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Newsletter Feb 2012

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February 2012

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Greetings and welcome to the February 2012 edition of the InsaneScouter newsletter. The sun is shining and the temperatures are rising, here in Las Vegas, spring is around the corner. It wont be much longer before I will be able take off my shoes and go stomping through the grass and take a moment to smell the flowers.

In regards to last months contest, only Keith with Pack 22 in the Atlanta area participated. The salmon picture was hidden on bottom of the Fuzzy and Scout post at http://insanescouter.org/blog/477/Fuzzy_and_Scout_Dec_2011.html

This month, if you submit one or more camp related recipes I will send you an ebook full of Fundrasier ideas. These ideas could help you raise funds for your Scouts or even your Church.

We have two new wonderful sponsors: Stadri Emblems has over 30 years experience creating custom patches, t-shirts, caps, and more. Wepay, collect payments without any hassle, such as dues or summer camp fees. Please show your support by checking them out.

Did you know that InsaneScouter has an archive of thousands of books, ceremonies, handouts, clip art, blue prints and historical images? You can get access by signing up for the InsaneScouter Resource Dump. It is only $15 a year, but took over 15 years to collect everything made available to you. You can also create an account under your Pack or Troop name and share it with your fellow leaders. For more info check out http://insanescouter.org/members/

I hope you enjoy this issue of the newsletter and share it with all your friends. If you have any suggestions or would like to see anything added, please feel free to drop us a note. Thanks for reading. 

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First Mocassins Story
There was once a great chief on the Plains who had very tender feet. Other mighty chiefs laughed at him; little chiefs only smiled as he hobbled past; and though they did not dare to smile, the people of the tribe also enjoyed the big chief's discomfort. All of them were in the same canoe, having no horses and only bare feet, but luckily very few of them had tender feet. The unhappy medicine man who was advisor to the...

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Jalapeno Pinto Beans
1 pk (16-ounce) dried pinto beans 2 1/2 c Water 1 lg Onion; chopped 3 Garlic cloves; pressed 1 Jalapeno pepper; seeded and minced 1 Bay leaf 1 ts Ground cumin 3/4 ts Salt 1/2 ts Pepper 1/4 c (1 ounce) shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese Place beans in a large saucepan. Cover with water 2 inches above beans; soak overnight. Drain. Bring beans, 2 1/2 cups water, and next 4 ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven;...

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First Flute Story
The flute of the Lakota, the siyotanka, is for only one kind of music, love music. In the old days the men would sit by themselves, maybe lean hidden, unseen, against a tree in the dark of night. They would make up their own special tunes, their courting songs. Even if he was a warrior who had already counted coup on a enemy, a young man might hardly screw up courage enough to talk to a nice-looking winchinchala- a girl...

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Jalapeno BlackEyed Peas
9 sl Bacon, cut into 1/2 inch 1 sm Onion, chopped 40 ml Garlic, minced 4 c Water 2 lb Fresh black-eyed peas (about 6 cups), shelled 1 sm Jalapeno pepper, chopped 1/2 ts Black pepper 1 c Ham; cooked, minced 1/4 c Green onions, chopped Cook bacon in a Dutch oven until crips; remove bacon with a slotted spoon, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings in Dutch oven. Drain bacon and set aside. Saute' onion and garlic in reserved drippings until...

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First Dog Story
This Story is meant for Boy Scouts. Decide for yourself if it is appropriate for your younger scouts or not. Two Ojibwa Indians in a canoe had been blown far from shore by a great wind. They had gone far and were hungry and lost. They had little strength left to paddle, so they drifted before the wind.At last their canoe was blown onto a beach and they were glad, but not for long. Looking for the tracks of animals,...

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Honey Baked Lentils
A 1 lb (2 1/3 c.) lentils, picked over 1 sm Bay leaf 5 c Water 2 ts Salt B 1 ts Dry mustard 1/4 ts Powdered ginger 1 tb Soy sauce 1/2 c Chopped onions 1 c Water C 1/3 c Honey Combine "A" in a dutch oven or saucepan. Bring to a boil Cover tightly and reduce heat. Simmer 30 minutes. Do not drain. Discard bay leaf. Preheat oven to 350. Combine separately and add "B" to lentils....

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Fire Tail Story
Very long ago, a band of Indians was drying deer meat in the sun. They thought how wonderful it would be to have a small sun to dry the meat better and keep them warm when the big sun set in the evening and it got cold. Of course, they were only dreaming because such a thing would take power and magic, more than their most powerful magicman possessed.But, as the People talked, a tiny bird chirped loudly in a...

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Honey Baked Beans
1 lb Small White Beans 1 lb Bacon 1 lg Onion; sliced 1 c Honey 1/2 ts Ground Ginger 1/2 ts Salt Cover beans with water and soak overnight. The next day, place half of the bacon and onion in the bottom of a dutch oven, and add beans. Place remaining bacon and onion on top. Pour hone over all, sprinkle with salt and ginger, and enough water to cover the beans. Bake at 325F for about 6 hours or...

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Finger Rock Trail Ghost Story
This Story has scary parts.As reported by a volunteer for the Southern Arizona Rescue Association. In all my years of reporting on the outdoors, no story stands out as clearly as this one. Perhaps it's because I was in charge of the rescue team the ghost 'summoned.' Perhaps it's because I still believe there's only one way the lost hiker negotiated that steep series of cliffs, on a moonless night, about a dozen years ago. They had received a call...

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Genuine Baked Beans
1 lb Great northern beans, dried 16 oz Tomatoes; undrained and cut into eighths 3 md Onion; chopped 1/2 lb Salt pork; cubed 1 c Sugar 1 tb Vinegar 1 ts Mustard, prepared 1 ts Salt 1/8 ts Pepper Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water 2 inches above beans, and bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let soak 1 hour. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup liquid. Add liquid...

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Arrow of Light Ceremony
Cubmaster: (The lights are turned off; the room is dark.) Light of Akela, shine for me. (Turn on a flashlight with red cellophane covering the lens.) Lead me to the honored one and his elders.” (With the flashlight, escort the boy and his parents to the front.) (While the lights are off, 4 other Webelos Scouts come to the front.) Cubmaster: Akela, send your helpers to light ___Name’s____ way. (Each Webelos, in turn, turns on his flashlight and says his...

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Frijoles Con Chipotles
1/2 lb Dried black beans or pinto beans 3 1/2 c Water 1 Yellow onion; diced 1 Celery rib; diced 1 tb Olive oil 4 Garlic cloves; minced 2 Bay leaves 3 Chipotle peppers; minced 1/2 ts Salt; or to taste 2 c Vegetable stock 1 c Water 2 tb Minced cilantro 2 Tomatoes; chopped In a heavy soup pot or Dutch oven over high heat, bring beans and 3 1/2 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat and...

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 ot 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 type 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 head to costume. Get a small box that is just large enough to put 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 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 salt box with construction paper using glue or tape. Cut hole in top large enough for neck of 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. Hat can be egg cup or cone. Glue crepe paper ruffle around neck. Buttons can be cotton balls or real buttons. Put hand inside salt box 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 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 animals 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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Creolestyle 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 cn Red beans; drained, rinsed 15.5-oz. can 1 cn Black beans; drained, rinsed 15 oz. can 1 cn Ready-to-serve vegetable bro 14-1/2 oz. can 1/2 c Long-grain white rice 1/4 tb To 1/2 t. hot pepper sauce Heat oil in 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 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 ant hill, black paper. 1. Fill a one-gallon far with soil. Find an ant hill 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 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 cn 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: Lay out 6 strips side by side. Beginning approximately 4” from one side, weave 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 cn 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. Next morning, put beans and water into 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 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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Paper Bag Kite
For the kite, use a brown paper grocery bag with 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 bottom of bag, matching the oval openings. Take all...

Sourdough Pancakes
  • 2 cups sourdough starter
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar

Combine first three ingredients in large pot, cover and let stand overnight. Add remaining ingredients, let stand 5 minutes, then ladle onto hot griddle and enjoy.

Native American Casserole
2 1 lb cans whole white hominy, drained
2 1 lb cans cream style golden corn
4 tbs margarine
8 slices white bread, crust trimmed, then slices crumbled

Pre heat foil lined greased Dutch oven. In a medium pot, melt margarine, then remove from heat. Stir in bread crumbs. Mix hominy and corn in Dutch oven. Sprinkle crumb mixture over hominy and corn. Cover oven and bake about 30 minutes.

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Spring Phenoms

I know that some of you read the sports pages and follow the big league pennant races. So probably you have heard of spring phenoms. Who can tell me what a spring phenom is?

He is a player who stars the season like a superstar. In April, May and June he's hitting about . 350, stealing a lot of bases, and never missing a ball in the field. Comes July and August and he can't do anything right. That's a spring phenom.

Maybe you've seen some spring phenoms in Scouting, too. They start up the advancement trail like a house afire, making Second Class and First Class as fast as the rules allow. Then when the going gets tougher for Star, Life and Eagle, they sort of fade away like spring phenoms.

Maybe it's the troop's fault. Maybe we just don’t challenge them enough. If so, let's change that. I'm challenging all of you now to set your sights on the next rank and make up your mind you're going to make it by Christmas at the latest.


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