Santi’s Journalism Merit Badge Post and Camp Kawabata Cookie Sales

Scout C-Day
C-Day means „cookie day“. Yeah!

In almost all countries of the world, where scouts are active, there are seasonal activities scouts do to help themselves with fundraising. Doing something good for their communities, and getting money for that at the same time, and with that money they pay for their scout activities.

Sometimes, it is collecting “used up” Christmas trees from the homes, take them “old” trees to a collection place, where they will be months later fed into the famous Easter fires. For that service, scouts take a small donation. Also, in some places, they help collecting used clothes, which will be laters cleaned and fixed up by professional organizations like the Red Cross, and then shipped to people in need for clothes, like into very poor African Nations.

In other countries, scouts sell goodies, donated by good meaning people and companies, like UNICEF Christmas cards, or, something most important for good nutrition: COOKIES!

Camp Kawabata C-Day took place in the evening of a day kept totally secret for good reasons. Glossom and Phil, famous bakers in Bay City had worked for weeks, day and night, to get them ready: The Camp Kawabata Scout Cookie Boxes. This secret evening, Chris, Flo, Zeico and Santi travelled by public bus to bakery, to pick them cookie boxes up. But there were two surprises:

Number 1: the ingredients of them cookies took us all by surprise. After “offering” various ideas of applying Chinese torture, Glossom eventually “volunteered” to share the main ingredient she uses for good food: the “l-stuff”, meaning, cooking with love. Thus, the first boxes of cookies were tested immediatly, and found Zeico in hospital laters having his stomach pumped out, because he could not refrain from eating all of them test cookies right away –all 5 flavours, 25 cookies each, mind!

Surprise number 2: That was, that we not got only a few dozens of them boxes as we had expected, but no, there were piled up like 1000 of them in the storage hall of the bakery.

Now, that gave us scouts real headaches. But, surprise surprise, scout friends from Russia offered to use their connections, and those people who not want to be mentioned sent Big Truck, and got the 1000 cookie boxes safely shipped to Camp Kawabata Trading Post. We not asked, how they could smuggle such valuable merchandise through the various custom check points of the world.

Well, they just managed to do it, and for the last few miles, the Russian Cookie Truck was even helped by local, state, and federal police, so that the valuable fright would safely arrive in Camp Kawabata.

And now, everybody can safely buy them cookie boxes at the trading post in Scout Camp.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Camp%20Kawabata/172/83/25

There is a vendor there, and one can get 5 different flavors. Each box contains 25 cookies, is transferable, and costs 100 Lindens. Bought from vendor, the money is transfered without any commission or so from the baker to the scout camp Sim owner.

The scout cookie boxes make super gifts for friends and family, also. And each box sold means some money earned to help with costs of running Camp Kawabata. Thanks to the bakers Glossom and Phil for this generous donation. And, as it is with scouts, the “rest”, we must get done ourselves. “Allzeit bereit” = “be prepared”. Right?

Also, you can get the boxes from Santi (Santiboy Resident) directly, who you can also ask for any additional information concerning cookie sales you might seek.

Gut Pfad!
Santi
(Santiboy Resident)

((P.S.: I am still looking for scouts and “customers” who would like to roleplay a sequence of selling them boxes at the door of a private home in SL – contact me pls if interested – that would make the story “complete” ))

Tucker’s Journalism/Blogging Merit Badge Post

A Scout’s Reflections
by Tucker Valdor

So I’m new with all this blogging stuff…and I’m new to Scouts, too. Well….compared to lots of you other scouts! I’ve only got a handful of merit badges and still don’t know that many of you….yet. Last November, I attended the “Climb on Safely” course with the scouts. We learned all about climbing and carabiners, helmets and harnesses. It was great fun! There was laughing and joking, and I don’t think anybody fell off the side of the mountain. It’s fun stuff…doing these merit badges. But the cool thing is….I’m actually LEARNING something while I’m doing them! The other day, I learned about nuclear reactors and stuff. Not just SL stuff…REAL LIFE stuff about them! Today, I participated in the emergency preparedness activity. It was really AWESOME! I learned a TON! So…I have a confession. I used to do these things for the badge. You know…something to put on my sash so I looked cool and like I was a REAL SCOUT. But now…it’s different. I go to these things to really EXPERIENCE them…to learn more… to fellowship with my scout buddies…to hang out with my brother…That badge? Well…it’s just an added bonus! So… for all you scouts out there…Come on! Let’s learn stuff together! Life is a journey…and it’s not about the destination. Let’s just enjoy the ride!

Tucker after his climbing lesson.

Tucker and family at the Sept. Court of Honor

Paintball at Camp Kawabata (2013-01-10)

Jeremy setup a Paint Ball arena at camp and we had a fun game of paintball: green versus orange. In the middle was the safe zone but outside there was plenty of sniping even before the game stated. Chris and Dark had a couple memorable base raids into the other base and we all had a good time hoping o make it a regular game.

Registering in the Paintball Game

Lining up in teams, watch out for sneak attacks!

Peter in his victory pose.

Archery Merit Badge at Camp Kawabata (2012-11-01)

Archery is a fun way for Scouts to exercise minds as well as bodies, developing a steady hand, a good eye, and a disciplined mind. This merit badge can provide a thorough introduction to those who are new to the bow and arrow—but even for the experienced archer, earning the badge can help to increase the understanding and appreciation of archery.

In keeping up wit this scout principle, Chris taught us about archery and the precautions that must be taken.

We then went to our archery area and used our two archery fields to learn to shoot like William Tell.  No volunteers were available to hold the apple over their heads.

So glad for the two fields to accommodate our large scout group.

 

Scouts at camp before going to the Archery site

 

Scouts learning to be Green Arrows

 

Chris showing Lesly the fine art of archery

Music Merit Badge Sept. at Nashville Music Row

The cubs and scouts returned to Nashville Music Row to learn about the history of country music. Billy talked about the Grand Old Opry while on stage and noted all the famous performers who probably stood on that very spot. After touring the Ryman Auditorium we took some pictures will Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.

Ready to head to Nashville

Talking about the significance of the Ryman and the Grand Ol Opry to the history of Country Music

Backstage of the Ryman Auditorium

Taking pictures on Music Row

Caddy and Eric’s pic with Willie Nelson

Physical Fitness Merit Badge Sept.

Since lag is a continuing problem at meetings with a lot of people we decided to roll out a Physical Fitness Merit Badge. To deal with the lag it was’y Physical Fitness in the sense of push ups and sits, instead we decided to give the cubs and scouts a lesson on what causes lag and give everyone a chance to try to figure out how to reduce their script load on the sim. We mostly tried to keep our hair on as we looked over our avatars and huds to see how we could get all our own scripts under 3MB. Hopefully we won’t crash as many sims in the future with our low lag scout outfits!

 

Learning about the basics of lag

Physical Fitness Sept 2

Checking each of our avatar scripts loads to help reduce the load on the sims we visit

Archeology Merit Badge Sept.

The scouts returned to Roma for an introduction to Archeology. We didn’t know the sim owners had planned an event on the very sim where the badge was taking place so those gathered for the courier relay role-play were surprised to see over 20 scouts and parents rez right under them, and thought they were under attack! After some ims we cleared that up and everyone got  to dig up something from the past using shovels, pick axes and trowels. We learned hands on how things are recovered, logged and dated.  Thanks to Torin Golding for creating a great place to run our Archeology Badge!

Introduction to Archeology at Camp

Learning about Archeology down in the pit

Using hand tools to recover artifacts

Surfing Merit Badge at Pixel Obessions

The scouts introduced a new merit badge, one that isn’t available in the BSA yet, Surfing! We started the night with an intro on surfing’s history and a lesson how to execute some of the maneouvers in surfing. At pixel obessions we rented boards and all lined up to catch the wave! Everyone had fun and we all were smart enough to avoid padding right into the wave and avoiding hitting someone on the wave.

 

Ready to get wet at the beach surfing!

Lined up for the wave

Tatch launching off a wave

Nic

Taking a breather

 

Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge Sept.

The scouts and cubs took their time to go over a subject that’s often not given much thought to, interacting with people with disabilities. We started the night with a lesson on how we use person first language like “person who uses a wheelchair” not the wheelchair guy. Then we had an exercise where we pretended to be visually impaired and used a partner to navigate the parking lot. Finally to end the night we visited an exhibit that displayed the concepts of universal design.

Talking about person first language in the parking lot at the hall

People with visions impairment exercise in the parking lot

Learning about Universal Design in a model home.

Swimming Merit Badge August

The scouts closed one of the last weekends of the summer with swimming merit badge tests. We  had a good mix of scouts and cubs who all completed their swimmer requirements. Luckily lifeguard Garrett didn’t need to come off his high chair again as we all followed the rules of Safe Swim Defense.

Teddy going over the Safe Swim Defense Plan

Lined up on the dock ready for t he swimmer test!

Practicing treading water and holding your breath

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