February 8th

National Boy Scout Day celebrates the birthday of scouting.

National Kite Flying Day – But it’s the middle of winter????

National Molasses Bar Day!

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National Boy Scout Day is celebrated on February 8th of each year in celebration of the Boy Scouts of America’s birthday. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with over 4.5 million youth members in its age-related divisions. Since its founding in 1910 as part of the international Scout Movement, more than 110 million Americans have been members of the BSA.

The BSA goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. For younger members, the Scout method establishes Scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoors skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking.

The Boy Scouts of America celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary on February 8, 2010.

No matter what age or level of scouting you are at the one thing that can be said for scouting is that the memories that one is left with will be remembered throughout life.

I myself having be a Cub Scout Den Mother for five years, walked away with many enjoyable experiences. I am sure that I learned more than the boys that I worked with. My mother had always said, “If you want you children to participate you have to be involved.” Having to sons I believed that to be true so I took the role of leadership.

The most important thing I learned other than the quality time you can share with your own children was that learning is holistic. Every element of scouting tied in with reading, writing, science, history, geography, math, etc. What is more valuable than hands on learning. Being an active participant is a great way to learn. There is always room for trial and error and a perfect example of “If first you don’t succeed try, try , again.”

These were some of the best years I had with my sons. Thank you Boy Scouts of America may you continue for many generations yet to come. Leading into the next National Day Boy Scouts liked to make and fly kites.

National Kite Flying Day – But it’s the middle of winter????

Kite Flying Day is celebrated on February 8th of each day. The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to discover the origin of Kite Flying Day.

A kite is a tethered aircraft.

Kites are often flown for recreation, art or other practical uses.  However,Sport kites can be flown in aerial ballet,or as part of a competition.  There are also Power kites which are multi-line steerable kites designed to generate large forces These Power kites can be used to power activities such as kite surfing, kite land-boarding, kite buggying and snow kiting. Kites towed behind boats can lift passengers which has had useful military applications in the past.

Whatever the purpose for flying kites they have become a useful and enjoyable event in our everyday life.

I am not sure about flying kites in winter, however, depending on the region you live and the purpose I see that kites now can be used anytime of the year.

So if you aren’t sure what to do today try your hand at building a kite, flying a kite, let a kite take you for an enjoyable ride, or just enjoy the memories of kites.

National Molasses Bar Day

It’s National Molasses Bar Day! Molasses is a thick, sticky syrup made from sugarcane.
The word molasses comes from the Portuguese word “melaco,” which comes from the Latin “mel,” meaning “honey.”
The quality of molasses depends on the maturity of the sugarcane, the amount of sugar extracted, and the method of extraction. In the Middle East, molasses is also produced from carob, grapes, dates, pomegranates, and mulberries.
Since the 1500s, people have used molasses to sweeten their food. Its distinctive taste is still called for in many recipes Try some wonderful gingerbread, sauces, cookies, toffee, baked beans, fruitcake, and molasses bars.
You can find recipes for all of these wonderful foods with molasses online.
Bring a hint of Grandma’s cooking back into your kitchen.
Start off the day with a wonderful Breakfast bar or end the day with a wonderful treat.
No matter what you decide Molasses is perfect for that sweet tooth.
When we were children coming home from school mom allowed us a tablespoon of molasses as a treat. She always said, “It’s good for what ails you.”
Oh I loved that bottle with brer rabbit on it. So today Grab a spicy and sweet molasses bar to celebrate National Molasses Bar Day!
So until next time remember BSA, Go fly a Kite, Enjoy Molasses 🙂
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