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June/July 2013


Important:

Cub Family Weekends Coming Up!

Thousands of Boy Scouts have been pouring into Whitsett and Emerald Bay this summer to participate in action-packed summer camp activities on the water and in the mountains, but Cub Scouts can join in on the summer fun this August before getting back to school. Join us at either Camp Whitsett or Camp Emerald Bay for a Cub Family Weekend. Camp Whitsett's Cub Family Weekend is a tradition that has continued for over 15 years and typically sells out, so make sure that you register your family here before it fills again this year. This is only the second year that Emerald Bay has hosted a Summer Cub Family weekend, so ciome out and see the Island during the warmest months of the year! These are the perfect way to close out your Scouting Summer! Find more information and register for Whitsett Cub Family Weekend here, this program costs only $60/person. You can find more information and register for Emerald Bay's Cub Family Weekend here!

Emerald Bay at Jamboree

Camp Emerald Bay will be making an appearance at the Summit during Jamboree in the Sustainability Merit badge tent, where Scouts at Jamboree will be the first to earn the new Eagle-Required Merit Badge (instead of Environmental Science, if they choose). Learn about the origins of Jamboree here, or watch our video that outlines how our camp conserves its resources in unusual and innovate ways.

Are you working on the new Sustainability Merit Badge? Use our worksheets and resources at www.campemeraldbay.org/sustainability.

How to Reduce your Carbon Footprint

With the introduction of the Sustainability Merit Badge at the 2013 National Jamboree, our camps have been taking measures to reduce their carbon footprints. Here are some ways Scouts and their families can do the same in their daily lives.

Use Less Hot Water

Just like boiling a pot of water on the gas stove, heating water requires some sort of energy. Reducing shower times will not only save water, but will also reduce energy costs as it runs through the water heater. If you have a pool, you can even replace your gas heater with solar power.

Use the Top Shelf of the Oven

Heat rises. Therefore, the top of the oven will be hotter than the bottom and will cook your food faster.

Buy Local Products

Shipping items not only costs the consumer more, but also uses fuel. Purchasing local foods and commodities reduces shipping costs and emissions.

Use Your Curtains

Curtains can trap heat in your house or keep it out. During the winter, keep your curtains open during the day to let heat in and close them at night to keep it. Doing the opposite during the summer can serve as its own kind of air conditioning.

Microwave Your Food

Generally speaking, ovens and stoves take much longer to heat food than the microwave. Using the microwave instead will save you on energy costs and emit less CO2.

Dutch Oven Peach French Toast

Prep Time – 30 min (coals and oven)
Cook Time – 1 hour

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 20 slices Hawaiian Sweet Bread
  • 4 cans sliced peaches
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Light coals and preheat Dutch oven
  2. Melt 1/4 stick of butter in the bottom of the Dutch oven
  3. Add 1 can sliced peaches, sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar, letting sit until bubbling
  4. Beat eggs with a sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar
  5. Coat bread slices in egg mixture and begin adding a layer into the oven
  6. Continue to layer peaches and bread, adding cinnamon and brown sugar above each peach layer and butter above each bread layer
  7. Let sit until all peaches are bubbling and top layer of bread is cooked (approx. 45 min)

Multiple Batch Cooking:

If you are cooking for an entire pack or troop, you can stack multiple Dutch ovens, using just over half the amount of charcoal. Begin with the same steps, and after putting the coals on top of the first oven, add another Dutch oven above it.
Stacking too many Dutch ovens will be unstable and may result in injury and loss of food.