- Made up registration and info packets for our Recruiting Sign-up night tomorrow
- Gathered together my “Scouting Display” of patches, Pinewood Derby cars, handbooks, rank badges, activity pins, etc. that we have for new recruits to look at during sign up nights
- Planned and ran our Webelos den meeting – continuing to work on Outdoorsman (details below)
- Discussed some last-minute logistics about sign-up night and our May pack campout with our committee chair.
OK so here goes with the first “regular” post continuing my 100 Days of Scouting after a 15 day hiatus. If you haven’t already, you can go through the Reader’s Digest recap of the last 15 days here.
Tonight being the first Tuesday of the month was our Webelos den meeting. This meeting was actually the second of three that we are doing for the Outdoorsman activity badge. The boys did a few requirements last summer at Twilight and Resident Camp (#1: Present yourself to your den leader, properly dressed…for an overnight campout…show the camping gear you will use, #3: take part in a Webelos overnight pitch and sleep in a tent, #5: discuss Leave No Trace, #12: visit a Boy Scout Camp) leaving three requirements to do to complete the badge. What we are working on are:
#7: Discuss with your Webelos den leader the rules of outdoor fire safety. Using these rules, show how to build a safe fire and put it out.
#10: Whip and fuse the ends of a rope
#11: Knots – square knot, two half-hitches and the taut-line hitch
Tonight the boys sat outside and whipped both ends of a piece of rope. Using the EDGE method, I explained and demonstrated how to do it last meeting and tonight guided and enabled them as they completed the task. I was very surprised at how much they remembered from last meeting. I did more enabling than guiding. By George, I think they are getting it after all. After the ropes were whipped, we discussed fire safety and then went back into our woods where the boys proceeded to build their own fires. It has been so rainy and wet here in Northern Kentucky in April and now the first part of May, sometimes I think we’ve been transported to the Great Northwest (with all due respect to Scouter Adam and Scoutmaster Jerry). I have worried a bit that the boys would not get a decent chance to try to build fires. It’s a good thing I put a bunch of kindling, sticks and firewood stored in my shed since before the cruise so they would have dry wood to use. With all the rain, I am glad I did. Each boy chose the “teepee” method to start their fire. Two boys had the fire go out quick (one didn’t have enough small kindling and used all big sticks, the other has his teepee sticks too far apart to catch from the kindling). The third one got it right the first time and had a fire going almost as quickly as I did for the demonstration. The two whose fire went out the first time chose the “lean-to” method the second time around (taking heed to a suggestion I made). This time both got their flame going well. With a couple of missed attempts, the boys had a great learning opportunity as to what works and what may not work. Each learned what not to do next time. We’ll see how much sinks in by our next meeting, as we’ll be having a contest to see which boy can build a fire and keep it going to burn through a string.
After the fires were “cold out” and the rain drops started falling (who’d have thunk??), we wrapped up the meeting practicing our skit for the campout and had our closing. Each boy told me they had fun tonight especially building the fires. I am glad the rain held off and we were able to put the “outing” in Scouting tonight.