Thursday, July 28, 2005

Some Creative Ways to Repel Mosquitoes

Thought everyone would be amused by some ideas on how to repel these pests. Received these suggestions in one of those chain emails. Who knows, they may actually work!
  • Use Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets ... Best thing ever used in Louisiana . just wipe on and go ... Great for Babies.
  • Bob, a fisherman, takes one vitamin B-1 tablet a day April through October . He said it works. He was right. Hasn't had a mosquito bite in 33 years. Try it. Every one he has talked into trying it works on them. Vitamin B-1( Thiamin Hydrochloride 100 mg.)
  • If you eat bananas, the mosquitoes like you, - something about the banana oil as your body processes it. Stop eating bananas for the summer and the mosquitoes will be much less interested.
  • This is going to floor you, but one of the best insect repellents someone found (who is in the woods every day), is Vick's Vaporub.
  • Plant marigolds around the yard, the flowers give off a smell that bugs do not like, so plant some in that garden also to help ward off bugs without using insecticides.
  • "Tough guy" Marines who spend a great deal of time "camping out" say that the very best mosquito repellant you can use is Avon Skin-So-Soft bath oil mixed about half and half with alcohol.
  • One of the best natural insect repellants that I've discovered is made from the clear real vanilla. This is the pure Vanilla that is sold in Mexico. It works great for mosquitoes and ticks, don't know about other insects.

    When all else fails--get a frog

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Pictures from KMSR Posted on Troop 88 Blog Site


Mr. Mickey has posted pictures from the Troop's recent excursion to KMSR on the Troop 88 Blog site. I've attached his email from June 27 describing the blog site to this note just in case you've mislaid your copy of the original.

Scouts: please post your comments--positive and negative--about the camp and your experiences there. If you have pictures please post those as well.

This is such a great idea! I strongly recommend all Scouts, Scouters, and parents link to and register for this site. Mr. Mickey has already posted several items of interest, and you can be sure that the other Scouters and I will be using it to post useful (and perhaps some not so useful) materials in future.

[Be sure to check out the picture of the rather good-looking individuals taken at the last Court of Honor (also on the Troop 88 website)].

Yours in Scouting,

Dan Dabbs, SM
BSA Troop 88

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Troop 88 Blog Site
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 03:39:14 +0000
To: ddabbs@Princeton.EDU

Dan, I have created a blog for Troop 88 scouts and scouters to share troop communications, event news, photos, etc. I have sent out invites to join the blog to all Troop 88 scouts and scouters that I had emails for. Could you forward this email to your distribution list? When I sent out the invites I did so under the name Blog Meister, not Pat Mickey, so most recipiants probably deleted the invite along with the regular flow of email spam we all get.

In order to join the Troop 88 blog site, each invitee must respond to the invite email I sent by clicking on the link in the invite email. This will take them to the Blogger web site where you have to enter a user name and email address to register as a member to the Troop 88 blog site. I will need to resend a new invitation to anyone who deleted the original invite email. Anyone who needs a new invite should send me an email requesting a new invitation.

The web address of the Troop 88 blog site is I will need to make you, several scouters and a scout or two administrators of the site. I will also show you how to set up your account so that you can automatically post to the blog site all emails you send out to the Troop. (You will simply have to add to your distribution list.)

Call or email me with any questions.

Pat Mickey

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Photos from KMSR Summer Camp

Below are a few pictures taken at Kittatiny Mountain Scout Reservation last week when Troop 88 attended summer camp. Aside from some uncomfortably warm weather earlier in the week, a great time was had by all.

(click on photos to enlarge)

Entrance to KSMR Camp

Camp HQ & Store

Mess Hall from the Parade Grounds

Entrance to the Mess Hall

Inside the Mess Hall

Camp Rocky Mountain
Home of Troop 88

Home of Assistant
Scout Master Wertz

Troop 88 Privy

Scouts DelCol & Fuchs

Assistant Scout Masters
Wertz & McHugh
& Scout Mickey

Senior Patrol Leader Alenby

Tee Pee Grounds by
Lake Kittatinny

Canoes on
Lake Kittatinny

Kayaks on
Lake Kittatinny

Monday, July 18, 2005

Mercer Area District 2005-2006 Main Events

Troop 88 Scouts and Scouters,

The Mercer Area District Calendar highlights of the upcoming District and Council events for 2005-2006 has been posted in Word format at the link below.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Summer Camp at KMSR 7/17 to 7/23/05


Summer Camp at Kittatinny Mountain Scout Reservation is here!. The Scoutmasters will be meeting at the Church on 10:30 Sunday morning to gather Troop gear. Anyone needing a ride should hitch up with us there--please be prompt. I anticipate leaving no later than 11:00 for KMSR.

It will take about 2 hours to get there; bring a lunch or lunch money.

The Troop needs to check in as a unit. Anyone coming up separately needs to arrive at KMSR no later than 1:30PM.

Wear your Class A uniform or have it ready to throw on when we get to camp. Remember, your Class A is required to be worn at all meals. Also be ready for your swim test, done as part of the check-in.

And I hate to say it, but be prepared for RAIN and WET conditions.

Finally, MEDICAL FORMS...if you don't have the paperwork, you won't be allowed into camp -- so if you show up at the Church without all your forms you won't be able to go up with Troop. Make at least one copy of your Class 2 (or 3) to give to KMSR...they won't return your forms and you will want to have the original available for future trips.

Below is a list of this years summer camp attendees at KMSR:


Brian Allenby
Dan Schloss
Nolan Mickey
Alan Wertz
Steven Fuchs
David DelCol


Kent Allenby
David Wertz
Dan McHugh
Dan Dabbs
Pat Mickey

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Maurio Ingato and Shane Schoepfer Achieve Rank of Eagle Scout


Eagle Scouts Maurio Ingato, second from left, and Shane Schoepfer, fourth from left, were honored at Troop 88's Spring Court of Honor held June 13, 2005, at the Mercer County Park. Maurio built and installed park benches in the Ron Rogers Arboretum, West Windsor. He will be attending the University of Delaware in Fall 2005. Shane built a hiking trail through the arboretum. He attends Brown University, also beginning in Fall 2005. With the new Eagles are, from left, Scoutmaster Dan Dabbs, Assistant Scoutmaster Ron Logory, and former Scoutmaster John Hagaman.