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When I Was Young Gathering Activity

“When I Was Young” can be used as one of the gathering activities for any meeting centered around a history theme or a photography or cinema theme. This also works well for a Blue and Gold banquet.

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Scout Law

I like the simplicity of the Scout Law. It is brief and therefore easy for youth to memorize. But it covers a lot of ground.

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Inertia Demonstration

This demonstration can be used to fulfill Webelos Scientist activity badge requirement 3. It could also be used as part of a demonstration of the scientific method or a science experiment for the Science belt loop and pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.

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Scout Oath

When you read the Scout Oath as is used by the BSA below, it is clear that the Scout Oath contains the same or parallel thoughts for the concepts in Baden-Powell’s original promise.

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Auld Lang Syne Grace

Here’s a grace which is sung to the tune of Auld Lang Syne. This makes a really wonderful Thanksgiving grace. Or it would be a good addition to a Scout’s Own prayer service.

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State Capitals Bingo Cards

State Capitals Bingo Cards

In this picture bingo game, the cards have images of the states with the capitals on them. As each state name is called, players must try to find the capital on their card and mark it.

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Jack O Lantern Creamsicles

We had some creamsicles and some black icing gel so we decided to have some Halloween fun with them. We made these Jack O Lantern creamsicles. This would be a fun snack/craft for a den meeting.

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Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

We always carve at least one Jack ‘O Lantern in October. We never let the seeds go to waste though. We roast them and eat them instead. These never last long in our house.

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Lemon Berry Dutch Oven Cobbler

This cobbler recipe is lighter than some of the other ones I make which have a lot of butter. In fact, I had diet 7Up on hand instead of regular, so I used that, making this a fairly low calorie dessert.

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Swimming Area at Swift Base

Swift Explorer Base

Since I often do reviews when I go camping, I thought I’d do an article about some of our experiences at John S. Swift Explorer Base. Swift is located at S -F Scout Ranch near Farmington, Missouri.

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Blister Treatment – First Aid

Blisters are a common injury for outdoor and physical activities. Correct blister treatment can prevent further irritation. This article from Boy’s Life magazine describes the appropriate treatment for blisters. In particular, it discusses how to drain a blister if leaving it intact is not an option due to irritation or enlargement.

Blister First Aid: How to treat a blister

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Mineral Hardness Scale (Mohs’ Hardess Scale Scratch Test)

If your Scout is working on a geology badge, he might need use a mineral hardness scale such as the Mohs’s Hardness Scale Scratch Test.

This tests gives scientists a concrete way to compare the hardness of different minerals. The hardness is measured by scratching other minerals with the mineral in question. Then the rock is ranked against the other substances based on which ones it scratched or did not scratch.

For example, if you can make a scratch on an item with a common nail, but not with a penny, you know it falls somewhere between 3 and 5 on the scale.

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