You've got to keep in mind that Scouting is a new thing for me. I about dropped my teeth when I was given the calling. So I do occasionally do something that's maybe not entirely something that a thinking person would do.
Take, for instance, elective 1b in the Wolf handbook. It's writing with invisible ink. Did you know that you can use milk and also lemon juice as ink? I was experimenting with it just the other day, and it works great. You let it try for a while, then hold it over a heat source and the words appear. The recommended heat source in the handbook is a light bulb. Well, it was daytime -- I didn't have any hot light bulbs so I flipped on the stove really low and held the paper over it. Poof -- there were the words. I was in business.
My Scouts showed up and we did a treasure hunt, using the codes in elective 1a. That went pretty well, all things considered. The last clue was done in invisible ink, and, thinking nothing could go wrong because I'd practiced, I showed the boys how to make the words appear, saying that I would hold the paper. Well, the paper caught and went up in flames. I shook it and got it to extinguish itself, and then I made a very careful point of showing the boys that the book suggests using a light bulb. Why didn't I use a light bulb? Well, it was daytime and I didn't have any hot ones and I . . . was just not using my head.
No one got hurt and the boys thought it was pretty cool, actually. I double checked that they understood that my demonstration was of the wrong way to do it, and they all said they figured that part out. And, amazingly enough, I haven't gotten phone calls from five confused parents wondering why I started a fire at den meeting. I think it goes without saying that I'll be much more careful from now on. It would be terrible to get fired (no pun intended) from a church calling for being stupid.