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Greetings all,

Welcome to this February 2014 InsaneScouter newsletter. Things are springy here in Vegas, but we are suppose to be getting up to the 80's soon.

With all the cold weather much of the country is having I would like to remind everyone to be safe and remember c.o.l.d

C Clean - dirty clothes loose their loft and get you cold.
O Overheat - never get sweaty, strip off layers to stay warm but no too hot.
L Layers - Dress in synthetic layers for easy temperature control.
D Dry - wet clothes (and sleeping bags) also loose their insulation.

There are ton more good tips, from our friends at Boy Scout Trail at http://www.boyscouttrail.com/library/wintercampingtips.asp

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Yogurt Fruit Shakes
2 8 oz containers strawberry-banana yogurt 1 /3 c cold milk 3 tbsp honey 2 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate Place all ingredients in blender and blend, covered until smooth and frothy. Serve immediately in three tall chilled glasses...

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Winter Camping
Winter Camping The material in this article is but a small part of winter camping training. Taking this course by no means makes you trained enough to take your unit winter camping. There is so much more to cover that can't be covered in the time frame of this course. Before you take you Troop out winter camping, you need to take the winter camping training given by the High adventure team (HAT). This course has a 43 page booklet...

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Flounder And Fluke
The Flounder and Fluke belong to a family known as "flatfish" because they swim flat on their sides, horizontally, like swimming "doormats" as they are sometimes affectionately called. They're scrappy fighters and plentiful most of the year; you can catch Flounder off New England when it's so cold that icicles sprout from your fishing rod. They're a prized food delicacy, too. The "fillet of sole" you see on restaurant menus is usually our friend the Flounder. The true Sole, found...

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Commercial Mixup
Last night I watched TV, I saw my favorite show. I heard this strange commercial, And I can't believe it's so. Feed your dog Chiffon. Comet cures the cold. Use S-O-S pads on your face To keep from looking old. Mop your floors with Crest. Use Crisco on your tile. Clean your teeth with Borateem, It leaves a shining smile. For headaches take some Certs. Use Tide to clean your face. And do shampoo with Elmer's Glue, It holds your...

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Forty Years on an Iceberg
Forty years on an iceberg (make #10 four times with hands) Over the ocean wide (wave motion) Nothing to wear but pyjamas, (slide hands up body from toes to head) Nothing to do but slide (slide hands down body from head to toes) The wind was cold and icy, (shiver, arms around body) Jack Frost began to bite (pinch neighbours) I had to hug my polar bear (hug neighbours) To keep me warm at night, night, night, night... (Repeat and...

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IceFishing
When winter comes to the Northern states and the lakes and rivers freeze solid, you can try the most rugged fishing sport of all—ice-fishing. Of course you must be somewhat rugged yourself because standing in freezing temperatures and snow squalls for hours at a time isn't anyone's idea of comfort. But you can catch yourself a mess offish. A surprising number of species bite in midwinter as well as midsummer. They may not have as much pep because of the...

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Brook Trout
To biologists he's the Brook Trout, to Canadians he's the Speckled Trout, and to New Englanders he's the Squaretail, but no matter what he's called, to anglers everywhere he's the aristocrat of game fish. His haunts are the purest waters of picturesque mountain streams and crystal-clear lakes. He takes the angler's dry fly eagerly—when it's the pattern he likes and is presented realistically. And when hooked he fights with a determination few fish his size can surpass. Last but not...

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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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Flesheating Rabid Zombie Chipmunks Story
This Story has scary parts and is meant for Boy Scouts. Decide for yourself if it is appropriate for your younger scouts or not. Years ago, when I was your age, I endured a night of terror from which I will never completely recover. To this day, certain sounds, smells, and sights chill me to the bone.It was a nice, peaceful evening much like tonight - warm, quiet, but with fog beginning to roll in from the south. I had...

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Wood Tools Safety Course Totin chip
Course Outline Time Subject Introduction: Welcome & Introduce Self What is the Totin' Chip The Course What is covered under the Totin' Chip The Outdoor Code Safety The Blood Circle What is an Ax Yard How to Care for the tools How to use the tools Demonstrate you ability to use these tools safely What happens if you do something wrong How do you replace a lost card (by unit) Group Discussion Open Question and Answers about Wood Tools How...

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Turn On The Power
What is the most powerful thing you can think of? Is it a locomotive that can pull a hundred railroad cars? Or is it a mighty rocket with giant engines that roar and belch fire? Is it a nuclear energy plant with enough power to light up a whole city? Or is it the sun, with enough energy to warm a whole planet? As powerful as all these things are, there is a limit to their energy. A locomotive and...

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Theme Midway Advice on Games
On a cold winter den meeting night, you might try some of these ideas to keep the boys warm and dry. At www.printactivities.com, you can print out a variety of word search puzzles, dot-to-dots, and mazes. Information on how to play board games can be found at www.boardgamescentral. com. Old and new games can be found on this site, along with the instructions on how to play games such as checkers, Monopoly, Life, and dominos. At www.library.thinkquest.org, you will find...

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Geology Igneous Petrology
Geology 101 - Gale Martin - Class Notes Igneous rocks form when molten (rock) material solidifies. Each rock, via its texture and composition, reveals a "story" of its origin when properly "translated". These "clues" provide evidence for the igneous activity, both past and present, occurring within the earth. To understand igneous petrology, this course will review some general characteristics of magmas and how they solidify to form unlimited types of igneous rocks.(Note: Most igneous processes are driven by Plate Tectonics....

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Ozark Winter Chili
1 lb hot pork sausage 2 1/2 lbs ground chuck 4 onions, chopped 2 green peppers, diced 2 large cans crushed tomatoes 2 cans rotel tomatoes 1/2 lb dry pinto beans 2 tbs olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cups chopped parsley 1/2 cups margarine 2 tbs salt 1/3 cups chili powder 1 1/2 tsp black pepper 1 tsp red pepper 1 1/2 tsp cumin waterIn large pot, soak beans in water overnight. Drain into Dutch oven, cover with...

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Indian Ceremony
This is really more of an outline or a complete meeting with the opening and closing based on authentic Indian ritual. It should be held out of doors with a real rife but it could be done indoors with an artificial one or the opening could be changed. If done outdoors, the fire can be arranged in a number of was to light as if by magic or as if from the heavens. (one way is to have someone off...

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Aquanaut Boating Safety
Boat Safety Fill in the blank with one of the following words: weight shore hang overload middle flotation 1. Always wear a personal _______________ device. 2. Don't _______________ the boat. 3. Balance the _______________ evenly in the boat. 4. If the boat tips over, _______________ onto it and kick to shore. 5. Step into the _______________ seat when changing seats or getting in. 6. Head for _______________ if bad weather comes. Do's and Don'ts In and Around Water Fill in...

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Gold Mining Was Hard Work
Gold mining was a very hard work. Miners just didn't go to the hill and dig up gold. Very often they spent days or weeks with little result. They worked from dawn to dusk, six or even seven days a week.For hours at a time they waded in cold, snow-fed streams, or attacked the hard ground with digging tool's. In heat and cold they prospected in steep, rocky canyons and along the rugged ridges of the Sierra foothills. Sunday was...

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Our Gifts And Talents
Do you like to put together jigsaw puzzles? Some families find a lot of pleasure putting together a big jigsaw puzzle on a cold autumn night, with cups of steaming hot cocoa and fresh cookies nearby. The most important thing about a jigsaw puzzle is that all of the puzzle pieces must be there. If even one small piece has been lost, then the whole puzzle is incomplete, and that takes away a lot of the fun of seeing the...

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Chili The Geezer Way
6 dried habenero peppers 3 lbs boneless chuck, diced 1/4in 6 tbs olive oil beef saute 4 onions chopped 4 garlic cloves minced 1 1/2 tsp cumin 1 large can tomatoes squished 1 large can chili hot beans 1 tbs cocoa 2 bay leaves crushed 1 tsp oreganoHeat a skillet over mod-high heat and toast peppers, turning often, for 1-2 minutes. Let cool, and crush. Combine with 1 cup water in a small pot And bring to boil. Simmer 5...

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Randall the red cheeked Cub Scout
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 his nose just right Now all the other...

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Lake Trout
The Lake Trout has several qualities that make him a fish you'll like to catch. First is his size. A 5-pounder is an infant; 20-pounders are common. The world record Laker taken on hook-and-line was 63 pounds, 2 ounces, and almost 4 feet long. Specimens weighing over 100 pounds have been netted by commercial fishermen. Second is his tremendous appetite that usually prompts him to gobble just about anything that comes his way, including your lures, as long as they...

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Candlelight Ceremony
Props needed: Arrow of Light Ceremonial Board cut out as a Large Arrow of Light, 4 red candles, 3 white candles, Webelos Award(s) and Certificate(s), and several straight pins.Personnel needed: Akela (in costume) and 2 Webelos Scouts (1st Webelos Scout lights the 4 red candles as he says the names of the ranks)The four red candles represent the Bobcat, Wolf, Bear and Webelos ranks in Cubs Scouts.2nd Webelos Scout: Webelos means We’ll Be Loyal Scouts. Loyalty is one of the...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Closing

Gold Mining Was Hard Work
Gold mining was a very hard work. Miners just didn't go to the hill and dig up gold. Very often they spent days or weeks with little result. They worked from dawn to dusk, six or even seven days a week.For hours at a time they waded in cold, snow-fed streams, or attacked the hard ground with digging tool's. In heat and cold they prospected in steep, rocky canyons and along the rugged ridges of the Sierra foothills. Sunday was...

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Coffee Ground Fossils
1 cup of used coffee grounds 1/2 cup of cold coffee 1 cup of flour 1/2 cup of salt Small dinosaur figurines Directions   Stir ingredients until well mixed.   Knead the dough together.   Mold dough around a dinosaur figurine covering it completely.   Press your dinosaurs firmly into the dough.   The boys should carefully pull the "dirt" away from their "fossil" using tooth picks or a toothbrush and water.   For harder products - let the fossil...

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Why I Love Her
(By John Wayne) You ask me why I love her? Well, give me time and I'll explain. Have you seen a Kansas sunset or an Arizona rain? Have you drifted on a bayou down Louisiana way? Have you watched the cold fog drifting over San Francisco Bay? Have you heard a bobwhite calling in the Carolina pines or heard the bellow of a diesel at the Appalachian mines? Does the call of the Niagara thrill you when you hear her...

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Dinosaur Hunt
Have the audience repeat the words and motions Going on a dinosaur hunt. (Slap thighs) And I’m not afraid. (Point to self) There’s a tall mountain. (Look with hand over eyes) Can’t go under it. (Move hand down) Can’t go around it. (Move hand around) Guess I’ll go over it. (Reach hands as if climbing) There’s a river. (Hands over eyes) Can’t go over it. Can’t go under it Guess I’ll swim across it. (Move arms as if swimming) There’s...

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Our Gifts And Talents
Do you like to put together jigsaw puzzles? Some families find a lot of pleasure putting together a big jigsaw puzzle on a cold autumn night, with cups of steaming hot cocoa and fresh cookies nearby. The most important thing about a jigsaw puzzle is that all of the puzzle pieces must be there. If even one small piece has been lost, then the whole puzzle is incomplete, and that takes away a lot of the fun of seeing the...

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Dutch Oven

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 cn (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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Acres Of Clams
 I've wandered all over this country, Prospecting and digging for gold; I've tunnel'd, hydraulicked, and cradled, And I nearly froze in the cold. And I nearly froxe in the cold, And I nearly froze in the cold, I've tunnel'd, hydraulicked, and cradled, And I nearly froze in the cold. I rolled up my grub in my blanket, I left all my tools on the ground, I started one morning to shank it For the country they call Puget Sound. For...

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Peace Pipe Closing
The peace pipe as used in this ceremony is wooden, painted in bright colors and decorated with feathers. It is not smoked. Chief may wear headdress.CHIEF: (Cubmaster) (Steps forward, holding peace pipe in both hands, arms straight in front of him.)To our Father, the Great Spirit (holds pipe aloft) who has given us so many blessings. (Pretends to smoke pipe.)To our Mother, the earth (extends arms downward) who has given us so many blessings. (Pretends to smoke pipe.)To the North...
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Stir Crazy Cake
2 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup oil
2 tbs vinegar
1 tbs vanilla
2 cups cold coffee
1/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Put flour, 1 1/2 cup sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a lined, ungreased Dutch oven. Stir with a fork to mix; form 3 wells in flour mixture. Pour oil into one well, vinegar in one, and vanilla in one. Pour cold coffee over all ingredients and stir with fork until well mixed. Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over (batter. Bake in Dutch oven for 34-45 minutes.


Egyptian Pyramids

Ingredients:
• 1 pound bag of coconut
• 1½ cups of sugar
• 6 egg whites

Directions:
• Beat the egg whites until stiff.
• Mix the coconut and sugar and mix into the eggs.
• Grease a cookie sheet and shape the meringue into pyramids.
• Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minute or until a light brown.

 

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The Promise Continued
Posted on February 26, 2013 by Jerry Schleining Jr.

It is the Scoutmasters obligation to work to achieve the Aims of Scouting… that’s pretty much it. To do that it should be every Scoutmasters goal to get every Scout to the rank of First Class not Eagle Scout.
If you take a look at the requirements to achieve the First Class rank you will note that its pretty much all about Character, Citizenship, and Fitness.
Through the working of these requirements the Scout will learn about the three aims of Scouting and coupled with the skills learned, the teamwork developed, and the fun of the program, the Scout will assist the Scoutmaster in attaining his goal.

Once the foundation has been laid in the working to First Class, the Scout then should be prepared to work toward Eagle Scout where he can explore his world while working merit badges. He can learn and demonstrate leadership, and he can develop a sense of service to his community. Putting it all together we will have produced a good young man.

So back to the First Class rank. When we do not put in the proper perspective and make it all about skills and a means to the end (Eagle Scout), we lose focus on what we are trying to accomplish in Scouting. We are not here to make Eagle Scouts, we are here to make good men. Good Citizens of Character that are fit, mentally, physically, and emotionally.

So, the next time you sit down with a Scout to chat during his Scoutmaster conference for Second Class.. take a look and see if that young man is getting it. If not, reinforce those ideas and share with him your goal.
This is a part of the promise that we make to our Scouts. The adventure comes when the rest is worked.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

 



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