Re: Cub theme - weather
John Van Blarcom (jvanblar@SEAMIS1.GSFC.NASA.GOV)
Wed, 24 Jul 1996 11:24:06 -0400
On Tue, 16 Jul 1996, Jan Mussler wrote:
> Do any of you have some simple plans for weather instruments or weather
> activities? One of the spring cub themes is weather. Because we have a
> lot of "weather" then, I'd like to take advantage of that theme.
Dear Jan et al:
We just completed a week of Cub Backyard Fun Camp. One of the
many crafts was a weather station. It is a 3 foot 1"X1" post with a wind
vane on top, a tin can with ruler on one side for a rain gauge, a
thermometer, and the stick is ruled at the bottom for a snow gauge. We
attempted a barometer using a baby food jar with balloon stretched tight
across the top and a straw pointer glued onto the balloon, but had poor
results building it.
Each day of camp had its high points. Monday we went fishing and
later had water fun using 5 gallon buckets drilled with holes in a water
relay. The boys attempted to fill the bucket to a mark by closing up the
holes with their hands on the outside and each boy in turn running for a
scoop of water from another bucket 25 feet away. The boys were drenched by
the end of it.
Tuesday we took dens by turn horseback riding along a wooded trail
and had a bike rodeo. Wednesday was trading day and panning for gold and
precious rocks in a seeded portion of creek. Thursday we swam at the
local high school. Friday was a noon start, archery, BB Gun shooting,
capture the flag, and campfire. We weathered a big thunderstorm on Friday
at suppertime, and then set up for family camp over. At the campfire, I
was entrusted with the pack flag and the role of cubmaster.
The boys had a great time and we probably made the highlight
memory of the summer.
A couple of leadership questions. 1. How do you handle
clean-up of camp and dishes? 2. How do you handle lost and found
I hope you all are getting enough of the outdoors this summer.
John Van Blarcom
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City