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2 Native American Necklaces

Unlike my Eagle Claw Necklace, these two Native American Necklaces I made from scratch out of Wood Beads, Pony Beads, Eagle Claws, and some medallions.  Both of these necklaces are part of my Native American costume I use for ceremonies but could be used for Wolf Elective #10c or other Native American activities. Learning to tie the square knot and bowline knots will also partially complete Bear achievement #22b

Wooded Eagle Claw Necklace

I got this necklace idea from a member of my local Wipala Wiki Lodge of the Order of the Arrow at our 2012 Cub Scout Pow Wow.  I can’t say this is the only idea I “borrowed” from them and I will be posting those here as well. The wood beads I picked up at Walmart as well as the medallion and string. I found the medallion in the craft/jewelry section on the bottom shelf in a box of a bunch of small random bags for $1. It’s simple a semi-hollowed out piece of wood with (what I thought) a Native American design pained on it.

Materials:

  • 4 Plastic Eagle Claws (scoutstuff.org)
  • 18 Wood Beads
  • 1 Medallion
  • Approximately 30″ of string

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Make your own bouncy balls

I stumbled across this craft the other day and thought it would be a fun and quick craft. I made one to try it out and as it turns out, it was such a hit my 3 oldest kids fought over it (how did I not see that coming). This is a great way to use up left-over balloons from a birthday party, blue-and-gold banquet, etc. Make a few of them and then use them for games or prizes.

Materials:

  • 10 Balloons
  • 1/4 cup water
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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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