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Saturday, March 31st, 2012

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5:19p
Thank you, Lord
Well, I survived. That's always a good thing.

I just completed our latest God & Family retreat: 21 hours in the company of seven 10-year-old Cub Scouts. To assist me I had a 20-year-old young man as my second adult and a 14-year-old Den Chief as third banana/semi-adult. The big people were outnumbered by the little people, and we're all the worse for wear. But still, it was great. We studied, we prayed, we played games. All seven boys have now completed their religious emblem awards -- a requirement for the Webelos Badge. My two helpers we will recognize with counselor badges.

Everyone has a favorite age group to work with. A lot of people I know who do youth work of one kind or another say that Junior High kids are the hardest to work with. I disagree. I like Junior High kids. I find High School kids much harder to work with, except in Venturing. The 1st-3rd graders are easy, too, but a little shy. But the 4th and 5th graders are the toughest. They're like little hurricanes. They have no throttle control and no brakes. This is especially true of those you haven't had a chance to build a relationship with beforehand, and most of these kids were fairly strange to me. For the first time since I've been doing these awards, I didn't have anyone from my own congregation sign up for the program, so instead of adding one or two guests to the mix of kids who already know me, I had to break seven wild horses. And I'm gonna feel that tomorrow.
11:01p
April Fool
Pick the definition of each of these words you think is correct. Answers below.
Poll #1830509 April Fool

What is BEZOAR?

A hardened mass formed in the digestive tract of an animal
4(100.0%)
A mountain in the wilderness where the ancient Israelites camped
0(0.0%)
A resin secreted by trees in Arabia, used in perfume
0(0.0%)
A mythical dragonet whose gaze turns others to stone
0(0.0%)

What is DOODLESACK?

A bag for yarn, crochet hooks, and other craft supplies
1(33.3%)
The flap of skin that hangs down from a turkey's neck
1(33.3%)
A bagpipe
1(33.3%)
A money bag
0(0.0%)

What is MARLINSPIKE?

A conical instrument used in splicing rope
3(100.0%)
A gaffe used in deep-sea fishing for hooking the catch
0(0.0%)
A metal spur used in cock-fighting
0(0.0%)
A pickaxe
0(0.0%)

What is PESSARY?

A cousin of the pig native to the Southwest
2(50.0%)
An internal drug-delivery device similar to a suppository
1(25.0%)
A coin minted in British India
0(0.0%)
A small ostrich
1(25.0%)

What is SCRIP?

Candle wax that must be scraped out of the socket of the candlestick
0(0.0%)
The tip of a quill pen
0(0.0%)
Counters used to pay workers in place of legal tender
4(100.0%)
A crib sheet to help actors memorize their lines
0(0.0%)

What is THURIBLE?

An American humorist
0(0.0%)
A vestment worn by Catholic priests
1(25.0%)
A device used for measuring mileage by dropping pebbles in a closed box
0(0.0%)
An incense pot
3(75.0%)

What is TROCHEE?

A tropical bird with scarlet plumage
0(0.0%)
A pot holding clarified butter (ghee) in a Hindu temple
1(25.0%)
An injury to the throat
0(0.0%)
A metrical unit of two syllables where the accent falls on the first syllable
3(75.0%)

What is WHISTLEPIG?

A musical instrument
0(0.0%)
A large ground squirrel
0(0.0%)
A measure of ale
2(66.7%)
The boatswain's mate who pipes dignitaries aboard ship
1(33.3%)

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