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DIY Reusable Sponge Bombs

by Chris

Sunday, July 26th 2020 at 1:33pm

DIY Reusable Sponge Bombs

Replace wasteful water balloons with these reusable sponge bombs that you can make in 30 seconds or less! All you need are rubber bands, sponges, and scissors. Watch this video to see how they are made. Then dunk your sponge bombs in a bucket of ice water and play sponge-bomb-tag outside on a hot day.

If you have a pack of water balloons at home already you can also hang some water balloons around your yard with string, put on a blindfold, and try to hit the waterballoons with a bat. Be aware of your surroundings before you swing so no one gets hur

Culinary Fun: Frozen S’Mores

by Chris

Sunday, July 19th 2020 at 1:23pm

Culinary Fun: Frozen S’Mores

Missing the taste of a warm s’more after swimming at Intermediate for Cabin Night? Well you can still enjoy those over a fire or over your stove (with an adult’s help) at home! If you are craving s’mores on a hot day, try this recipe as a cool treat.


  • 1 box instant chocolate pudding 6 serving size
  • 2.5 cups cold milk
  • 16 graham crackers
  • 7 oz marshmallow creme
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 8 oz frozen whipped topping thawed

1. Line a 9×13 pan with foil or parchment paper, allowing paper to overhang pan.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk until smooth and creamy.
Pour into 9×13 pan and spread into an even layer.

3. Chill pudding layer while you mix up the marshmallow layer.

4. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and marshmallow cream until smooth. Fold in whipping topping.

5. Spread marshmallow layer over chocolate layer. Cover with foil.

6. Freeze layers about 6 hours, until firm enough to cut through. Use the foil or parchment paper to remove layers from 9×13 pan and place on a cutting board.

7. Break 15 graham crackers in half. Slice pudding/marshmallow layers into 15 squares the same size as the graham crackers.

8. Sandwich layers in between two graham crackers. (Watch the video in the post for an easy way to do this.)

9. Eat right away or store sandwiches in the freezer in an airtight bag or container. Graham crackers will soften slightly if stored in the freezer for a while. After they’ve been frozen, allow them to rest at room temperature about 10 minutes before eating for the best texture.

Rock Climbing

by Chris

Sunday, July 19th 2020 at 1:09pm

Rock Climbing

You may not have a rock climbing wall at home, so boulder inside of your house! Just remember to stick to a very low height and have an adult watch you at all times.
Check out Reel Rock’s youtube page for inspiration, like Ashima climbing in Southern NY.


Participation – 4 points
Complete at least 3 top rope climbs – 3 points
Identifying equipment/ holds – 3 points
Basic technique (body position) – 3 points

Rappelling – 2 points
Belaying – 3 points
Technique (feet and hand position) – 4 points
Demonstrate knots – 3 points
Complete a cliff climb – 2 points

Knots (alpine, bowline, double figure 8) – 2 points
Complete all top-rope climbs – 3 points
Set a taped route highlighting a skill – 4 points
Peer teaching and contribution – 3 points
Advanced techniques – 3 points

Around the World – 2 points
Spotting technique – 2 points
Complete 1 colored and 1 taped route – 2 points

Floor is Lava
Equipment: None
Try to navigate from a starting point to an ending point without touching the ground. Practice finding holds for your hands and feet and balancing.

Equipment: A Twister game mat or colored dots laid out in a grid
This classic game will improve your strength and help focus your climber’s mind on where your next “hold” or hand and foot placement will be.

Climbing Knots
Find a bit of rope or string and practice these knots

Rock Climbing Fun Facts

1. One of the first recorded climbs was in 1492, by Antoine de Ville, when ascending Mount Inaccessible, Mont Aiguille, a 300-meter rock tower south of Grenoble, France. Under orders from his king, he applied the techniques for sieging castles to attain the summit.

2. The IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) reports that the average age of their registered climbers is 19 years old.

3. Rock climbing can burn between anywhere from 500 to as much as 900 calories per hour. Not only that, but it can drive some great changes in your body composition, leading to more lean muscle mass.

4. The first artificial wall known to have been created was the Schurman Rock. It was built outdoors, at Camp Long Scout Camp and was designed by Clark Schurman. It took Schurman a year to design the wall using clay and then a subsequent two years, between 1938 and 1940 to construct the finished project.

5. A paper published by climbing injury researcher Volker Schöffl found that the rate of injury at a climbing wall in Germany was 0.02 per 1000 hours of climbing. When compared to other sports, this is actually quite low and is a similar number found by other studies.

6. Rock climbing is growing and fast, in the USA participation grew by 20,000 people between 2007 and 2014, but rocketed up by 150,000 between 2015 and 2020.

7. Climbing will officially be included in the Summer Olympics of 2020 (now in 2021), in Toyko Japan. The likely format will include sport climbing, bouldering, and speed climbing.

8. There are 14 mountains in the world over 8000 meters and the first person to climb them all was Reinhold Messner who completed the feat in 1986 without supplemental oxygen.

Build a Solar Oven Adventure Period

by Chris

Sunday, July 19th 2020 at 1:02pm

Build a Solar Oven Adventure Period

Do you need electricity to cook a meal? The answer might surprise you! Harness the power of the sun when you build your own solar oven.


  • Cardboard Pizza Delivery Box
  • Box Knife Or Scissors (ask an adult for help!)
  • Foil
  • Black Duct Tape
  • Plastic Wrap (A Heavy-duty Or Freezer Zip Lock Bag Will Also Work)
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Newspapers
  • Ruler, Wooden Spoon, Or Stick
  • Thermometer
  • Food Such As Bread And Butter, A Hotdog, S’more Ingredients
  • Oven Mitts Or Potholders

Watch this video for instructions

1. Measure an inch from each edge of the pizza box and mark with a pencil. Draw a square on the pizza box using those measurements. Cut three sides of the drawn square to create a flap. Wrap the inner side of the flap with aluminum foil and secure it in place by taping it to the back of the flap.

2. Open the box and secure two layers of plastic wrap over the opening you just cut in order to create an airtight window. Use enough plastic wrap so that it can be secured tightly to the pizza box lid with tape. Tape the plastic wrap to the box.

3. Line the inner bottom of the pizza box (where the pizza would lay) with black construction paper and secure it with tape.

4. Roll up four tubes of newspaper (each 2-3 inches thick) and tape each one so that they do not unroll. Place each tube inside the pizza box along one side (top, bottom, and two sides) so that they serve as insulation. Secure each one to a side of the pizza box with tape.

5. Find a sunny place outside to position your solar oven. The best time to cook your food is when the sun is directly overhead, between 11 am and 3 pm.

6. Place your food item on a plate inside your solar oven and close the lid. Lift the flap and angle it so that it receives a lot of sunlight that it can reflect onto the plastic-wrapped window. Prop it up using a ruler, wooden spoon, or stick.

7. Place a thermometer inside the oven to check the temperature later. Most meats need to reach an internal temperature between 145-165º F (about 63-74º C) in order to be safe to eat. When the food is cooked sufficiently, use oven mitts or potholders to remove it.

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