Monthly Archives: August, 2013

Moonlight Fishing: August 30/31 at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Center

It was a hot summer night. As the boyscout and the cub scouts join to participate in this event. Hardly any breeze and it was hot and sticky. Did the boys complain? Not at all. Some had stayed and camped over night and some I left during the night.

At the end we only caught 2 fishes as a troop, and a crawl fish. Regardless our spirit was still up and some of us was our frist time experience of moonlight fishing. We had a blast.


Folding American Flag

Today Monday meeting was special. Teaching these young scout how to fold and respect the American flag.

Troop 139 & Pack 39 – Cub Scout Camping at Prado

Our Scout Master Mr. Yan instructing them the rules and our day activities would be.

What a blast I had with the scouts. What can I say another successful event for the cub scout camping at Prado. It was busy, busy, busy, on the go all the time. Word active can’t even describe it. The troop was such a trooper that last the whole day, one event after another.

This troop camping had provided them to earn many achievements and educated the basic things we may need to know in life: 

  1. Soccer Belt Loop
  2. Soccer Pin
  3. Computer Belt Loop
  4. Map & Compass Belt Loop
  5. Map & Compass Pin
  6. Whittling Chip – Pocket Knife Safety


Here was our rough camp program during out the weekend. Most of them we were able to accomplished.

Camp Program –

Friday evening

  • Camp setup
  • Skit rehearsal with den leaders

Saturday morning

  • 7am – Rise & Shine
  • 8am – Breakfast
  • 9am – Catapult construction
  • 9am – Soccer
    • Cub Scout Scrimmage
    • Cub Scout/Mom Scrimmage
    • Cub Scout/Dad Scrimmage
  • 11 :30am – Lunch prep

Saturday afternoon

  • 1pm –
    • Knots (Troop) with Webelos
    • Computer Belt Loop (Ms. Mach)
    • Fill water balloons (Pack Parents)
  • 2pm – Catapult
    • Troop vs Troop Leaders
    • Pack vs Pack Parents
    • Pack/Troop vs Pack Troop
  • 3pm – Water gun
  • 4pm – Map & Compass Belt Loop (Troop)
  • 5pm – Citizenship Belt Loop (Mr. Yan)
  • 6pm – Dinner Prep

Saturday Night

  • 7:30 pm – Campfire Prep
  • 7:45pm – Skit Rehearsal
  • 8:15pm – Campfire
    • MC – Kian & Matthew
    • Webelos II Skit
    • Bear Skit
    • Wolf Skit
    • Webelos I Skit
    • Troop Plays
  • 9:15pm – Campfire Roast
  • 10:30pm – Lights out

Sunday morning

  • 7am – Rise & Shine
  • 8am – Breakfast
  • 9am – Math BL or Language & Culture BL or Pocket Knife Safety
  • 10am – Break camp

——————- & of course I must share some pictures —————–



LUNCH time!!! 




Grocery Shopping w/ Scouts

A usually meeting with my scouts every monday, but this time around is in Cost-Co. Taking some of the scouts for grocery shopping. Teaching them the basic techniques of planning food had how to pre organized a menu for the upcoming scout camping

I had used the grocery store as my classroom.

  • Together, read labels to check ingredients. Are they real or synthetic? Ingredients must be listed according to their amounts. If the first ingredient listed in spaghetti sauce is water and not tomatoes, you’ve learned something about the quality of the sauce. Reading labels and noting ingredients helps you talk to young shoppers about value in relation to price.
  • The place of quality. Factor in the use of the product. If the spaghetti sauce will top homemade noodles to celebrate a birthday, then you may be searching for a gourmet sauce. If you’re hosting a carbo-cram for the cross-country team, the need for quantity may overtake the need for quality. A good value-for-the-price sauce may do. By talking through the purpose of the sauce, you are teaching children that purpose controls the need for value and quality in a purchase.
  • Do the math. How many sheets in this box of facial tissues? Calculate the price per sheet to compare brands and then consider the quality issues (often found on shelf labels below the products.) Noses that are sore from a bad cold may need softer, costlier tissues with aloe. If you’re buying a box of tissues for your child’s classroom, quantity is more important than the highest quality.

Likewise, knowing the price-per-ounce of peanut butter will also help you decide whether to buy two small jars or one large jar. The large size should offer a savings, but do the math, because this is not always true. Another consideration: can you consume the large size quickly enough or will it grow stale?

The lessons here? Price per-unit and the utility of size should influence the purchase decision.

  • Store brands vs. name brands. Sometimes, store brands are as good, or better, than their higher-priced counterparts. Other times, store brands lack quality. Low-cost paper towels that don’t absorb waste your money. Ask the family to research products by testing them at home. Blind tests are best. They’re a fun extension of the value lesson that helps kids learn about getting their money’s worth.

Consider packaging. Does the container drive up the cost? Are you willing to pay more for the container? When it adds to convenience or function, you might. When it’s simply cosmetic, you might not.

  • Emphasize planning. Make out a list before you enter the store to teach children to focus on needs. Simply walking up and down aisles and throwing items into the basket models impulse purchasing. It’s a habit that drives up the numbers at the bottom of the cash register receipt.
  • Set Limits. Youngsters have to learn that money is limited. Therefore, estimate how much you should spend on groceries and find ways to stay within that amount. Occasionally, it takes tough decisions or making trade-offs.

Here are the boys checking the eggs.