What pains me most as a leader? Hearing other adults say: “It’s supposed to rain (snow, be windy). What are we going to do?”
Weather should never keep you from a scouting adventure! Sure it may mean you need to adapt it (like the year at day camp we had torrential rain for six hours, on the day we were making sun tea and flying kites for our Outdoors in the City badge.) But 90% of the time, you can tweak your plans and enjoy God’s creation.
Like when we had our all-Junior weekend campout a few weekends ago. Rainy weather put a damper on starting our fire (but we still cooked over a campfire for all our meals, we’re proud to say!), and a little wind and cool temperatures meant we bundled up for our games, but other than that weather didn’t impact our weekend much.
Whatever the Weather
My geeky attraction to the weather (hey, I’m a Kansas girl at heart) and the love of science and art drew me to a new book,
Whatever the Weather: Science Experiments and Art Activities That Explore the Wonders of Weather by Annie Riechmann and Dawn Suzette Smith, of the site Mud Puddles to Meteors.
Whatever the Weather is filled with fun ideas for creatively exploring the weather, whether you’re an eager Daisy or Brownie or a pre-teen Junior.
But the best tie in of all? Brownies working on their Wonders of Water journey award would have little problem earning their journey – while thinking they were just doing art.From Winter Fairy Castles and Snowflake Science to Painting with Raindrops and Puddle Evaporation Art, there’s plenty of STEAM projects for scouts to tackle.
I love the way this book creatively breaks down the craftiness of weather and nature exploration with the “behind the scenes” science of how the pieces work together, and I can’t wait for the first “excuse” I can come up with to learn, I mean, play, outside.
Looking for more weather activities? Check out 8 weather activities for scouts.
Disclaimer: I did receive a review copy of this book but was not otherwise compensated for this post. This post does include affiliate links, and your purchase of Whatever the Weather helps support our scouting adventures and this blog.