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Akela's Council Reunion Date

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to give everyone a chance to "save the date" for our AC24 reunion. We have Maple Dell reserved for March 21, 2009. I will get details to everyone later. I hope things (including Treaties) are going well for everyone. It would be really exciting to award pins to everyone at the reunion, do you think we could do that? As I have been reflecting on the many wonderful blessings I have to be thankful for I have to say that being at Akela's Council this year has to be one of the most cherished. A heartfelt THANKS to each of you for being there and adding so much to the experience.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with those you love.


Need Pinewood Derby Help

I've been asked to prepare a handout/short presentation on the Pinewood Derby for roundtable in two weeks. Have any ideas or suggestions??? Do you know where to find out about tracks in Utah County (rentals, loaners, for sale)? Suggestions for running them? Stands and awards? I'm starting to dig out notes from AC, but would love other ideas and input too.

Multi-Purpose Bags

Our Wolf Den has been working on the Outdoor Activity Award. Part of the requirement as a wolf is to assemble the "Essentials for Going Outdoors". My brother-in-law donated the bag on the left for each of my scouts. I found the center patches at the Council Office on sale for a dime each (they're out of these cool ones though) and we made stamps of their names from foamies letters. They originally used these to put their Outdoor kit in, but they've turned into great scout bags. They put their books inside and patches on the flap and are so excited to carry them each week. My son has even been stuffing his shirt (not my idea) in it along with his belt and neckerchief, then he knows where all of his scout stuff is.
Now that I'll have more scouts coming in the next few months I decided to try and make a bag. Not as cool as the donated one and I need to make some modifications on the size, but hopefully it will make an inexpensive substitute for the cool ones. It takes only a 1/2 yard of denim or canvas and less than an hour to make. When I make a version I like I'll post instructions, but couldn't wait to share.


Stomp Rocket

So sad that I missed Pow-Wow. We had a family trip planned since long ago. I picked up the Pow-Wow book this week and found instructions for a stomp rocket (p. 240). I wanted to share some modifications we made since my kids had such a fun time with this and it seems cheap enough to use for pack meeting or den meeting.
The jist of the plan is to use 1/2" PVC and an elbow to create the launch pad and a bottle for the "fuel". So, the instructions called for a soda pop bottle. We don't drink soda so I used a milk jug. We had to duct tape it on pretty good, but it worked great. After each "launch," I just blew through the tube to reinflate. The rockets are a piece of paper wrapped around a piece of PVC and taped together . . . loose enough to slip over the end of the launcher and tight enough to hold some air. Modification . . . instructions called for a PVC end cap on the rocket. I have tons of water bottles around and I just used the cap off of those with tape to seal off the end of the paper tube. Add fins like we did at AC, place it on the end of the launcher and stomp on the bottle.

So much fun! We could have played for hours. Can't wait to do this with my boys. I could see being able to do this inside the cultural hall during the winter since the rockets go high, but not so high and powerfully enough to do damage to anything inside (at least with the lighter-weight water-bottle caps . . . PVC end-caps could possibly do damage.)

Hope everyone's coming along on their Treaties. Can't wait to see you all in a few months!