Scott Killen (SKILLEN@SRC_FS1.AUTOTESTER.COM)
Fri, 4 Aug 1995 09:48:56 CDT
Alan Jones mentioned the success his friend had with the rockets.
I too have a story to relate regarding those.
Our troop always takes the first year scouts out on a camping trip in
July to introduce them to our ways (how to fold a tent in daylight
etc). We also try to get them to tenderfoot and knock off some
2nd class requirements during this time. They are very, very busy this
weekend with every moment planned from sun-up to campfire. Except for
1 1/2 hours of free time on Saturday at 12 Noon on a July day in Texas.
This year, after lunch, I took some alka-selzer and clear film canasters
down to the kid's campsite and set up shop. No announcement had been
made of any activity at this time. At first I was completely ignored.
Then came the POP, as the canaster was launched 15 feet in the air.
One scout noticed, "hey ... whats that?" he asked. I told him about it
and asked if he wanted to try. "sure!" he replied. I had brought
about 15 canasters with me and so I gave him one to try.
Within 5 minutes, every single scout at the campsite was clustered about,
launching film canasters.
Presently, we ran out of alka-selzer and the boys started to drift off.
At that point, I pulled out 2 two-liter coke bottles and air pumps and
they began lauching those. Again there was a frenzy of happy participation.
In all it was one of the most successful (from the boy's enjoyment
point of view) activities I have every hosted.
Thanks to all for the ideas.
Scott W. Killen
Eagle class of '66 and a good ol' BobWhite too
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City