July 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
August 2008 Theme
S'MORE SUMMER FUN
Forester & Naturalist
THEME RELATED STUFF
Fun Facts About Summer
Alice, Golden Empire Council
Americans eat seven
billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
favorite summer fruit, are related to the rose – each one has about 200 seeds.
originally came from the Kalahari Desert region in Africa, even though a
watermelon is 92% water.
The word barbecue
comes from the Arawak word barbakoa, meaning "frame of sticks."
Thank the Chinese
when you enjoy ice cream during the summer – it was invented there around 2000
squash is just a name for some varieties of squash that are harvested while
still immature and tender and edible. Some are actually available year-round.
What we call the
first day of summer was actually right in the middle of it in the ancient
calendar, where summer was the season that surrounded the longest day.
The North Pole
actually gets the most sunshine of any place on earth on June 21st –
and for several weeks after!
When you drink a
glass of summer lemonade, think of the wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes
wife Lucy – she was called Lemonade Lucy all year long, because she refused to
serve liquor in the White House.
The first person to
give tips about how to land a fish in summer was a woman - Dame Juliana Berners,
whose “Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle” was written in 1496 and followed for
the next 150 years by English fishermen!
Although today we
eat lots of sliced tomatoes during the summer, they were thought to be poisonous
to people until the mid-19th century.
Americans eat about
140 pounds of potatoes a year, and they are 540 times more likely to eat potato
salad on July 4th than on an average day.
The Sun doesn’t just
heat up the earth during the Summer – it also holds the earth and other planets
in our solar system in orbit.
In the Northern
Hemisphere where we live, Summer is during June, July and August – but if you
live below the equator in the Southern Hemisphere, those are the winter months
for you – and the Winter is really Summertime!
REMEMBER FIRE SAFETY
Sam Houston Area Council
As S’more Summer Fun may involve
some fire building
(by adults or Webelos Scouts),
here are some reminders as you take caution:
Build your fire in
the center of a 10-foot circle that is free of flammable materials such as twigs
and dry grass.
Don’t build the fire
against a tree or between the roots.
Don’t use firewood
that spits sparks.
Break burnt matches
before throwing them away, be sure that they are “cold out”.
Never leave a fire
Keep a bucket of
water, dirt, or sand handy for emergency use.
When you are through
with the fire, put it out. Spread the coals and ashes and sprinkle them with
water. Stir and sprinkle until the fire is cold out. This means it feels cold to
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