What a Weekend: Rhyming edition


With our award-winning writers, photographers, and
illustrations, Scouting magazine has so many ways to tell you about great
Scouting weekends. But what you don’t typically see on our pages, or on our Web
pages, is poetry.

But when Cracker Barrel received an e-mail from Bill Kirk
last week, that’s exactly what we saw. The Scoutmaster from Sacramento, Calif.,
sent us a short poem about a wilderness first-aid class he took last year.

We liked it so much we wanted to share it. So, follow the
jump and check out Bill’s verse.


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What a Weekend: Extra! Extra! uses for newspaper

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Here’s
a new spin on recycling the news: Keenan Klos and Pack 249 used hundreds of
newspapers to celebrate the March Cub Scout theme, “Jurassic Pack.”

Pack
leaders asked the boys to roll newspaper tubes with their parents at home.
Then, each one brought at least 50 tubes to the pack meeting. With these homemade
building blocks, they were given 30 minutes to create dinosaurs using only the
tubes, extra newspaper, and tape.

Klos
says that some dens practiced their creations during den meetings prior to the
monthly pack meeting. Smart plan.

During
construction, parents and visiting Boy Scouts observed and judged the team’s performance,
while making diligent mental notes. After time was called, a Scout from each
den described his team’s design, and the judges handed out awards in categories
such as Best Teamwork, Best Adaptation of Theme, and Best Design.

Then
the real fun began. Leaders gave the boys 10 minutes to destroy all of the
structures, toss the paper into the air, and “basically just act crazy,” Klos
says. This short diversion was followed by—you guessed it—a massive group
cleanup.

What
can you learn from Klos and Pack 249? It’s easy to adopt this same activity and
apply it to practically any Cub Scout monthly theme. It encourages teamwork
within the den, builds creativity, and lets the boys have a ton of fun. Also,
it’ll cost you almost nothing to execute—great for cash-strapped pack budgets.

Follow the jump to check
out two more photos from the Jurassic Pack event and see if your boys might enjoy such
an event.


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What a Weekend: Planning to succeed

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“What a Weekend!”

That three-word exclamation,
usually uttered with a sigh on a Sunday evening, seems to be as much a part of
the Scouting program as the Dutch oven. If you’ve found yourself saying it
after another great trip with your unit, check out the end of this blog post to
learn how to tell us all about it.

Meanwhile, read on to learn
about Pocatello, Idaho, Troop 342’s canoe trip on the Snake River.

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What a Weekend: Call for entries

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The weekend’s almost here. That means that you can start
daydreaming about another great trip with your Scouting unit. If you close your
eyes, your office transforms…

That’s not microwave popcorn you hear down the hall—that’s a
crackling campfire. The icy draft you feel isn’t the always-too-cold air
conditioner—it’s a crisp mountain breeze. And the fast-approaching deadline to
finish that project? Well, you’ll just deal with that when you get back.

From all of us at Cracker Barrel, have a great weekend. We
know that Scouting weekends create memories that last a lifetime, so when you
return from one with an exhausted grin, keep us in mind. We want to hear all
about it.

Any recent trip—whether it was last weekend or last May—is a
story begging to be told on What a Weekend, a weekly feature on Cracker Barrel.

Send us an e-mail when you return so you can
tell others how much fun your troop, pack, crew, or ship had on a recent
outing. Sure, they might be jealous, but they’ll also get some great
inspiration for their own Scouting adventure.

So when Sunday rolls around, leave that pile of dirty hiking
socks for another day. Head straight for the computer, and send us an e-mail
with details about your trip and three or four of your best photos. We can’t
wait to hear from you!

What a Weekend: A Long Way From Home

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“What a Weekend!”

If you’ve uttered that
phrase after returning from another great Scouting adventure, you’re not alone.
Packs, troops, crews, and ships from across the country create unforgettable
memories for their members almost every weekend of the year. 

To celebrate these
classic moments, we present you with What a Weekend, a weekly feature that
highlights a recent Scouting adventure. You’ll find details about
how to submit your own story at the end of this post. But first, follow the jump to read about about Troop 1776’s recent trip to Valley Forge and see some more photos of their weekend.

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