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Culinary Fun: Monkey Bread (Pull-Apart Cinnamon Rolls)

by Chris

Sunday, July 26th 2020 at 2:30pm

Culinary Fun: Monkey Bread (Pull-Apart Cinnamon Rolls)

Ingredients:

(Dough)
½ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
32 oz (2 cans) refrigerated biscuit dough, like Pillsbury
½ cup chopped walnuts, if desired
½ cup raisins, if desired

(Pre-Bake Topping)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
¾ cup butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

(Post-Bake Frosting)
1 cup powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Generously grease a bundt pan with butter or cooking spray. In a large plastic bag, mix sugar and cinnamon.

2. Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in the bag to coat. Arrange in the pan, adding walnuts and raisins among the biscuit pieces. Sprinkle any remaining cinnamon-sugar over biscuits.

3. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and vanilla; pour over biscuit pieces.

4. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in the center. Loosen edges of pan with a spatula. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate.

5. Mix powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla and pour over the baked bread. Pull apart to serve. Serve warm.

Basketball

by Chris

Sunday, July 26th 2020 at 2:18pm

Basketball

Head to your local park’s basketball court with some friends and play out the games listed below. You could even pretend to be your favorite counselor and teach your friends some skills!

Watch this short video on basketball technique.

Points

Beginner
Dribbling – 1 point
1 of 3 Types of Passing – 1 point
Jump Shot – 1 point
Natural Hand Lay-Up – 1 point
Enthusiasm and Hustle – 1 point
Basketball IQ – 2 points

Intermediate
Left and Right Hand Dribbling – 1 point
Squaring Up for Shot – 1 point
Three-Point Shot – 1 point
Communication on Court – 2 points
Defensive and Offensive Positioning – 2 points
2 Types of Passing – 2 points
Teamwork and Initiative – 2 points
Improvement (opp. hand lay-up) – 2 points

Advanced
Sportsmanship – 2 points
Leadership – 2 points

Dribbling

Dribble Course
Equipment:Basketball, cones
Set up an obstacle course out of cones. The players will then dribble through this while incorporating different dribble moves before finishing with a layup. Can make it into a
relay race.

King of the Court
Equipment:Basketball
Set up a circle out of cones on half a court. Everyone inside the circle has a ball, the drill is to knock other peoples balls out of the circle while maintaining their own dribble. The last one standing in the circle wins.

Attacking/ Defending

11th Man
Equipment: Basketball
Have the group lined up on the side court. Pick three offensive players and two defenders and play out a half court point. If an offensive player gets the rebound, they stay on and are joined by two new offensive players as well as two new defenders. If the defender got the rebound then just they stay on. Potentially one player could stay on for the duration of the drill.

Shooting

Swish
Equipment: Basketball
Watch this video on the correct shooting form using (BEEF – Balance, Eyes, Elbow, Follow-through). Once that’s explained, practice trying to ‘swish’ every time.

Shooting Relay
Equipment: Basketball, cones
Split the players into two teams and set up cones in shooting spots around the court. As a team, they must make five shots on each cone before moving on. Last spot is a three point shot, with a team having to make three shots to win on that spot.

500
Equipment: Basketball, cones
This is a three point shooting drill. Each player chooses their shooting spot, and they must stay there. If a player makes a three point shot, and the next person then misses this person gets 100 points. If two campers make it and then one misses, this person receives 200 points . Air balls count as a 100 point penalty. Once a person gets to 500 points they are out. Last player standing wins.

Knockout
Equipment: Basketball, cones
Everyone forms one line behind the cone a few feet behind the foul line, facing the basket and the first two players in line get a ball. The first player takes their first shot from the foul line. As soon as the first player attempts the first shot, the second player may attempt a shot from the foul line. If a player misses their first shot from the foul line, they may then rebound and shoot from anywhere on the court. Both players are trying to be the first to make a basket. If the second player makes it before the first player, the first player in line is knocked out. For the last two players remaining, a player must make two baskets without the other player scoring at all.

Basketball Court

Positions

Basketball Fun Facts

1. Basketball was played by using a soccer ball until 1929.
2. A basketball used to be brown in color.
3. Michael Jordan has scored more playoff points than anyone else.
4. Slam dunks were illegal for almost nine years.
5. Muggsy Bogues was the shortest basketball player being 5 ft 3 inches
6. Gheorghe Muresan was the tallest basketball player being 7 ft 7 inches.
7. The steel rim of the basket has a diameter of 18 inches and is 10 feet high.
8. Women’s basketball was added to the Olympics in 1976.
9. The court surface is 94 by 50 feet.
10. Basketball was invented in 1891 by Jim Naismith and the first match was played on December 21, 1891.
11. Peach baskets were used as the first “hoops”.
12. The first backboards were made of wire.
13. Cal Hubbard is the only member of both the football and basketball hall of fame.
14. Salt Lake City is the smallest city that has an NBA franchise.
15. The average NBA player weighs 220 pounds.
16. The average height of all NBA players is just under 67 inches.
17. Kobe Bryant was the youngest player to start an NBA game at just 17 years old.
18. Wang Zhizhi was the first Chinese player to compete in the NBA.

Macrame

by Chris

Sunday, July 26th 2020 at 2:02pm

Macrame

Macrame involves tying knots in strings to make different patterns, similar to making large scale friendship bracelets. Go here to learn the basic knots.

Learn how to make your own Macrame plant holder with this easy video.

Fort Building

by Chris

Sunday, July 26th 2020 at 1:36pm

Fort Building

Build a sweet fort using sticks and branches in your yard or local park, or build a fort inside your house using furniture and blankets (with adult permission). Check out these architectural designs from Ikea, a Swedish furniture company, on how to build forts in your living room.

And check out these forts that people built with found objects outside:

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