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BALOO'S BUGLE Volume 12, Number 10

May 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable June 2006 Cub Scout Theme

INVENT A REASON TO CELEBRATE

Tiger Cub Activities Webelos Traveler& Artist


FOCUS

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

It’s June and that means celebration time!! Time to celebrate everything great!! Cub Scouts get to pick a reason to celebrate – maybe Happy Sunshine Day or My Best Pal Day or even Hurray for Ice Cream Day!! June includes Hug Your Cat Day, World Juggling Day, and Happy Birthday to You Day. Take your calendar and fill in the blanks – make every day a holiday. Whatever the reason or season, it’s fun to share the joy.



CORE VALUES

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

Some of the purposes of Cub Scouting developed through this month’s theme are:

  • Personal Achievement, Your Cub Scouts will feel the joy as their invitations turn into fun for the whole den.

  • Friendly Service, Invite everyone to be part of your everyday celebrations.

  • Fun and Adventure, What’s more fun than a celebration? Cub Scouts will develop new observances and have fun while learning.

The core value highlighted this month is:

  • Respect, Cub Scouts will realize that everyday has worth and value.

Can you think of others??? Hint – look in your Cub Scout Program Helps. It lists different ones!! All the items on both lists are applicable!! You could probably list all twelve if you thought about it!!


COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

It was another interesting theme to be pouring through Pow Wow Books for ideas. Almost everyone had a calendar of special days in June but the material varied widely. One book was all standard summer stuff no holiday mentions. A very good approach in one council’s book was a note relating each (well almost all) item to one of the June holidays. And others were somewhere in between. It might be great to emphasize Flag day, June 14, but be careful, July has a patriotic theme, “Red, White and Baloo,” for Fourth of July. Or maybe because this is summer, you want to make one theme go for two months – tie Flag Day in with Fourth of July and keep everything patriotic and FUN!! Some of Baloo is oriented to various days in June, some is just good stuff I found and thought you would enjoy. The best bet – look at your Program helps and Resource Page (from Roundtable). Pick a few special days and bring them to life for fun or seriousness for your Cubs.

What's a holiday? Festival? Celebration?

Baltimore Area Council

hol-i-day (noun)


  1. A consecrated day; religious anniversary; a day set apart in honor of some person, or in commemoration of some event.

  2. A day of exemption from labor; a day of amusement and gayety; a festival day.

  3. (Law) A day fixed by law for suspension of business; a legal holiday.

  4. A vacation (chiefly British).

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary

fes·ti·val (noun)

  1. An occasion for feasting or celebration, especially a day or time of religious significance that recurs at regular intervals.

  2. An often regularly recurring program of cultural performances, exhibitions, or competitions: a film festival.
  3. Revelry; conviviality.


  4. (adjective) Of, relating to, or suitable for a feast or festival; festive

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

cel'e·bra'tion (noun)

  1. an occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event

  2. any festival or other celebration

  3. the public performance of a sacrament or solemn ceremony with all appropriate ritual

Source: WordNet ® 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University

National makes a patch for every Cub Scout Monthly theme. This is the one for this theme. Check them out at www.scoutstuff.org go to patches and look for 2006 Cub Scout Monthly Theme Emblems. The 2005 Theme patches are still available at about one-third off!!!



Check your calendar

Greater St. Louis Area Council

Check your calendar for a variety of holidays we don't normally celebrate. Did you know that every day in June is a holiday? June 15th is Smile Power Day, the 29th is Camera Day, the 10th is National Yo-Yo Day, and the 20th is Ice Cream Soda Day. Not only is June 14th Flag Day, but it is also Pop Goes the Weasel Day. You can celebrate a June holiday or create your own. Invent a new sandwich for Sandwich Day. June is National Accordion Awareness Month as well as Zoo and Aquarium Month. If you can't find a holiday for your den, you can invent your own and celebrate it at the pack meeting.



Official Celebration Days in June

Month Long Celebrations

Accordion Awareness Month, National

Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month
Aphasia Awareness Month, National
Cancer from the Sun Month
Candy Month, National
Child Vision Awareness Month
Children's Awareness Month
Dairy Alternatives Month
Effective Communications Month
Entrepreneurs "Do It Yourself" Marketing Month
Fight the Filthy Fly Month

Fireworks Safety Months


Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

GLBT Book Month, National


Iced Tea Month, National
June Dairy Month
June Is Perennial Gardening Month
June Is Turkey Lovers' Month
Men's Month, Intl
Pharmacists Declare War on Alcoholism
Potty Training Awareness Month
Professional Wellness Month
Rebuild Your Life Month
Rivers Month, National
Rose Month, National
Safety Month, National
Scleroderma Awareness Month

Soul Food Month, National


Sports America Kids Month
Steakhouse Month, National
Student Safety Month
Vision Research Month

Zoo & Aquarium Month



Week Long Observances:

Week 1: National Aphasia Awareness, National Fishing, And National Headache Awareness, Step Parents Week

Week 2: National Bathroom Reading, National Clay,

E-Mail, National Hug, National Men’s Health, National Little League Baseball Week, National Hermit Week, National Flag Week



Week 3: Take Your Pet To Work Week, U.S. Equestrian Team National Horse Week, Carpenter Ant Awareness Week

Week 4: National Camping, Eye Safety Awareness, Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness, and National Sobriety Checkpoint., Amateur Radio Week

Special days

June 1


Dare Day

Donut Day

Flip a Coin Day

Navy Day (official Mexican holiday)

Stand For Children Day

Oscar the Grouch’s Birthday



June 2

National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day

Radio Was Patented In 1896.

Mother Earth's Day
St. Elmo's Day patron of sailors, childbirth; against seasickness, stomachaches)
Eel Festival (Denmark)


June 3

National Trails Day

Repeat Day

Repeat Day

Egg Day


First U.S. Spacewalk by Ed White in 1965.

June 4

Donut Day

Old Maid's Day

Aesop's Birthday

Cheese Day

First Ford Made Henry Ford made his first operational car in 1896.


June 5

National Children’s Day

Festival of Popular Delusions Day

World Environment Day

First Hot Air Balloon Flight by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783.

National Gingerbread Day


June 6

Teacher's Day

National Family Day

National Applesauce Cake Day

National Gardening Exercise Day

National Yo-Yo Day


June 7

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Fleur-de-Lis Day

Daniel Boone Day (Kentucky)


June 8

Name Your Poison Day

Best Friends Day


Frank Lloyd Wright's Birthday in 1867.

June 9

Donald Duck’s Birthday

Nursing Assistants Day

Pink Tomato Festival
National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day


June 10

National Yo-Yo Day

Iced Tea Day

Herb Day
National Black Cow Day
Race Unity Day
Red Rose Festival





June 11

National Hug Holiday

King Kamehameha Day

Movie “E.T.” premiered in 1982.


June 12

Machine Day

Anne Frank born in 1929 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

The baseball was invented in 1839.

Magic Day



June 13

National Juggling Day

Kitchen Klutzes of America Day

Pioneer 10 became first man-made object to leave our solar system, 1983


June 14

Flag Day

Pop Goes The Weasel Day

Sand Paper Invented by I. Fischer Jr. in 1834.


June 15

Smile Power Day

Fly A Kite Day (Ben Franklin's Kite Experiment in 1752.)



June 16

National Hollerin' Contest Day

National Fudge Day



June 17

Watergate Day

Eat Your Vegetables Day

Disneyland Opened In 1955.

Lotus Moon day (Chinese)



June 18

Father’s Day

International Picnic Day

Go Fishing Day

National Splurge Day

Tears of Isis day (Copts)

Midsummer Day (Swedish)

Skira (Greek)


June 19

Juneteenth

World Sauntering Day

Garfield debuted on this his birthday in 1978.

Tasmanian Devil debuted on this his birthday in 1954.

Saints Gervase and Protase (Italian)


June 20

Ice Cream Soda Day

Bald Eagle Day



June 21

Cuckoo Warning Day (It will be a wet summer if the cuckoo is heard today!)

Summer Solstice (longest day of the year)



June 22

National Chocolate Éclair Day

U.S. Department of Justice Established

Pledge of Allegiance recognized by Congress, 1942


June 23

Let it Go day

National Pink Day

Typewriter Patented in 1868.


June 24

Museum Comes To Life Day

Mid Summer Day

Swim a Lap Day

U.F.O. Day (First documented UFO sighting on this day.)



June 25

Log Cabin Day

LEON Day (LEON is NOEL spelled backwards. It means six months until Christmas.)



June 26

National Chocolate Pudding Day

Beautician’s Day

Bicycle Patented in 1819.

Toothbrush Invented in 1498.



June 27

Paul Bunyan day

Melody for Happy Birthday Song written in 1859.



June 28

Handshake day

Insurance Awareness Day



June 29

Camera Day

Waffle Iron Day



June 30

Meteor Day

Superman's Birthday

Sky Day



List compiled from –

Alapaha Area Council Pow Wow Book

Greater St. Louis Area Council Pow Wow Book

Longhorn Council Pow Wow Book

Sam Houston Area Council Pow Wow Book

http://www.web-holidays.com/calendar/june/ - This web site has many, many more holidays that I did not list. So if you want a few more, go there!


http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/junedays2.html

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/june.htm

http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/jun.htm#GOTO21

It turns out the authority in this area is “Chase’s Calendar of Events.” This is a book and CD published by McGraw-Hill to which I did not have access.



I have been told the UPS calendar is fantastic with national and international holidays.
Months with similar themes to

Invent a Reason to Celebrate

Dave D in Illinois

Dave’s spreadsheet classifies this theme as Festivals. These are the other months with themes listed as Festivals. None seem as diverse as this month’s vignette’s ideas for Invent a Reason to Celebrate.

September

1942

Pack Fair

January

1963

Freedom Festival

March

1964

Mardi Gras

August

1964

Neighborhood Carnival

September

1964

Come to the Fair

February


1968

Freedom Festival

September

1969

Come to the Fair

February

1974

Mardi Gras

August

1976

Festival U.S.A.

August

1978

Cub Scout Fair

August

1980

Fiesta

August

1982

Cub Scout Fair

February

1990

Mardi Gras

August

1995

Fiesta

February

2004

Fiesta

THOUGHTFUL ITEMS FOR SCOUTERS

Thanks to Scouter Jim from Bountiful, Utah, who prepares this section of Baloo for us each month. You can reach him at bobwhitejonz@juno.com or through the link to write Baloo on www.usscouts.org. CD


Prayer

Cub Scout Roundtable Planning Guide

We give thanks for our families, our friends, our Cub Scouts, and today. We hope to learn to listen with our hearts, and encourage our youth to dream. Amen



Celebrate Ability

Too often we look at others that are different and see their disabilities, not their abilities. Many have heard or read the story of Jason McElwain, a High School Senior at Greece Athena High School in Greece, New York, who was the team manager for the Varsity Basketball Team. Coach Jim Johnson let him suit up for the final season game and with the team well in the lead, he put him in to play. Jason scored twenty points in just four minutes. Jason made the national news with his feat, not because of his skill, but because he has autism. The school was behind him and some fans came prepared with signs bearing his nickname, “J-MAC and cutouts of his face placed on Popsicle sticks. They were not there to cheer on the greatest player in the school; they were there to cheer on a good sport. There are many great people in history who have overcome challenges. Here is a list of just a few:



Name-Fame-Disability

  • Helen Keller-lecturer, author, advocate-Blind, deaf

  • Ludvig van Beethoven-composer-Deaf

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt-President-Polio, used a wheel chair

  • Steven W. Hawking-physicist-ALS

  • Winston Churchill-Prime Minister of England-Learning Disability

  • Stevie Wonder-Musician-Blind

  • Jim Abbot-Baseball Player-Born without a hand

  • Marlee Matilin-Actress-Deaf

  • Aristotle-philosopher-Stutterer

  • Tom Dempsey-Football player-Physical Disability

  • Socrates-Philosopher-Epilepsy
  • Nelson Rockefeller-Governor of New York, Vice President-Dyslexia


  • Bruce Jenner-Olympic Gold Medal Winner-Dyslexia

  • Julius Caesar-Emperor of Rome-Epilepsy

  • Rudyard Kipling-Writer-Visual Impairment

  • Toulouse Lautrec-Painter-Physical Disability

  • Thomas Edison-Inventor-Learning Disability

  • George Washington-President-Learning Disability

  • Hans Christian Anderson-Writer-Learning Disability

  • Albert Einstein-Theory of Relativity-Learning Disability

  • Cher-Singer, Actress-Learning Disability

  • Wilma Rudolf-Olympic Track Star-Could not walk without braces until age of 11

Take Hope, Parents and Teachers
Today's Failure May Be Tomorrow's Success

Identifying talent is not an easy task.  In fact, history has recorded many instances of creative and imaginative people whose talents were not initially recognized by their contemporaries or whose talents were not evident at an early age.



  • Albert Einstein was four years old before he could speak and seven before he could read.

  • Louis Pasteur was rated as mediocre in chemistry when he attended the Royal College.

  • Werner von Braun flunked 9th grade algebra.

  • Beethoven's music teacher once said of him, "As a composer, he is hopeless."

  • Caruso's music teacher told him, "You can't sing, you have no voice at all."

  • Madame Schumann Heink was told by the director of the Imperial Opera in Vienna that she would never be a singer and advised her to buy a sewing machine.

  • Fred Waring was once rejected for his high school choral group.

  • Thomas Edison was told by one of his teachers he was too stupid to learn anything.
  • F.W. Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21 but his employers would not let him wait on a customer because he "didn't have enough sense."


  • Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he had "no good ideas."

  • Charles Schulz was once reprimanded by a high school teacher for wasting time doodling in class and told him he would never amount to anything if he kept doing that.

  • Leo Tolstoy flunked out of college.

  • Louisa May Alcott was told by an editor that she could never write anything that had popular appeal.

  • Abraham Lincoln entered the Black Hawk War as a captain and came out a private.

  • Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade.

  • Apparently, after some misbehavior, Bill Cosby's mother sent a note to the fourth grade teacher explaining, "My son thinks he is funny."  (Apparently, he was right.)

Quotations

Quotations contain the wisdom of the ages, and are a great source of inspiration for Cubmaster’s minutes, material for an advancement ceremony or an insightful addition to a Pack Meeting program cover.

Ability is of little account without opportunity. Napoleon Bonaparte

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. Malcolm S. Forbes

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Helen Keller

As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we've been given. Mary Lou Retton

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. Mother Teresa

Behind every able man, there are always other able men. Chinese proverb

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential. Liane Cardes

Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can. Lowell Thomas

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle. Phillips Brooks

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden

No matter what the level of your ability, you have more potential than you can ever develop in a lifetime. James T. Mccay

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength. Ralph Sockman

Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.

Maxwell Maltz


Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have. Zig Ziglar

CUB SCOUT DISABILITY
AWARENESS BADGE


This is apparently a badge available to Cub Scouts in the Sam Houston Area Council (SHAC). I could find no information on it except at SHAC. But you could use their requirements and find an appropriate patch and create your own. Or order patches through SHAC.


  1. With an adult, visit an agency that works with the physically, sensory, or mentally disabled. Take a tour, if possible, and talk with the staff about the activities and/or educational programs that are conducted for their clients/members. Have agency representative sign off this activity and date it.

  2. *Participate in a Disability Awareness Simulation event sponsored by your pack, district, or council (must be conducted by trained or qualified adults). Complete at least six different booths/activities.
    Discuss with an adult how you felt and what limitations you had. How might you overcome those limitations you had. How might you overcome those limitations? Have signed off by adults sponsoring event.

  3. With an adult, look around your house and pack or den meeting place. Discuss accessibility. What are five “good” places/points? What are five places that could be changed to make it easier for handicapped persons to visit?

  4. Disease Awareness: Learn about three of the following diseases from an adult leader, agency, or professional:

    1. Asthma

    2. Cerebral Palsy

    3. Cystic Fibrosis

    4. Diabetes

    5. Epilepsy

    6. Heart Disease

    7. Muscular Dystrophy

    8. Osteogenisis (Brittle Bones) Imperfecta

    9. Spina Bifida

How do they affect your body? What would you do differently each day if you or someone you know had/has one of these diseases? Have Adult Scouter, agency representative, or professional sign off.


  1. Complete one of these projects:

    1. Set up a display about a disability you have learned about. Present it to your PACK.

  2. Use any visual aids, handouts, or equipment needed to demonstrate or explain. Cubmaster sign off.

    1. Help a local agency with a community project that benefits a disability. Contact that agency for their requirements and current needs. Agency representative to sign off.

DARE TO CARE: BE AWARE!

Kamehameha, The Lonely One

Alapaha Area Council

Use this story now or save it for Blue and Gold in 2007. The recommended theme for this year’s B&G is Aloha, Cub Scouts CD

June 11 is King Kamehameha Day in Hawai'i. This official holiday was established in 1871 by King Kamehameha V to honor his grandfather, Kamehameha I. The celebration begins with a parade of floral floats, costumed riders on horseback, and marching bands that begins in downtown Honolulu and ends in Waikiki. Across from the 'Iolani Palace, the regal statue of Kamehameha I is draped in fragrant flower lei.

Legend surrounds the birth and death of Hawai'i's greatest warrior-king. Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great, he was born in North Kohala on the island of Hawai'i, sometime between 1748 and 1761. It is said that he was born on a stormy night, during which a bright star, Kokoiki, appeared in the heavens. Some historians believe that Kokoiki refers to Haley's Comet, which was visible in the night skies in November or December of 1758.

Kahuna, or Hawaiian priests, witnessing the celestial event prophesied the birth of a child who would grow up to be a mighty chief, destined to unite all of the Hawaiian Islands. At that time, Hawaii was besieged by warring clans. The ruling ali'i (chief) of Hawaii Island ordered the infant to be put to death.

Thus the swaddled newborn was spirited away to Waipi'o Valley, where he was raised in secrecy by foster parents. He was named Pai'ea, after the hard-shelled crab found along the Hawaiian shore. Pai'ea was safe and well cared for in Waipi'o Valley.

In time, the aging ali'i no longer felt threatened by Pai'ea. After five years Pai'ea was allowed to return to his parents in Kailua-Kona. There he was given the name Kamehameha, or "The Lonely One," and finally allowed the training and care befitting a young ali'i.

Kamehameha grew up to be the great leader as the priests had foretold. The young warrior was present when his uncle Kalani'opu'u boarded Captain James Cook's ship, the HMS Discovery in 1779. Bright, ambitious and resourceful, he used foreign weapons and skills to his advantage. In 1790 he and his warriors confiscated a small schooner, the Fair American, that was captured in retaliation for an earlier skirmish with another American vessel. The lone survivor of the Fair American was an Englishman named Isaac Davis. Davis, along with another prisoner named John Young, eventually became a trusted advisor to Kamehameha, teaching him the use of the muskets and cannon aboard the small ship.

Kamehameha soon amassed a formidable army and a huge fleet of war canoes. By 1810, the islands of Hawai'i, Maui, O'ahu and Kaua'i were under his rule, and the Hawaiian Kingdom was established.

With unification came peace and prosperity. Kamehameha the great warrior became known as a great statesman. Among his accomplishments were the establishment of trade with foreign countries and the development of the sandalwood industry. He was also known as a just ruler, introducing the Law of the Splintered Paddle, which protected the weak from the strong and insured that every man, woman and child had the right to "lie down to sleep by the roadside without fear of harm." In 1816 he introduced the Hawaiian flag, with its Union Jack in the upper corner and 8 stripes representing the eight main Hawaiian islands.

Kamehameha died on May 8, 1819 in Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawai'i. As was the ancient tradition, his bones were hidden to protect their mana, or power. To this day, no one knows where he rests.


INSTANT MEN

Heart of America Council

A Cub has grimy hands and nails; and cowlicks in his hair.

A Cub has questions: How? And Why? And Who?
And When? And Where?

A Cub has freckles on his nose and big teeth in his grin.

A cub has grass stains on his pants; his shirttail won’t stay in.

A Cub has pockets full of junk – some fabulous collections.

A Cub has trouble hearing things like “Follow the directions.”

But Cubs aren’t all exuberance and energy and noise:

They’re “Instant Men” condensed and packaged up in little boys.

Just add some thoughtful guidance – Mix with spirit


(that’s the key)

Set the timer, say a prayer – serves one community.



TRAINING TIP

Will your pack attend Camp this summer?

Bill Smith, the Roundtable Guy

There are varieties of Cub Scouting Camps: camps for Cubs and camps for Webelos, day camps and resident camps. Some are in a local park and others are at a Scout camp some distance away. Some leaders and their families may even be camping at Philmont Training Center! Facilities, like shelters, lodges, storage huts and waterfront, differ greatly from camp to camp. No matter what your camp is like, the camps and the staff that run them must conform to BSA standards. I fervently hope that you and the boys in your pack will be attending one of them.

I’m sure that your council has provided you a list of what to expect and especially what to bring with you to camp.

It’s important to have the right number of adult help with you and wear suitable clothing and be equipped with enough rain gear, sun block, med forms, and drinking water.


What will you bring back from camp?

Besides, almost finished craft projects, dirty clothes, and a few insect bites, I hope that you return home with a bunch of special memories and great plans for what your pack or den will do next year.

Think of your time at camp as a relaxed leader training experience. A lot goes on there that can help and inspire you in the years to come. If you are observant and know what to look for you can learn a lot that will help your den, your pack and your boys. The staff that runs your camp are experienced well trained Scouters and can serve as valuable role models for you and the other leaders.


Let’s start with Memories.

As a help, you might take along a note book and a camera. Make notes, keep a journal, and have boys give their input and observations. Take lots of photos. They could make a great display that will help at fall recruiting.

You should get many opportunities to stand back and observe rather that be the instigator and leader. What did the boys enjoy? Did they participate and have fun? Did they cooperate and do their best or merely go through the motions? Would the good activities you see at camp work at your meetings?

What did the boys learn? What made a particular activity a good learning experience? You will probably notice that your boys respond differently to each activity and you may learn some new things about them.



New Activities.

The boys will engage in some new activities that will probably become favorites of theirs for a while. Make notes about them so you can always pop the good ones into your program when things get dull. (I know, you never have dull programs.)

Games are always popular activities and boys enjoy playing their favorites again and again. Keep those in mind – and in your notes - for later. When things get routine next winter, it may be fun to bring out a game they played at camp. Make sure you have the all rules before you leave and note any equipment you may have to add to your game chest.

Camps usually have regular assemblies for openings, closings or camp fires. These can be a treasure of songs, skits and stunts that may become part of your group’s repertoire. If you have trouble leading songs at your pack meetings, try using one of the fun songs the boys know and loved to sing at camp. Learn the tune and get a copy of the words. It might be a good idea to take a portable recorder along so you can bring back a copy. Ask the person who leads the good ones for help.


Watch the camp staff.

How do they manage discipline and control? Try to detect how they use each of these control methods:


  • Getting and holding the boys’ attention,

  • Explaining the rules,

  • Well-planned activities,

  • Giving individual attention.

You will see a variety of methods. Which ones worked and which ones could you use?

Many camps employ youth leaders: Boy Scouts or Venturers to lead activities. If you camp does, watch how the Cub Scouts respond to them. Would Den Chiefs work out OK in your program? Sometimes the timing is difficult for a Den Chief to make den meetings, but how about for pack camp outs and other special activities?



How does the camp run?

Camp is a good source of ideas for your pack’s camping program. You should get some insight into topics like:



  • Food and food storage – How do they manage it? Will their methods work for your pack?

  • Safety and medical – Check with the camp nurse or medical staff for how they prepare and get set up.

  • Sanitation – How are toilets, hand washing and showers set up and organized?

  • Campfire activities – Most camp staffs are good at this. Pick their brains for ideas.

  • Emergency Preparedness – how is the staff prepared for dangerous weather, medical assistance, etc? What are their communication methods?

Your gang of adults.

You will spend considerable time in the company of the adults from your pack. Get to know them, their attitudes, knowledge and skills. You should learn a lot about their appreciation of Scouting and how it helps boys grow.

Look for potential leaders, committee members and special helpers amongst this group. You will rarely get a better chance to get to know some of these people and discover how they might help their sons and their sons’ Cub Pack.

Make it work for Your Pack.

Camp is great for boys and mostly they love it but the important value is: how can it help your pack and you as a leader? You are paying your money and your time to attend, so make it worthwhile. Get the best for your pack.

Remember for your new leaders – Fast Start training and Youth Protection training is available on-line -


Fast Start training http://www.scouting.org/cubscouts/faststart/

Youth Protection Online http://www.scouting.org/pubs/ypt/ypt.jsp

PACK ADMIN HELPS

Spring Recruiting

Spring is a great time to recruit new Cub Scouts, especially Tigers!! Kindergartners are eligible after June 1.

The Pack is getting ready for its biggest adventure of the year – CAMP!!! Once a boy goes to camp and has a good time he will be hooked!!

As mentioned below, the key to retention through the summer is PROGRAM –



Does your pack have an active Summertime Program –

If you do – Spring Recruiting will work for you.

There has been a discussion on www.cubroundtable.com lately about Summer Programs. Many packs responded that they run two activities per month so no one has to miss out on the award. My local pack runs two activities – one free (pool party, car wash, hike, walk, picnic, fishing derby) and one that has a charge (camp, baseball game (minor league games are best!!), zoo, aquarium, museum). And they encourage Den Leaders to hold a meeting each month to keep the boys focused.



Where can you do your Round Up Night?

  • How about at the Little League Field?? You probably have more than a few parents and boys registered in Cubs and Little League – get permission to set up a booth at a field (near the refreshment stand?) and advertise that you will be there. Show parents how the two work together. Have a few baseball and soccer loops to show parents.
  • A Park with a playground in your town? It is spring time boys want to be outside not in a building. Set up some outside activities – volleyball, tin can walkers, stilts, make hot dogs, play games.


What do you need –

Besides all the applications and other usual stuff



  • Pack Tee shirts – Have all your Cubs and leaders in their spiffy pack tee shirts and have shirts available for the new Scouts. Maybe even adjust your registration fee to include a tee shirt for all registrants that night!

  • A calendar of all your summertime activities with complete details, contact names and numbers, and sign up forms. Have it cleared with council that any boys recruited will still be able to go to camp for the early registration fee.

Why now (Spring)?

  • You are away from the Fall frenzy when everything is starting up

  • Kindergarteners are available and not swamped with a million things to sign up to do

  • Most other organizations are slowing down or suspending for the summer

  • Parents are not running around buying school supplies and signing kids up for other things

  • Families are looking for activities to do together in the summer

  • Summer is the best time to experience the outdoors where Scouting does its best job!

  • You can have everything rolling (especially your new Tiger Den!!) when you do hold your Fall Join Scouting Night to really wow those who sign up then.

Adapted from the Greater Pittsburgh Council website,
http://www.gpc-bsa.org/

Key features of a Spring Roundup campaign:

  • Kindergarten boys are invited early to join!

  • Boys going into first grade may become Tiger Cubs anytime after the first day in June.

  • First and second grade boys who were missed in the fall will be invited.

  • National Council has helpful recruiting materials that should be available at every council headquarters

The key to success is, as always, PROGRAM! The council and districts offer great program opportunities like day camp which for many Cub Scouts, is a “mountain top” experience. By recruiting boys in May and June, they will be organized in time to experience Day Camp as well as opportunities for Parent and Son events and Cub Scout Resident Camps.

Of course other program opportunities will be important.


First packs need to:


  1. Organize the Tiger Dens and get them started on their Tiger Cub book. The new boys graduating from first to second grade can get caught up with their classmates by working on and earning their Bobcat badge.

  2. Provide fun activities such as a baseball game, a picnic or other activity, which are vital to keeping the interests of new boys who join.

Adapted from The Gerald R. Ford Council website
http://bsagrfc.org/

Pack Spring Roundup Coordinator Job Description

The Pack leadership appoints and/or recruits an individual to serve as the Pack’s Spring Roundup Coordinator. This name should be submitted to the appropriate District personnel.

This person should -


  1. Attend a District Unit Coordinators training / orientation (If your district has one)

  2. Determine the Packs Spring Rally / Tiger Cub Signup Night.

  3. Confirm date and secure permission for School Youth Talk and distribution of School Night flyers.

  4. Order appropriate School Rally flyers.

  5. Recruit additional leaders and parents as needed to help with the flyer distribution as well as with the actual Rally Night.

  6. Check-out what incentive may be available for Spring Recruiting and how to get them.

In going to various council websites to prep this article I found a lot of incentives being offered by councils.

    • This council is offering FREE Handbooks to newly recruited Cub Scouts if the pack qualifies.

    • Many councils are offering free council summer events for new Cub Scouts

    • One council was giving free Tiger Tee Shirts

  1. Submit ALL NEW youth applications to your District Executive or the Boy Scout Service Center by a specified date

  2. Continue follow-up with potential NEW youth not signed up at the rally night.


  3. Promote NEW members and their parents to participate in the various council and district activities to be held over the summer months. Distribute flyer of activities and how they can sign-up to participate.

  4. Turn in recognition forms for those Cub Scouts which served as recruiters and brought in a NEW member to join the Cub Scout Pack

Adult Recognitions

Southern NJ Council

Here are a few more nice ways to recognize your Committee and other who have helped you throughout the year.



A Marble - guaranteed to shoot straight and sure.

A Mirror – Thank You for the face inside the looking glass.

A Clothespin - Hang in there.

A Balloon - to lift your spirits.

A Safety Pin - To help you keep it together.

Kite - for flying high with the Cub Scouts

Faucet Handle – Turned onto Scouting .

For You There Is No Equal - a packet of Sweet-n-Low on posterboard

De-pen-dable Award – A Ballpoint pen glued to posterboard.

Spring Recruiting

TIGERS

As of June first your Tigers will be Wolfs. They should have already earned their Bobcat awards and be ready to start on the trail to Wolf. Has your pack awarded them books and neckerchiefs?? We give the books out in June so the boys have them for summer camp and family adventures in the summer. We award the neckerchiefs in the Fall at the first Pack Meeting.



Here is a graduation ceremony for you to use as your Tigers move up to Wolf -

Tiger Cub Graduation

Heart of America Council

Equipment: Four candles with holders, Wolf scarves and slides. Table in front of room


Cubmaster: Will (names) please come forward with their parents. Search, Discover, Share has been the motto of this Tiger Cub Den for the past few months exploring many new things and places using the motto in home, school and neighborhood. (Light candle on left.)
Assistant CM: You and your partner have searched out your home community and have worked together and had fun. (Light middle candle.)

Cubmaster: You and your adult partner have discovered new things together with family and friends and had a sense of being part of a community and country. (Light third candle.)
Assistant CM: You and your partner have shared with your family, friends and fellow Tiger Cubs which let them learn about you and the great things you did. Now, it is time for you to move up the Scouting Trail. (Light fourth candle.)

Cubmaster: In Cub Scouting, your family is still important as it is throughout you whole Scouting experience. Support in learning each badge comes from your family as well as from your den leader. Your parents will help you each step of the way.

Den Leader: (Boy’s name) and (adult’s name) on behalf of Den ___, I would like to welcome you to the Wolf den. Your new den leader is (name). (New Den Leader presents scarves and slides.)

Because this past year’s Tigers are Wolfs as of June 1 and Kindergartners are not eligible to be Tigers until June 1, there are no Tiger activities this month. But I recommend you read the Spring Recruiting ideas in Pack Admin closely and implement a good summer program to keep those Tigers you recruit in the Spring just as eager when September rolls around.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY

It’s summertime – time to get those Cubs and Webelos OUTDOORS. In April 2006, Baloo featured the Cub Scout Outdoor Award. If your program was planned properly, once your Cubs have completed their time in Resident Camp or Day Camp, you can file your Advancement Form and get your Cubs the Outdoor Awards they have earned. In March 2006, we featured the Leave No Trace Award which has your Cubs do three camping trips and other outdoor Activities. Now the way to improve is to have more Cub Scouts earning these awards and so -


Recruiter Strip

www.usscouts.org





Since many packs are involved in Spring recruiting (Kindergarteners are eligible for Tigers on June 1), I thought it would be appropriate for June to remind you about an incentive award for boys to get their friend to join Scouting. See Pack Admin Helps for ideas for Spring Recruiting. - CD

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts may be awarded, and wear, below the right pocket on their uniforms, the Recruiter Strip shown above

There are NO formal requirements for these strips.  Each Unit establishes the procedure for awarding the strip.  Usually, a Recruiter Strip is awarded to a Cub Scout or Boy Scout the first time he is successful in getting a friend, relative, classmate, or other acquaintance to join his unit.

Typically, only ONE strip is awarded to a boy while he is a Cub Scout, and another may be awarded while he is a Boy Scout. But there is no official limit.

From time to time there are special Recruiter Patches issued. I have seen Football Helmets, Garfield, and others.

Just remember – A boy has to be having fun in Cub Scouting before he will ask his friend to join.

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