Being involved with Boy Scouts of America since 2006, you could say I’ve done my fair share of camping. Most of the time it involves lots of hiking, climbing, campfires and of course bug spray. When I found out my troop had an opportunity to camp at the NASA campsite at Kennedy Space Center, that peaked my curiosity.  

Our troop chose to sleep outside in a more traditional camp setting, however, it is possible for Scouts to camp inside the Kennedy Space Center under space shuttle Atlantis or the Saturn V Rocket!  

Diana Madaras greets community of fans at the grand opening of her new Madaras Gallery on Swan Road and Camp Lowell Drive in Tucson.

I like to learn new things, don’t you? First, let’s talk berries. Did you know that an avocado is a berry and that a strawberry is not?

For a fruit to be a berry it has to have seeds inside. Strawberries have seeds on the outside so it isn’t really a berry. Now nuts—seeds surrounded by a hard wood-like covering are nuts. They even float in water. Peanuts are not really nuts! They are pods. What are pods? Pods have a row of seeds that stick to the inside of the fruit like a pea pod or a peanut.

March 4 was a day to see bighorn sheep. At Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa, scopes were set up by the Arizona Fish and Game Department to see sheep. We didn’t see any because it was too windy and they usually stay on the other side of Santa Catalina Mountains. 

In Arizona, there are about 6,000 bighorn sheep. Translocations were done to get bighorns to our mountains. There are many reasons why bighorns disappeared in the 1990s. It could have been that people were building too close to their habitat, or drought, or disease or even the lack of wildfires. 

For those of you who don’t know, Odyssey of the Mind is a program where teams of five to seven kids have to solve problems. There are different competitive divisions: Division I is grades 3–5, Division II is grades 6–8, Division III is grades 9–12, and Division IV is for college. Last, there’s the Primary Division for grades K–2. You only compete with your division. 

Jay Johnson, the UofA’s Head Baseball Coach, is ready for his second season with the Wildcats after finishing 49-24 last year and making it all the way to the National College World Series Championship.

Johnson says there are a lot of good things about being the head coach of the Wildcats. 

“I get to wear a baseball uniform to work every day. I’ve grown up my whole life being a part of a team, and I get to be a part of the team every day,” he says. 

This past month was the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. This year’s theme was “The Minerals of the Mid West.” The show displayed many beautiful gems and minerals including geodes, calcites, turquoise, fluorite, wulfenite, and more. You haven’t herd of wulfenite? Nether had I until I found out that there Is a house bill to make wulfenite the state mineral of Arizona. If the bill passes Arizona school children will all know what wulfenite is.

National Gumdrop Day was on Feb.15. Gumdrops are a chewy candy that are madde with gelatin and sugar coated. The origin of the gumdrop is a mystery, but legend has it that the gumdrop was created in 1801. Percy S. Truesdell, chemist and candy manufacturer, gets credit for making the first gumdrop, according to National Day calendar. He was known as the gumdrop king.