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.


Having been out of state for the biggest part of two months, I’ve kind of lost track of what is going on at the various Scout meetings in the Waynedale area, so I’m trying to catch up. Have patience and please send me your updates and I will give you some ink on your organization/Scouting unit.

I’m now registered with Troop 344, Pack 3322, and Troop 38 and I will try my best to be of service and help to them all. Scouting is important to me and now that the BSA has turned...

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What is handy to take on any camping trip and is FREE? You’re reading it. I don’t mean my column; I do mean THE WAYNEDALE NEWS, or, any newspaper for that matter. But I’m sure you will want to cut this column out and save it like you do all the rest of the AROUND THE KAMPFIRE columns before tossing the paper aside, right?

1 – Newspapers are good for reading when you’re in a cabin, tent, or camper during a downpour or a snowstorm and you have nothing to do.

2 – Newspapers are good for rolling...

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(No kiddin'!)

I've often wondered about this and finally I got up enough nerve to start some research on cookin' a Woods Pussy, Pole Cat, Stripe Kitty, or whatever you nickname the pungent little black and white critters. There was a recipe on the Internet and I copied it and filed it under:


2 skunks (gut and skin)
1 tbsp. salt
Water to cover
2 cups bear fat or lard
2 egg yolks (beaten)
3 cups milk (or cream)

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BSA - 1910 – 2010

On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, we can be proud of our Scouting heritage here in northeastern Indiana.

In 1917, we were chartered to provide the Boy Scout program to the youth of northeast Indiana.  Since then, we have gone through many evolutions of Scout camps, council leadership and council boundaries.  Scouting programs like Lion Cubs, high adventure Exploring and Den Mothers have come and gone, but one thing has remained...

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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.)


Q – What makes you think you’re such an expert on the outdoors?

A – No one said I was an expert (surely not me); I just know where to look for the answers AND I’ve been camping for nigh on to 60-some years so I’ve learned a few things that I’d like to pass on to those not interested in making the same mistakes I did learning what I’ve...

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How many of you have had trouble building a campfire? OK, OK, I don't mean to embarrass you; we've all had trouble building a fire now and then and I want you to know that it isn't easy if you don't know how or I should say, "Anything's easy if you do know how. It's just a matter of, (here goes the old Boy Scout motto again), Being Prepared.

You wouldn't start out on a long car trip with an empty gas tank; why start out on an outdoor adventure un-prepared. Any time you go into the woods...

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