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On Tuesday of this past week, my Caravan girls joined Luke’s Wolf Cub Scout den on a field trip to our local fire station.  This was a special treat because our town got a brand new fire station only a few months ago.  So, it was interesting to see this new, spacious, up-to-date facility.   The kids were all really impressed with the fire trucks.  Luke especially enjoyed seeing the jaws of life tools that they had on board one of the rescue vehicles.

It’s been fun helping with Luke’s Wolf den this year, and I am thankful that the other leader not only allows my girls to tag along since Dan and I are both involved in leadership, but she actually allows them to participate in many ways.  This has been a great blessing for the girls as they are getting to know other kids in our community.

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A couple of weeks ago, the girls helped me to make Wagon Wheel Chili as part of Caravan.  I based what we did on a recipe in Taste of Home’s Fun Food on p. 88.  It was so easy and yummy!  We also made “Mini Subs” to go with the chili, and those were also a big hit.  Mini Subs are simply sandwiches made on hot dog buns with favorite sub sandwich toppings.  Here is a Smilebox of the chili recipe:

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This week the girls and I started back with our weekly Caravan meetings.  We had taken off most of the summer, but since the boys are getting back into scouts, it was time for the girls to start up again too.

We still have a couple of badges to earn from our first book, and then we will be beginning the Quester handbooks.  The merit badges for this level look like a lot of fun:  camping, field trip, environment, the Bible, stewardship, missions, bike safety, crafts, God made me, cooking, flag, music, Child of the King, party planning, and good sport.

I always personalize our program by adding in extra activities.  This year we are going to do some of the requirements for the Fun for the Family program published by the Boy Scouts of America.  This is a neat curriculum for the whole family that contains “a series of activities and requirements designed to strengthen families and to develop good character skills among family members.”  The activities are divided into five categories, and there are both badges and pins that the girls can earn.  This program can actually be used for several years, so depending on how it goes, we might just keep with it for awhile.

This week we looked through some of the suggested activities for the “Shaping Your Family Identity” badge for the Family Fun program, and the girls picked out which ones they would like to do this year.  The first one is going to be a lot of fun.  We are going to make a “Name Book.”  This book will have separate pages for each member of our family that tells about the meaning of their names and other special things about each one.  We will work on the cover for the next meeting.  I have found some interesting things about our family name, and even this site where we can design our own family Coat of Arms.  So, this project will take us a few weeks, but it will be fun.

I also do cooking activities quite often for Caravan, and this week was no exception.  This week I adapted a recipe out of a Taste of Home magazine for a dessert quesadilla that was quite easy and yummy.  In fact, I wonder if it might work for a camping recipe….  Anyway, I will post a Smilebox of the recipe.  There are no specific amounts for the ingredients since it is all done to taste.

As a side note:  it looks like this year I will be helping with Luke’s Wolf Scout group.  It should be interesting because I will need to take the girls with me when we go.  I am working with a great lady, though, so I think it will go well.  I’m sure there will be posts about that in the future.

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I haven’t been very consistent writing entries about what the girls are doing in Caravan, but they have completed a lot of merit badges.  We still have three more to go in this level, so we will continue working on them during the summer.

Our latest badge about birds was really fun.  We looked up a variety of birds on the internet, and the girls really enjoyed hearing the sound samples that are on many sites.  We made a yummy “bird nest” snack with rice crispie treats and jelly beans.  This week we made a couple of projects for the birds using pinecones.  The first was a pinecone feeder using peanut butter and bird seed.  Cosette called the other project a “bird nester.”  It is something we had read about in one of the A Beka readers.  It is basically a pine cone with pieces of yarn stuck into it.  The birds pick out the yarn, and it is fun to find nests with that yarn in them around the neighborhood.  So, we are on the lookout for some pretty, colorful nests!  🙂

Our next badge is about manners, and we are continuing with our cooking lessons.  Those cooking activities are a hit with everyone, but they sure do get hectic sometimes!

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Kitchen Helpers

     

 

 

A couple of times per month or more the girls have continued to help me make things in the kitchen.  They have gotten pretty good at slicing and chopping, so today I decided to have them help me make some beef and vegetable soup from scratch.  I must say that their soup came out very good, and when they help to make recipes themselves, they are often more willing to try new things.

I know that I haven’t been blogging as much lately.  The main reason for that is that we are just really in a routine time of year.  Our days are spent doing school, and not many blog-worthy events are happening in our household!  As the weather begins to warm up, our activities will increase.  So hopefully this blog will be more active soon.

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Caravan Update



The girls are continuing to enjoy our weekly Caravan meetings.  They have completed several of the badges.  In fact, I think we only have 5 left for this level.

We have been doing a simple sewing unit. Cosette and Kara have each tried their hand at stitching cloth using a real needle and thread. They have discovered that getting those little stitches to be even is more of a challenge than it looks!  I found this cute Valentine project that I thought kind of fit this unit, and the girls were proud of the results.

Next week we are going to try to make a simple pin cushion.  This will be their first “real” project using their hand stitching with fabric. Hopefully they will turn out all right.

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The girls are continuing to enjoy our weekly Caravan meetings.  We are currently working on the Art merit badge.  Last night we used food coloring in water to experiment with mixing colors.  Such a simple activity always brings about a “wow” response!

The highlights of our meetings remain the cooking sessions.  Last night we made the Aut-yum Leaves recipe from Family Fun Magazine.  I did not have an appropriate leaf cookie cutter, so we used a heart cookie cutter and called them Sweet Hearts.  🙂

We tried a couple of different fillings.  The chocolate chips and peanut butter chips worked well.  The recipe listed a marshmallow option that sounded good, so we made a couple like that.  The marshmallows basically disappeared!  I don’t know if they melted and became part of the crust or what, but all that was left inside was air!

Anyway, if you are looking for a fun cooking activity to do with your kids, check out the recipe on Family Fun.  The results are yummy and go great with a big glass of milk!

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