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Who Was First?

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For a Scout project about maps and compasses, we listened to an audiobook called “Who Was First: Discovering the Americas,” by Russell Freedman. Turns out, there was a surprise ending when we heard the real answer! Here’s what Alex said he learned from the book:

“Christopher Columbus did not discover America. The Vikings did not discover America. The Natives did not discover America. The Hunter-Gatherers did not discover America, but they came to America from a land bridge from Siberia (Russia) to Alaska (U.S.A.), to Canada. And in Canada they went down an ice-free corridor to get to present-day United States. The Indians at Meadowcroft CampsiteΒ [where the Scouts camped in September] were the ones who truly discovered the New World!”

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All About Alex, 2014 edition

Alex did this for a Scout scrapbook that our den is compiling. He enjoyed using our typewriter, and I noticed he asked for less help for spelling.

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Camping at Meadowcroft

Alex and Hub were excited to go on the first camping trip of the new Scout year! The Pack went to Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village in Avella, PA. Meadowcroft is “the oldest site of human habitation in North America.” It includes an archaeological dig site which has evidence of humans in this area from 16,000 years ago! There is also a more recent historical experience: a recreated Monongahela Indian Village from the 16th century, and a recreated village which shows farm life in the 19th century. He got to throw a spear, see an old native trading post, and see a one-room schoolhouse.

Alex said: “The Rockshelter was awesome. It has 60-something steps to get into it. A few people asked if I was going to jump off because I had my cape on. Natives camped here. They found artifacts here! There was a groundhog hole at first, and this guy found some things. Then he hid them in a secret place, covered the hole up, and didn’t tell anyone, cause it would attract looters. Then, he found an archaeologist that worked for Pitt University. He came and started to dig, and he found stone tools, arrowheads, bones…stuff like that. OLD stuff.” Β 

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When the museum closed, they set up camp. They had dinner (cooked on a stove) and dessert (cooked on the fire). They played in the field, did skits, and generally had a ball until everyone finally fell asleep. Hub left the rain cover off of our new tent so they could see the stars, and…of course it rained. πŸ™‚ In the morning, Hub cooked breakfast on an ancient artifact of his own: his family’s old Coleman Stove. After saying goodbye to the others, they were invited to a nearby park to go fishing with his buddy, Mika, and his Dad. That was Alex’s first time fishing and he really liked it.

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They came home tired and smelly, but it was “awesome!” πŸ™‚

Oh, and I’ve added this video of Alex throwing the spear:

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Happy Half Birthday!

Eight and a half!
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Recent Creations

With Minecraft
With wooden blocks
With markers (2015 Pinewood Derby design is ready!)
With LEGO

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The final one is a clickable video πŸ™‚

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Vocabulary

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Here’s a list of words and phrases Alex and I talked about while listening to "Dear America: The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart: Cannons at Dawn.”

Puzzled
Quarrelsome
Skirmish
Winter quarters
Shorn
Chamber pot
Was cross
Stench
Serenade
Striking in looks
"When I grow wings"
Famine
Devotions
Scolded
"I don't have the heart"
Scabbard
Affection
Dismissed

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Goodbye Finn

After taking care of the fish we gave to Sam and Isaac for Christmas, Alex decided he would like a fish of his own. He picked a beautiful red male betta last January and named it Finn. Alex fed Finn every morning and evening, and he helped clean the tank every week.

Unfortunately, even though we took very good care of him, Finn got sick, and he died this summer. 😦 We buried Finn under our favorite tree in the woods near our house. Alex chose a rock and wanted to paint it as a memorial. He made the design, I painted it, and Papa varnished it. This weekend, we placed it over the spot where Finn is buried.

Finn Hubbard Kirkpatrick
1/15 – 7/11/14

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Eagle Family

When we ride our bikes along the river near Sandcastle, we always check up on the family of eagles nesting nearby. This year, three eggs hatched, and one day last month, we got quite a show.

Click the first video below for a beautiful flight of one of the eaglets.

Click the second video for *two* eaglets in flight, and then an awesome surprise. πŸ™‚

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Wolf Scout Wrap Up

Before our new Scout year starts this week, I wanted to share some photos from the past year as Alex earned his Wolf Badge.

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Wheel Mill

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The Wheel Mill is an indoor bike park in East Liberty. Alex loved it when we went there for a birthday party last Spring, and thanks to a Groupon deal, Papa got to take a turnΒ to “shred” this time too while Alex took some cool movies!

Click all these videos below and enjoy πŸ™‚

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