- This is week 5 of the Stay at Home Order. I hope you are coping with it reasonably well. If you are feeling cooped up with extra energy to burn, check out the online advancement opportunities that we are offering below.
If you’re like me, getting outside is really important. If you can’t get out for a hike on a Forest Preserve trail, make a point of going out in your backyard for 10 minutes each day to just listen to the sounds of nature. Sit still for at least a few minutes and you will start to see and hear more nature than you would expect.
Small acts, like staying home, mean a lot right now. Each of us contributes in a small way, that when combined with countless others, will make a big difference in the end.
- St. Juliana is offers a virtual Sunday Mass every Sunday. You can watch it any time after that on the parish website. Go to "stjuliana.org".
- Contest #4 Winners: Colin is this week’s winner with a total of 9 out of 10. Chris Z. was second with 4 correct. Good work guys. You'll find another contest further down in this email.
- Are you able to get outside? It's OK to go hiking or biking if you can get someone in your family to go with you. A couple of miles on the Des Plaines River Trail or the North Branch Bike Trail will help clear your head and relieve your cabin fever. Mrs. P. and I rode our bikes through St. Adalbert Cemetery last weekend. It was very interesting to see the elaborate old mausoleums that serve as tombs for wealthy people who died in the 1920s.
- If you head out to the Forest Preserves, remember that most facilities (offices, nature centers, bathrooms) are closed, but the trails remain open. Don't forget your Ten Essentials.
- Maintain physical distancing if you see others on the trail and be sure to cover your sneezes or cough.
- Don’t wait for the next 75 degree day – that’s when the preserves and trails fill up and become a little less safe. Go out on a cool and windy day when you’ll have more solitude.
- Take your camera or phone along and if you get some good pictures send me a few and I’ll add them to the next newsletter.
Prayer During the Pandemic
Holy Spirit, as families adjust to everyone being home as businesses and schools close, we ask that You guide people in their new realities. Give spouses grace for each other. Prompt worn-out parents to speak words of kindness and encouragement to their children. Help children find creative ways to experience the beauty of all You have created and continue learning.
Prayer from World Vision
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- Family Life Merit Badge - A reminder from Mrs. Pelrine to email her at email@example.com with information about your projects so she can approve them and you can get started. She is also willing to work with other Scouts who would like to start the badge.
- Youth Protection Reminder – Scouts need to remember that your emails to leaders must be copied to a parent or another leader or both. It is very important to remember this for everyone’s protection. Please do not text leaders and leaders will not be texting you.
- Advancement – Info from Mr. Gulliford
The Pathway to Adventure Council is offering Citizenship in the World merit badge in 2 hour sessions in the afternoon and evenings during the next few weeks. Plenty of sessions are available through the end of the month. In the Resource Center there is a listing of prerequisites for this Eagle-required merit badge. If you are interested in earning the badge, here is a link to the registration site:
Let me or Mr. Gulliford know if you have any problems signing up.
- Summer Camp – Are You Going?
If you are, just a reminder to plan on what merit badges and program areas you want to participate in while you are at Owasippe. There is an email that we have sent twice about what you need to prep for summer camp at Camp Blackhawk (Go!). Let me or Mr. Stolarski know if you have any questions.
- Troop 965 Scouts in Action! – A Scout is Helpful
Scout Ethan K. is using his 3D printer to make surgical mask adapters. At last report, he had made over 100 and he and his mother are donating them to Northwestern Medicine so the employees can use them to keep their masks tight and relieve pressure on their ears. Ethan’s mom, and Troop 965, are VERY proud that he is doing this to help our healthcare workers. Thanks Ethan!!
- Contest #5: Weather Challenge!
Don’t forget the rules for the contest.
1) You must copy another adult – leader or parent – or your submission will SADLY, be REJECTED!
2) You have 48 hours to submit your answers. Responses that are late will SADLY, be…REJECTED!
Here’s the quiz. Good luck!
- A thermometer is a device used to measure what?
- Stratus, cirrus, cumulus and nimbus are types of what?
- What country experiences the most tornadoes?
- True or false? A rainbow is a spectrum of light that appears when the Sun shines onto water droplets in the air.
- Blizzards feature low temperatures, strong winds and heavy _______?
- Breeze and gale are common terms used to describe the speed of what?
- Earth’s recent temperature rises which have been linked to human activity is known as _______?
- True or false? The highest recorded temperature on Earth of 57.8 °C (136 °F) was recorded in Tirat Tsvi, Israel.
- What is the name of a scientist who studies weather?
- What is the driest desert on Earth, the Sahara, the Kalahari or the Atacama?
- True or false? The lowest recorded temperature on Earth of 89.2 °C (−128.6 °F) was recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica.
- Balls or irregular lumps of ice that fall from clouds (often during thunderstorms) are known as what?
- An avalanche features the rapid descent of _______?
- True or false? The most rain fall ever recorded in one year (Cherrapunji, India) is more than 30 meters.
- What is the name of a weather instrument used to measure atmospheric pressure?
- An anemometer is used to measure what?
- At what temperature is Centigrade equal to Fahrenheit?
- Trying to predict the weather is known as weather _______?
- The area of central USA that features many tornadoes is known as Tornado _______?
- True or false? You see lightning and hear thunder.
Bonus Question: I heard from a couple of you that you are getting out on the trails. Excellent! Here is a picture of a Troop 965 Scout out for an afternoon of “golf”. Can you guess who the mystery golfer is? If you guess correctly, there's a genuine, knock-off Nalgene bottle in your future!
Who is the “golfer” in the photo below?
Stay healthy and safe!
Scoutmaster, Troop 965