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InsaneScouter Newsletter Sept 2011


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September 2011

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Wow! Is it newsletter time already? Things at InsaneScouter are going swimmingly – we hope this newsletter finds you in the same situation!

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FIESTA Opening
You’ll need 6 cards with one letter on the front and the appropriate words printed on the back. F Fun is in the air. I It’s too exciting to sit in a chair. E Eagerly we are led. S Sombrero—it’s on my head. T Tacos, tostadas, let’s not wait. A All are good—let’s celebrate!...

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Ill Sing You Jam O
I'll sing you jam O Green grow the rushes O What is your jam O Jam is jam and all the same And ever more shall be so I'll sing you beans O Green grow the rushes O What is your jam O Pork and beans in a little round tin Sauce on top and in between Also Marg marg margarine Prunes in a sea of custard Roast beef cooked in a baby's bath< Cocoa in the evening Enos after...

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Flag Opening
Arrangement: Pack flag is placed in center of stage. Ten Cub Scouts in uniform, in turn, come on stage, stand near the pack flag and recite one of the statements below. Upon finishing, each Cub Scout salutes the pack flag and steps back. Cub 1: May I grow in character and ability as I grow in size. Cub 2: May I be honest with myself and others in what I do and say.Cub 3: May I learn and practice my...

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Id Rather Have Fingers Than Toes
Tune: Grand Old Duke of York I'd rather have fingers than toes, I'd rather have eyes than a nose, And as for my hair, Well, I'm glad that its there, I'll be sorry some day when it goes....

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Six Ships of Scouting
Six Cub Scouts appear in sailor's hats. They carry pieces of poster board cut out in the shape of ships. In large print are the words representing the six 'ships" of Scouting.Cubmaster: Tonight, we are going to tell you about the six ships of Scouting. These are the ships that guide us through life. 1st Mate: SCHOLAR-SHIP. This ship is very important on the sea of education. Her flag bears the symbols of the letter "A!', and a plus sign...

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Id Do Anything
I'd do anything for you, dear, anything For you mean everything to me I know that I'd go anywhere for your smile, anywhere For your smile everywhere I'd see Let the clouds of grey come along Surely they won't stay very long If you'll say --- You're mine alone I'd risk everything for one kiss everything Yes, I'd do anything, anything for you...

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The Cub Scout Promise Pyramid
Preparations: Cut out 4 large triangles from a sheet of poster board. Write the words: “Duty to God” on one, “Duty to Country” on the second, “Helping Others” on the third, and “Do Your Best” on the fourth. Have 4 boys stand in front of the audience, each holding one of the triangles. LEADER: The ancient Egyptians believed in the power of the pyramids. They believed that the pyramid could bring healing and spiritual powers. The pyramids were an important...

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I Zicka Zimba
I zicka zimba, zimba, zimba I zicka zimba, zimba, hey I zicka zimba, zimba, zimba I zicka zimba, zimba, hey Hold him down, you Zulu Warrior Hold him down, you Zulu chief Chief chief chief......

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Cowboys Philosophy Opening
CUB #1: We, the cowboys of the western plains are bound by our desire to live free. CUB #2: We must, therefore, show respect for our fellow man, CUB #3: Respect for his beliefs, Respect for his belongings, Respect for his privacy, Respect for the ground he walks on and the air he breathes. CUB #4: In doing so, we show respect for ourselves. CUB #5: And secure freedom for all....

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I Wish I Were A Little Bar Of Soap
Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It Oh I wish I were a little bar of soap Oh I wish I were a little bar of soap Oh I'd slippy and I'd slidey over everybody's hidy Oh I wish I were a little bar of soap Oh I wish I were a little mosquito Oh I wish I were a little mosquito Oh I'd bitty and I'd bitey under everybody's nighty Oh I wish I were a little mosquito...

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This Land Of Mine Opening
This is my land and I love it, A country of lakes and of streams, Of mountains and wind-swept prairies, A land where the sunlight gleams. It’s a land that was settled by heroes, The venturesome, brave pioneers. It stands as a symbol of freedom, That will greater grow through the years. This is the land that I cherish… It stands as a guiding star… For those who, tired and discouraged, Have come here from countries afar. It’s a land...

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I Wish I Was
Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It Oh, I wish I was a little stripe-ed skunk Oh, I wish I was a little stripe-ed skunk I would sit up in the tree-sies, and perfume all the breezies Oh, I wish I was a little stripe-ed skunk 2. Mosquito-Oh, I'd itchy and I'd bitey, under everybody's nighty 3. Cake of Soap-Oh, I'd slippy and I'd slidey over every-body's hidey 4. Fishy in the Sea-Oh, wouldn't I look cute, without my...

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Treat
Pass out a few small treats to the audience. Each time they hear the word that indicates some direction they move the treat to the person closest to them in that direction. A few could be bigger or wrapped to appear more special. Right Left In Front Behind The Cub Scout year is filled with such fun. Right at the end of the summer the pack has a grand round-up to invite new cubs into the pack. After the Webelos...

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I Whistle A Happy Tune
Whenever I feel afraid, I hold my head erect And whistle a happy tune, so no one will suspect I'm afraid While shivering in my shoes, I strike a careless pose And whistle a happy tune, and no one ever knows I'm afraid The result of this deception is very strange to tell For when I fool the people I fear, I fool myself as well! I whistle a happy tune and every single time The happiness in the tune...

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Circus Closing Act
A den of Cubs in costumes, to represent acts in the circus, parade in and say their lines. The Ringmaster asks audience to guess what each boy is. We bring you now these circus characters from near and far, listen to their stories and guess just who they are. It’s evident that although I am a cat, you never would call me kitty. I’m a king of renown with a mane for a clown, and my roar is tremendous not...

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I Want To Linger
I want to linger a little longer. A little longer with you. It's such a perfect night. It doesn't seem quite right. That this should be Our last with you. Come next September We will remember Our camping days And friendships true. And as the years go by, We'll think of you and sigh. It's not good-bye It's just goodnight. (Slowly) I want to linger A little longer A little longer with you....

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The Lion Tamer 2
Cast: Ringmaster, Lion Tamer, 5 Lions Props: Hula hoop (wrapped with crepe paper flame), whip, cap pistol, water pistol, applause sign, 5 boxes of stools for lions, costumes or signs with Lion names. Ringmaster: Ladies & Gentlemen! I am proud to present “The Great Gonzales and his fierce man—eating lions, fresh from the jungles of Africa! (Holds up applause sign as Lion Tamer enters.) Lion Tamer: (Bowing): Thank you! Thank you! Now I will introduce my pets. (He cracks whip)...

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I Want To Be Strong
Chorus: Oh I want to be strong, To be, strong as the land around me, I want a heart that's as wide as the sky I want a spirit like a moving mountain stream, I want to look people, straight in the eye. Walking along beneath a canopy of clouds. Feeling like a stranger in the midst of a crowd. I know that something great is calling me out loud. I know that I must choose. I know that in...

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High Wire Act
The clowns come on and single file walks along an imaginary wire on the floor. They use the standard umbrella to help balance themselves and make the walking look difficult. After they all finish, the clowns come forward and take their bows. Ringmaster: “That was an amazing, skillful performance, but I thought it was suppose to be a high wire act.” Clown: “Yes, that’s true, but we’re afraid of heights “...

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I Want To Be Happy
I want to be happy, But I won't be happy Till I make you happy, too. Life's really worth living When we are mirth giving -- Why can't I give some to you? When skies are gray And you say you are blue. I'll send the sun smiling through, I want to be happy But I won't be happy Till I make you happy, too....

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Bareback Rider
Two clowns come out and get down on all fours, facing the audience. A third clown comes out and stands on their backs, facing the audience, then he gets down and comes forward and takes his bow. Ringmaster: “Is that the whole act?” Clown: “Well, of course, what more did you want?” Ringmaster: “A little more than that! What makes you think you’re a bareback rider?” The clown turns around and shows his back, which is bare, and walks off....

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I Want A Cub
I want a Cub, just like the Cub With both eyes opened wide; He is a joy and a reg'lar boy Who fills our hearts with pride; A real true happy Cub with Cubby grin, One who stuck to it, thro' thick and thin, I want a Cub just like the Cub Who wears his Two Star badge....

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Elephant Walk
The clown trainer comes on with a group of elephants, wearing over—sized tennis shoes. The elephants parade in a line, bent over as though walking on all fours. At a signal from the trainer, they stand up straight as though they were standing on their hind legs. The elephants bend down again and at another signal, put one hand on the shoulder of the elephant in front of the. They parade in a circle and go off. The trainer comes...

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I See The Moon
I see the moon, the moon sees me The moon sees the one that I want to see God bless the moon and God bless me And God bless the one that I want to see. I do believe that God above Created you for me to love He picked you out of all the rest Because he knew I'd love you best. I once had a heart as good as new But now it's gone from me to you...

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The Lion Tamer 1
A clown comes in with five “lions”. The tamer cracks his whip as the lions circle single file around him. Suddenly, one lion comes up behind the tamer and bites his leg. The tamer stops, glares, then proceeds to get the lions going again. A second lion bites his leg; the tamer again stops and then proceeds. The same thing happens with lions three and four. And then lion five bites his arm. After the final bite, the tamer leads-them...

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I Might Not
I might not walk, I may not see I may not hear, the wind in the trees. I might not stand so tall, I may not quite recall The way it was when things, were easier for me. But I can laugh and I can feel. And I love the world, around me. I will share with you, can you share with me. Together we can make the world a better place to be. You write the songs, I play...

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The Story of the Moor Monster
The entire audiences at your pack meeting will enjoy this group participation stunt. When you hear the names HARRY or HARPER in this story, you CLAP once. CLAP TWICE when you hear the word MONSTER or the word MOOR Stamp both feet, one after the other, when you hear the words MOOR MONSTER Make a noise like a dog when you hear the name of Harry’s dog, ROVER. The scene is laid in England. HARRY HARPER was an English Cub...

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I Met An Engine On A Hill
Tune: Yankee Doodle I met an engine on a hill, All hot and broken hearted, And this is what he said to me As up the hill he started: I think I can, I think I can, At any rate I'll try I think I can, I think I can, At any rate I'll try. He reached the top and looking back To where he stood and doubted, He started on the downward track And this is what he shouted:...

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Skit on Nature
The Den Leader (labeled Mother Nature) says “Everything living, and properly cared for, grows. There are things that a tree needs to grow. It needs warmth, water, care, and protection. Cub Scouts grow. What does a Cub Scout need to help him grow? Cub #l : He needs food to grow. (perhaps this is the largest cub) Cub #2: He needs a home for shelter. Cub #3: He needs a man to be his friend. Cub #4: He needs to...

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I Met A Polar Bear
Tune: Sipping Cider Through a Straw The other day, I saw a bear, A big while bear, I had to stare. He stared right back, and seemed to grin, His long white fangs, hung to his chin. He move toward me, upon four paws, And those four paws, held six-inch claws. I couldn't move, my feet were froze, As I saw steam, shoot from his nose. But I was safe, because I knew, This polar bear, was at the Zoo!...

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I Met A Bear
Tune: Sipping Cider Through a Straw The other day, I met a bear, Out in the woods, away out there. [Point.] He looked at me, I looked at him, He sized up me, I sized up him. He says to me, "Why don't you run?" "'Cause I can see, you have no gun." I says to him, "That's a good idea." "Now legs get going, get me out of here!" I began to run, away from there, But right behind...

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I Like The Mountains
I like the moutains, I like the rolling hills I like the flowers, I like the daffodils I like the fireside, when the nights are low bum te da da, bum te da da.......

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I Like The Flowers
I like the flowers I like the daffodils I like the mountains I like the rolling hills I like the campfires When all the lights are low Boom di-a-dah, boom di-a-dah, Boom di-a-dah, boom di-a-dah......

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I Left My Gold
Tune: I left my heart in San Francisco I left my gold on some lost island. Under a tall and leafy palm. The tree shook loose two coconuts. The first one hit my foot. The second one hit my head. Thought I was dead. My gold waits there on that lost island. But I can't find that darned palm tree. When that nut hit my head on that lost island Is when I lost my memory. I left my brains...

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I Know Where Im Going
I know where I'm going, And I know who's going with me. I know who I love, And the dear knows who I'll marry. I have stockings of silk, And shoes of bright green leather. Combs to buckle my hair, And a ring for every finger. Feather beds are soft, And painted rooms are bonny, But I would leave them all, For my handsome, winsome, Johnny. Some say he's dour, But I say he's bonny, Fairest of them all, Is...

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I Know A Place
I know a place, where no one ever goes There's peace and quiet, beauty and repose It's hidden in a valley, beside a mountain stream And lying there beside the stream I find that I can dream. Oh, what a place of beauty to the eye Snow peaked mountains towering towards the sky Now I know that God has made this world for me. One can imagine, himself as in a dream Climbing a mountain or down a small ravine...

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I Knew An Old Lady
I knew an old lady who swallowed a fly I don't know why she swallowed the fly Perhaps she'll die I knew an old lady who swallowed a spider That wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her She swallowed a spider to catch the Fly I don't know why she swallowed the fly Perhaps she'll die I knew an old lady who swallowed a Bird How absurd, to swallow a bird She swallowed a bird to catch the spider That...

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I Hear Thunder
I hear thunder, I hear thunder, Hark! Don't you? Hark! Don't you? Pitter, patter, rain drops, Pitter, patter, rain drops, I'm wet through, so are you....
Recipes

Feel The Heat Chili
1 tbs oregano
2 tbs paprika
9 tbs chili powder
4 tbs cumin
4 tbs instant beef bouillon
2 cans non-alcohol beer
2 cups water
4 lb ground chuck
2 lb hot pork sausage
1 lb chuck roast, cubed
2 large onions, chopped
10 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbs crushed dried habenero peppers
1 tbs sugar
1 tsp coriander
1 tbs Louisiana Red Hot Sauce
1/4 cups jalapenos, sliced
1 cup tomato sauce
2 large cans hot chili beans with gravy
1/2 cups olive oil salt to taste 

THIS RECIPE WILL FEED A WHOLE TROOP

 In a #14 Dutch oven, add paprika, oregano, cumin, chili powder, beef bouillon, n/a beer, and 2 cups water. Let simmer. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and brown meat in batches until all meat is done. Add each batch to Dutch oven with slotted spoon and stir after each batch. Sauté onion, garlic, and jalapenos in drippings until onion is clear. Add to Dutch oven and stir. Simmer 2 hours. Add rest of ingredients and simmer 1 hour. Add water as necessary.


Black Bear Chili

4 cups dry black beans
2 tbs cumin
2 tbs oregano
1/2 cups olive oil
2 lbs flank steak, cut into cubes
2 large onions, chopped
1 green pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt 1 large can crushed tomatoes
1/4 cups jalapenos, sliced
1 red bell pepper
6oz Romano cheese, grated
sour cream
warm flour tortillas

Place beans in large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to boil. Remove from heat and let stand 2 hours. Drain beans and return to pot. Add enough cold water to cover by 2in. Cover and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender about 2 hours. Add water as necessary. Drain beans into Dutch oven, reserving 3 cups liquid. Add 1 cup of liquid to beans. Heat olive oil in large skillet and brown steak. Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Stir for 3 minutes. Add spices and cook for 10minutes, stirring often. Mix in jalapenos and tomatoes. Bring to boil then add to beans. Add remaining reserved liquid to thin. Simmer covered 1/2 hour. Serve over tortillas. Top with sour cream, Romano cheese, and diced red bell peppers.

 
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Thoughts to Ponder

A Scout Is Friendly

Probably all of you know some guy who is grouchy all the time. His neighbors try to be nice to him, but he just won't be friendly. Maybe he'll build a great wall around his house to keep people away.

Let me tell you about another kind of neighbor I heard about. There was no wall around his property, and somebody noticed that a strip of grass between his yard and his neighbor's yard was unusually green. How come? He was asked.

"Oh," he laughed, " my neighbor and I are so afraid we'll cheat each other that we always water and fertilize the grass across the line on the other fellows side. That strip of grass down the property line gets twice as much water and fertilizer as the rest of our yards. " Instead of a fence to keep each other away, that man and his neighbor had a vivid green reminder that they were friends.

The point of this story is that if you want to have friends, you can't build walls between yourselves and other people. Instead, cultivate that space between you by being as fair to the other guy as you'd like him to be to you. A Scout is friendly, and the way to have friends - and keep them - is to be friendly yourself.

 



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