The Campfire Chronicles

reported by Miss Camp

September 27, 2002

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Kim is our first Scout of the Week! She is the first student to earn a merit badge at Camp Linus! Kim completed her merit badge for Transitions. Now she is a leader in how to behave during transitions. She sets an example for others when we are changing from one activity to another.

Kim has the qualities that we look for in the Scout of the Week:

  • Attitude (cheerful and positive)
  • Work Ethic (takes time to check work & make improvements)
  • Integrity (honest and fair)
  • Respect (respects others as they are)
  • Appreciation for Others (no put-downs)
  • Attentive Listening (listens with eyes, ears, & heart)
  • Willingness to Try New Things
  • Organization (keeps papers in the right folder)
  • Responsibility (brings back Homework Log each day)

Congratulations Kim!



  • something that is annoying
  • a “pain in the neck”
  • something that causes problems

Problem: Four Million wasps flew into town and were a nuisance.

Solution: Almost all of the wasps got stuck in a giant jam sandwich.


A noun is a person, place, or thing.

  • baker (person)
  • town (place)
  • book (thing)
When we know the name of the person, place, or thing, we start it with a capital letter.
  • Bap the Baker
  • Itching Down (name of the town)
  • The Giant Jam Sandwich

The name of a book is called the "title" of the book, and we underline it.


Lollipop noun. A piece of hard candy on the end of a stick. lol-li-pop (lol’ e pop’). Noun, plural: lollipops

The dictionary tells us at least six things about a word:

1. Spelling lollipop
2. Part of Speech noun: person, place, or thing
3. Definition (what it means) A piece of hard candy on the end of a stick.
4. Syllables (where to break the word if finishing the word on the next line) lol-li-pop (can clap 3 times when saying word).
When writing: lol-lipop or lolli-pop
5. Pronunciation (how to say it) lol' e pop' (say lol louder than the rest of the word, and the i sounds like a long e)
6. Endings: How to spell the word if it is more than one (for plural nouns) Noun, plural: lollipops (add s)



  1. Art Director: This job is to draw a picture of something that happened in the story, and then to explain in writing what the picture has to do with the story.

  2. Wild & Crazy Word Finder: This job is to find four to six interesting, powerful, or tricky words from the story (juicy words), and the page number for each word. Examples:
    • fancy
    • honored
    • suddenly
    • shame
    • chanted
    • finest
    • splendid
    • feast
    • scrubbed
    • garments
    • prepared
    • waddled

  3. Summarizer: This job is to write a summary of the story (or what has been read so far). The summary tells what happens at the beginning of the story, in the middle, and at the end of the story. It only includes the important things that happen. (It doesn’t tell every single thing that happens on every single page!) Example:

    The sun and moon lived on the Earth in a fancy little house. They would tell jokes to each other. One day Sun got bored and explained how sad he/she was because he/she couldn’t tell his stories and jokes to other critters. They invited Water to their house to tell jokes and have a feast. But everything did not go according to plan. Water flooded the house. so Sun and Moon had to fly up to the sky to make room for Water. – by Josh

    The sun and moon live in a house on Earth. Sun and moon tell stories to their selves. They want to tell stories to others. They invite Water and Water’s People. Sun set the table for Water and her friends. Water knocked at the door and Sun said, “Come in.” And the Water filled the house. The Sun and Moon went up to the sky because there was no room for Sun and Moon (in their house). – by Laura

  4. Discussion Director: This job is write four to six questions about the story. When you are reading the story, do you wonder about anything that you would like to ask the author of the story? The questions do not have to be answered in the story. The questions could start with “What if…(something else happened)?” Or, questions could start with: Who…? What…? Where…? Why…? How…? What is your opinion about…?

    Why didn’t the sun just dry up the water? (Josh)
    How did Sun and Moon sit in chairs? (Colin)
    How did Sun and Moon write the invitations? (Megan)
    What if Sun and Moon were not friends? (Joe)
    How did the Sun and Moon become friends? (Austin L.)
    What if Sun and Moon didn’t know any stories? (Tylor)
    How come the water did not leak out of the house? (Casey)
    How did Sun and Moon get up into the sky? (Anthony)
    What if Sun and Moon stayed in the house? (Megan)

  5. Connector Director: This job is to find something in the story that can be connected to real life. Write something from your life, and explain how it is like something in the story. Examples:

    My grandmother tells great stories about when she was growing up. This is just like Sun and Moon who like to tell stories. (by Tylor)

    I invited my family to a party and it got a little bit crowded in my house. Then we had to move out back to have the party. It was too crowded in my house. This is like the sun and the moon because (it got crowded in their house and) they moved up to the sky. (by Austin F.)

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