts Ground cumin 3 c Water 1 can (15-oz) tomato sauce 1/3 c Firmly packed light-brown sugar In large bowl, place beans and add water to cover 2 inches above them; set aside to soak overnight. Or, to quick soak, place beans and water in 5-quart...

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Paper Bag Kite
For the kite, use a brown paper grocery bag with a rectangular bottom. Cut a piece of cardboard the same size as the bottom. Cut an oval shape in the center of the cardboard. Using the cardboard as a pattern, cut a matching hole in the bottom of the bag. Punch a hole in each corner of the cardboard piece. Attach a long piece of string to each corner, Glue cardboard to the bottom of the bag, matching the oval openings. Take all...

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Chuck Wagon Beans
2 lb Dry pinto beans (about 5 cups) Water 1/2 lb Salt pork; cut in chunks (optional) 2 ts Salt (up to 5) 1/4 ts Black ground pepper Search beans for tooth-breaking pebbles. Wash beans well with water to remove dust and soak overnight in plenty of clean water or cover beans with boiling water, cover with a lid and let stand 1 hour to soak. Place beans in a large Dutch oven, cover with additional water, add salt pork, cover...

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The Friendship Star
This is similar to a snowflake, but more fun because you can color it. You will need an 8x4 square piece of light to medium weight white paper, a pencil, a small pair of sharp scissors, and colored markers or crayons. Fold the piece of paper so that the unfolded comer is at the top, on the left-hand side. Divide paper into thirds. Fold the first third toward the front and over the center third. Fold the last third...

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Chili Beans and Pasta
4 c; water 1 lb Dried great northern beans 1 MD Onion; chopped about 1/2 cup 2 Cloves garlic; finely chop. 1 TB Chili powder 1 ts Salt; optional 1 can Tomatoes (28 oz); undrained 1 c Small macaroni shells (3 oz) 1 c Monterey jack or cheddar ch. 4 oz. 1/2 c Green onions with tops; sliced Heat water and beans to boiling in a Dutch oven. Boil 2 minutes; remove from heat Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain...

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Coffee Can Planter
You need a coffee can and 25 to 30 ice cream or crafts sticks. If sticks are too long for the can, tape them together in a stack, and cut with a saw to fit. Use a small paintbrush to apply glue to can, then lay on sticks. Cut sticks to make lattice (the curved top is made up of small sections). Fill with dirt and plant a small sprig of ivy or another climbing plant. For Wolf elective 3...

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Charro Beans Frijoles Charros
2 lb Dried pinto beans 1/2 MD Onion 30 ml Garlic 1/4 c Pinch of Herbs seasoning 2 pk (1 lb ea) bacon -- cut in 1-inch pieces 3 LG Tomatoes -- chopped 1 MD Onion -- chopped 6 Serrano chiles -- chopped Place beans in a 12-quart Dutch oven. Add water until pot is 3/4 full. Add onion half, garlic cloves, and herb seasoning. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer 1 hour 15 minutes, or until beans are tender. Remove...

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Handpainted Cards
For these two types of hand-printed cards, you will need blocks of wood about %’ thick., heavy string, sponge, an ink pad or acrylic paint, any type of paper. Always place the card to be printed on a pad of newspapers. String Cards: Use a block of wood the size of your design. Trace the design onto the wood and outline with a string that has been dipped in glue. Use straight pins to hold the design in place at any...

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Caraotas Negras Black Beans
1 1/2 c Black beans; picked over 5 c Cold water 2 TB Lard or butter 2 Garlic cloves; minced 3 Fresh epazote sprigs Salt; to taste Freshly-ground black pepper; to taste Soak black beans in enough cold water to cover by 3 inches overnight. Drain. Combine beans, water, lard, garlic and epazote in a heavy large Dutch oven over high heat. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beans are very tender and creamy about 2 hours. Season to...

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Pufferfish Pinata
Supplies: • Newspaper Spoon • Large balloon Paint • Plastic bowl Paintbrush • White craft glue Pin • Water Candy/Toys • Small drill Blindfold • Wire or string Broom/stick Note: this is a messy project, so prepare some workspace prior to starting. Begin the project by tearing off long strips of newspaper, blowing up the balloon, and mixing the white craft glue in the bowl with some water to make a thin paste. (Try a mixture of half glue and...

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Budget Red Beans and Rice
1/2 lb Dry kidney beans, rinsed 1/2 lb Dry pinto beans, rinsed 4 c Water 4 c Chicken broth 2 Garlic cloves, minced 2 Bay leaves 1 can Tomatoes with liquid, chopped (14 1/2 oz) 1 Jar (4 oz) chopped pimiento, drained 1 LG Green pepper, chopped 1 LG Onion, chopped 1 c Celery, chopped 1 can diced green chiles (4 oz.) 1/4 c Snipped fresh parsley 1/4 ts 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 ts 1/4...

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Mexican Fish Yarn Painting
• Cardboard • Pencils, crayons or markers • Yarn or embroidery floss of various colors, cut in 6” lengths • White craft glue Draw a circle in the middle of your piece of cardboard. In the middle of the circle, draw the outline of a fish. Draw other fish, ocean creatures, seaweed, and shapes in the area outside of the circle. Spread glue on the body of the fish drawing in the center of the circle. Place pieces of yarn...

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Blackeyed Peas and Pork Gumbo
16 oz (1) pkg dried black beans; 1 MD Size green pepper; chopped 1/4 c Onion; divided chopped 2 1/2 c Qts water; divided 2 cl Garlic; minced 1/2 ts Dried whole oregano; 1/4 ts Ground cumin; 3 tb Vinegar; 1 ts Salt; 3 c Rice; cooked hot cooked without salt/fat Sort and wash beans. Combine beans, green pepper, and 2 TB onion in a large Dutch Oven. Cover with 6 cups of water, and soak overnight. Add the remaining 4...

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Paper Bag Pinata
Materials: • Paper grocery bags • Stapler • Scissors • Tissue paper wrapping paper • Glue sticks or white glue • Thin string or yarn • Candy and/or small toys Decorate the paper bag with strips of tissue paper. Create your own design! Fill the paper bag about half full with goodies. Fold the top edges over and staple closed. Poke a couple of holes in the top seam. Run the string or yarn through the holes and tie into...
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
  • 1 can pineapple (6 oz)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 square margarine
  • 2 yellow cake mixes, or 3 golden pound cake mixes

Mix cake mixes according to directions.

Line the Dutch Oven with aluminum foil, place oven onto the heat, level it, and melt the margarine in the oven. When melted, add the brown sugar, then the pineapple slices, then the pecans. This will be the glaze.

Pour cake on top of the glaze. This dessert doesn't require much heat on the bottom, just enough to brown the glaze - about 8 briquets should be plenty. Bake for approximately 25 minutes. Check it every 15 minutes and when golden brown, test it to see if it is done. If it is, take off the heat and lift the cake out of the oven by the aluminum foil. Put a pan or board on it and then turn it over quickly so that the glaze is on top. Remove the foil.


Navy Bean Stew

1 lb Dry navy beans
4 qt Water; divided
1 1/2 lb Italian sausage; cut into 1/4"
2 can (14 1/2 oz) chicken broth
2 c Onion; chopped
1 1/2 c Carrots; thinly sliced
1 can (15 Ounce) whole kernel corn
1 TB Minced parsley
1 1/2 ts Italian seasoning

Soak beans in 2 quarts of water overnight; drain. Place in a large saucepan and add the remaining water. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 min. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 60-70 minutes or until beans are tender. Drain. In a Dutch oven, brown sausage. Add broth, onion, carrots, corn, parsley, Italian season, and beans. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 min. Uncover and bake 30 minutes longer or until bubbly. Yield: 8-10 servings.


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