Thursday, March 29, 2012

It is time to sign up for Cub Scout Summer Day Camps - A great option is Camp Jeremiah Johnson

It is time to consider signing up for Cub Scout Summer Day Camps before all the good spots are taken.  The main camp I would suggest is Camp Jeremiah Johnson.  Other great summer camps to attend would be Alpine District's Cub Scout Olympics, and Alpine District's Webelos Woods that Webelos attend with their fathers.

Cub Scout (Wolf and Bear) Day Camp

Come and enjoy day camp as we experience Pioneering the Old West! Excitement and fun will be found at Camp Jeremiah Johnson. This year, we are again offering two different programs. Just pick which one will fit you best and register online for the day you want to attend. It's that easy! No fixed or assigned days. Register now for both days before the schedule is full.
Program AProgram B
Archery AdventuresArchery Adventures
Shoot Out at OK Corral / Pioneer Trek (BB Guns)Shoot Out at OK Corral / Pioneer Trek (BB Guns)
Huck Finn’s Hideout (Sling Shots / Flags)Bozeman Trail Ferry (Boats)
Mountain Man Rendezvous (Pioneer Games)   Native American Pow Wow (Native American Games)
Westward Ho! Pioneers (Craft)Tipi Technicians (Craft)
Lasso’s Lair (ropes: making, fusing, panning for gold)Lasso’s Lair (ropes: making, fusing, panning for gold)

Daily Schedule

  • 7:15 - 7:45 - Check-In
  • 7:45 - 8:00 - Opening Ceremony
  • 8:05 - 10:40 - Sessions 1-4
  • 10:45 - 11:15 - Lunch
  • 11:20 - 12:35 - Sessions 5-6 
  • 12:40 - 12:55 - Closing Ceremony

Webelos Cub Scout Day Camp

Experience Webelos camp in the afternoon and evening, ending at 7:45 on most Thursdays and Fridays. The classes offer fun, flexibility, and excitement specifically for Webelos Scouts. Slots fill up fast, so register soon!
This year, we are offering two different programs. Just pick which one will fit you best, and register on-line for the day you want to attend! It is that easy! No fixed or assigned days.
Program AProgram B
Archery AdventuresArchery Adventures
Shoot Out at OK Corral / Pioneer Trek Shoot Out at OK Corral /  Pioneer Trek
Huck Finn’s Hide Out Bozeman Trail Ferry
Catapult Canyon(Engineering Pin)
Gold Rush! (Geology Pin)
Forester Pin    Naturalist Pin

Daily Schedule

  • 2:30 - 2:55 - Check-In
  • 3:00 - 3:15 - Opening Ceremony
  • 3:20 - 5:15 - Session 1-3
  • 5:20 - 5:50 - Dinner/ Catapult Competition
  • 5:55 - 7:10 - Session 4-5
  • 7:15 - 7:35 - Closing Ceremony

Saturday, March 17, 2012

2 Liter Bottle Water Rockets

My Webelos Cub Scout Den had a BLAST (literally) doing these 2 liter bottle water rockets.  The way you do these is you fill the 2 liter bottle about 1/3 full of water, put it upside down on the base, pump it up, and pull the pin out (attached with the blue twine), and watch it shoot off.  They did it the whole hour and couldn't get enough of it.

They loved experimenting, and doing different amounts of water, and different amount of PSI by pumping it different amounts of times.  It was easy for them to do by themselves, and you can see by looking at the pictures that the rockets go incredibly high.  

This would be a fun idea for a Pack Meeting.  The boys could come with their bottles decorated.  As long as they don't make any holes in them.


Pictures of the boys doing Alka Seltzer Rockets or Film Cannister Rockets

 My Webelos Cub Scout Den LOVED doing Alka Seltzer Rockets.  They ended up doing it the whole hour of Cub Scouts.  That was not the plan, but they were having too much fun experimenting with different amounts of water and Alka Seltzer tablets.  It is amazing how high these little things go up in the air.

Use the clear film cannister containers, and break the alka seltzer tablets into 4 pieces.  They need to put about 3/4 inch water in, 1/4 tablet, seal quickly, and put on the ground upside down.  For complete instructions, see my other How to article on this blog.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

HOW TO DO Film Cannister Rockets or Alka Seltzer Rockets

My Cub Scouts LOVED doing these.  I was planning on doing it for a pre-opener before our Den Meeting, but couldn't pry the boys away.  They loved experimenting with putting different amounts of water and aka-seltzer tablets in the film cannisters to see what happened.  I sat there and broke all the alka-seltzer tablets into fourths so they would go farther.  Hope you will give them a try because the boys will have a blast!

  • One empty 35mm plastic film canister and lid. These are getting harder to find, but stores that develop film should have some. (The white canisters work much better than the black ones do.) If you have trouble finding canisters, you can get them HERE.
  • One fizzing antacid tablet (such as Alka-Seltzer - Get this from your parents)
  • Water
  • Safety goggles

1. Put on those safety goggles and head outside - no really, when this works, that film canister really flies! If you want to try the indoor version, do not turn the canister upside down in step 5.
2. Break the antacid tablet in half.
3. Remove the lid from the film canister and put a teaspoon (5 ml) of water into the canister.
   Do the next 2 steps quickly

4. Drop the tablet half into the canister and snap the cap onto the canister (make sure that it snaps on tightly.)
5. Quickly put the canister on the ground CAP SIDE DOWN and STEP BACK at least 2 meters.
6. About 10 seconds later, you will hear a POP! and the film canister will launch into the air!
Caution: If it does not launch, wait at least 30 second before examining the canister. Usually the cap is not on tight enough and the build up of gas leaked out.

There's nothing like a little rocket science to add some excitement to the day. When you add the water it starts to dissolve the alka-seltzer tablet. This creates a gas call carbon dioxide. As the carbon dioxide is being released, it creates pressure inside the film canister. The more gas that is made, the more pressure builds up until the cap it blasted down and the rocket is blasted up. This system of thrust is how a real rocket works whether it is in outer space or here in the earth's atmosphere. Of course, real rockets use rocket fuel. You can experiment controlling the rocket's path by adding fins and a nose cone that you can make out of paper. If you like this experiment, try the Exploding Lunch Bag. Be safe and have fun!

The project above is a DEMONSTRATION. To make it a true experiment, you can try to answer these questions:
1. Does water temperature affect how fast the rocket launches?
2. Does the size of the tablet piece affect how long it takes for the rocket to launch?
3. Can the flight path be controlled by adding fins or a nosecone to the canister?
4. How much water in the canister will give the highest flight?
5. How much water will give the quickest launch? 

Treats Ideas that could be used for a Cub Scout Raingutter Regatta

Here are some ideas for treats you could do for a Raingutter Regatta...


This cupcake, and 5 others are on easy cupcakes.  Check them out!

The following cupcakes are from Family Fun and would be a lot of fun to use