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Newsletter March 2010

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March 30, 2010

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Greetings and welcome to another InsaneScouter Newsletter.

First, I would like to announce the winner of our trivia contest “What branch of Scouting for older boys became an official part of the Scouting movement in 1912?” Those of you who said “Sea Scouts” were correct … well sort of … Here is some text as sent to me by one of our readers.

“The statement in the handbook is not really correct.The man A A Carey mentioned as the Scoutmaster of a troop called Pioneer was not a Scoutmaster and there was no troop called Pioneer.

A A Carey was the equivalent of a District Chairman in the Boston District in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1910. He founded a Scout troop on 28 November 1910 and three weeks later the troop acquired a boat which they renamed Pioneer. They trained in seamanship and went on their Long Cruise in June 1911 and are therefore considered to be Sea Scouts.

The date 1912 is also wrong. I found the original account in the New York Times archives. The Sea Scout program was officially adopted by the BSA at the annual meeting in 1913.”

Ok Ok enough history lesson …. The winner of the contest is Ted Nichols congratulations you won a 1 year subscription to Please reply to this email so that I can get you hooked up.

Second our next contest winner will be the 1,000th subscriber to this newsletter. Our friends at Lodge Mfg have graciously agreed to give a 10 ¼ inch skillet with a glass lid to our 1,000th subscriber. This skillet is valued at almost $50 dollars. You can see what this pan looks like in this picture and on their website at See this blog post for more details is now live. There are 389 books currently available. In these books you will find all the ideas you will ever need including activities, games, songs, skits, ceremonies, stories, crafts, recipes, etc. If you have any books to share with us, please send me an email.


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We are working on launching a new site called ScouterLinks. This site will be a directory, almost like a search engine of Scouting related websites. Not only will links be sorted by category, but you will also be able to search for links by keyword. If you would like to add any Scouting related websites to the directory, login to the new control panel and click on “add links”. You can updated any links you add at anytime.

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Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Desserts
Football Pudding
1 package instant pudding mix                milk called for in directions on package2 re-sealable bagsPour both milk and pudding mix into a plastic bag. Squeeze all the air out and seal. Place firstbag in second bag and squeeze all the air out, seal. Stand in a circle and toss the “football”around for about five minuets. When pudding is done snip the corner of the bags and squeezeinto cups for serving....
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Girl Scouts
Remember Me?
Some people call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but whatever they call me, I am your Flag, the Flag of the United States of America... Something has been bothering me, so I thought I might talk it over with you... because it is about you and me. I remember some time ago people lined up on both sides of the street to watch the parade and naturally I was leading...
Home > About Us > Staff Bio
Steve O'Connor
Name: Steve O’Connor (aka PTSteve or ptsteve) as in Pack Trainer SteveDate: 2010What are your personal hobbies? Scouting, Cub Scouting, more Scouting. Hobbies involve the family, coaching my sons teams, being their Den Leader, being a Leader in the Pack as the Pack Trainer, representing our Pack at Roundtables, being a blogger for InsaneScouter. It is also fun to work with Scott and help improve Insane Scouter. I also have to remember to keep FUN in all...
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Lunch
Mini Football Subs
Meat balls                     spaghetti sauceShredded cheese      individual-size rollsCombine meatballs and spaghetti sauce in a skillet and warm them through. For each sub, cut aV-shaped notch from the top of an individual-size roll, place meatball in the roll, and top withcheese shred laces. Finally, get the sandwiches in a huddle on a cookie sheet and place them in awarm oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese....
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Girl Scouts
When Juliette Gordon Low established Girl Scouting in 1912, the tradition of candlelight ceremonies was an important part of the various activities. Through the early years, she passed the light and spirit of Girl Scouting on to others through investitures and campfires. They, in turn, continued to pass the light and the spirit. Over the years, the light and spirit of Girl Scouting has taken many different paths. The following is a brief history of...
Home > Resources > Cub Scouts > Pinewood Derby
The Cub Scout Pinewood Derby and Gilbert
This is a very cute and inspiring article. I thought I would share it our readers. The article came from: yet the author is unknown… at least she know who she is.The Cub Scout Pinewood Derby and Gilbert– Author UnknownMy son Gilbert was eight years old and had been a Cub Scout only a short time. During one of his meetings he was handed a sheet of paper, a block of wood and four tires and told to return...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Girl Scouts
Our Girl Scout World
Supplies:     5 blue candles                       1 large green candle                        3 white candles #1 GS:          I light this candle for the flame of sisterhood that burns in the heart of every Girl Scout. (Light large green candle)#2 G S:         These three candles represent the three parts of the Girl Scout Promise. #3 GS:          On my honor I will try to serve God and my country. (Light white candle) #4 GS:          To help people at all times. (Light...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Girl Scouts
Pearls Wishing Ceremony
A meaningful ceremony to honor or recognize a person or event; to think about victims of a tragedy ordisaster; or to send special thoughts to someone goingthrough a difficult time.Materials needed: 3 candles, a pearl-like bead foreach participant, a container to represent a "wishingwell"The group stands in a horse shoe.  The wishing welland candles are placed on a table and located at thehead of the horseshoe. The center candle is lit."We gather here today to...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games
Octopus Tag
Choose one person to be the octopus. Theoctopus is “it.” If you are playing indoors, youwill need to clear a space between two walls. Ifyou are playing outdoors, lay two ropes on theground about thirty feet across from each other.The person who is the octopus stands in themiddle of the “field.” All other players line upon one side of the rope or against a wall. Theoctopus looks at them and says, “Fishy, fishy,in the sea, won’t you come and swim...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games
Under the bridge
Make an arch by turning two chairs forward,top to top, in front of each group. Boys arelined up in relay formation. The first boy runsto the chairs and crawls under them. Then heruns to the other end of the room and doesthree deep knee bends. Then he runs back tohis group, jumping over the chairs on the way.If a player knocks down one of the chairs, hemust replace it before he continues. Team tofinish first wins....
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout
Cub Scout Spirit Opening
Preparation: Set up four candles and lights.Cubmaster: As Scouts and leaders, we are following a trail blazed by millions of boys, men, andwomen. All of them have had that Scouting spirit, which the flame of this light represents (lights first candle.)Cub Scout 1: What is Cub Scout spirit?Cub Scout 2: It is the three things we promise to do in the Cub Scout Promise.Cub Scout 3: The first part is, “I promise to do my best to do my duty...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games
Jump the Creek
Each boy does his best and tries to improve hislast jump. Two ropes are laid parallel and closetogether. One at a time, the boys jump acrossthe ‘creek.’ After all have jumped, the distancebetween the ropes is increased slightly. Theboys must not step in the creek (between theropes) or on the water edge (the ropes) or theyare eaten by sharks and must leave the game....
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings
Outdoor Checkers
Use chalk to mark out a large checkerboard and use colored plasticplates for the checkers. As boys arrive they can join a side and work as ateam to win the game....
Home > Resources > Activities > Games
Push - Catch
Everyone is in a circle except for one personin the middle (leader). The leader has a ballthat he throws to those in the circle. The leadermust shout out either push or catch. The personto whom the ball is thrown must do the oppositeaction that was shouted out. If the leadershouts “push,” the Cub must catch the ball. Ifthe leader shouts catch the Cub pushes the ball.If an error is committed by either not doing theopposite or stumbling with the ball...
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings
Soccer Bowl
Set up 10 cans in the grass. Players kick a soccer ball at the cans to try and knock as many down as theycan from 20 feet away....
Home > Resources > Activities > Games
Footprints relay
Using heavy cardboard, cutout footprints 15” long and8” wide. Two footprints areneeded per team. Play gameas a competition (2 or 3 teamsas a relay race at a set distance).Place both footprintsone in front of the other. Step on the first withone foot and on the second with the other foot.Now lift rear foot. Pick up footprint and moveit ahead. Move lifted foot into new position.Do the same with the other foot and continue,step by step to finish line....
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings
Driveway or Parking Lot Baseball
Draw a simple baseball field (not just diamond) on the ground with chalk. Mark different colored circlesin various areas of the field. Each color would indicate a type of hit: single, double, triple, or home run.To play, the player kneels or stands at home plate and tosses a stone into a circle. If he misses it’s an out.If it lands in the circle the other team can try to toss their stone into the same circle. If the second teammakes...
Home > Resources > Activities > Songs
King's Nivy
I don't want toMarch with the infantry, Ride with the cavalry, Shoot with the artillery. I don't want to Fly over Germany. I'm in the King's nivy I'm in the King's nivy I'M in the King's nivy Oh.......... Replace words withmotions"March"....stomp feet "Ride".....sit up and down "Shoot"....Fire rifle "Bang" "Fly";......Spread arms...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Girl Scouts
Doves of peace
Materials needed: five small paper doves for each participantWe gather here to reflect on this Pole of Peace. We come from many different backgrounds, religions, races, and may speak in different languages. Some of us have blue eyes, some brown, or green, some are blond, some brunette, or perhaps a bit of gray. We are tall, short, thin, fluffy, young and not so young. It doesn't really matter because we all deeply desire the same...
Home > Resources > Activities > Songs
Kille, Kille, Watch, Watch
Um-pah! Um-pah! Um-pah! Um-pah! (One half of the group, repeat the first line imitating tom-tomaccompaniment throughout.) Kille, kille, kille, kille, Watch, watch, watch, watch, Kay-you-kin-cum-ka-wah Kille, kille, kille, kille, Watch, watch, watch, watch, Kay-you-kin-cum-ka-wahHay-ha-hay-chalma, Hay chalma-polly-wamma; Hay-ha-hay-chalma Hay-chalma-polly-wah! Enough!...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Girl Scouts
One, a 9-11 Ceremony
This might be something nice for a service unit to sponsor on 9/11 or join with local firefighters, police, in a ceremony already being planned.Speaker One: As the soot and dirt and ash rained down,Speaker Two: We became one color.Speaker One: As we carried each other down the stairs of the burning buildingSpeaker Three: We became one class.Speaker One: As we lit candles of waiting and hopeSpeaker Four: We became one generation.Speaker One: As the...
Home > Resources > Activities > Songs
The keeper did a hunting goAnd under his cloak he carried a bowAll for to shoot of a merry little doeAmong the leaves so green O.CHORUS:- (2 parts)1. Jacky Boy2. Master1. Sing ye well2. Very Well1. Hey Down2. Ho down1. Derry derry downAmongst the leaves go green O. (both)1. To my hey down, down2. To my ho down, down1. Hey Down2. Ho Down1. Derry derry downAmongst the leaves so green O. (both)The first doe he shot and he missedThe second...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Girl Scouts
The Magic Necklace
A Lesson on the GS Promise                        [Hint: doing the craft while telling the story is doubly effective] Once upon a time, there was a wise old needle who decided to make a beige necklace. It enlisted the help of some string and set out on its journey. Beads rushed by the thousands to join. The needle welcomed all the beads and quickly threaded them on. This process went on for quite some time. The necklace got...
Home > Resources > Activities > Songs
Keep The Campfire Burning
Keep the camp fire burning,Day to night is turningSoon our fancies with the stars in dreams shall roam;Let the light be glowing,Warmth land sleep bestowing'Till at last the dawn comes up for the long trail home....
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Girl Scouts
GORP Ceremony
Tonight/Today we will build a sweet and healthy snack to nourish our bodies. It symbolizes how the many ways of Girl Scouting nourishes our spirits.We have a promise and a law. On our honor, we try to do our best to be fair and square. So we will begin with CHEX.Girl Scouts come in all colors, from all races around the world. Every Girl Scout is a sister no matter where she is from, no...
Home > Resources > Activities > Songs
Keep On The Sunny Side
Chorus: Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side, Keep on the sunny side of life, YEE-HAW! You will feel no pain as we drive you all insane, so Keep on the sunny side of life! (between choruses, do a series of knock-knock jokes, like thefollowing:)Leader: Knock knock! All: Who's there? Leader: Ether! All: Ether who? Leader: The Ether Bunny! HA HA HA HA... Leader: Knock knock! All: Who's there? Leader: Nother! All: Nother who? Leader: Nother Ether...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Girl Scouts
Cookie Award Ceremony
Leader: Girl Scouting helps each girl to grow as she:Scout: Develops Values.Scout: Relates to other with increasing understanding, skill and respect.Scout: Deepens her awareness of herself as a person of worth.Scout: Contributes to her society in cooperative efforts with others.Leader: Girl Scouting is an informal educational program designed to inspire girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service that they may becomehappy and resourceful citizens. Everyone who is a member of the...
Home > Resources > Activities > Songs
Keep On Scouting
Let me keep on Scouting Through the years to come Let me know the pleasures And the joy and fun, Ever aiding others better men to be, That, we know "Good Scouting" Brings to you and me....
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Girl Scouts
Tree Planting Ceremony
Supplies: 1. Tree                  2. ShovelsProcedure: Dig hole in advance; any digging done during the ceremony is only for symbolism. Assemble the group in a circle around the hole with the tree placed next to the hole.LEADER: Good friends, Troop # _____ will plant a tree that each year will say that those who walked these paths today have left a growing memory here to bring new loveliness each year.#1 GS: And so I dig the...
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Thoughts to Ponder

Everybody here likes to hear fish stories, the wilder the better. I expect we'll have a lot of them after our Fishing Camp-Out this month. We enjoy them because they're funny, and nobody is fooled into thinking they really happened.

But some people tell fish stories all the time. They're not usually funny stories. In fact, they're really lies. I call them minnows and whoppers.

Minnows are little lies that just shade the truth. For instance, maybe a guy is playing Skish and says he hit a target 55 feet away when it was really only 40 feet. No serious damage is done, except to the guy's own character, from a minnow like that.

The trouble is, if you get used to telling minnows, it becomes easier to tell whoppers - the big lies that may hurt somebody.

The best thing is to stick to the truth. Minnows have a way of growing into whoppers.


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