February 27, 2006

Maple Sugaring

Were you ever a Cub Scout?

Last week my son's Cub Scout pack met at Green Lane Park to witness a bit of maple sugaring. In southeast Pennsylvania, we only get perhaps a week-long maple sap run, so you need to see it at just the right time. The best part was letting the kids put their finger under a tapped maple tree to taste the dripping liquid coming straight out of the wood. The sap runs suprisingly quickly! It drips more than once a second, and you can fill a big 2-gallon bucket in maybe a day.

We are not particularly good Cub Scouts. Some of the kids in the den will be earining their "Wolf badge" in a couple weeks, but Anthony has hardly made any progress through his Cub Scout book, so he will have to wait until the end of the year to have a chance to get his. He hasn't gotten psyched up enough to do most of the projects.

But Pinewood Derby time is coming soon, and Anthony did get excited about that project. His car is done and ready to race, a month early, and he is quite proud of it. His secret Pinewood Derby tools? A pile of Lego Technic and twenty-four cents. It was a great project, and hopefully I'll have time to blog about our experience with it here soon.

Posted by David at February 27, 2006 06:54 AM
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