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Sweet Pinewood Derby Awards

We had our 2012 Pinewood Derby at the end of February.  For awards, I wanted to do something more than just the standard “Most/Best (Fill in the Blank) Car”. A couple years ago, I remember having Pinewood Derby Car Twinkies for snacks, but I don’t remember everything that was on them. You can do a search on Google Images for ideas, but at they’re most basic, split two Oreo Cookies in half and use the four pieces for wheels. The creme filling will help them attach to the Twinkie.  You could also use Lifesavers, Peppermints, or any other rounded candy.

This was an idea I found on Pinterest (one of my new favorite resources for finding cub scout crafts) via Brandy at Gluesticks. I could not find mini boxes of Junior Mints or Dots (the snack size you get at Halloween) so I substituted with a 5-pack of Juicy Fruit and 5-pack of Doublemint gums. I also picked up some boxes of Tic-Tacs that could be used as well. I must say, these awards were a HUGE hit with our boys!!

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Knot Card Giveaway Winners!!

Thank you to everyone who commented on our first post and for sharing us with your friends. We had a fantastic first weekend and are only looking to improve upon it. The response has been phenomenal!!

That being said, I know now the reason you’re all here. To find out who won the giveaway. I know many blogs use a random number generator to pull the winners. However, since I am Database Administrator for a living (when I’m not scouting), I can pull 3 random winners out of the database very easily with a single query, and here it is:

SELECT DISTINCT comment_author, comment_author_email FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_author_email NOT IN (‘cubmaster@cubscoutcrafts.com’,”) AND comment_post_ID=299 AND comment_date < ’2012-03-05 00:00:00′ ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3;

For those who don’t read SQL code, it breaks down like this:

SELECT DISTINCT comment_author, comment_author_email FROM wp_comments: Get all distinct comment authors and their respective email addresses from the database table that stores comments for all posts. The DISTINCT clause insures that anyone who posted  multiple comments are only selected once.

WHERE comment_author_email NOT IN (‘cubmaster@cubscoutcrafts.com’,”): This insures that we do not retrieve any comments posted by myself or where there is no email address, in the case of a trackback (link) to the post.

AND comment_post_ID=299: Select only the comments for post ID #299, which is the ID of this giveaway post

AND comment_date < ’2012-03-05 00:00:00′: Select only comments posted before the giveaway cutoff date.

ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3: Randomize the order of all the results that were found and then return only 3 results.

I just wanted to share that so everyone is familiar with it since that is the general code that I will be using to select all our giveaway winners (yes there WILL be more:)) and to let everyone know there is no bias or cheating (Scouts are honest, right?).

So, without further ado, here are the winners as selected directly out of the database:

mysql> SELECT DISTINCT comment_author, comment_author_email FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_author_email NOT IN (‘cubmaster@cubscoutcrafts.com’,”) AND comment_post_ID=299 AND comment_date < ’2012-03-05 00:00:00′ ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3;

+----------------+-----------------------------+
| comment_author | comment_author_email        |
+----------------+-----------------------------+
| SilverAnvil    | silveranvil@****************|
| Jennifer       | jennifermarkestad@**********|
| Heather        | heatherstamps@**************|
+----------------+-----------------------------+

Congratulations to our winners. I will contact you via the email address provided with your comment for further information. Stay tuned for more crafts and giveaways and thank you all for entering and sharing us with others.

In addition if you have a product, service, etc that you would like to donate for a giveaway, we will gladly accept it (scout related of course). Please contact me at cubmaster[at]cubscoutcrafts[dot]com to arrange it.

 
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Only 12 hours left to enter our giveaway!!

Just a reminder, there’s only about 12 hours left to enter our giveaway for 1 of 3 sets of Outdoor Knot Cards from knotcards.com.

Enter by leaving a comment on our giveaway post with your name, pack number, council, and position in scouting, if applicable. Read all the details here.

 
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How to Make Easily Removable Costume Necklaces

There are lots of times when we make necklaces in scouts.  Most often they are beaded and Native American in style.  However, necklaces can be used for skits, costumes, awards, and more.  One of the problems with making necklaces is getting it on and off easily.  One option is to make it long enough to fit over the head, but then (if you have a big head like I do) it may hang down lower than you want.  I came up with the following idea while I was making my Eagle Claw Necklace.

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How to Make a Knot Tying Board

I was working with my son today on his Outdoorsman Activity Badge #11. The requirement for #11 is:

Demonstrate setting up a tent or dining fly using two half hitches and a taut-line hitch. Show how to tie a square knot and explain how it is used.

As I was preparing to teach him the three knots above, I realized that I have tied them all a couple of times, but not enough to remember how to do them without looking them up.  I realized I, and my son, needed a repeatable way to work on knots, so I came up with this knot tying board. I threw this together fairly quickly using a piece of cardboard, however you could just as easily make a more sturdy one out of a small piece of wood such as plywood.  The cardboard has spaces to practice tying a square knot, bowline knot, overhand knot, tautline hitch, clove hitch, two half hitches, a sheet bend, and whipping. While only the square knot, taut-line hitch, and two half hitches are listed in the requirements for the Outdoorsman Activity Badge, all the above knots are listed on pages 350-351 of the Webelos Book as they are all very useful knots to know for camping.

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