Webelos First Den Meeting

At the first Webelos den meting we did the following:

  • Talked about eating healthy and exercising
  • Then we did:
    • standing long jump
    • chin ups
    • 1/3 of a mile run
    • 50 yard dash,
    • sit ups
  • Then voted for a Denner [Murphy D. won]
  • Talked about the Fitness Activity Badge for homework
  • Plan to redo the above exercises in one month to see our improvement

I had a great time and it was really fun. And a new scout came who was really good at running. His name is Ryan and I used to play baseball and soccer with him.

– Gabe C.


Bear Den Meeting at the Wayside Inn

My  first den meeting was at the Wayside Inn Grist Mill and Schoolhouse. Almost everyone came,plus 3 new scouts. Inside the Grist Mill, there was a person who talked to us about the Grist Mill and what goes on in it. What he said was very interesting, the Grist Mill is still working and they will grind grain for you. Inside the schoolhouse I learned that Henry Ford moved it from Sterling Massachusetts to the Wayside Inn many years ago. This schoolhouse was where the “Mary had a Little Lamb” story happened. Mary was nine years old when her lamb followed her to school. Mary grew up to be a school teacher. The woman inside the schoolhouse told us stories and answered our questions. The Den meeting was very interesting! -Theodore C.

Summer Map and Compass Event

On Saturday August 16th Pack 24 met at Ghiloni Park in Marlborough and learned about compasses and how to use them. We first had a talk about the devices including the scouts. We even got as far as talking about why magentic North is moving. Then the scouts were given, if they didn’t have their own already, a compass and a six step instruction sheet. The instructions included a compass bearing and a number of steps. Then they were off, each team assisted by an adult leader. Each team completed each course (there were three) and then cleaned up afterward. Then the scouts were given a carefully crafted map sheet, in the style of an old pirate map, to draw either the park, their neighborhood, anything. With all these activities completed in a little over an hour the scouts that attended earned their Map and Compass Belt Loops.

Then we had a special surprise, one of our adult leaders showed the scouts a wilderness survival kit that he put together when he was a scout about their age. Besides a few items being a little rusty it was very intact. The boys were interested as well as surprised at a few items. There were matches, a strikepad, a sewing kit, mirror, pocket knife, fishing line, a sinker, fishing hook, and more. All of this was carefully packaged in an army surplus container with a belt clip about 3 inches, by 4 inches by 1 inch. Something maybe for our scouts to aspire to.

We also learned a few unexpected lessons, like the big difference from “analog” compasses and digital ones, what happens to a compass when you are right next to a fire hydrant or other large amount of metal… Even that a poorly laid out course could be accomplished in more than one way…

Thanks to all that attended and I am sure all had fun and learned a thing or two…

The Campfire Ash Ceremony

I found this article on Troop 1018’s website and I couldn’t write it any better, I have replaced their links with our own, but the story and ceremony stay the same:

The Campfire Ash Ceremony is a tradition that was supposedly started by Baden-Powell to highlight the bond among Scouts worldwide.  The basic idea is that ashes from a campfire are collected and sprinkled into the next campfire, thus there’s a common thread that binds the events and the participants.  By keeping a running log, a “campfire pedigree” is created that lists lineage of the current ashes.

It’s a fun thing to do at a campfire and really does highlight the worldwide nature of the Scouting movement.  That having been said, my research has not shown any evidence that B-P really did come up with the idea, and the pedigree is, of course, something that has to be taken on faith.  None of this is notarized, certified, or has received a stamp of approval from the international “ash master”.  Bottom line – we do it because it’s fun.

Traditionally, anyone that participated in the campfire can take ashes for their own pedigree and can combine pedigrees if ashes from multiple “lines” are sprinkled into a fire.

CampfirePedigreePack24MarlboroughMA (pdf format)

Here is an example of a campfire ash ceremony:

There exists, in Scouting circles, a legend that Baden-Powell would take ashes from a ceremonial campfire and spread them into the next campfire. This was done to recall memories of past campfires and to highlight to all Scouts and Scouters the bonds that connect us with our fellow Scouts and Scouters around the world. 

If anybody else has any ashes that they would like to contribute to this ceremony, I invite them to come forward now and join me.

The ashes I spread into this campfire carry memories of past campfires dating back to ______. They have been carried around the world to over _____ Scouting campfires in ____ countries where Scouting fellowship has been shared.

[Sprinkle ashes into the fire]

In adding these ashes to our campfire tonight, we symbolically send greetings to our brother and sister Scouts around the world.  And, as these ashes mingle with tonight’s campfire, we join the memories of our own past campfire experiences and those of Scouts that have come before us with tonight’s program.

CampfirePedigreePack24MarlboroughMA (Comma Seperated Values file to add to in any program)