Waynedale Outdoors Guide

Enjoy outdoors activities like gardening, camping, hiking and more? This section is for you! These articles contain the latest local outdoors news and entertainment from around the Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana area.

An Object

By Any Other Name


I have a lecture that I give to Scouts and it’s about looking at things from a different angle or point of view. It’s a base way to broaden their minds and be able to create or to think differently about objects and situations.

I sometimes hold up an object like a coat hanger and then I’ll ask, “What is this?” I get a lot of hands up when I ask this question because almost everyone knows what a coat hanger is and what it’s used for. I then ask again, “What...

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(Member of the Laurel family (Lauraceae)


Known as Tea Tree, Mitten Tree, Cinnamon wood, or Smelling Stick, Sassafras is one of the first things my mother sent me into the woods each spring to dig up. The plant/tree is easy to identify in that it has 4 different shaped leaves.

Mom made sassafras tea and made everyone in the family drink it. She said the reason we got sluggish during the winter was our blood got thick and that’s why we didn’t have any energy so if we thinned...

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Gentlemen! Start Your Engines

(Figuratively speaking of course.)

The Miami District Pinewood Derby, hosted by Cub Scout Pack 3349, will be held on Saturday, March 27th, 2010 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2417 Getz Road (Time Corner area). Racing is open to all Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts – you do not need to participate as a Unit and all individual racers are welcome.

Check-in starts at 10:30am and goes until 2:30pm

Racing from 11:00am – 3:00pm

Awards and patches will be handed out...

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(A column, whereas, you the reader may ask Ben questions about camping, cooking, hunting, fishing, or anything concerning living in our Great Outdoors.)




As my dad would have said, “Ain’t no big secret ta fishin’, jest go do it.” He was assuming of course that you knew the basics of fishin’. When I was Scoutmaster of Troop 38, sometime back, I would set aside one weekend during the summer for what I called a Fishin’ Campout. We didn’t work on badges or rank...

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Back in the good ol’ days a man’s life might depend on the articles he carried in his ‘war bag’; some people call them ‘possible bags’. Whatever you want to call them, they’re handy to have around when you need something from it. You may find it handy if you’re camping, hiking, canoeing, car trekking, or hunting. It’s something to consider if you want to BE PREPARED, like the Boy Scout motto says. The contents are personal depending on the activity you are engaged in and the...

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You’ve killed your deer, had it processed, and now you had best start using some of it. It will be hunting season again before you know it so just go to the freezer, get out a few packages of deer burger (depending on how much you put in each package) and get busy.



(You can call it ROAD KILL LOAF)

2 – 2 1/2 lbs. deer burger, moose burger, elk burger, or very lean hamburger

1 envelope dry onion soup mix

1/4 cup water

1 cup catsup

2 eggs...

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