November 2013 Cub Scout Rountable Handout

District Blog (with links to the District Facebook and Twitter) www.ftclatsopbsa.wordpress.com

Baloos Bugle (find activities for den meetings) http://usscouts.org/bbugle.asp

Cubcast (Your Journey to Excellence) http://www.scouting.org/scoutcast.aspx#cubcast~201206_1

US Scouting Service Project (multiple resources) http://usscouts.org

December Core Value…Respect

Alternate theme…Passports to other lands

Respect: Showing regard for the worth of someone or something. Respect is something we should all practice every day. We should strive to be respectful of others, of our surroundings, in what we say and do, and most of all we should have respect for ourselves. Cub Scouts will learn that if they are respectful of others, others will respect them.

.

Quotes

 

A Cowboy’s Philosophy

We, the cowboys of the western plains, are bound by our desire to live free.

We must, therefore, show respect for our fellow man:

Respect for his beliefs,

Respect for his belongings,

Respect for his privacy,

Respect for the ground he walks on and the air he breathes.

In so doing, we show respect for ourselves

And secure freedom for all.

All join in singing “Happy Trails to You”.

 

Respect yourself and others will respect you.

Confucius, Sayings of Confucius

 

 

 

Upcoming Service Opportunities

Scouting For Food – Contact Tonya Dumville – Ft. Clatsop District Activities Chair, 1-907-738-9709 for details in your area

 

Remember to report your service hours on www.myscouting.org and take some pictures for your pack scrapbook

 

Denners and Assistant Denners

The Denner and Assistant Denner are the most important youth leadership positions in Cub Scouts. A Denner is a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout who is elected to be the temporary youth leader of his den. All Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, as well as Webelos Dens should elect a Denner. A den may elect a new Denner every few weeks, monthly, or other term. The Denner wears the gold double-strand Denner shoulder cord over his left shoulder. Assistant Denner wear the gold single strand cord.

 

For full details, go to http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Denner

 

Den Discipline

A den code of conduct (or den rules) should be established in an open discussion with the boys. Some of their ideas may be silly to you, but don’t judge too harshly. Many of their ideas that relate to safety, respect for property and relationships with others will be along the same lines as yours. You may need to make suggestions for things the boys don’t bring up. You should also discuss the consequences of breaking the den code of conduct. 

 

Games and Gathering

 

Respect Secret Message

Each word in the puzzle has something to do with RESPECT. Unscramble them and decipher what the secret words are.

 

Answers: RESPECT, MANNERS, PLEASE, HONESTY, SHARING, TRUST, HELPING, OBEY, CARING, SINCERE, LAWS (Honesty is not in the scramble, but the secret letter would be O, making the mystery words YOU SHOW RESPECT)

 

 

ADMIRE CHERISH ESTEEM PRAISE RESPECT APPRECIATE COMPLIMENT HONOR REGARD VALUE

 

Backward and Forward

Can you fill these blanks with words that are spelled the same backward as forward?

1. The night before Christmas. __ __ __

2. What you do with a whistle. __ __ __ __

3. A little child __ __ __

4. Father __ __ __

5. Twelve o’clock __ __ __ __

6. A chin apron __ __ __

7. A live Christmas gift __ __ __

8. Silent __ __ __

9. A good thing you did __ __ __ __

10. What a noisemaker does __ __ __

 

Christmas Carol Scramble

Materials: Choose several well-known Christmas carols. For each selected song, write each line on a separate piece of paper.

Directions: Give a slip of paper to everyone as they come in. Tell them to find the people who have the other lines to their song and arrange them in order. The first song team to find all the right people and sing the song is the winning team.

 

Filling Santa’s Pack

What you’ll need:

  • • A balloon for each player, color-coded for each team
  • • A large barrel or trash can

Set Up:

  • • Form two den size groups and line them up on the opposite sides of the room.
  • • Give one team balloons of one color; give the other team a contrasting color.
  • • Ask them to blow up their balloons and tie them.
  • • In the center of the room, have a large container – but not one large enough to hold all the inflated balloons.

Action:

  • • On signal, have all the boys try to tap their balloons into the barrel with one hand behind their back.
  • • When the container is full, stop the game.
  • • The team with the most balloons in the container wins.

 

Santa Nods

􀃍 Santa is in the center of a circle made by the other  players.

􀃍 Santa points at any player and says, “Santa says yes” or Santa says no”.

􀃍 That player must quickly nod “yes” or shake his head “no”.

􀃍 If Santa says only “yes’ or “no” without first saying “Santa says”, the player must not respond. If  he does, he is out of the game.

􀃍 Santa should give commands quickly.

􀃍 The last person still in the game becomes the new Santa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceremonies

 

Camping in the Woods on Christmas Eve

 

 

T’was the night before Christmas

And all through the woods,

Not a scout was stirring, they were all being good.

Their sneakers were hung by the camp fire with care.

In hopes the delivery guy, soon would be there…

And I in my Neckerchief,

And Mr._______ in his Cub-Cap,

Had just settled down for a short camping nap,

When deep in the woods there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my sleeping bag,

To see what was the matter.

Away to the tent, I flew, I was scared,

I grabbed a hammer and shovel,

In case it was a bear.

Then what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But Scouter Clause, with some pizza and root beer.

He was a little old scout, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment, He was scared of ticks.

More rapid than an Eagle Scout the pizzas they came,

and he whistled and shouted and called them by name,

Now sausage, now peppers, now onions and pepperoni,

On meatball, on, ham. On, hold the anchovies.

To the top of the tents, to the top of the trees,

Dash away, Dash away, with extra cheese.

As I got to my feet and was turning around,

Into the campsite, he came with a bound.

He was dressed all in uniform from his head to his toes.

His shirt was garnished with badges and bows.

A bundle of pizzas he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a new scout,

doing the opening ceremony, for his pack,

His eyes, how they twinkled, His dimples so merry,

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a berry.

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old scout,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to work,

Gave out the pizza and then turned with a jerk,

And laying a finger on one side of his nose,

and checking his compass,

Down the trail he goes,

I sprang to my feet, to the boys gave a whistle

And up they all flew, like the down of a thistle.

We ate all the pizza and drank all the soda,

Our stomachs, all felt like they would explode.

And we heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,

Merry Christmas Pack ____, & to all a good night!

 

 

The Lights are Beautiful

Set Up: Have enough appropriately-sized light bulbs so that each Scout receiving an award (or each Scout in attendance) will receive a light bulb to give to his parents to screw into a socket on the string of lights.

Materials: Long string of large outdoor Christmas lights (C7 or C9 style) where each light screws into the base and is not dependent upon other lights in the string.

The string of lights should:

  • • Be UNPLUGGED
  • • Have no lights screwed into it (or as many sockets empty as there are Scouts receiving awards or as there are Scouts in the pack – could have more than one string… depending on how you want to do it)

Scene: Cubmaster (CM) leads the ceremony. Ask two or more adult leaders (depends on the length of your string of lights) to come to the front of the room to hold the string up… OR you could lay the string of lights across a large table or tables.

CM: This month we’ve really talked about all the lights around us at the holidays. I want you to know that you Cub Scouts that are a part of our pack are bright lights to me at all times. Your shining faces and examples help me and the other adults all year round – but we seem to notice that more as we watch your excitement during the holidays. Your lights have been really shining this month in the work that you’ve done toward ranks, arrow points, and activity badges.

Cubmaster announces and distributes Bobcat, Tiger,Wolf/Arrow Points, Bear/Arrow Points, Webelos/ActivityBadges and Arrow of Light.

As awards are distributed, give each Scout a light bulb. Make sure to include Scouts who might not be on your list of awards this month. Ask each Scout to give the light bulb to his parents then go up with him and put the bulb into the string of lights…

OR have other adult leaders assist them in adding their “lights” as well.

CM: All of our lights are now part of this long string, and when we add the Cub Scout program [plug in the

lights] we are beautiful to see! [Replace non-working bulbs at this point… ☺] Thanks for all of you this month for being a great part of our pack! Lead Cheer

 

STUNTS APPLAUSES SONGS

JOKES, RIDDLES, APPLAUSES & CHEERS

 

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Utah National Parks Council

Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

R-E-S-P-E-C-T,

What’s it mean for you and me?

Honor, care, civility,

Even when we disagree.

Those that fight are bound to fall,

United we can do it all.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T,

We are Cubs and we agree:

Keep the promise, Do our best,

Give good will and all the rest.

I’ll do for you, you do for me,

That’s how we build community.

 

Santa’s Coming ‘Round the World

Tune: “Are. You Sleeping”

Chorus:

Santa’s coming, Santa’s coming,

Round the world, round the world;

He has many faces;

Seen in many places;

Santa Claus, Santa Claus.

Chorus

In France he’s Father Christmas

Who fills’ the children’s wishes;

Santa Claus, Santa Claus.

Chorus

In Hungary Kris Kringle

Brings gifts to make tots tingle;

Santa Claus, Santa Claus.

Chorus

In Belgium they leave carrots bunched

St. Nicholas’ horse will surely munch;

Santa Claus, Santa Claus.

Chorus

No matter what his face or name

Good will and peace are just the same;

Santa Claus, Santa Claus

 

Christmas Bells Applause:

􀀹 The leader pretends to hold a bell rope,

􀀹 Have the left side of the audience to say “DING” on the down stroke and

􀀹 Have the right side of the audience to say “DONG” on the upstroke.

􀀹 Repeat three times.

 

Ho, Ho, Ho

Q: How does Santa Claus water his garden?

A: With his ho, ho, hose

Q: How does Santa Claus keep his legs warm?

A: With his ho, ho, hose

Q: How does Santa Claus weed his garden?

A: With his hoe, hoe, hoe

Q: What does Santa Claus eat for breakfast?

A: His Cheerios, hos, hos

Q: What is Santa Claus’s favorite dessert?

A: Ho Hos

 

Christmas Flowers

#1: This year we are going to have lots of Christmas flowers.

#2: Why is that?

#1: Last year I planted all the Christmas Bulbs.

 

 

 

CUBMASTER’S MINUTE

 

A String of Lights

 

When I see a string of lights on a tree, I am amazed at how bright the small lights can be. They are like our Cub Scouts. One light by itself may not be very bright, but it certainly does its best. One Cub Scout by himself is certainly doing his best, too, but think of how much better all the Cub Scouts do when they can work together on achievements and Activity Badges. Look at the lights on a string of lights. When one fades, they all fade until the one light is fixed. Our Cub Scouts help each other, too, in this way – when one needs some extra support, they all pitch in and help their friend. Just as lights shine their brightest when they all work together, it is keeping our program working together for our Cub Scouts that allow them to shine their brightest.

 

 

 

Individuality

 

Please take a moment and look around the room. You see many people. Do you see two people who are exactly alike? No. None of us are the same, not even twins. We are all unique individuals, each different from others. By recognizing our own individual talents, tastes, and gifts, we can try to have a better understanding of other people and our surroundings and be more respectful of the world we live in.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start Planning for Cross Over Now

 

WEBELOS-to-Scout Transition

 

One of the most important, but perhaps least discussed Responsibility of both a first year and second year Webelos adult leader is to include activities in the program to prepare WEBELOS for the eventual transition to Boy scouts.

 

 

 

-Take your Webelos and their parents to visit Troop meetings for at least 2 different Troops.

 

-Encourage your Webelos to make a final decision on joining a Troop. Make sure that they understand that they need to have their choice completed by January so that Scoutmasters can be attendance at Blue & Gold in February.

 

-Graduate your Webelos into Boy Scouts. Have them complete a Scout application and register with a Troop.

 

-Be sure that new Scouts have a schedule and begin attending Troop meetings in their new Troop(s).

 

Encourage parents to get involved as Patrol advisors or in the Troop Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

Advancement/Awards/Belt Loops

 

  • Communicating Belt Loop/Pin http://www.usscouts.org (also satisfies requirement 15 for Webelos Communicator Activity Badge
  • Hiking Belt Loop/Pin http://www.usscouts.org
  • BSA Family Award – To earn the award, a family must complete 10 activities within a 12-month period. The family chooses one activity in two topics in each of the following categories:
    • 1. Learning Through Fun and Adventure
    • 2. Strengthening Family Relationships
    • 3. Developing Personal Strengths
    • 4. Teaching Responsibility
    • 5. Handling Difficult Situations
    • When a family has completed the requirements, all family members are eligible to receive an award certificate, patches for uniform wear, and/or pins for non-uniform wear.
  • Leave No Trace Award http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts/resources/LeavenoTrace.aspx Can be earned as a scout or leader. Requirements vary
  • World Conservation Badge  http://www.boyscouttrail.com/content/award/cub_scout_world_conservation-206.asp Can be earned as a Wolf thru Webelos.  This can be earned as a Cub Scout AND again as a Boy Scout. Requirements are different for each rank.

 

 

 

Boys’ Life Reading Contest for 2013

 

http://boyslife.org/

 

SAY ‘YES’ TO READING

 

Enter the 2013 Boys’ Life Reading Contest

 

Write a one-page report titled “The Best Book I Read This Year” and enter it in the Boys’ Life 2013 “Say Yes to Reading!” contest. The book can be fiction or nonfiction. But the report has to be in your own words — 500 words tops. Enter in one of these three age categories:

 

􀂒 8 years old and younger

 

􀂒 9 and 10 years old

 

􀂒 11 years old and older

 

 

 

Recruiting

 

Peer to Peer recruitment cards http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/Marketing/Recruiting/WordsToLiveBy/CubScout/2011.aspx

 

Information you may want to put on peer to peer cards…

 

  • Weekly den meetings…location, day, time, leader contact information, then ask scout to put his name above the leader name
  • Pack event…Blue and Gold, pack meeting, pack picnic/BBQ, district picnic
  • Pack game night

 

Once you get new scouts to a meeting or event, what should you have for them??

 

  • Application
  • Parent guide
  • Camp catalog
  • Pack specific information…
    • Meeting times, locations
    • Den leader contact info followed by other leader contact info…they should know their first line of contact is their den leader, then Cubmaster, then committee chairman
    • Pack calendar…this can be standard events….meetings, day camp, camporee, Webelos woods, parades and such with a disclaimer that other events will be added as the opportunity  arises
      • An active pack will help you keep new boys and families

 

District Blog (with links to the District Facebook and Twitter) www.ftclatsopbsa.wordpress.com

Baloos Bugle (find activities for den meetings) http://usscouts.org/bbugle.asp

Cubcast (Your Journey to Excellence) http://www.scouting.org/scoutcast.aspx#cubcast~201206_1

US Scouting Service Project (multiple resources) http://usscouts.org

December Core Value…Respect

Alternate theme…Passports to other lands

Respect: Showing regard for the worth of someone or something. Respect is something we should all practice every day. We should strive to be respectful of others, of our surroundings, in what we say and do, and most of all we should have respect for ourselves. Cub Scouts will learn that if they are respectful of others, others will respect them.

.

Quotes

 

A Cowboy’s Philosophy

We, the cowboys of the western plains, are bound by our desire to live free.

We must, therefore, show respect for our fellow man:

Respect for his beliefs,

Respect for his belongings,

Respect for his privacy,

Respect for the ground he walks on and the air he breathes.

In so doing, we show respect for ourselves

And secure freedom for all.

All join in singing “Happy Trails to You”.

 

Respect yourself and others will respect you.

Confucius, Sayings of Confucius

 

 

 

Upcoming Service Opportunities

Scouting For Food – Contact Tonya Dumville – Ft. Clatsop District Activities Chair, 1-907-738-9709 for details in your area

 

Remember to report your service hours on www.myscouting.org and take some pictures for your pack scrapbook

Denners and Assistant Denners

The Denner and Assistant Denner are the most important youth leadership positions in Cub Scouts. A Denner is a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout who is elected to be the temporary youth leader of his den. All Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, as well as Webelos Dens should elect a Denner. A den may elect a new Denner every few weeks, monthly, or other term. The Denner wears the gold double-strand Denner shoulder cord over his left shoulder. Assistant Denner wear the gold single strand cord.

 

For full details, go to http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Denner

 

Den Discipline

A den code of conduct (or den rules) should be established in an open discussion with the boys. Some of their ideas may be silly to you, but don’t judge too harshly. Many of their ideas that relate to safety, respect for property and relationships with others will be along the same lines as yours. You may need to make suggestions for things the boys don’t bring up. You should also discuss the consequences of breaking the den code of conduct. 

 

Games and Gathering

 

Respect Secret Message

Each word in the puzzle has something to do with RESPECT. Unscramble them and decipher what the secret words are.

 

Answers: RESPECT, MANNERS, PLEASE, HONESTY, SHARING, TRUST, HELPING, OBEY, CARING, SINCERE, LAWS (Honesty is not in the scramble, but the secret letter would be O, making the mystery words YOU SHOW RESPECT)

 

 

ADMIRE CHERISH ESTEEM PRAISE RESPECT APPRECIATE COMPLIMENT HONOR REGARD VALUE

 

Backward and Forward

Can you fill these blanks with words that are spelled the same backward as forward?

1. The night before Christmas. __ __ __

2. What you do with a whistle. __ __ __ __

3. A little child __ __ __

4. Father __ __ __

5. Twelve o’clock __ __ __ __

6. A chin apron __ __ __

7. A live Christmas gift __ __ __

8. Silent __ __ __

9. A good thing you did __ __ __ __

10. What a noisemaker does __ __ __

 

Christmas Carol Scramble

Materials: Choose several well-known Christmas carols. For each selected song, write each line on a separate piece of paper.

Directions: Give a slip of paper to everyone as they come in. Tell them to find the people who have the other lines to their song and arrange them in order. The first song team to find all the right people and sing the song is the winning team.

 

Filling Santa’s Pack

What you’ll need:

  • • A balloon for each player, color-coded for each team
  • • A large barrel or trash can

Set Up:

  • • Form two den size groups and line them up on the opposite sides of the room.
  • • Give one team balloons of one color; give the other team a contrasting color.
  • • Ask them to blow up their balloons and tie them.
  • • In the center of the room, have a large container – but not one large enough to hold all the inflated balloons.

Action:

  • • On signal, have all the boys try to tap their balloons into the barrel with one hand behind their back.
  • • When the container is full, stop the game.
  • • The team with the most balloons in the container wins.

 

Santa Nods

􀃍 Santa is in the center of a circle made by the other  players.

􀃍 Santa points at any player and says, “Santa says yes” or Santa says no”.

􀃍 That player must quickly nod “yes” or shake his head “no”.

􀃍 If Santa says only “yes’ or “no” without first saying “Santa says”, the player must not respond. If  he does, he is out of the game.

􀃍 Santa should give commands quickly.

􀃍 The last person still in the game becomes the new Santa.

 

Ceremonies

 

Camping in the Woods on Christmas Eve

 

 

T’was the night before Christmas

And all through the woods,

Not a scout was stirring, they were all being good.

Their sneakers were hung by the camp fire with care.

In hopes the delivery guy, soon would be there…

And I in my Neckerchief,

And Mr._______ in his Cub-Cap,

Had just settled down for a short camping nap,

When deep in the woods there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my sleeping bag,

To see what was the matter.

Away to the tent, I flew, I was scared,

I grabbed a hammer and shovel,

In case it was a bear.

Then what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But Scouter Clause, with some pizza and root beer.

He was a little old scout, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment, He was scared of ticks.

More rapid than an Eagle Scout the pizzas they came,

and he whistled and shouted and called them by name,

Now sausage, now peppers, now onions and pepperoni,

On meatball, on, ham. On, hold the anchovies.

To the top of the tents, to the top of the trees,

Dash away, Dash away, with extra cheese.

As I got to my feet and was turning around,

Into the campsite, he came with a bound.

He was dressed all in uniform from his head to his toes.

His shirt was garnished with badges and bows.

A bundle of pizzas he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a new scout,

doing the opening ceremony, for his pack,

His eyes, how they twinkled, His dimples so merry,

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a berry.

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old scout,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to work,

Gave out the pizza and then turned with a jerk,

And laying a finger on one side of his nose,

and checking his compass,

Down the trail he goes,

I sprang to my feet, to the boys gave a whistle

And up they all flew, like the down of a thistle.

We ate all the pizza and drank all the soda,

Our stomachs, all felt like they would explode.

And we heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,

Merry Christmas Pack ____, & to all a good night!

 

 

The Lights are Beautiful

Set Up: Have enough appropriately-sized light bulbs so that each Scout receiving an award (or each Scout in attendance) will receive a light bulb to give to his parents to screw into a socket on the string of lights.

Materials: Long string of large outdoor Christmas lights (C7 or C9 style) where each light screws into the base and is not dependent upon other lights in the string.

The string of lights should:

  • • Be UNPLUGGED
  • • Have no lights screwed into it (or as many sockets empty as there are Scouts receiving awards or as there are Scouts in the pack – could have more than one string… depending on how you want to do it)

Scene: Cubmaster (CM) leads the ceremony. Ask two or more adult leaders (depends on the length of your string of lights) to come to the front of the room to hold the string up… OR you could lay the string of lights across a large table or tables.

CM: This month we’ve really talked about all the lights around us at the holidays. I want you to know that you Cub Scouts that are a part of our pack are bright lights to me at all times. Your shining faces and examples help me and the other adults all year round – but we seem to notice that more as we watch your excitement during the holidays. Your lights have been really shining this month in the work that you’ve done toward ranks, arrow points, and activity badges.

Cubmaster announces and distributes Bobcat, Tiger,Wolf/Arrow Points, Bear/Arrow Points, Webelos/ActivityBadges and Arrow of Light.

As awards are distributed, give each Scout a light bulb. Make sure to include Scouts who might not be on your list of awards this month. Ask each Scout to give the light bulb to his parents then go up with him and put the bulb into the string of lights…

OR have other adult leaders assist them in adding their “lights” as well.

CM: All of our lights are now part of this long string, and when we add the Cub Scout program [plug in the

lights] we are beautiful to see! [Replace non-working bulbs at this point… ☺] Thanks for all of you this month for being a great part of our pack! Lead Cheer

 

STUNTS APPLAUSES SONGS

JOKES, RIDDLES, APPLAUSES & CHEERS

 

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Utah National Parks Council

Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

R-E-S-P-E-C-T,

What’s it mean for you and me?

Honor, care, civility,

Even when we disagree.

Those that fight are bound to fall,

United we can do it all.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T,

We are Cubs and we agree:

Keep the promise, Do our best,

Give good will and all the rest.

I’ll do for you, you do for me,

That’s how we build community.

 

Santa’s Coming ‘Round the World

Tune: “Are. You Sleeping”

Chorus:

Santa’s coming, Santa’s coming,

Round the world, round the world;

He has many faces;

Seen in many places;

Santa Claus, Santa Claus.

Chorus

In France he’s Father Christmas

Who fills’ the children’s wishes;

Santa Claus, Santa Claus.

Chorus

In Hungary Kris Kringle

Brings gifts to make tots tingle;

Santa Claus, Santa Claus.

Chorus

In Belgium they leave carrots bunched

St. Nicholas’ horse will surely munch;

Santa Claus, Santa Claus.

Chorus

No matter what his face or name

Good will and peace are just the same;

Santa Claus, Santa Claus

 

Christmas Bells Applause:

􀀹 The leader pretends to hold a bell rope,

􀀹 Have the left side of the audience to say “DING” on the down stroke and

􀀹 Have the right side of the audience to say “DONG” on the upstroke.

􀀹 Repeat three times.

 

Ho, Ho, Ho

Q: How does Santa Claus water his garden?

A: With his ho, ho, hose

Q: How does Santa Claus keep his legs warm?

A: With his ho, ho, hose

Q: How does Santa Claus weed his garden?

A: With his hoe, hoe, hoe

Q: What does Santa Claus eat for breakfast?

A: His Cheerios, hos, hos

Q: What is Santa Claus’s favorite dessert?

A: Ho Hos

 

Christmas Flowers

#1: This year we are going to have lots of Christmas flowers.

#2: Why is that?

#1: Last year I planted all the Christmas Bulbs.

 

 

 

CUBMASTER’S MINUTE

 

A String of Lights

 

When I see a string of lights on a tree, I am amazed at how bright the small lights can be. They are like our Cub Scouts. One light by itself may not be very bright, but it certainly does its best. One Cub Scout by himself is certainly doing his best, too, but think of how much better all the Cub Scouts do when they can work together on achievements and Activity Badges. Look at the lights on a string of lights. When one fades, they all fade until the one light is fixed. Our Cub Scouts help each other, too, in this way – when one needs some extra support, they all pitch in and help their friend. Just as lights shine their brightest when they all work together, it is keeping our program working together for our Cub Scouts that allow them to shine their brightest.

 

 

 

Individuality

 

Please take a moment and look around the room. You see many people. Do you see two people who are exactly alike? No. None of us are the same, not even twins. We are all unique individuals, each different from others. By recognizing our own individual talents, tastes, and gifts, we can try to have a better understanding of other people and our surroundings and be more respectful of the world we live in.”

 

 

Start Planning for Cross Over Now

 

WEBELOS-to-Scout Transition

 

One of the most important, but perhaps least discussed Responsibility of both a first year and second year Webelos adult leader is to include activities in the program to prepare WEBELOS for the eventual transition to Boy scouts.

 

 

 

-Take your Webelos and their parents to visit Troop meetings for at least 2 different Troops.

 

-Encourage your Webelos to make a final decision on joining a Troop. Make sure that they understand that they need to have their choice completed by January so that Scoutmasters can be attendance at Blue & Gold in February.

 

-Graduate your Webelos into Boy Scouts. Have them complete a Scout application and register with a Troop.

 

-Be sure that new Scouts have a schedule and begin attending Troop meetings in their new Troop(s).

 

Encourage parents to get involved as Patrol advisors or in the Troop Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

Advancement/Awards/Belt Loops

 

  • Communicating Belt Loop/Pin http://www.usscouts.org (also satisfies requirement 15 for Webelos Communicator Activity Badge
  • Hiking Belt Loop/Pin http://www.usscouts.org
  • BSA Family Award – To earn the award, a family must complete 10 activities within a 12-month period. The family chooses one activity in two topics in each of the following categories:
    • 1. Learning Through Fun and Adventure
    • 2. Strengthening Family Relationships
    • 3. Developing Personal Strengths
    • 4. Teaching Responsibility
    • 5. Handling Difficult Situations
    • When a family has completed the requirements, all family members are eligible to receive an award certificate, patches for uniform wear, and/or pins for non-uniform wear.
  • Leave No Trace Award http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts/resources/LeavenoTrace.aspx Can be earned as a scout or leader. Requirements vary
  • World Conservation Badge  http://www.boyscouttrail.com/content/award/cub_scout_world_conservation-206.asp Can be earned as a Wolf thru Webelos.  This can be earned as a Cub Scout AND again as a Boy Scout. Requirements are different for each rank.

 

 

 

Boys’ Life Reading Contest for 2013

 

http://boyslife.org/

 

SAY ‘YES’ TO READING

 

Enter the 2013 Boys’ Life Reading Contest

 

Write a one-page report titled “The Best Book I Read This Year” and enter it in the Boys’ Life 2013 “Say Yes to Reading!” contest. The book can be fiction or nonfiction. But the report has to be in your own words — 500 words tops. Enter in one of these three age categories:

 

􀂒 8 years old and younger

 

􀂒 9 and 10 years old

 

􀂒 11 years old and older

 

 

 

Recruiting

 

Peer to Peer recruitment cards http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/Marketing/Recruiting/WordsToLiveBy/CubScout/2011.aspx

 

Information you may want to put on peer to peer cards…

 

  • Weekly den meetings…location, day, time, leader contact information, then ask scout to put his name above the leader name
  • Pack event…Blue and Gold, pack meeting, pack picnic/BBQ, district picnic
  • Pack game night

 

Once you get new scouts to a meeting or event, what should you have for them??

 

  • Application
  • Parent guide
  • Camp catalog
  • Pack specific information…
    • Meeting times, locations
    • Den leader contact info followed by other leader contact info…they should know their first line of contact is their den leader, then Cubmaster, then committee chairman
    • Pack calendar…this can be standard events….meetings, day camp, camporee, Webelos woods, parades and such with a disclaimer that other events will be added as the opportunity  arises
      • An active pack will help you keep new boys and families

 

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