Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Physical Fitness

Activity description: We met at the middle school field and track area to work on the physical fitness requirement. We recorded how many push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups we could do, as well as how far we could jump and how fast we could run (400 meters or one lap around the track). We had fun cheering each other on and trying to achieve our personal best. We discussed the importance of regular physical activity and set the goal of getting 60 min. of physical activity most days. Note: Avery and Preston attended on June 25; Clay and Jacob attended on Aug. 27.

Tenderfoot Requirement #10: Record your best in the following tests: Push-ups, Pull-ups, Sit-ups, Standing long jump, 1/4-mile walk/run. Record them again 30 days later; show improvement in the activities listed after practicing for 30 days.

Faith in God: Developing Talents. Plan a physical fitness program for yourself that may include learning to play a sport or game. Participate in the program for one month.

Home assignment: Track your physical activity for 30 days (e.g., walking, biking, swimming, yard work, playing a sport or game, etc.). Bring a written record of your physical activity to our next two Scouting activities.

We also challenge the entire family to spend one hour outdoors most days. Unplugging your family from the TV, computer, or video games and replacing that time with a "green hour" will increase your physical activity and build family relationships.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Summer Swimming

Activity description: We met at the indoor pool in Mapleton for a summer evening swim. We discussed safety and demonstrated water rescue methods. We also had the chance to show off our swimming and diving skills. We hit the Dairy Queen afterwords for "refreshment".

Second Class Rank Requirement #7:
a) Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim. b) Demonstrate your ability to jump feet first into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place. c) Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Maps & Compasses

Activity description: We practiced interpreting a map and reading a compass, then planned a five-mile hike we could complete on our next campout. We also reviewed the story of Lehi receiving the Liahona as a gift from God. We compared the Liahona to the gift of the Holy Ghost, which guides us on our journey through life. When we have faith and are obedient, the Holy Ghost can be our constant companion.

Second Class Rank Requirement #1
a) Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean.
b) Using a compass and a map together, take a five-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.

Faith in God: Learning and living the gospel. Mark these verses about the Holy Ghost in your scriptures: John 14:16–17, 2 Nephi 32:5, and Moroni 10:5. Discuss ways the Holy Ghost helps you.

Home assignment: Mark the scriptures listed above. Discuss the verses with a parent or with your family at family home evening. Tell of a time when the Holy Ghost has helped you as a comforter, guide or teacher.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

To Be a Pioneer

Activity description: The Scouts met with the entire Primary for a quarterly activity day on Saturday. We started off learning how to do a pioneer's chores. The younger children washed clothes and hung them to dry on a line. Older children (including the Scouts) were to chop and haul firewood. Each person took a turn at "milking the cow" and churning the butter as well.

When the chores were done we gathered around the campfire for some butter and biscuits, pioneer stories, games and songs. Sis. Wherity even brought her fiddle! We then made edible covered wagons and packed a handcart for our journey west. We came to an "icy stream" (wading pool) and cooled ourselves off...which got us in the mood for riding horses. Luckily Sis. Hamill arrived with two of them, and gave each of us a chance to ride!

Second Class Rank Requirement #2: Demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the ax. Use the ax to prepare fuel for a fire.

Faith in God: Learning and living the gospel. Prepare a pedigree chart with your name and your parents’ and grandparents’ names...share a family story.

Home assignment: For family home evening, share stories about your own ancestors. How did they demonstrate the faith, courage and hard work of a pioneer?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

First Campout!

Activity description: Thanks to all who attended our first campout at Alder Dunes. We learned first aid, cooked some delicious meals and enjoyed a fun bike ride. Unfortunately, we forgot the camera!

Tenderfoot Rank Requirement #2: Spend at least one night on a patrol or troop campout. Sleep in a tent you have helped pitch.

Tenderfoot Rank Requirement #3: On the campout, assist in preparing and cooking one of your patrol's meals. Tell why it is important for each patrol member to share in meal preparation and cleanup, and explain the importance of eating together.

Tenderfoot Rank Requirement #12: a) Demonstrate how to care for someone who is choking. b) Show first aid for the following:
  • Simple cuts and scrapes
  • Blisters on the hand and foot
  • Minor (thermal/heat) burns or scalds (superficial, or first-degree)
  • Bites or stings of insects and ticks
  • Venomous snakebite
  • Nosebleed
  • Frostbite and sunburn

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Backpacking 101

Activity description: We started off with a brainstorming session. Each boy compiled a list of items he would like to bring to our upcoming camp out. Then we talked ounces and pounds. We learned that packs should be less than 25% of your body weight. So we hopped on the scales and filled each boys pack with weights equal to his max capacity. We then hit the Munsel Creek Bike Trail for a 20 minute test walk. We spotted two raccoons! We also learned a valuable lesson: be prepared but pack light.

Tenderfoot rank requirement #1: Before going on an overnight camping trip, show the camping gear you will use. Show the right way to pack and carry it.

Home assignment: With your father, prepare your packs for our overnight camp out this weekend.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Camp Preparation Day

Activity description: We planned our first camp out. Boys accepted assignments to choose a camp site and arrange for preparation of a dinner, dessert and breakfast. We prepared the dessert we would like to make for our camp out in the dutch oven. While it was cooking, we learned how to tie basic knots and how to light a backpacking stove. We served our dutch oven apple cobbler ala mode (with vanilla ice-cream). Yum!

Boy Scout joining requirement #6: Demonstrate tying the square knot (a joining knot).

Tenderfoot rank requirement #4
: Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope. Demonstrate that you know how to tie the following knots and tell what their uses are: two half hitches and the taut-line hitch.

Second class rank requirement #4F: Demonstrate how to light a lightweight stove.

Home assignment: Invite your father or other adult to the camp out and involve him in your planning and assignments. Teach him how to tie the knots you just learned.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tents & Campfires

Activity description: We started by pitching a tent in Merritt's living room. We then gathered around the tent to review the Scout Law, motto, and slogan and agreed to live by them (see Scout Oath). We discussed how these values strengthen families and prepare young men to become effective fathers. We then learned how to light a fire, and enjoyed roasting marshmallows and eating s'mores.

Boy Scout joining requirement #7: Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath or Promise, Law, motto, and slogan.

Tenderfoot rank requirement #2:
Sleep in a tent you have helped pitch.

Second class rank requirement #2F
: Demonstrate how to light a fire.

Faith in God: Preparing for the Priesthood. Read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” Make a list of things you can do to help strengthen your family and make a happy home. Share the list with your parents.

Home assignment: For family home evening, pitch a tent in your living room or backyard then review King Benjamin's council to families (see Mos. 4:11-15). Complete the Faith in God requirement above. Prepare a treasure hunt using your list for the clues. See example in The Friend ("Family Treasure", July 2000, pg. 38).

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Mexican Fiesta

Activity description: Welcome to our Mexican fiesta! We began by playing "The Price Is Right" game. Scouts familiarized themselves with the cost of each food item used in our dinner menu. Then we discussed the basics of nutrition and menu planning using the food pyramid as our guide. The Scouts worked together to prepare a layered bean dip. Bro. Norton demonstrated how to cook a quesedilla and Bro. Mitchell demonstrated how to make a tres leches (or three milk) cake. The meal was delicious! Happy birthday Derek and Avery!

First class rank requirement #4A: Help plan a patrol menu...Tell how the menu includes the foods from the food pyramid and meets nutritional needs.

First class rank requirement #4B: Using the menu planned in requirement 4a, make a list showing the cost and food amounts needed to feed three or more boys and secure the ingredients.

Faith in God: Serving Others. Plan, prepare, and serve a nutritious meal.

Home assignment: Prepare and serve a nutritious meal from your menu plan to others in your family. Discuss the importance of eating together as a family.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Willow Whistles

Activity description: Using willows from nearby wetlands, we fashioned a homemade whistle for each of us and practiced basic wood-carving safety rules. See carving instructions and listen to sample willow whistles online. Remember to store completed whistles in water.

Second class rank requirement #2C: Demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax, and describe when they should be used.

Faith in God: Developing Talents. Make an item from wood, metal, fabric, or other material. Display your finished work for others to see.

Home assignment: Carve a pinewood derby for the upcoming Scout fundraiser during Rhody days.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Enchanted Valley Hike

Activity description: We took a nature walk through the Enchanted Valley (4.5 miles) to observe native plants and wild life. We collected 10 plant samples, and observed skunk cabbage (see photo left) and a variety of evergreen trees. We also found slugs, salamanders and a snake. The destination was a natural fallen log bridge. Very beautiful. A rainbow dipped into the valley after the rain stopped. What a welcome sight!

First class rank requirement #6: Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants found in your community.

Second class rank requirement #5: Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of wild animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks) found in your community.

Faith in God: Developing Talents. Write a poem about Heavenly Father’s creations.

Home assignment: Identify and label the 10 plant specimens we collected, as well as the reptile, amphibian and mollusk we observed. Or, write a nature poem.