Troop 88 Perry Kansas Court of Honor

On October 4 our Boy Scout Troop 88 had a Court of Honor. I received 3 merit badges and 2 ranks advancements. The ranks I earned are Scout and Tenderfoot and merit badges I earned are Communication, Fingerprinting and Art. I really like Boy Scouts.

By Jacob


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    2010 Jefferson County Kansas 4-H Fair

    Hi I am Michael Goodell Jr,

    This is a paper i wrote for Boy scouts for the communications merit badge. It is also my story about my 4-H fair.



    4-H Fair

    By: Mike Goodell

                Hi, I am going to tell you of the 2010 Jefferson County 4-H Fair. The county fair is a chance for 4-Her’s to go and show there animals like cows, dogs, pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits, and chickens. They can also show there arts and crafts like Lego structures, wood carvings, and wood burnings. They can also show foods like Preservative foods, cookies, and cakes. They can also show photos, clothing and decorated cakes. I showed Goats, rabbits, and chickens.

                First, to show goats you have to work with your goat for a while before the fair so that the goat is friendly to you. If you don’t work with it you will embarrass yourself when you have to drag your goat around the showing ring. I showed 3 Kiko goats, a 2 ½ year old mother and her 2 4 month old babies. To show the goats you have to walk them around a showing ring and then position them so the judge has a good look at them from every angle. I earned 2 purples (1st place) and two blues (2nd place).

                Next, to show chickens you have to make sure they are clean and bathed. I took 6 chickens this year. Two large fowl orpingtons (which are large than normal breeds), 1 bantam White faced black Spanish (which are smaller than the normal breeds), and I also took a pen of three of Orpingtons which will be judged by the size of all three birds and the cleanliness of the birds. The judge has to take the chicken out of the cage and inspect it on how well the bird displays the breed’s characteristics. I got a blue (2nd place) on my White faced black Spanish bantam. I got Red (3rd place) on my pen of three orpingtons because they were too young to spot the aspects of the orpington. I also got a red on my Blue orpington rooster because his comb was flat instead of spiky. Then I got Champion on my Black Orpington rooster out of all the large fowl chickens at the fair. There is also something called Showmanship that tests how much I know about chickens. I had to have one of my chickens with me to tell the parts of it. I earned 3rd place so I got a 3rd place medal.

                Finally, to show rabbits you just have to make sure the rabbit is clean and in healthy condition. The rabbits were shown by their breed. I took 4 rabbits, 1 New Zealand (which is like a meat rabbit) and 3 Mini rexes. I showed my Mini rexes first. The first two were disqualified because their ears where too long. The last one was better; it went to the final round out of all the breeds. My New Zealand also went to the final. Out of a total of 24 rabbits my New Zealand Got 2nd place or Reserve Grand Champion. My Mini Rex got champion out of the mini rexex and the other two just got white (like a participating ribbon). There was also something called a fur class where the judge judges the quality of the fur. My New Zealand got purple and my Mini Rex also got Purple. There is also something called rabbit showmanship which shows how much I know about rabbits. There is also an ID test which show how many breeds I know from just looking at a picture. There is also a Knowledge test to also show how much I know about rabbits. I got a red in showmanship, a red in the ID test, and I got Reserve Grand Champion on my Knowledge test.

                Overall I had a great time at the fair and working with my animals.

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      Winter has come!

      It was inevitable. The first “real” snowfall has started. We currently are expecting 4-8″ of the fluffly stuff. However, all you do is turn around and that changes.  We are very excited about this. Except maybe the kids. They are homeschooled, so no real snow day for them. We are looking forward to snow angels, snowball fights and hot chocolate this afternoon though. Who wouldn’t be?  We have our Dutch Oven ready, our closet full of camping gear and we are ready for what ever comes our way. Hooray for having 3 Boy Scouts in the family!!

      It always amazes me though how people prepare for upcoming weather. My husband and I were watching the news last night and they were interviewing shoppers.  I laughed at the kinds of things they had in their carts. Applesauce cups, frozen waffles, etc. Not exactly essentials. What happened to cases of canned goods, dried goods and peanut butter?  If the power goes out, are we to just keep our food out in the snow and then tredge in and out all day to gather the  meals? While, of course,  letting out all the precious heat it took us all day to conserve.  I may not be an expert at weather prepardness, but can’t we rethink our misguided notions of what is actually needed if the time comes and buy smart? Or be stoked about the full pantry of food we can’t cook? Hey, I stocked up!

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        My 21st Century Woodbadge Trail – The Tickets

        My first ticket was supposed to be a course teaching scouters how to use Packmaster at the 2008 University of Scouting on Saturday, February 02, 2008 at Washburn University. When I arrived at the University of Scouting there were not enough people to fill both classes so another scouter taught the morning class. They did ask me to teach the ‘scouting on the Internet’ course. Having only two hours to prepare, I did well with the course. Even though I did well, I do not feel I did well enough to count this as a ticket.

        My first ticket was a blood drive. I called the local blood bank and talked to a representative. We set a possible date and place. We decided to have it at the Oskaloosa High School on February 8th, 2008. Next I contacted the school to see if the date was open and filled out the Facility Use Agreement Form. The blood bank representative and I met and she gave me the packet full of fliers and phone numbers of previous donors. I spent many nights on the phone informing people about the blood drive and setting up appointments. The day of the blood drive I went to the school to help set up, assist with donors, and later help pack up. And yes I gave some blood. We had a very good turn out.

        My second ticket was to get Leave No Trace Trainer (LNT) trained on Friday, April 11-13 2008. The plan was we were going to camp outside but since it was cold and snowing, plus this was LNT and not a survival course, we slept in the basement of the mess hall. The training course required 16 hours of training and to present a LNT topic. I chose ‘Be Considerate of Other Visitors’. Since getting trained I have reviewed the guidelines with the boys in our pack, some boys at my church, as well as, encouraged some online friends to get trained themselves.

        My third ticket I changed. I was going to create Guidelines for our pack, but because of a lack of time I chose to get Merit badge Counselor trained. I even got my wife to take the training.  I chose to be a counselor for the district. The merit badges I am a counselor for are Camping, Canoeing, Computers, Electronics, Family Life and Gardening.

        My fourth ticket I changed as well. I was going to do an Aerial Map of Camp Jayhawk and have it displayed on the grounds. Again, however, due to a lack of time I chose to teach Den Chief Training at the University of Scouting on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at the LDS Church. I searched the internet looking for Den Chief training materials, but unfortunately, I found very little there and not what I was looking for. I ended up compiling the data I found on the net and books I already had in order to make a 100 slide Power Point presentation. As well as hand outs and quiz questions. I ended up with seven boys for the all day course. At lunch they did a couple of skits for the adults and had a fun time.

        For my fifth ticket, I became a District Trainer. On Saturday, January 17 2009 I took Trainer Development Conference (Trainer’s Edge) formerly known as “Trainer Development Course” also formerly known as “Train the Trainer. Plans are now being made for me to teach a class at the Spring Camporee.

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          Another Blue and Gold in the History Books

          Another year has come and gone again, and everything seemed to go off without a hitch.

          We had our blue and gold (yellow) tablecloths and balloons on the tables. Unfortunately we hadn’t any table decorations made by the scouts this year. We decided not to put up streamers this year. It seemed to take away from the simplicity of our decorations.

          Dinner was great. We decided on a pasta dinner with a homemade meat sauce and an Alfredo sauce. The pack paid for the main courses and the garlic bread. Each family, however, contributed $2.00 per person to help with that cost. We have a small pack.  Each den then became responsible for bringing salad side dishes and desserts. It turned out to be a very filling evening.

          Our awards ceremony was really nice. Each scout that acheived their rank was awarded their rank during a painted face ceremony. Each scout had lines and symbols placed on their face, using costume face paint, by their leader. Each line and symbol represented a valueable trait in scouting. The scouts thought it was pretty cool. It was a great symbolic ceremony. We also gave out the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies for the winners of the Pinewood Derby which was held on the same day. As well as patches for that event. Finally, we gave out all the certificates from the Father and Son Cake Bake. This years cake theme was “America the Beautiful.” Each scout who participated was to design a cake using a line from the song. They looked really neat. Scouts can be so creative. Families were also allowed to bid on their favorite cakes in a silent auction. The winning bids were then placed into the scouts pack account to be used for camp fees or equipment for camp.

          Overall it went very well. We were so proud of the scouts achievements. Despite all the stress and frustration involved in putting together such a big night. We look forward to a strong finish to this scouting year.

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