Bill's Unofficial Cub Scout Roundtable
A compendium of Ideas For Cubmasters, Den Leaders and those who help them.
Blue & Gold
Character & Ethics
Cheers & Stunts
Dist & Council
Den Prog Plans
Good Turn For America
Places to Go
Prepare For Scouts
3 Magic Words
The Outdoorsman Activity Badge requirements are fun, and give the Webelos a chance to learn new skills that will prepare him for Boy Scouting. Camping, outdoor cooking and fire safety are all part of enjoying living in the outdoors.
Since tin foil dinners are big at campouts with our pack, we wrapped each of the awards in tin foil and put them in a fake fire on the stage. Then, we used a giant oven mitt and tongs to pull the awards out of the 'fire'.
CT, Nina Wolfson, CM,
Park Ranger, woodsman, hunter, forest ranger, sportsman, fisherman, tour guide, lodge manager, science teacher.
To play: Divide the campers into teams with adults and boys on each. Pass out the bags and set a time limit. Everybody takes turns reaching into the bag to pull out the next direction.
Banana Hot Boat -- Cut a v-shaped wedge from the top of an unpeeled banana. Fill wedge with pieces of chocolate and marshmallow. Wrap in foil and place on coals for 8-10 minutes.
Chili Bag -- Cook up a pot of chili (homemade or canned). Buy individual size bags of Doritos or something similar. Cut an X on front of bag and open. Put chili on top of the chips, and shredded cheese. And you have portable lunch time nachos/tacos.
Corn -- Remove silk and soak ears in water. Lay on hot coals for about 8 minutes per side.
Egg in orange peel -- Scoop out the orange pulp and eat it, then grease the inside of the peel, crack an egg into it, and set on coals to cook.
Egg on skewer -- Prick a tiny hole in both ends of an egg and skewer it, but be careful not to go through the yolk. Place on a forked stick and hold over coals. Or, coat the egg with a stiff mud paste and cook covered in coals for 20 minutes.
Eggs and Bacon in a Paper Bag -- Put strips of bacon on the bottom of the bag, crack an egg or two on top of the bacon, fold over the top of the bag and hang it on a stick over hot coals.
Hot Rock Cooking -- Lay a flat, hot rock on coals and use it as a griddle to cook hamburger, eggs, steak, fish, bacon, or bread.
Hot Rock Cooking -- Kabob -- Skewer meat, potatoes and another vegetable (tomato, zucchini, mushrooms) on a stick. Cook over hot coals.
Onion Oven-- Cut an onion in half and scoop out all but the two outside layers. Crack an egg into each half, or fill with chopped, seasoned meat, cap, and place directly on hot coals.
Potato1 -- Cut out the center of a potato. Fill with hamburger and diced onion, or with butter and cheese. Plug the hole with some of the pieces you removed. Coat potato with 2 inches of thick mud and place in coals. Cook for about an hour.
Potato2 -- Slice off the top of a spud, hollow out a tunnel, and crack an egg into the hollow. Rub a bit of the egg white around the cut top, then put the �lid� back on the potato. Wrap in foil and bake in coals.
Stick Bread -- Press a wad of dough onto the end of a stick and bake over hot coals. Try cinnamon twists. Pat dough into a rectangle, spread with butter, cinnamon and brown sugar, and cut into 2� strips. Wrap strip around a green stick and toast over the coals.
`There are many ways to make a foil dinner. The short paragraph tells you how to make the foil package with cooking times. This is followed by many ideas on what to put into the foil packages.
`Use two layers of light-weight, or one layer of heavy duty aluminum foil. Foil should be large enough to go around food and allow for crimping the edges in a tight seal. This will keep the juices and steam in. A good place to find heavy duty foil is a restaurant supply service. This wrap is know as the �drugstore� wrap.
Use heavy foil three times the width of the food. Fold over and roll up the leading edges. Then roll sides for a steam proof seal. Dinners can be mark with a Sharpie marker with the person's name or have them fold edges in a certain way to help identify dinners.
You will need a shallow bed of glowing coals that will last the length of cooking time. A good brand of charcoal works well. Make sure the bed of coals is big enough so all the boys and adults can put their dinners on at the same time. You may want to have two beds based on the number of people. This will help prevent a few headaches.
Chicken pieces: 20-30 min.
Whole Apples: 20-30 min.
Sliced potatoes 10-15 min.
Carrots: 15-20 min.
Hot dogs: 5-10 min.
Hamburger: 8-12 min.
Hash brown potatoes
Salt, pepper and spices to taste
Place potatoes, scrambled egg (doesn't need to be cooked) sausage patty and spices in foil. Wrap securely. Place on coals for 15 minutes.
Place chipped beef and cheese on a bun. Wrap in aluminum foil. Place on coals about 5 minutes per side.
a. You may use any type of meat.
b. Add a slice of cheese, onions, relish or other favorite topping.
Lay slices of potatoes, onion, and carrots on a sheet of heavy-duty foil then place hamburger patty on top. Cover with slices of potato, onion, and carrots. Season with butter, salt and pepper. Cook 20-30 minutes over hot coals, turning twice during cooking.
This a collection of ideas to make foil dinners more interesting. They came from the Internet. None are mine but they all sound great.
Just a touch of garlic salt makes a lot of difference. If you look at the labels in the stores, you will see that onion and garlic are part of almost everything! It doesn't take much to make it great.
Use cabbage leaves to wrap it all in before wrapping in foil. A little catsup helps for some boys. So can a few slices of onion.
Add Cream of Mushroom soup to our �hobos.� It adds taste as well as additional moisture. A couple of tablespoons will do just fine. Yum-yum.
How about adding BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or even Italian dressing?
A measuring teaspoon of Italian seasoning or of curry powder or of chili powder wouldn't hurt.
DO NOT, REPEAT NOT use cheese in your recipes, unless put on after cooking.
The cheese will warm and separate and the oil will catch fire or cook the food faster than expected. We had a few very unhappy Cubs expecting Cheeseburgers, but receiving, well something else if you can imagine.
It may cost a bit more too, but try to keep your meats lean and let the veggies add the moisture necessary.
Rik Bergethon, Pueblo, Colorado.
Characters: Leader and all Webelos. Pack the items into the backpack in reverse order of when they are used.
Leader: There! I'm all packed. (Sets the backpack on the table, opens it and looks around in it.) Everything I need is here for our camping trip. I'd better go check if the boys are here yet. (Closes the pack and leaves the stage.)
Boy #1: Enters from left and peeks into the backpack. Removes a map and makes a paper airplane out of it. Throws it into audience.
Boy #2: Enters from right, bouncing a ball. Looks into the backpack and pulls out a "Boys Life." He rolls it up and put a rubber band around it then hits the ball with his new 'bat' as he exits.
Boy #3: Enters from the left and carries a jar of bugs. Looks into the backpack and shakes his head. Exits to the right.
Boy #4: Looks into the pack and pulls out the sunglasses. Put them on saying, "Oh Cool!!! Exits.
Boy #5: Looks into the pack and removes the first aid kit. Puts a Band-Aid on his finger. Exits.
Boy #6: Looks into the pack and removes the Boy Scout Handbook. Walks off balancing it on his head.
Boy #3: Boy with the jar of bugs enters and looks into the pack again. Shakes his head and exits the other direction.
Three boys enter together. They remove a jar of vitamins, a comb and a shampoo bottle from the pack. They form a rhythm band, shaking the vitamins, humming on the comb (with tissue), and removing bottle cap blowing over the top. Exit dancing.
Boy #1: Removes shaving cream and towel. Applies shaving cream to his face and pretends he is shaving. Wipes off on the towel and exits.
Boy #2: Removes the leader's Scout shorts and shirt. Puts them on and pretends to be the leader yelling at the boys. Exits.
Boy #3: Enters again with his jar of bugs. Looks into the pack. Shakes it upside down (its empty now.) and decides to put his bug jar into it. He closed all the belts and sets it back on the table the way it was originally.
Leader: Enters from right and stands in front of the backpack facing the audience. "Well, they're all here. This is going to be a perfect camping weekend. It certainly pays to BE PREPARED! (Slings the pack onto his back, never looking into it. Whistles a happy tune while departing.
The theives' knot looks like a square knot but acts quite differently.
Have your Webelos tie each one and then test its strength by pulling on the standing ends of the rope.
Tie the theives' knot by starting with a loop as you would tie a sheet bend, and not with an overhand when tying a square knot.
The square knot tightens up under stain but the thief knot pulls apart. Can your Webelos see why this happens?
This knot has no practical use except as an interesting example.
When a square knot is subjected to strain, especially when wet, it may jam and be difficult to untie. This is a simple way to loosen the jam and untie the knot.
Grasp the two ends that emerge together from one side of the square knot and pull them apart hard attempting to straighten it.
If you are successful, the knot will break similar to the lower picture on the right. It is then easy to pull the straightened end (red) out of the jumble (blue.) The jumble is no longer a knot and falls straight.
Tie a clove hitch three seconds - or even less if you practice a bit!
This is something my old patrol leader taught me many years ago when i was a tenderfoot Scout. We used to challenge Scouts in other patrols by saying we could tie a clove hitch around our right arm faster than they could tie one around a pole.
Hold the rope in both hands as shown in 1 - left.
Rotate both hands clock-wise so that the rope portion in each hand forms a loop as in 2.
Note that the rope end in the right hand falls towards you while the end in the left hand falls away from you.
Now move the loop in your right hand behind the loop in your left hand.
This forms the clove hitch shown in 3.
The two loops can be slipped over a spar (as in 4), a tent pole, a staff, or - just to show off - your right arm.