May-Jun 2010 Scouting Magazine

May 16, 2010 2:58 pm

The May-Jun 2010 issue of Scouting magazine is available at the magazine website.

This issue has articles of interest to Cub Scouters on the following subjects:

  • Cub Scout Geocaching Fun. Link
  • New Cub Scout Program (Cub Scouts 2010). Link
  • Belt Loop Day Scheduling. Link
  • Building Durable Self-Esteem. Link
  • Outdoor Footgear. Link
  • Rattlesnake Safety. Link
  • Camp Java. Link
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A Successful Pack Campout

May 13, 2010 5:06 am

Jeremy Zweiacker is a KISMIF.org guest blogger from Oklahoma.  He is a Tiger Cub Den Leader, an Eagle Scout, and a long time Scouter.

A couple of weekends ago, our pack went camping in the great outdoors — the first Scout camping experience for some of our Cub Scout families.

I’d like to share with you some of what I think made it a great campout.

Planning the Pack Overnighter

We began our campout planning several months in advance.  In August, we set the date for the campout and started telling our Cub Scouts and the parents about the plans.

In the fall, a page on our pack website was devoted to camping. We shared information about the importance of camping in the Cub Scout program and in helping boys prepare to be future Boy Scouts. The page also includes information about camping rules and safety and helpful hints like storing your sleeping bag in a pillow case instead of the stuff sack and more.

Since we did not want Cub Scout families wasting money buying new equipment, we worked with local Scoutmasters to see what camping equipment the boys would be able to continue to use when they become Boy Scouts. Suggestions included headlamps over traditional flashlights and that a Frisbee makes a great plate!

Then, in early March, pack leadership spent the weekend getting the required Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) training.

Our Pack Campout

Finally, the big weekend arrived. Despite constant drizzle and a location change, we had a great turnout, and our Cub Scouts had an awesome time.

We began our campout Saturday afternoon and everyone headed out to go fishing to start the weekend. As soon as everyone arrived and the tents were set up, we headed to an open field to work on the kickball belt loop. We also worked on the hiking and flag football belt loops. We let everyone have some family time, and of course we ate!

Saturday night, we held a short campfire that had some songs and skits by the boys. We then performed a flag retirement ceremony.

Sunday morning we had biscuits-on-a-stick and held a short outdoor worship service. A parent brought a guitar to play along as everyone sang.

After the service, we picked up the campsite and left it cleaner than we found it.

Keys to Our Successful Campout

Here are some things that helped make this campout go well:

  • Opportunities for everyone to be involved and learn, including siblings.
  • An agenda that was developed that took each minute of time so that Cub Scouts would not be bored. We even scheduled downtime for the families so they could explore the museum and displays where we were camping.
  • A nearby playground helped. We had some Cub Scouts who were only 6 years old. When the younger Scouts lost interest in kickball, and older Scouts wanted to keep playing, we could do so and keep everyone going because we could use the playground.
  • Opportunities for cool outdoor scout things like the adults cooking desert in a dutch oven.

Idea for Future: Pack Box

Our pack has not traditionally gone camping, but we are working to improve our outdoor program.

One idea we have is to build a “pack box” (like a patrol box). If one of our parents had not remembered to bring a spatula, we would have been removing the hamburgers from the grill with our fingers.

Our pack box will include things that are traditionally stored in a patrol box like the first aid kit, cleaning supplies, cooking tools, and miscellaneous supplies. The box will be kept by the Cubmaster and available for use at pack overnighters and Webelos den campouts.

We also will begin to build a second pack box that will store outdoor game equipment. In it we will store footballs, kickballs, rubber bases, plastic cones, and other outdoor play equipment.

Sign of Success

When my Tiger Cub and I were headed home, he leaned over to me and asked, “Dad, can we do this again?” I think I have him, and his fellow Cub Scouts, hooked on camping, and I could not be happier.


Cub Scouts 2010 Den Meeting Plans

May 12, 2010 5:53 am

Perhaps you have been wondering what the official den meeting plans for Cub Scouts 2010 will look like.

Wonder no more. You can now download Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light den meeting plans at the BSA National Cub Scouts 2010 website:


Cub Scouts 2010 Den and Pack Meeting Resource Guide

May 10, 2010 5:23 pm

If you’re thinking about den and/or pack meeting plans for this fall and would like to see what the official BSA Cub Scouts 2010 materials will look like, your wait is over.

The new Cub Scout Den and Pack Meeting Resource Guide is available now at the BSA National website.

You can also purchase it at your local scout shop.

Link


BSA Tips for Den Leaders

May 10, 2010 4:35 pm

Den leaders should check out this “Helpful Hints for Den Leaders” page at the BSA National website.

Among the useful suggestions are the following:

  • Plan meetings in advance and with an emphasis on “the flow of activities.”
  • At the beginning of the year, establish clear den rules.
  • Tiger Cub, Wolf, and Bear den leaders should encourage advancement with immediate recognition kits (i.e., the beads that go on the uniform).
  • Snacks are a great way to end a den meeting.

Link


May 2010 Cubcast (Hoop-De-Doo!/ScoutParents)

May 9, 2010 5:48 am

The May 2010 Cubcast is now available at the BSA National website.

Cubcast is a monthly audio program for Cub Scouters from BSA National. (If your computer has speakers, you can probably listen by just clicking the links below.)

Part 1 has ideas for den meetings and more utilizing the June “Hoop-De-Doo! theme.

Part 2 has a helpful information about the ScoutParents program.


Hoop-De-Doo! – Official Theme Description

May 8, 2010 3:37 pm

The June 2010 Cub Scout Monthly Theme is Hoop-De-Doo!

Here is the official BSA theme description:

“This is a good time to learn and play the game of basketball while you learn about sportsmanship. Have a member of the high school basketball team (preferably a Boy Scout) teach the boys the rules of basketball; then play a game in the pack with older boys and younger boys balancing each team.

Play other games such as ring toss, hoop games, soap bubble contests, and hoop obstacle course.

Start working on the National Summertime Pack Award or Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award.

The boys will be able to earn the Basketball belt loop and pin or another Sports belt loop and pin of their choice, including the Physical Fitness belt loop and pin.” [Bold added]

Link

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