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Camel-SpiderIt's Halloween, the time that we bring out the ghouls, goblins and everything scary. Well, what if part of your every day survival included having to avoid a spider as big as the palm of your hand or the size of a pack of cigarettes or a ping-pong paddle?

This is what our troops who are stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq 'are dealing with every day. The camel spiders are very unique and different than anything that we experience in the U.S. It is really creepy to think about waking up to find one of these amazingly huge spiders crawling across your chest. Talk about creepy and crawly--- and our troops are dealing with this every day.

Let's share a few cool facts about Camel Spiders:

  • They can travel at a top speed of 10 mph. Which is very fast for a such a small creature.
  • They can be as big as up to 8 inches.
  • They are called camel spiders because they live in the desert.
  • They seek out shade during the daytime, so it is possible to see one charging across the Iraqi desert at you==only to come to a screeching halt when it reaches your shadow.

Another interesting fact about the Camel Spiders is that it is really not even a spider at all! It is also called a Wind Scorpion and is an arachnid. It cannot weave a web and possess no venom, but when bitten, it leaves a gaping wound that is just too scary to share with you.

As we celebrate Halloween this year, I'm not quite as scared of spiders as I used to be:)...not really. I am, however, very thankful for every member of our Armed Forces that has, in the past, and is currently, serving overseas and also for their families who support them. Let us all pray that they will be spider-free very soon!

For more information about our monthly meetings, please feel free to contact Linda Clevenger, 540-220-5912 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We meet on the third Saturday of every month from 10:00 - 12:00 at the Salem Church Library and would love to see you there!

October's meeting we'll be talking to our Toys for Tots Representative! November's meeting we'll be preparing boxes to mail to your troops for the holidays. Come join the fun!

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About Blue Star Mothers

Blue Star Mothers Fredericksburg is a community group that provides support to each other and local military families who have given their children to serve our Nation. We support every branch of the Armed Forces and it's veterans through patriotism, education and social events. We support our community and its active and deployed military through on-going service projects, including providing our servicemen and women with care packages. For more information about National Blue Star Mothers you can visit their website. To find our local chapter click here.


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If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.


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