Volume 5 Issue 11
June 1999


Mary Ann McKenney, a brownie leader from NW Georgia is working on a letter writing campaign for her daughter's cadet troop. She found all of these addresses for our military personnel and posted them on Scouts-L.

During Desert Storm my scouts wrote to some military personnel there and their letters were greatly appreciated. Please consider writing to any serviceman/servicewoman using the addresses provided below.

Here are addresses to write to the military, particularly in the Balkans.
Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps land forces in Bosnia/Kosovo:

Any Service Member
Operation Joint Guard
APO AE 09397

Navy and Marine Corps personnel aboard ship:
Any Service Member
Operation Joint Guard
FPO AE 09398

Families in Germany:
Any Family Member
Operation Joint Guard
APO AE 09399

For mail to troops in other parts of the world, we suggest that you contact the United Services Organization, (USO), a non-Government group which sponsors activities for service personnel. Some USO groups have programs which promote pen pal exchanges. Individuals should write to:

Executive Director, United Services Organization,Inc.
601 Indiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Individuals may also consider writing a letter to the editors of Service oriented newspapers.

Army Times, Navy Times, and Air Force Times, are commercial enterprises operated from the same address:
6885 Commercial Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22159.

The Stars & Stripes is a daily newspaper published exclusively for U.S. military stationed overseas. The address for the Far East edition is
Pacific Stars & Stripes, APO JA 96337 and for the European edition, it is Stars & Stripes, APO AE 09211.

Outdoor Classroom Craft
Judy Polak

We made "creek bottoms" with the lids of JIF peanut butter -- the 2lbs/8oz size. (We use that size for Easter Eggs so we have access to them!) These can be used as paper weights. We acquired two coffee cans (big size) of pea gravel from the quarry. They donated it to us. This was enough for 30 lids with some left over. The kids washed the gravel -- revealing all the colors in the rocks! They retained their "wet colors" in the glue.
They put the gravel in the peanut butter lids and covered it with the Elmer's Gel Glue. We figured on 2 lids per bottle but they actually got a little more than that. We bought the glue at Toys R Us, 99¢ each, so we had figured 50 cents per project. The price goes down since they were getting about 3 out of a bottle, plus we did not look for the best price, cheapest price, discounts, donations, etc. (This was on a school budget -- not a cub scout budget!) One of the parents brought some seashells and sand dollars. The kids also added dried flowers, nut shells, etc. All summer I'll be collecting freshwater mollusk shells from the state parks, etc. for this in the future. I would have rather had freshwater stuff so that it went with the theme.
We did them on Thursday at outdoor classroom. They sat over the weekend at school. The kids brought them home on Tuesday -- but I think that they were sufficiently dried by Monday.
We transported them home flat in "soda case" boxes -- we picked up a bunch at Sam's Club -- so the lids didn't slide around and get glue all over the cars. Her son played with my example and actually popped mine out of its lid.

Fred Feltmann who is a former member of the Greater Alabama Council sent this to me. Atlanta is the very fortunate council where Fred and his family lives.

An Everyday Survival Kit
Rubber band
Band aid
Chewing gum
Candy Kiss
Tea Bag
Here's why:
Toothpick - to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others...Matt 7:1
Rubber band - to remind you to be flexible, things might not always go the way you want, but it will work out...Romans 8:28
Band Aid - to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else's...Col. 3:12-14
Pencil - To remind you to list your blessings everyday...Eph 1:3
Eraser - to remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it's okay... Gen. 50:15-21
Chewing gum - to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything ...Phil 4:13
Mint - to remind you that you are worth a mint to your heavenly father ...John 3:16-17
Candy Kiss - to remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug everyday ...1 John 4:7
Herb Tea Bag - to remind you to relax daily and go over that list of God's blessings...1 Thess 5:18
This is my gift to you. May God richly bless you.
To the world, you may just be somebody...but to somebody, you may be the world.
Thank you Linda M for this fun idea
I just bought these today..yes bought.. they were only $1.00. I am so ashamed a GS Leader buying bird feeders Yikes what next *L0L* However, they would be so easy to make. It was a box - you could use a McDonalds kids meal box or a Chinese take out box. Stick a stick or pencil 1/4 way up from the bottom all the way through the box. Fill with bird seed. Cut a slit 1/4 way up from the stick. Put a hanger on it and you have a bird feeder. You can have the kids decorate them. The ones I bought have pictures of fishing cabin and tackle, birds and one is a sunflower. Yes 3--have to get one for each kid. I think the McDonald boxes would be great because sometimes they come with little holes you punch out so all you have to do is punch out one of the cutouts and stick the pencil in back. Staple the top closed and to refill just unstaple or throw away and make a new one.

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