The Campfire Chronicles

reported by Miss Camp

January 4, 2002



Alexis is our Scout of the Week because she started off our New Year with a great attitude and excellent work ethic. She keeps her desk clean and organized. She is a great role model in her transitions from one activity to another.

In addition, Alexis consistently demonstrates exemplary (good example) behavior in her interactions with others (how she gets along with other kids). She knows how to have fun on the playground without ending up in a conflict that requires adult assistance.

She is able to put things in perspective (decide what's important and what's not so important). This helps her transition from one activity to another, such as from playground to class, because she is able to let go of what happens on the playground and move forward.

Congratulations Alexis!
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn

Name the planet that each statement is talking about:

  1. A third grader will be either 20 or 21 years old by the time this planet gets all the way around the sun and back to where it is today. Hint: This planet has 16 moons, and it is the biggest planet.

  2. A third grader will be either 37 or 38 y ears old by the time this planet gets all the way around the sun and back to where it is today. Hints: This planet has 20 moons. Some scientists think that the rings around this planet might have been made by a moon getting too close to the planet and breaking up into millions of pieces of rock and ice.

  3. This planet rotates (spins) around its axis once every 24 hours.

  4. This planet rotates around its axis slower than any other planet. It will take almost one year for it to turn around its axis one time. Hint: This planet is called “Earth’s Twin” because it is about the same size.

  5. In the time it takes Earth to orbit the sun once, this planet will have gone completely around the sun four times! (Hint: this planet has no moons).

  6. Other than Earth, scientists think that this planet has the best chance of supporting life. Hint: This planet is fourth from the sun. It has 2 moons.

For the answers, click here.

THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien

Soon after Bilbo escaped the goblins’ tunnels in the Misty Mountains, he found Gandalf and the dwarves. The group set off and soon found themselves being chased by wargs (wolves who are friends of the goblins). To escape the wargs, they climbed up some trees. Unfortunately, the goblins showed up and lit the tree trunks on fire.

Luckily, the Lord of the Eagles saw what was going on and rescued Gandalf, Bilbo, and the dwarves from the treetops. Poor Bilbo was hanging onto the leg of one the dwarves who was hanging onto an eagle as they were flown to the eagles’ nests high atop the mountains. After hearing their story, the eagles flew the group to safety, far beyond the Misty Mountains. Unfortunately, they were far from where they had hoped to be, not sure how to get back on course, and Gandalf was about to leave them.

Before Gandalf leaves, he promises to get them headed in the right direction. He takes them to the skin-changer named Beorn (sometimes he’s a giant person, and sometimes he’s a bear. Also, he can talk to animals.) Beorn listens to their story and decides to help them...

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