If beaches are available in your area, have some water fun there – but don’t forget to use Life Jackets and follow Safe Swim Guidelines. Check out www.boatus.com/foundation/ljlp/for information about the free loan of life jackets. But also check with your local fire department or government agencies - Many communities throughout the USA provide life jackets for loan free of charge!
Celebrate National Watermelon Day on August 3rd with a tasty American favorite - if it’s a den or pack activity, you could also have a Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest!
Plan a family, den or pack “Meteor Night” on August 12th between 10-11pm to view the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. Look for an area away from city lights, with a good view of the northeastern horizon where the constellation Perseus is located. Bring a lawn chair, bottled water, something to bundle up with if it gets cold, a camera and tripod if you have it; and a good set of binoculars can help, too- this year the moon will be only a sliver, which means much better viewing than last year.
Debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle is the source of the Perseid meteor shower. Every year, the earth passes through the debris cloud left by the comet when the earth's atmosphere is bombarded by what is popularly known as "falling stars."