Toga Party! (Tour of Ancient Rome)

Toga! Toga! Toga! We all dressed the part for our tour to ancient Rome. Many thanks to Brice and Shirley Hobrock as our tour guides. We heard the story of Romulus and Remus and learned a little Latin: cane canem (beware of the dog). Heard an orator or two: Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears… Did you know that ancient Romans cooked mice, dipped them in honey and rolled them in sesame seeds as a delicacy? Yum. Brutus (aka Brice) fixed us several delicacies and we feasted like gods.

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Brutus Hortensis aka Brice Hobrock


Shirley adjusts Nick’s toga.


Lea, Arthur, and Nick prepare for the feast – lounge style.


Lily feeds Lea.


Brutus serves up delicacies to Ana, Lily, and Gavin.


Bottoms up!




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Tour of Maps

Many thanks to Eli Martinson (and Kim Martinson) for taking us on a tour of maps! Among other things, we learned how maps can help us solve problems. We even got to make our own map of the UUFM property. No two were the same!

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Eli posted a few things to remember when mapping the property.


Ethan adds a touch of green space.


Gavin, Alaina, Ruby, and Holden add to their maps.


Kim shows samples of maps.


Holden is ready to compare his map to the property.


Everyone heads up the hill to compare maps.



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Second Helping Helpers

Many thanks to all for helping prepare and serve the meal! From left: Kaia, Jane, Maeve, Ronan, Lily, Neely.


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Tour of Puzzles & Games

We had lots of fun last Sunday mastering puzzles and a few puzzling games.  Some were harder than they looked! We even had a few adult visitors who joined the fun (and it all carried over into Game Night on Wednesday!)


Clara and Helen discover that some puzzles are easier than others.


Jake and Jocelyn ponder their next moves.


Everyone is hard at work.


Getting hints from others helps the process.


Rylee, Ronan, and Nick are ready for new puzzles.


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Tour of Pillsbury Crossing

Many thanks to a host of folk for their help with the canoe trip to Pillsbury Crossing.
Larry Weaver, Dan Swenson, Brent Garrison, Marisa Larson, Jess Martin, Kristan Corwin, Molly McGaughey, Krista Daniels, and Daniel Rolles were all the muscles of the trip. The kids had time to explore the crossing as 7 canoes and 2 kayaks were unloaded and launched. Only one canoe tipped but Brent and Jocelyn looked very graceful flipping over. Lea and Rylee swapped seats successfully! Some of our strongest paddlers went pretty far out on Deep Creek. When we returned we had time to take a refreshing dip. Logan, Katie, and Lily got to take turns trying Molly’s kayak with Molly in the water guiding Logan and Katie. Lily didn’t need that help! A walk over to the waterfall with Larry capped off the day.


Our merry group minus 5 folk already at Pillsbury.


Getting ready to climb aboard.


It’s easy when Jess does all the work!


A little post canoe fun.

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Tour of Japan

Sabrina Bowker took us on a wonderful tour of Japan.

We saw a huge buddha and learned some Japanese. Then we had fun with origami! We even managed to make something recognizable – a star box!


Sabrina helps with folding instructions…


…and eventually we got something that looked almost like it was supposed to!


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Helicopter Tour

On Saturday, Stephen and Michelle Hill gave us a great tour of the helicopters on base.


Here’s two-thirds of our group.


We took turns climbing on board.



The big kids had as much fun as the younger kids.


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Tour of Iceland

Mark Clarke took us on a tour of Iceland!

23 hours of darkness during the winter appealed to some of us.
23 hours of daylight in the summer appealed to others.
The cold didn’t particularly appeal to anyone.
Seeing the Northern Lights appealed to everyone!


Flag of Iceland


Northern Lights


Mark talks about the population of Iceland.


Rowyn learns how to create an Icelandic name.


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Tour of Insects

Tom Phillips took us on a tour of insects! Our kiddos already know a LOT about insects and Tom was very impressed. Our outside adventures netted several exciting creatures (that we released back into the wild).


Tom begins to show us the insects he brought.

…and they’re pretty cool!


Then we headed outside.


And we found all kinds of insects!


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Tour of All Things Bouncy

Summer programming is in full swing.

We had a tour of “all things bouncy” and made our own bouncy balls. We learned that the following recipe is rather forgiving as a “Tablespoon” can occasionally look an awful lot like a “teaspoon” – ah well.

Bouncy Ball Ingredients
1/2 Cup Warm Water
1 Tablespoon Borax
1 Tablespoon of Cornstarch
2 Tablespoons White Liquid Glue
Food coloring

Bouncy Ball Instructions
In a cup mix the warm water and the borax.
In another cup mix the glue, cornstarch, and food coloring.
Pour the glue mixture into the water-borax cup.
The glue mixture will harden after 10 seconds; use a fork to take it out of the water. If the glue mixture is still sticky, squish it with your hands and dip it back in the water.
Roll the mixture in your hands to make a ball. The more you handle the mixture the firmer it will become.
You are done!

Once we all had an opportunity to bounce in the bounce house, all that was left was the clean-up.


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