Make a Fire Starter
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Make a Fire Starter

Gang, this is the second of several posts covering some of the things I learned during a recent camping training for adult scout leaders and volunteers. In the first post, I proved that, against all conventional wisdom, I’m actually capable of starting a fire with a single match. But we’re not always lucky enough to … Continue reading

Badge Task Mash-Up: Books & Family Heritage, Part I
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Badge Task Mash-Up: Books & Family Heritage, Part I

The mash-up: two or more things that stand alone quite nicely, but, put together can create something that feels both new and familiar. The sum usually may not always be greater than the parts, but it’s still a fun exercise. I tried to apply the principle last week when it was my turn to host my book … Continue reading

Pennies, Poverty, and a Reality Check
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Pennies, Poverty, and a Reality Check

For my next task the “Consumer Power” badge asks scouts to collect all the pennies they get in their change for a month and watch the value “really add up.” Now, I rarely have a quarrel with these tasks, but I hope the next version of the G.S. badge book revises this language. You can’t seriously … Continue reading

Kitchen Science & the Mother of Level Measurements
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Kitchen Science & the Mother of Level Measurements

Not sure why, but for some reason my little brain has always associated the name Fannie Farmer with candies. Am I the only one? Of course, Fannie May makes the confections, not Fannie Farmer. But until recently I couldn’t have told you the difference. Silly me. Miss Farmer’s name showed up on a scout’s list of … Continue reading

Watch Germs Grow. Blech.
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Watch Germs Grow. Blech.

BADGE WORK UPDATE: LET’S GET COOKING! (EXPERIMENT IN HAND WASHING) The cleanliness “gene” skips generations in our family. My grandmother wasn’t known for her housekeeping skills, but you can comfortably lick the floor of my mother’s home–especially her kitchen. Before my husband took over in our kitchen, I’d have said that eating off my kitchen … Continue reading