October 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 14, Issue
November 2007 Theme
Craftsman & Readyman
Voluntary Recall of the Cub Scout Immediate
Recognition Kit, Item 01804
From Southern NJ
Council website at
National has received a letter relating to defects in the Cub Scout
Immediate Recognition kit (Item No. 01804). In a letter from the
manufacturer, Kahoots, the Boy Scouts of America has been notified that
product safety testing for the Cub Scout
Immediate Recognition Kit, Item 01804, supplied to the Boy Scout of
America may contain lead levels in excess of U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission standards in the paint on one component of the kit, the totem
This recall does not include the Tiger Cub Instant Recognition kit.
of this development the kits are being voluntarily recalled without delay.
of the kit and component is shown below.
Anyone who may have
purchased the item should remove the Cub Scout Recognition totem badge from
their children's possession and, until further instructions are received,
keep it in a safe place where only adults will have access to them.
The Boy Scouts of America has directed all of its Scout Shops and all
retailers who sell the product to remove it from their shelves immediately
and return it. Customers will be advised by Kahoot as to further action to
BSA's highest priority is the safety of their youth members and their
families. The Boy Scouts of America apologizes for any concern this matter
causes parents. BSA is doing everything we can to ensure the health and
safety of all those who participate in our programs.
Volunteers and families will be notified of what further actions should be
taken with the kits.
Questions regarding this notice should be directed to your district
executive, or call your local council office
Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide
Do you know who lived around here 500
years ago?? This month Cub Scouts will learn about the American Indian tribes
currently living in their part of the country or the tribes that previously
lived in the area. You are encouraged to invite people from a local tribe to
help learn about their culture and how they show respect for Mother Earth and
how we are all related. We’ll aim to develop an understanding of the importance
of traditional oral history as a way of teaching lessons and recording tribal
Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide
Some of the purposes of Cub
Scouting developed through this month’s theme are:
Good Citizenship, Boys will gain an
understanding of other cultures and learn to be better citizens of the world.
Spiritual Growth, Boys will gain a better
understanding of their own spiritual needs after learning how Native Americans
respect the spirits in all things.
Respectful Relationships, Boys will develop a
better respect for the traditions and values of other countries.
The core value highlighted this month is:
Respect, Cub Scouts will learn how to show
respect for different traditions. They will also learn to treat the environment
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!!
A WORD OF CAUTION ON THIS THEME –
Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide
American Theme. Native American cultures are among the most popular Cub
Scout themes. Emphasis should be placed on authentic cultures and traditions.
Encourage leaders to talk to a Native American consultant or use reliable,
up-to-date references. There are more than 300 recognized tribes today, each
with its own rich history and traditions. Leaders should help the boys recognize
that songs, skits, stories, and cheers used for a Native American theme are
respectful and in good taste. Leaders also need to be alert to religious
customs, rituals, and traditions. Always ask questions if you are not sure, or
leave out the questionable activities. (CD comment - That means no How, Ugh
or Big Chief with long funny name skits, no Japutcha).
Thanks to Norm who has sent me a lot of ideas for slides. You will find two
this month – one under Pack and Den Activities and one under Webelos. Sorry I
took so long to feature them.
to Dawn at Del-Mar Va – Dawn is the Training Chair for the Freedom Trail
District of Del-Mar-Va Council. She and I had a great conversation and idea
exchange one day at lunch when we met at the Scout Shop. She guessed my secret
identity!! And she asked me to tell Scouter Jim, his column is one of her
favorite parts and to Thank Alice for all her stuff!!
Correction for Webelos Leaders (Pow
Wow Book Editors, please take note) – A new Tiger Leader, Vince, wrote
to tell me how much he enjoys Baloo but noticed an error
In the September 2007 edition of
Baloo's Bugle on page 33 under the Naturalization Test, question 3 asks "How
many amendments to the Constitution have been made so far?" Your answer is,
"Twenty-six amendments have been made so far." That is incorrect. The 27th
Amendment to the Constitution was ratified by the states in 1992 and
states that "No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators
and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives
shall have intervened."
This along with the mercurochrome
example earlier this year should show you how Scouting materials are often
passed along from year to year but do occasionally require checking to make sure
they are up to date.
My apologies, this error has been circulating for 15
years. Check your materials, please and I will too . CD
Tree – In the “You never know who will read your stuff” department, last
year with one of the nature themes I ran an item on “Hug a Tree” and mentioned
that I was not sure what was the official website. This month I received an
E-mail from the Beveridge’s, the parents of Jimmy, the boy whose death led to
the creation of Hug-A-Tree. Their E-mails aid –
Hug-A-Tree is now administered by
There is a new video that has just
been produced and is awaiting final approval from NASAR.
Thank you for all you are doing
to help promote the vital survival tips! It warms our hearts to know that 26
years after Jimmy's death children are still learning how to survive from these
Larry and Jacquie Beveridge (Jimmy's parents)
Alice, Golden Empire Council
As you use
this Indian Nations theme, emphasize that games, names, customs all took note of
their environment – every part of the environment was respected and honored –
even when game was taken in hunting, thanks was given and respect shown. Also,
every part of a plant or animal was used in some way. Bones became tools,
musical instruments, decoration and even parts of body shields, in the case of
elk rib bones. Wing bones were used to make whistles, and the Eagle wing bone
whistle was highly prized. Seeds, Abalone or other shells were used for
decoration and the Miwok made rattles using bone for a handle and shells to make
the sound. Even the roots of plants were used – soap plant root could be woven
into shirts. Feathers were also used both for decoration and as sacred objects –
and the scalp of the woodpecker was used because of it’s color. Uses were found
for whatever was in the environment – for example, tule fronds could be woven
into a strong rope that could in turn be gathered in bunches and used to make
boats that would stay afloat.
Americans also had a strong sense of honor – (although it was misunderstood by
the white man) – stealing was usually just a case of Indian custom that if a man
needed something he could take it (at least in some tribes)
a strong sense of family, although sometimes the family wasn’t strictly
biological, and could change. Captives were sometimes included, and some chose
to stay when rescue was available. In some tribes, there was also a strong sense
of class. Also, keeping family and tribal history was important – oral history
and art-related histories, such as buffalo skin “journals” were used in many
stories and use of the natural world in stories and songs – wind was very
important, as were the four directions – give some examples.
Note: Also see American Indian Awareness in Cub Scout
Program Helps, pg. 3 NOV 07
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.
Months with similar themes to
Great Plains Indians
Life with the Navajos
The First Americans
The American Indian
The First Americans
The First Americans
Cliff Dwellers of the
Our Native Peoples
Sandie had asked me for these
and I did not have them yet. Here they are!! Remember vignettes will change
and will be different in the CS RT Planning Guide and Program Helps.
SEPTEMBER 2009– CUB SCOUT POCKETS,
Compassion What can
possibly be in a Cub Scout’s pocket? What is in a boy’s pocket can tell a lot
about who he is and what he likes. The boys can share and show off their
collections and maybe even start a new one! Put some marbles in the boy’s
pockets and teach him how to play the game of marbles. Pick an interest of the
boys and go on a field trip to explore and learn about it. Maybe a trip to a
rock quarry in search of fossils, or a nature hike around the den meeting site
to pick up items. This is also a great month to educate the boys on what can go
on their uniform and then make some goals to accomplish their rank advancement,
special awards, belt loops and pins, and involvement in camps and council
events. This might be a good month to work on the Collecting or Marbles belt
loop and pin.
OCTOBER 2009– JUNGLE SAFARI
Help boys discover fun and
adventure in the wilds of Scouting. Take them on a month-long safari. Learn why
Africa is special to our founder Lord Baden-Powell. Find out how the Jungle
Book story connects to Scouting. Use it and its characters to highlight den
meeting games, crafts, and costumes for the pack meeting. Learn about the things
you need if you are going on a safari and how would you survive. What do Scouts
in Africa do? What are their uniforms like? Take a den trip to a local zoo,
animal rescue facility, or wildlife refuge. Work on the Cub Scout Outdoor
Activity Award or the Wildlife Conservation Academic belt loop and pin.
NOVEMBER 2009– SCOUT SALUTE,
Character Connection: Respect This month Cub Scouts salute those
heroes who help keep us safe and secure each and every day. Can only adults be
heroes? Heroes are often ordinary kids who did something out of the ordinary! A
den can decide what makes a hero and who the heroes of tomorrow might be by
looking at people they know today. Learn about heroes in your own community, as
well as Scouting heroes who have earned BSA heroism awards. Have your Cub Scouts
invite their hometown heroes to a den or pack meeting. Perhaps your den can
become “silent heroes” by performing service for others without seeking any
recognition. Visit a fire station, veteran’s hospital (Veterans Day is this
month), police station, or teacher’s classroom and learn about their heroic
deeds and reciprocate with a
“Scout salute” for their contributions. You might work on the Citizenship belt
loop and pin.
DECEMBER 2009 – WORKS OF ART,
Character Connection: Faith December is a time of celebration and
giving. This is a perfect month for involving friends in doing good deeds and
creating holiday magic through art. Cub Scouts use their artistic abilities to
create holiday decorations, gifts, or cards. This artwork might be put on
display in nursing homes, in churches, schools, or homes, and at the pack
meeting or at a meeting of the chartered organization. Boys can make cards and
ornaments and share them with residents of a local nursing or retirement home,
children’s hospital, or community center and do a “Good Turn for America.” Boys
can discover different forms of art, write poems, attend a musical or performing
art show, or visit a local art museum. Works of art can become gifts for family
members. The Academic belt loop or pin in Art or Music could be worked on in
conjunction with these projects.
JANUARY 2010- POWER UP!,
Responsibility Boys explore the science of energy through solar,
electrical, and wind power and how this energy is used in their everyday lives.
They can explore different ways to conserve energy and protect the world we live
in. Work on the Science or Weather belt loop and pin. Boys can invite friends to
join in the pinewood derby and discover the power behind those little cars. What
types of things are powered up by the flip of a switch? A field trip to the
local water works or power plant might be part of the den’s monthly plan. Finish
up the month with a real power-packed pack meeting. The boys can power up by
being physically fit and working on the Physical Fitness belt loop and pin.
FEBRUARY 2010 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, B.S.A.,
Honesty It’s time
to celebrate with a big birthday bash. Boy Scouts of America is 100 years old
this year. Learn the history of how Scouting came to the United States. Find
out about those who have given us this great Scouting legacy such as Daniel
Carter Beard, James E. West, Ernest Thompson Seton, Waite Phillips, and W. D.
Boyce. Let’s play birthday games, make party decorations, and have birthday
cake for our blue and gold banquet.
2010– TAKE FLIGHT,
Courage The Wright brothers had a lot of courage to accomplish their
dream to fly. Air has power to push and pull objects so that they can fly. This
month learn all about air, what it consists of, and why it is needed to fly.
Learn about gravity. Make your own flying machines
as you hear about the Wright Brothers and their invention. Explore different
types of paper airplanes. Figure out which ones fly farther, higher, faster,
longer, and why? Hold a pack-wide paper plane derby fun night! How many things
can you name that can fly? Study birds and their flyways. Why do some fly in a V
formation? Take flight outdoors with a den or pack kite derby this month and
enjoy that air! Take a field trip to the airport, hobby shop, or a science
museum. Earn the Science belt loop and pin.
APRIL 2010- SPRING INTO ACTION,
Character Connection: Positive Attitude
This month is a good time to spring
into action with outdoor activities such as hikes, sports and games, cleaning up
litter along ponds, parks or roadsides, or planting some trees for improved
habitat. Make plaster casts of the animal tracks you find on your hike. Visit
and talk with someone who works with wildlife conservation and visit a fish
hatchery, zoo, animal shelter, or wildlife sanctuary. Bring along food and
supplies that they might need as part of your “Good Turn for America.” Build
bird houses, bird baths, feeding stations, or boxes for nesting materials. Do a
community service project with your chartered organization to show your positive
attitude in doing your best? This would be a good month to work on the
Conservation belt loop and pin.
MAY 2010- IN THE SPOTLIGHT,
Character Connection: Cooperation
It’s time to perform and be in the spotlight! This month spend some time
making musical instruments to be used in the pack meeting variety show. The
variety show could be skits, songs, puppet shows, magic trick – you name it.
Have the boys and their parents and families participate in a variety show and
have some adults record the show. Dens can create posters announcing the show
and make programs to let everyone know what’s coming. Commercials could be
videotaped by the den during their den meetings and then be shown between acts.
(Get the parents involved) Take a photo for the local newspaper or a video clip
for the local TV station for recognition of their achievements and put Cub
Scouting in the spotlight. Visit a television, radio, or cable station to see
how they prepare and produce their shows. Attend a play or musical production.
The Cub Scouts can earn the Music belt loop and pin.
JUNE 2010- HOOP-DE-DOO!,
Character Connection: Health and Fitness
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.
JULY 2010 CELEBRATE FREEDOM,
Character Connection: Citizenship
Celebrate America’s freedom established on July 4, 1776, with patriotic
songs, games, and family fun. Discover what makes America so special to us.
Decide on a birthday present your pack can give to America by doing a service
project and a “Good Turn for America.” Participate as a den or pack in an
Independence Day parade. Enjoy the beauty of our country by participating in
outdoor activities. Have a pack barbeque or family gathering and share some
family heritage about coming to our great nation. Design and serve a birthday
cake and sing to America! Earn the Citizenship and Heritage belt loops and pins.
AUGUST 2010 WAVES OF FUN,
Character Connection: Perseverance
Jump in and make a BIG splash with fun activities that explore water and
waves. There is an adventure waiting in one of Earth’s final frontiers, the
depths of the ocean floors. Creatures never imagined before can be found there.
What kinds of animals do live there? What does the ocean floor look like? The
den could discover what makes a boat float, learn about different sea vessels,
and even make their own boats. The pack can celebrate this month with a beach
party (no beach required) and family picnic as they enjoy the great outdoors.
Top it off with a raingutter regatta. Complete the requirements for earning the
National Summertime Pack Award. This is a fun month to bring a friend! This is
a wonderful opportunity to teach water safety and practice the buddy system
while having fun and earning the Swimming belt loop and pin.
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