Creature (Dis)Comforts, Part II: Coral Snakes
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Creature (Dis)Comforts, Part II: Coral Snakes

In the last post, we took a look at that bizarre creepy crawler, the scorpion. I’ve always thought I should like them more than I do; I’m a Scorpio by birth, after all. In fact, based on birth place and time, I’m actually a triple Scorpio. So don’t mess with me. Anyway, we’re taking a … Continue reading

Creature (Dis)Comforts, Part I: Scorpions
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Creature (Dis)Comforts, Part I: Scorpions

I am no fan of the creepy crawler. I don’t keep tarantulas and lizards as pets. Big southern roaches completely creep me out. And I let Charles and the terrier-mix Freida track the occasional mouse behind the hot water heater. But a scout knows her wildlife, and that includes the creepiest and dangerous ones. There … Continue reading

Lady Bird Johnson and Her Wildflower Center
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Lady Bird Johnson and Her Wildflower Center

Walking as much as I have this year has reminded me just how beautiful this part of the world is. It’s spring, of course, and most everywhere is lovely in spring. But this winter’s rain brought us a vivid wildflower season, made more precious by last year’s drought. BADGE WORK UPDATE: EARTH CONNECTIONS, ECO-ACTION, OUTDOOR … Continue reading

An Aha! Moment: How to Reduce Plastic Water Bottle Waste at Airports
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An Aha! Moment: How to Reduce Plastic Water Bottle Waste at Airports

You start a project like this, and you notice that you’ll be asked to do a bit of thinking about how you might help make the world a better place. Scout badges are chock full of tasks intended to improve our homes, our communities, our planet. And last January, after participating in No Impact Week, … Continue reading

Camp Training Final Wrap Up
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Camp Training Final Wrap Up

In the last post, I started wrapping up the work done during the camp training I was able to take in early May, and today I thought I’d finish that wrap up by just walking folks through the approximate timeline for the training–it kind of summarizes all the outstanding part of the training not yet … Continue reading

Deepwater Horizon: One Year Later
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Deepwater Horizon: One Year Later

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that yesterday was the one year anniversary of the BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, resulting in an oil disaster whose effects will be felt for years to come. Believe it or not, there’s a badge for scouts that’s devoted to teaching girls about oil in our lives … Continue reading

Focus on Water & No Impact Wrap-Up
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Focus on Water & No Impact Wrap-Up

Do you consider yourself a bottled water afficianado? Well, friend, then you definitely want to check out the newly-released report card on bottle waters from the Environmental Working Group. Think you should be worried about the quality of your tap water? It might be better than you think. Here’s a ranking of best tap water in … Continue reading