Sit. Rep. #16: Brave Helios

1- Are you stagnate in your Scouting Advancement during this CoVid event?  Welllllllllll? Do Something!  If nothing else, ask for help.

2- Learn the name of a tree, flower, shrub, or plant at least one-a-day. It is the easiest when the plant is flowering. Do you know the difference between White & Red Oaks and how to tell the difference in under 1 second?  (That is one single solitary second)
What is the difference between a Pine Tree and a Spruce Tree?

3- What part do Bees play in our food production?

A- What do you call a Grizzly Bear wearing ear muffs?
B- Anything you want, he can’t hear you.

4- Think of (at least) 3 different types of telescopes other than optical. Did you see the picture of the Black Hole last year?

5- Why is “clean” so important in food preparation and cooking while on a camping trip?

C- Why is Dracula afraid of the Dentist?
D- Tooth Decay.

6- Johannes Kepler not only gave us the elliptical orbits of the planets around the Sun. He also gave us some new words to describe the orbits. Let us start simple: There are only 2 things you need to know about a circle. The Center point and the radius. The diameter is twice the radius. 2R = D, or D/2 = R. And the Circumference is 2 Pi R = C. And the Area of the circle is the famous Pi R*R=A.  A= Pi * R*R, or A = Pi R^2.

So Kepler made things more accurate but more difficult mathematically. For now, I will stick to the Astronomy jargon. The Greek word “Apsis” means farthest point. Kepler shortened it to “Ap” The Greek word “Peri” means the nearest point. The aphelion is the farthest point from the Sun of an object in an elliptical orbit around the Sun. The perihelion nearest point to the Sun of the object’s elliptical orbit around the Sun.

   In an X & Y  coordinate system, you need to know 4 parts to solve for the elliptical orbit in 2 dimensions.  Where are the 2 Foci located?  They replace the single point at the center of a circle.  And you need to know the major axis and minor axis.  These replace the radius of a circle.

Helios was the god of the Sun in Ancient Greek mythology. “Brave Helios, Wake up your steed.” The Ancient Greeks thought Helios pulled the Sun across the sky with his team of horses.

E- What did the firewood say to the Tenderfoot Scout.
F- Goodbye. I have met my match.

Keeping an eye on the weather,

Scout Games by Thomas Mercaldo is a good resource.

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