Volume 12, Number 4
November 2005 Cub Scout Roundtable December 2005 Cub Scout Theme
FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY
Tiger Cub Requirement # 2 Webelos Craftsman & Scientist
I get my input from Pow Wow Books and other Scouters FOCUSwho have lots of great ideas but we sometimes go off on Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide tangents from the direction intended by National for the This time of year is packed with ―Faith, Hope and Charity‖ theme. - celebrating and sharing family traditions and faiths, hopes What a great weekend I just had.!! My nephews asked for the future and charity to all. Service projects are a way me to go camping with them and their units. So I attended to give thanks while helping those in need in our the Pennsbury District, Bucks County Council, Fall neighborhoods and schools. Celebrate the holiday season Camporee with Pack, Troop and Crew 102 from Levittown, with foods and crafts that are appropriate to various faiths. PA. There were gateways, catapults, Living History Collect toys during a pack meeting or organize a food Reenactments, some initiative games by the C.O.P.E. Staff, collection where everyone brings something to share with First Aid, and a Photography lesson (Each Scout received a those who are less fortunate. disposable camera on Saturday and was then taken on a short
walk to take unusual pictures. On Sunday they received the CORE VALUES developed pictures before they left). It was fun seeing Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide Scouting in action at another council and especially seeing Some of the purposes of Cub Scouting developed through my nephews as Scouts. I got to talk with the Scoutmaster, this month’s theme are: who had his troop prepare three delicious turkeys for dinner ; Family Understanding, Family traditions are shared with his ―patented‖ method, the Cubmaster (who is, also, an and families work together as they participate in Den Assistant Scoutmaster) and the Webelos Leader, who told or pack activities. me this is her third time as she was Webelos leader for both ; Friendly Service, Cub Scouts learn to serve others her older sons, too. Besides the four stations mentioned through Den and/or pack community activity and above we did some Outdoorsman requirements, especially services. working on Fire Building and Fire Safety as it was chilly. ; Spiritual Growth, Cub Scouts learn more about their The Webelos worked hard looking for wood to keep the fire family‘s faith and respect for other faiths as they going. Just as we were leaving I met their District RT share during the holiday season. Commissioner, who is on a Scouting Task Force with me but The core value highlighted this month is: whom I had never met in person. We spent almost an hour ; Responsibility, By helping others, Cub Scouts learn talking about Roundtables (much to the chagrin of his son
about duty to care for self and others. who just wanted to go home!)
Can you think of others??? Hint – look in your Cub Scout The weekend before I was Troop Scribe for our council‘s Program Helps. It lists different ones!! All the items on Wood Badge course. My copier ran up about 4700 copies both lists are applicable!! You could probably list all in the six weeks I have it with two Wood Badge weekends twelve if you thought about it!! each with their daily Gilwell Gazettes!! But there are now
new critters out there working their tickets!! COMMISSIONER’S CORNER Maybe this week I can begin enjoying retirement and
cleaning my house of all the stuff I brought home! There are a lot of good standard Holiday Cub Scout items in
this edition but I would weigh them carefully against the Pow Wow season is upon us for a few weeks. Pow Wows Focus above and the vignette for the theme in the Cub Scout allow you to see your best Scouters doing what they like Program Helps. As well as considering the Core Values most. Pow Wow sessions are usually not scripted like the and purposes highlighted for the month in both places to basic training series (New Leader Essentials, Position make sure your Den and pack are presenting programs in Specific courses) but allow someone who is good in accordance with what the theme is supposed to accomplish. (ceremonies, skits songs crafts, games) to present the items
Page 2 BALOO'S BUGLE relating to (ceremonies, skits songs crafts, games) so others can enjoy them too. You get to see Scouters enjoying showing off what they do best. Don‘t miss your Pow Wow (or university) or if you must, attend one at a neighboring Pow Wow. I plan to attend two this month and have a great time at each.
Have a great Scouting month!!.
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Months with similar themes to 1989 Customs of Countries
Faith, Hope and Charity 1990 Giving Gifts Thanks to Dave D. in Illinois 1991 Follows, Helps, Gives Year All are December of the year 1992 To Help Other People 1939 Pack Christmas Party 1993 Holiday Magic 1940 Good Will - Cub Style 1994 Customs of Other Lands 1941 Giving Good Will 1995 Do a Good Turn 1942 Good Will 1996 Helping Others 1943 Good Will Month 1997 The Golden Rule 1944 The Other Fellow 1998 Let's Celebrate 1945 Follows - Helps - Gives 1999 Holiday Magic 1946 Cub Scout Santa Claus 2000 What do You do at Holiday Time? 1947 Helps and Gives 2001 Works of Art 1948 Goodwill 2002 Winter Wonderland 1949 The Other Fellow 2003 A Cub Scout Gives Good Will 1950 Helps (for institutions) 2004 Holiday Food Fare 1951 F-H-G (good followers, helpers, & givers) 2005 Faith, Hope & Charity 1952 An Old-Fashioned Christmas
1953 Happy, Game, and Fair
1954 We'll Do Our Best THOUGHTFUL ITEMS FOR
1955 Customs of Other Lands SCOUTERS 1956 Christmas In The Americas Thanks to Scouter Jim from Bountiful, Utah, who prepares 1957 Happy Holiday this section of Baloo for us each month. You can reach 1958 The Golden Rule him at email@example.com or through the link to write 1959 Do Your Best Baloo on www.usscouts.org. CD 1960 Guiding Stars Scout Beatitudes 1961 Follows, Helps, and Gives 2005-2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Planning Guide 1962 The Magic of Christmas Blessed are the Scouts who are taught to see beauty in all 1963 Old-Fashioned Christmas things around them, for their world will be a place of grace 1964 Winter Festival and wonder.
Blessed are the Scouts who are led with patience 1965 Happy, Game, and Fair
understanding, for they will learn the strength of endurance 1966 Yuletide Everywhere and the gift of tolerance. 1967 Do Your Best Blessed are the Scouts who are provided a home where 1968 Winter Wonderland family members dwell in harmony and close communication, 1969 The Cub Scout Gives Good Will for they shall became the peacemakers of the world. 1970 Happy, Game and Fair Blessed are the Scouts who are taught the value and power 1971 Cub Scout Gives Good Will of truth, for they search for knowledge and use it with 1972 Follows, Helps, Gives wisdom and discernment.
1973 Customs of Countries Blessed are the Scouts who are loved and know that they are 1974 Old Fashion Christmas loved, for they shall sow seeds of love in the world and reap
joy for themselves and others. 1975 Cub Scout Gives Good Will
1976 Winter Festival Charity Begins At Home
Scouter Jim, Bountiful Utah 1977 Do Your Best
One of my favorite quotes is, ―When all is said and done, 1978 Duty to God & Country
more is said than done.” This past year has been a historic 1979 Customs of Other Lands year. We have seen devastating events all around the world. 1980 Happy Holidays We have seen a massive tsunami hit Southeast Asia. 1981 Do Your Best Hurricanes and the resulting floods of mud have covered 1982 Cub Scout Spirit portions of Central America. A killer earthquake flattened 1983 Giving Gifts whole villages in Pakistan leaving thousands dead. Closer 1984 Do a Good Turn to home, a series of Hurricanes has left many parts the Gulf 1985 Follows, Helps, Gives Coast of the United States in ruin. With each disaster the 1986 The Golden Rule call for aid has gone out and the American people have
responded by opening their hearts and wallets. All this is 1987 Happy Holidays
wonderful, but we need to remember Charity begins at home. 1988 Holiday Magic Where I live the local food pantry shelves are almost bare.
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Many of my neighbors are going hungry because much of ―Never deprive someone of hope -- it may be all they have.‖
the food and money that is normally donated to the Food - Unknown
Bank has gone elsewhere. ―Hope is a waking dream.‖ - Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) This summer a bus pulled up in front of a home in my ―In all pleasure hope is a considerable part.‖ - Samuel community. It was the ABC Television Network‘s, Johnson Extreme Makeover, Home Edition crew. They built the ―Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of Gordon Harrison Family a new home. Gordon has for years poverty, sickness and captivity would, without this comfort, been a volunteer Scout Leader. He has pancreatic cancer, be insupportable.‖ - Samuel Johnson which very well might take his life. This episode has
already aired, so many may have seen that while he was sick ―Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just in the hospital, his thoughts turned to neighbors and friends show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. in need. He found a way to give a neighbor a Kitchen You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.‖
Makeover. Why, when his life was fading away, did his Anne LaMotte; Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing thoughts turn to others? ―Do it now. There may be no and Life tomorrow,” is his answer. He chooses to live out the life he ―True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings.‖ - has left giving back to others. William Shakespeare; King Richard Each of us can look around and see others in need. Even if ―We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never we can‘t do something as dramatic as Gordon Harrison, we lose infinite hope.‖ - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. can give generously of our time and money to those in need.
Drop some extra money in the Salvation Army Kettle, buy a ―Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. sack of groceries for your local food pantry, or even just visit The important thing is to not stop questioning.‖ - Albert
an elderly neighbor, begging for someone to talk to. Einstein
When all is said and done, lets all make sure more is done ―Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.‖ - than said. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Quotations ―Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, Santa Clara Council Pow Wow Book but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of ―A. C. Benson used to say ―There are four Christian values, how it turns out.‖ - Vaclav Havel not three: they are Faith, Hope, Charity – and humor‖ - Lord ―Your hopes, dreams and aspirations are legitimate. They Robert Baden-Powell are trying to take you airborne, above the clouds, above the ―Press forward with Hope; mix it with optimism and temper storms, if you only let them.‖ - William James it with the sense of humor which enables you to face ―We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our difficulties with a sense of proportions.‖ - Lord Robert hopes.‖ - John Fitzgerald Kennedy Baden-Powell
―Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope; and the one ―I‘ve always maintained that if the right spirit is there, it can unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or knock the ―im‖ out of impossible.‖ - Lord Robert Baden-unchangeable.‖ - John Fitzgerald Kennedy Powell
―There is no hope of joy except in human relations.‖ - ―Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves Antoine de Saint-Exupery the impossible.‖ - Anonymous
―If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst ―Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't kind of heart trouble.‖ - Bob Hope permanent.‖ - Jean Kerr ―Make your thinking orderly and free from emotional ―All human wisdom is summed up in two words - wait and overtones, and you will see people and things as they are, hope.‖ - Alexander Dumas with clarity and charity.‖ - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj ―Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be ―Peace, like charity, begins at home.‖ - Franklin D. answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not Roosevelt last. The spring rains will come again.‖ - Sarah Ban
―Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make ― Listen now to the gentle whispers of hope.‖ - Charles D. work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Brodhead Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. ―While there's life, there's hope!‖ - Ancient Roman Saying Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. ―Hope has been and always will be safe. It's inside every Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. one of us.‖ - Xenia Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love
enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others. Faith ―Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.‖ - remove all anxious fears concerning the future.‖ - Johann Emily Dickinson Wolfgang von Goethe ―Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.‖ - English ―A little more patience, a little more charity for all, a little Proverb more devotion, a little more love; with less bowing down to
the past, and a silent ignoring of pretended authority; brave
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looking forward to the future with more faith in our fellows, enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others. Faith and the race will be ripe for a great burst of light and life.‖ - enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to Elbert Hubbard remove all anxious fears concerning the future.‖ - Johann
Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) ―Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever
bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him ―Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole but to God that the gift was made.‖ - Antoine de Saint-staircase, just take the first step.‖ - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Exupery Minister, Civil Rights Leader
―The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a ―I do not pray for success. I ask for faithfulness.‖ - Mother
faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the Teresa
servant and has forgotten the gift.‖ - Albert Einstein ―Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by ―It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting the caravan of thinking.‖ - Kahlil Gibran
challenges, and I believe in myself.‖ - Muhammad Ali ―A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; A great faith ―Enthusiasm is nothing more or less than faith in action.‖ - will bring heaven to your soul.‖ - Charles Spurgeon
Henry Chester ―The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our ―All effort is in the last analysis sustained by the faith that it doubts of today; Let us move forward with strong and active is worth making.‖ - Ordway Tead faith.‖ - Franklin D. Roosevelt
―Faith is the very first thing you should pack in a hope ―A little more patience, a little more charity for all, a little
chest.‖ - Sarah Ban Breathnach more devotion, a little more love; with less bowing down to
the past, and a silent ignoring of pretended authority; brave ―You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing looking forward to the future with more faith in our fellows, without it.‖ - Samuel Butler and the race will be ripe for a great burst of light and life.‖ - ―Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing Elbert Hubbard can be done without hope or confidence.‖ - Helen Keller ―Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is ―Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, impossible.‖ - Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 - 1955) victory.‖ - Norman Vincent Peale Educator ―Faith and love are apt to be spasmodic in the best minds. ―To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one Men live the brink of mysteries and harmonies into which without faith, no explanation is possible.‖ St. Thomas they never enter, and with their hands on the door-latch they Aquinas (1225-1274) die outside.‖ - Ralph Waldo Emerson What Cubs Are Made Of ―The mason asks but a narrow shelf to spring his brick from, Baltimore Area Council man requires only an infinitely narrower one to spring his Cub Scouts are made of all of these, arch of faith from.‖ - Henry David Thoreau Scarves of gold, patches on sleeves, ―He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, Trousers of blue and well-worn knees, loses much more, He who loses faith, loses all.‖ - Eleanor That‘s what Cub Scouts are made of. Roosevelt They‘re partly Indians, of fringe and feather,
And beads and buttons and bits of leather, ―The leader seeks to communicate his vision to his followers.
With war-paint and freckles mixed together, He captures their attention with his optimistic intuition of
That‘s what Cub Scouts are made of. possible solutions to their needs. He influences them by the
They‘re made of a promise, a pledge, and a prayer dynamism of his faith. He demonstrates confidence that the
Of hands that are willing, of hearts that play fair, challenge can be met, the need resolved, the crisis
With something inside them that God put there, overcome.‖ - John Haggai
And that‘s what Cub Scouts are made of. ―Leaders are the custodians of a nation's ideals, of the beliefs
it cherishes, of its permanent hopes, of the faith which makes TRAINING TIP a nation out of a mere aggregation of individuals.‖ - Walter
Lippmann Remember for your new leaders – Fast Start training and
―Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall Youth Protection training is available on-line - emerge into the light.‖ - Helen Keller Fast Start training
http://www.scouting.org/cubscouts/faststart/ ―Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but Youth Protection Online they were truly religious men because of their faith in the http://www.scouting.org/pubs/ypt/ypt.jsp orderliness of the universe.‖ -Albert Einstein
―Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make Pack Meetings work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Bill Smith, the Roundtable Guy Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Training Tips Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Pack meetings set the stage for everything else in Cub Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Scouting: the den meetings, the home and family activities, Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love the service projects, outdoor action, and even an introduction
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to the Boy Scout program. You might think of pack simple as a few ribbons and a small fan can draw attention to meetings as the gateway to Scouting. a notice on poster board. Wrap your promotions for Service
Projects, Friends of Scouting Appeals, and Summer Camp Without pack meetings, those other things might not
registration in skits, run-ons, and parodies of songs or TV happen at all.
commercials. Use ceremonies to honor contribution of First, don't think of your meeting as a 'meeting'. Start to parents and others. think in terms of a one night show, a production.
Meetings are dull, we go to them every day and rarely (if Basic Rules
ever) look forward to them. A show, however, is VIOLATE THESE AT YOUR OWN RISK!
entertainment! People want to be entertained, and while PLAN IT they'll forget to go to your meeting, they'll remember Lack of planning ruins more pack meeting than any thing that they have tickets to your show! else. Plan everything down to the last detail. Sean Scott Who is going to do what, when, for how long? http://scouting.argentive.com/
Get as many of the participants (the TEAM) involved in Role model planning as possible. This will help ensure that each You may honestly believe that you're doing this for all the member knows his or her part and is willing to do it. boys in your community, but the truth is that the person who Remember to plan the little things like pre opening benefits the most from your work as a as Cub Scout leader activities, cheers, and run-ons. The more you plan, the happens to live with you. Your Cub Scout son sees what more spontaneous everything will play out and the more you do, he is aware of your commitment and attitude and he prepared you will be when something unexpected happens. will end up copying a good portion of what he sees and Write it all out and give a copy to everyone involved. admires in you. Your first responsibility as a pack leader is
to be a good Akela to your son. So put on a good show for TEAM LEADERSHIP him. Let him see you doing your best, planning ahead, A whole bunch of jobs have to be done to make a pack being a good team member, and especially having fun while meeting work: doing all this: the sort of life you would like him to emulate. Master of Ceremonies - someone to introduce each star Be a good role model. performer and lead the applause.
Den Support Cheer master - someone to lead the sparklers, the audience The pack meeting must provide an arena for your dens to participation stunts and support all the acts. show their stuff. Strong dens perform regularly at pack Award Presenter - someone to open the envelopes, call up meetings in ceremonies, skits, and other activities that can be the honored, and conduct the ceremonies. seen and appreciated by parents. When den leaders and Director - someone to keep track of who is up next, cue the Cub Scouts look forward to their parts in an upcoming pack acts, and keep the whole gang on schedule. extravaganza the den meetings take on a focus and Stage Manager - someone to make sure that all the props excitement that just makes Cub Scouting fun. When dens are in place, the color guard has the flags, the artificial have no part in pack meetings, they tend to fill their den campfire is plugged in and the badges are ready. programs with rank advancement - this, in turn replaces the Song Leader - in case the Cheer Master isn't up to a quick family and parent participation. This can weaken the whole round of Do Wah Ditty.
program and structure of the pack. Information Manager - someone to distribute newsletters
and flyers, or stage gorilla theatricals to promote some Family Support noble Scouting cause. The heart and soul of the Cub Scout program takes place
in the boy's home with his family. Activities at the pack You can double up or rotate and share some of the meeting must exalt the family's part in the program. Be functions but you should involve all the Assistant generous with your recognition of the parents' contribution Cubmasters and most of your Pack Committee in these jobs. to the boys' advancement and their help with all phases of You will also need a few people to do run-ons, help with
ceremonies, and handle the lights. the program. As a general rule, you probably can never
heap too much praise and accolades on parents. KEEP IT MOVING
Communication A successful pack meeting grabs and holds the attention Your highest attendance usually occurs at pack meetings, of everyone there: the Tigers, Cub Scouts and Webelos as making them excellent locations to get the word out. The well as the parents, and siblings. You do this with short trick will be to do it without messing up the flow of fun and fast-moving bits. You change the mood of the audience idealism that you want in your pack meeting programs. with every dramatic and comedic trick you can borrow or Long, boring announcements are killers so you will want to copy or invent. Keep the pace changing with faster or replace them with better communication methods. slower sparklers or audience participation gags. Use the Newsletters and flyers are great for explaining details like entire room so that if someone leads a song from the north dates, times and meeting places of upcoming events. end of the hall, the following den skit enters from the
southeast corner. Move the center of attention around with Posters and banners set up around the meeting room can
emphasize future activities. It is amazing how something as action, sound, and lighting.
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Dead time is a killer. Make sure that when one bit is crazy bunch of leaders do next, then you have reached top finished, the next participant is ready with a cheer, a magic form.
trick or presentation. Don't let them sit still for the entire
meeting - sprinkle in lots of stunts that get everyone standing, PACK ADMIN HELPS jumping, applauding, and shouting. SERVICE PROJECTS FOR DEN & PACK BUILDING BLOCKS Southern NJ Council
Pack meetings are constructed from a variety of building I thought this was a perfect time to run this article on blocks that you should use effectively. Here are some of Service projects as we get ready for the Holidays and we the common ones: prepare to help others (e.g. Scouting for Food) CD ； Ceremonies - Main elements of your program. Build . Along the trail of Scouting, we promise…to ―HELP everything else around these. The openings and OTHER PEOPLE‖, and that, ―THE CUB SCOUT GIVES closings frame the program. Advancement and GOODWILL‖. It is important for a Cub Scout to gain an graduations are your highlights. understanding and experience the satisfaction in helping
those less fortunate than himself. ； Den presentations - Headline acts. Set these up
carefully so that they cannot fail. Good den Do the Cub Scouts really know the meaning of: presentations build pack membership and retain good “ I ___________________, promise to do my best den leaders. To do my duty to God and my country, ； Games - Bundles of FUN for everyone. Involve To help other people parents and all family members. These are the To obey the Law of the Pack.” activities that will be remembered long after the ―To help other people‖ not only is said each time the Cub meeting. Scout Promise is recited, but should also be lived daily by all
Scouts. ； Sparklers - Mood changers. Use these to build
excitement and intensity or to settle things down for a By organizing home and community service projects, you more serious bit. will be giving your Scouts the opportunity to ―reach out‖
into a wider community, making them feel a part of their ； Songs - More effective mood changers. Songs can
community, and to recognize the importance of good be just plain fun or can make a closing ceremony very
citizenship. Your pack could select one or more service special.
projects to work on throughout the year. Thanksgiving and ； Costumes - Great for setting up the theme of the Christmas are common service project times of the year, but month. You don't have to be in uniform every the need exists year round. Collect food and clothing in your meeting. neighborhood to donate to a shelter for the homeless; ； Promotion - Create enthusiasm for upcoming special families need warm weather clothing, too. Perhaps your pack events. Think of TV commercials, movie trailers, or could adopt a family for a year; help them with their food, circus parades. clothing needs, and presents during the holidays. ； Visitors - New families, someone from the Chartered As stated on the BSA Web Site, Organization or a neighboring Scout Troop should be http://www.goodturnforamerica.org/ - ―From barn raisings introduced with proper fanfare and even a special to soup kitchens, ordinary Americans have always made an cheer. Caution: be careful about letting them speak. extraordinary difference in the lives of their neighbors and in FLOW and MOOD SETTING their communities by lending a helping hand. Today, Each part of the meeting sets a tone or mood that will America needs the service of its citizens more than ever. carry on to the next part. The opening ceremony will catch Hunger, lack of adequate shelter, poor health—these are the attention of the audience and things usually begin in a issues that affect all of us. The Boy Scouts of America subdued and attentive mood. You usually want to build the believes that we can do something about these issues—if we fun and excitement before you bring on a high-light event work together. That's why we've created Good Turn for like a den skit. You can do this with sparklers, audience America. Good Turn for America is a collaboration with The participation stunts, and games. If things get a bit dull, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, liven them up with cheers and run-ons. If the boys get too and thousands of other community organizations that rambunctious, use a song or story to bring the mood down to focuses the power of volunteerism on these important earth. You may want to set a serious tone for a graduation community issues.‖ ceremony or a closing so choose your stunts and gimmicks Packs can arrange to do on going projects for which accordingly. A good team of leaders can, with a bit of responsibilities can be rotated among the dens. Volunteer to practice, become expert at this. pick up trash and litter once a month around your VARIETY neighborhood or church; each den takes a turn.
Variety and surprise can do a lot to make your meetings Organizations that serve food to the homeless on a regular successful. Vary the pace throughout each meeting and vary basis may need volunteers as servers, or for bussing tables; the elements, themes and moods from month to month. pick one day a month with each den taking a month to serve. When the boys and parents start wondering what will this Your den could provide entertainment and or companionship
to the elderly in the nursing homes; wear costumes and
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present a skit or sing a few songs. Give a puppet show to person in the neighborhood. Rake their yard, wash boys and girls at the children‘s hospital. Collect magazines widows and screens, run errands.
and donate them to nursing homes or hospitals; gather games, ; Conduct a paint and cleanup project at the building books, and puzzles to take to a day care center. Rake leaves and on the grounds of the chartered organization. for an elderly couple in your neighborhood. ; Paint drums or other containers with lids for use as One great way to encourage the Scouts to ―Do a good turn litter containers.
daily‖ is for you to set a good example at den and pack ; Adopt a stream. Clean debris and litter from a meetings through your words and deed. When the boys see section of a nearby stream. the adults around them picking up the trash after ; Send a care package to American troops. refreshments at the pack meeting, or stopping to help ; Man a water station at a fun run. someone, they‘ll feel the need to repeat your lead. ; Help pack Red Cross Friendship boxes. Before beginning a service project two things are essential. ; Clean up the telephone poles of old signs. ; Consider the boy‘s age. ; Donate a tree for Arbor Day to a park. ; Regardless of age, how mature are they?
; Adopt a police or fire station and send Thank you's You must have sufficient leadership, two deep obviously. and goodies. Decide when you will be doing your service project; in the ; Do a fire prevention program for a day care center. den meeting or on a weekend. Requiring every Scout to get
to the location on their own usually means a parent has to These are only a few ideas for service projects. You'll find come and stay giving you plenty of adults to help. many more in Cub Scout and Webelos Scout Program Helps
and other Scouting literature. When you are ready to pick out a project, don‘t do it alone.
Also, go to http://www.goodturnforamerica.org/ Get the Scouts involved in decision making. Give them a
and find others. Be sure to log your service hours few ideas and let them choose democratically.
here so everyone can see the good things our Scouts Make contact with organizations and GET PERMISSION.
are doing. Set a date in advance and inform parents.
Cub Scouts like being helpful. Scouting has always For safety, if parent is not present at service project, get a emphasized the Good Turn, and boys are never too young to signed permission slip. start doing things for others. Scouting can offer one antidote If service project is not for the chartered organization you to the many messages focusing on self-interest that boys are with and you must travel. GET A TOUR PERMIT. receive from the media and the culture in general. Follow through with your plans. There are many ways to be helpful. Some service projects Limit the awards or recognition to a verbal thank you or are "behind the scenes," like cleaning up the church parking appreciation, or at most, write it up in the newsletter. Credit lot or making gifts for people the boys will never see. Other can be given in their Scout handbooks. Remember keep it services are provided directly to individuals. Both forms of simple. Boys should learn that the true reward is the feeling service are useful and should be encouraged. you get when you help.
Service, best exemplified by the daily Good Turn, has long TIGERS
been a tradition in Scouting. Good citizenship is best taught Tiger Totem Ceremony
by service in action. To get the most Cub Scouting has to Baloo’s Archives
offer, boys should have opportunities to take part in den and
pack service projects. This is one of the best ways to show
boys that helping other people is not only beneficial to others,
but is fun and rewarding for themselves. They will
experience a warm feeling that comes from giving service to
Below are some suggestions for service projects that Cub
Scouts will enjoy:
; Organize a spring cleanup.
; Assist a person with special needs or an elderly
This ceremony is designed to welcome new Tiger Cubs
and/or groups into Tiger Cubs. The Tiger ceremony prop
can be made from wood. Paint a simple Tiger Totem on it
and mount the candles or lights as shown. I use a large
black circle that I Velcro to a display board. Then I have
four round toes, each with a picture for the part being read.
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This achievement lets the boys learn about their The ceremony was based on the old Tiger Promise but was
communities. Learning about their communities will help modified to be current. Don‟t hesitate to modify it even
them realize that when they take care of it the stronger it further if you wish. CD
becomes. And they develop a sense of pride of their Ceremony:
Narrator: When a boy becomes a Tiger Cub, he is just communities becoming good citizens of where they live. beginning a trail that will lead him through Cub Scouting Family Activity 2F -
and into Boy Scouting. This Tiger Cub Totem (hold up) is Together with your adult partner, look at a map of your a symbol of the first part of that trail, the Tiger Cub trail, one community. The map can be one your adult partner has, or a that you will walk with your adult partner during the coming map that your adult partner draws with you. On that map year as you search, discover, and share the world around you. locate your home, and find three places you like to go. Tonight I would like to present to each of you this totem to Places to find on the map could be your school, your place wear on your uniform. It is to remind you of all the fun you of worship, the place where you have your pack meetings, a will have while working on the Tiger Badge this year with store, a park or playground, or the house of a friend or a your partner. As you progress through Tiger Cubs and relative.
finish each achievement requirement, you will be presented If the choice is made to draw a map be sure to put this in a bead to hang from your Tiger Totem. There are White their scrapbook.
beads for Family Activities, Orange beads for den activities, From A to Z What Families Can Do To Help Their and Black beads for Go See It activities. The Tiger Totem Communities has a special meaning for you. Listen carefully as we Southern NJ Council explain it. A. Adopt a stream. park or roadside to clean up and Tiger Leader: The palm in the Totem represents the spirit keep beautiful. of scouting (light the front candle). The spirit of scouting is B. Bring lunch to school in a lunch box. Save your one of helping and friendship. Each toe has a special paper bags. meaning for you, too. Listen close. C. Care for toys so they will last longer. Then you Cubmaster: The first toe is (light first candle) to remind you won't have to replace them and can pass them on. to of your duty to God. Your parents and religious leaders D. Donate clothes that you have outgrown to a needy teach you to know and serve God. By following these person or someone smaller. teachings, you show your love to God.
E. Encourage others to join you in collecting glass, Asst CM: The second toe is (light second candle) to remind
newspaper and aluminum to be recycled. you to love your family. A Tiger Cub should always be kind and helpful to his family. By helping your home to be a F. Flatten empty cans. boxesand other containers to
happy place, you show your love to your family. they don't take up so much space Asst. TL: The third toe is (light third candle) to remind G. Get in the habit of turning off the water when you you to love our country. This means being a good American. brush your teeth. Turn it on only to wet your brush You help your community in any way you can. By being a and to rinse. good citizen, you show your love to your country. H. Help by caring about our wildlife & be very Cubmaster: The fourth toe is (light fourth candle) to remind careful with matches. you search, discover and share in our world. The world we I. Insist on buying products that are biodegradable live in is a big and beautiful place. There are many things to (they rot or decompose when discarded.) Most learn. As a tiger cub, you will learn a lot about your world. plastics are not. Now, each time you see a Tiger Totem, it will help you to J. Jog or walk, ride a bike or scooter from place to remember how to be a good Tiger Cub. Would all Tiger place to save energy. Cubs and their partners please stand and repeat the Tiger
Cub motto. K. Keep jars of cold water in the refrigerator so you "Search, Discover, Share" won't have to run the tap water waiting for it to get Congratulations on completing your first step as Cub Scouts. cold.
Welcome! We are excited to have you in our pack. L. Look for the recycled symbol on products you buy. I welcome all of you to the adventure of Tiger Cubs! M. Make it a habit to cut each six-pack ring. These Cubmaster may now lead the pack in a Tiger "spelldown". sometimes wind up in the oceans. Animals often Give me a T----(audience yells T!) get caught in them. Give me an I----(I!) N. Never litter. Always put your trash in a trash can. Give me a G----(G!) O. Open the blinds in the wintertime to let in the sun. Give me an E---(E!) Close blinds in the summer to keep out the sun's Give me an R---(R!) heat. What's that spell?-----(Tigers!)
P. Plant a tree to stop soil erosion, give you shade What's that spell?-----(Tigers!)
and give birds a home. What do they say?----(R-o-a-r!)
(or do The Tony the Tiger Cheer – “They’re great”) Q. Quit buying products that have a lot of packaging.
R. Reduce the amount of water you use to keep clean. Achievement #2 Where I Live Take showers, not baths.
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S. Save energy by asking your parents to turn down ; Visit community organizations that give aid to the
needy. the thermostat.
; Visit a recycling center. Take aluminum cans and or T. Turn off lights if you are the last person to leave a plastic containers. room. Turn off appliances if you are not using ; Visit fire station, hospital or police station. them. ; Visit museums, zoos or historical sites. U. Use products made to be used many times, such as
sponges or cloth towels. WALK AROUND THE BLOCK
V. Value and appreciate your Earth. Realize that you Circle Ten Council
can make a difference. Shadow Walk: Walk only in the shadows, that may
require some jumping. (Don‘t plan this walk at W. Watch what you pour in the drain. Hazardous
noon since that is when shadows are their shortest) waste can get into the ground water. Smell Walk: Sniff your way around the block. Write X. eXamine labels before using products Certain down the odors you recognize, and draw a picture household cleaners can be dangerous. of what causes those smells. Label how you feel Y. Yearn to do what you can to help our environment. about each smell. Grow up to be an adult who takes an interest, too. Color Walk: Choose a color like red and walk only Z. Zip to close doors and windows if they are opened toward red object for as long as you can. Can you when the heater or air conditioner is on. make it all the way around your block? Write a Den Activity 2D - history of your color walk. You might try drawing a This Achievement fits with the Citizenship Character map of it. Connection. When we say the Pledge of Allegiance we Sound Walk: Listen your way around the block. Write show that we are proud to live in our country. down the sounds you recognize. Draw a picture of If you are wearing your Tiger Cub uniform when you say the the things, which cause these sounds. Label how Pledge of Allegiance, give the Cub Scout salute and face the you feel about each sound. U.S. flag. You do not have to take off your Tiger Cub cap Other Achievement #2 Ideas if you are wearing one. If you say the Pledge of Allegiance York Adams Council when you are not in uniform, remove your hat, and place Gathering: Have a map of your community spread out on a your right hand over your heart. When you salute or place table. As scouts and their partners arrive, have them mark on your hand over your heart, you are showing your respect for the map the location of their home. Compare distances the flag. between each Tiger and to the nearest store or local Practice the Pledge of Allegiance with your den, and landmark of your choice. participate in a den or pack flag ceremony. Opening: For Tigers this is short and sweet. Remember the In discussing the Pledge of Allegiance, The Tiger Book new slogan you are learning in Scouts---KISMIF (Keep it stresses the point that “One Nation Under God” should be simple, make it fun). Ask a Tiger and his partner to lead said as a continuous phrase without a pause in the middle. the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States From personal experience I know saying it this way Flag. As group leader, explain the theme for this meeting (although hard at first) adds more meaning to the Pledge and how you hope everyone will learn a little more about for me. Please teach this to your Tigers (and all Scouts). your community. Thank You – Commissioner Dave Information Sharing: Again this is as it sounds. Go See It Activity 2G – Share any information coming from the Pack, i.e. When is One of the easiest ways to get to know your community is to Pack meeting, what do the Tigers need to do to prepare, go out and ―do the town.‖ Understand that each community when the next meeting will be and who is running it. Should is different and you may not be able to do in one community there be expenses for the group, now is the time that money that you could do in another. The following is a list of should be collected. suggested places besides the Police Station or Fire Station Activity: Using the map, that now has the group‘s homes listed in the Achievement within many communities that the located, start locating various other parts that make up a Tiger group could visit when working on this Achievement. community. Go around the room and have each scout name ; Visit Town Hall. Learn what services are available another aspect of the community. Some of these may include: for others within your community. Fire Station, Police Station, Town Hall, Library, favorite ; Visit a bakery, a restaurant or store. restaurants, video store, personal place of worship, hospital ; Have a scavenger hunt. Plan the list of items that or physician‘s office, and more and more and more. Take a can be found locally. minute with each suggestion and see if your group can tell ; Plan a ‗make believe‘ stay at home vacation. you how this place helps the community. Believe me the ; What other things can be done or visited in your video store will have a totally different answer than the area. police station. ; Visit a nursing or retirement home. Now it is time to get away from the table. Ask the boys to ; Take a tray of favors for the children's ward of a do an impromptu skit where they meet one by one on the hospital. street and each is going somewhere different. See how
many places within the community they wish to go. This is