Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge (2013-12-08)

We all met at Camp Kawabata and headed to the Bailey sim to learn about Winter Safety. We participated in the “Grandma’s Birthday Blizzard exercise.
For those that plan to travel during the holidays in the snow, it was a nice refresher on what to bring along and how to solve common driving problems.
It also reminded some of us why we moved to no-snow areas too. And it was a reminder on why driving licenses are only given to older kids (smile) But it was an excellent training to follow our motto “Be Prepared”.
The scouts had a chance to help Grandma on a health issue and then we all had a great time at her birthday party with cake and hot chocolate. The scouts again saved the day!

Scouts driving their caddies to get supplies and gasoline

Some scouts decided to walk on the snow

All scouts arriving for the B-day party. The cake was great!

Inside the party place was warm and all had a great time. Grandma was very thankful to her scouts




Space Exploration Merit Badge at the Kennedy Space Center (2013-12-05)

Tonight Chris took the troop to the Kennedy Space Center (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Spaceport%20Alpha/220/57/22) to learn about the human space history.

” Space is mysterious. We explore space for many reasons, not least because we don’t know what is out there, it is vast, and humans are full of curiosity. Each time we send explorers into space, we learn something we didn’t know before. We discover a little more of what is there.”

We saw and touched the Saturn Rocket and compared it to the one used for the space shuttle.

We had the opportunity of manning one of the rockets to space and we visited the space station orbiting Earth. A lot of us remembered Neil Armstrong being the first Eagle Scout on the moon surface leaving the first human footprint outside earth.  Afterwards we explored the solar system and we landed back on earth!  As we explored the solar system we clearly heard “Danger Will Robinson! Danger!”

Scouts gather around Chris for tonight’s meeting

Scouts examine the map at the Kennedy Space Center

Scouts dwarfed by the size of the rocket around them

Scouts exploring Saturn

Scouts kept a safe distance from the black hole at the center






Holiday Break (2013-11-28 and 2013-12-01)


Radio Merit Badge at Camp Kawabata and at the UW iSchool sim (2013-11-24)

Radio is a way to send information, or communications, from one place to another. Broadcasting includes both one-way radio (a person hears the information but can’t reply) as well as two-way radio (where the same person can both receive and send messages).

Chris and the leadership took the troop into two groups in our sim with previous instructions on how to establish radio communications and then we experimented in radio receiving and broadcasting to other scouts.

Later we visited the UW iSchool (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UW%20iSchool/198/199/41) to learn the history of commercial radio broadcasting and how it has evolved.

Now it makes more sense how those wonderful radio shows were made and why they were so popular.

Scouts gather to receive instructions from Chris on tonight’s merit badge

Chris telling scout group A “No! we are not here to fish today! Establish communication with group B via radio”

Scouts at point B excited to receive radio communications

Scouts studying the history of Radio broadcasting

Scout oath ceremony to admit new scouts. Welcome scouts to the best Scout group in the grid!






Animal Science Merit Badge at Eagle Island (2013-11-21)

Cattle, horses, sheep, goats, hogs, poultry, and other domesticated animals are important to people for many reasons. They supply us with food and clothing, we use them for recreational purposes, and they work with and for us.  As scouts we respect their sacrifice and what they do so we can eat a balance food diet.

Tonight Chris took the troop to Eagle Island (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Eagle%20Island/247/28/27) to understand the process of how we get eggs and the various uses they have.

No egg or scout was damaged in the tour.

Scouts gather around for tonight’s meeting

Scouts examine the displays of the various stages of an egg

Chris tries to get an egg from the conveyor

Scouts learn how to examine an egg

Scouts learning how to inspect eggs






Indian Lore Merit Badge at Camp Kawabata (2013-11-17)

Tonight Teddy took the troop to a special part of the camp to participate of the Indian Lore (Santi was awesome telling us the Native American stories).

Several of the scouts dressed in Native American outfits to honor the sacred traditions. Kids really enjoyed learning about our Aboriginal/Indigenous/Native cultures and their stories.

Far different from the stereotypes or common images that are portrayed on film, on television, and in many books and stories, American Indians have many different cultures, languages, religions, styles of dress, and ways of life. To learn about these different groups is to take an exciting journey of discovery in which you will meet some of America’s most fascinating peoples.

Scouts gather around Teddy for tonight’s activity

Scouts around the campfire listen attentively to Santi and the Native American stories

It was dark when the last stories were told. Making the evening more magical

A scared scout watching and listening from his tent



National History Merit Badge at The Cenotaph and The Alamo (2013-11-14)

Today Chris took us to see the Alamo (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UTArlington%20III/160/115/23). A wonderful sim with detailed information on the Alamo heritage.

Every Scout swears to an oath that includes duty to his country. A better understanding of our national heritage, the ways in which the past has led to our present nations, is key to truly knowing what it means to be a citizen in our countries.

As Scouts fulfill the requirements for this merit badge, they will learn how to become active citizens are aware of and grateful for their liberties and rights, to participate in their governments and protect their freedom, helping to defend their country and standing up for individual rights on behalf of all its citizens..

Two scout laws applied in this special trip in honor of Remembrance/Veterans Day:

A scout is Loyal to his country

A scout is reverent

The troop also traveled to The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London and learn about the sacrifices for freedom by the Europeans.  We each got a Poppy flower to wear in remembrance of their sacrifices.

Scouts gather at camp getting their gear ready for tonight’s trip

Scouts honoring the fallen at the Cenotaph (Whitehall, London)

Scouts visit the Alamo in Texas

Scouts examine the detailed history at the Alamo


A scout takes the Scout oath at camp! welcome new scout!




Law Merit Badge at USQ Island Law School (2013-11-10)

Earning this merit badge enables a Scout to learn about the history and kinds of laws, the purpose and methods of law enforcement, consumer protection agencies, emerging law, and careers in the legal profession.

Chris educated the trop on the various positions in a court of law and the due process. Afterwards we traveled to USQ Island Law School (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/USQ%20Island/234/84/352) and did a mock up trial of poor SpongeBob who committed a crime against fashion by altering a pair of pants and then try to return them.

It would be an understatement to say the lawyers were superb! And the role of SpongeBob, the bailiff, his deputy and all others was wonderful and entertaining. Oscars for all! The Jury was not a hang jury and delivered an impartial sentence.  All lawyers were compensated properly as well.

Scouts gather around Chris to head to the SpongeBob trial

Very sharp and aggressive lawyers showed their skills in defense and prosecution

The jury was not moved and made a quick and impartial decision. All ropes were put back in the closet

The verdict was reached!





Mammal Study Merit Badge at Oasis Zoo (2013-11-07)

A mammal may weigh as little as 1/12 ounce, as do some shrews, or as much as 150 tons, like the blue whale. It may spring, waddle, swim, or even fly. But if it has milk for its young, has hair of some kind, is relatively intelligent, and has warm blood, then it is a mammal.

Tonight Chris taught us about mammals and later we headed out to the Oasis Zoo at Cascade Coast (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cascade%20Coast/91/170/21).

This walk-through zoo displays animals and enables us to see first hand how animals live and interact with each other. There is a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, and birds.

No scouts were caught feeding the animals.  All scouts respected the “Do not Feed the Animals” signs.

Scouts gather to learn about mammals from Chris

Scouts reading and observing the behavior of Sea Lions

A penguin observing the scouts in their cage?

Polar bear deciding which scout will make a good snack



Second Life Cultures Merit Badge at Smithsonian LVM (2013-11-03)

Second Life is a virtual nation of people from all over the world. Every person comes to SL from somewhere.  And understanding these various cultural backgrounds can help Scouts to live in harmony with others in our varied and increasingly multicultural society.

Tonight we had a full house of scouts! Chris took the troop to visit the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UTEP%20Miners%201/143/123/26) to learn about the Dia de los Muertos.  Also the socuts learned how to make “ofrendas” for the occasion.

Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and around Latin America.  This holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.  Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

At the end of the trip scouts were richer in the appreciation of different cultures.

Scouts gather to learn about the “Dia de los Muertos”

Scouts examining the map of the sim visited

Scouts making “ofrendas”

Scouts visiting a Mexican cemetery during Dia de los Muertos





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