smoresNational S’mores Day is August 10th.  Who knew there was an entire day to celebrate these ubiquitous campfire treats?

No one knows who invented s’mores.  According to Wikipeida, the Campfire Marshmallow company published the first s’mores recipe in the early 1920s where it was called the Campfire Graham Cracker Sandwich.  Here’s that recipe as it was originally printed:

Place a thin layer of sweet chocolate on a graham cracker, then a toasted marshmallow.  Cover with another graham cracker.  Especially for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  To be made around an open fire.

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Teaching Cub Scouts How to Build a Fire

how to build a fireMy Bear and I have been reading The Genius Files:  Mission Unstoppable, and one of the main characters talks about the science behind fire.  We learned that you have to have three things to have a fire:  heat, oxygen and fuel.  What a coincidence that I’m writing about fire today!

In the new Cub Scout program, Webelos are required to build a fire in one of their Adventures.

Webelos Adventure:  Cast Iron Chef 3:  Use tinder, kindling, and fuel wood to demonstrate how to build a fire in an appropriate outdoor location. If circumstances permit and there is no local restriction on fires, show how to safely light the fire, under the supervision of an adult. After allowing the fire to burn safely, safely extinguish the flames with minimal impact to the fire site. Continue reading

Cub Scout Skits for Campfires

campfire skitsSkits are one of the many reasons that Cub Scouting is so much fun.  The boys don’t realize it, but their participation is also teaching them to be comfortable speaking to a group.

In the Cub Scout Adventure program, Tigers and Wolves are required to do a campfire program skit.

Tiger Required Adventure:  Tigers in the Wild 5:  Participate in an outdoor pack meeting or pack campfire. Sing a song and act out a skit with your Tiger den as part of the program.

Wolf Required Adventure:  Howling at the Moon 3: Work together with your den or family to plan, prepare, and rehearse a campfire program to present at a den meeting or pack program. Continue reading

Faux Campfire Awards Ceremony

faux campfire awardsAs I’ve mentioned before, we have been a “handshake and a baggie” awards pack in the past, and we’re trying to break free of that.  So, we wanted to think of a fun way to give the boys their awards at our Blue and Gold banquet.

Our first attempt at a new way to present awards was the frisbee awards.  They were so popular with the boys, and we knew we would have to come up with an awesome follow-up. Continue reading