October 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 14, Issue
November 2007 Theme
Craftsman & Readyman
Letís Go Outdoors
Based on input I
received previously, I realized I needed to emphasize getting your Tigers
Outdoors now (versus January for those of us in New Jersey or even further
north.) Besides, isnít that why they joined Scouting Ė to get outdoors?? And so
here is Achievement 5!! CD
There is so much to
do and learn outdoors! You can have fun exploring nature and looking at trees,
flowers, and animals. You can walk, run, play games, and ride a bike. Itís even
fun to sit outside!
Achievement 5F -
You can listen to a
weather report on the radio or television. But itís more fun to tell what the
weather is like by going outside and using your five senses to observe what the
weather for yourself. Your five senses are seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting,
and touching. Some people canít use all five senses fully, such as people who
are sight impaired or hearing impaired. Often, people who canít use one of
their senses have learned to use their other four senses very well.
Go outside and observe the weather. Use your senses to help you describe what
the weather is like. What do you see? Is it sunny? Is it dark? Do you see
stars, clouds, sunshine, rain, or a rainbow? What do you hear? Do you hear
thunder, rain, or the blowing wind? Maybe you hear traffic noise, children
playing, or birds singing. How does the weather affect noises like these? What
do you smell? Do you smell flowers or freshly cut grass? Maybe you smell the
aroma of someone cooking or the odor of farm animals. The air and wind bring
these smells to your nose. What do you taste? If the wind is blowing across a
dusty place, you may get dust in your mouth. Does the air taste like dirt?
Does it taste like salt? What can you feel? Is it cold or warm? Do you feel
the wind blowing? Do you feel rain or snow?
Connection on Faith is associated with this Achievement. Donít overlook this
important part of the program. Have the Adult partners be sure to carry out the
discussion and have the Tiger explain what he knows (This is done by completing
the first part of achievement 5F) and then explain how he feels about things he
cannot see (The sun at night, the moon during the day, wind). And finally, in
discussing what you believe in but cannot see, what faith is and how you develop
faith. Faith is one of Cub Scoutingís 12 Core Values. Donít miss this chance
to discuss Faith with your Tiger. For more information on Character Connections
check out your Tiger Book, Your Leaderís Book or Bill Smithís Unofficial Cub
Scout Roundtable at
http://www.wtsmith.com/rt.html He has the
whole BSA publication on Character Connections Commissioner Dave
Achievement 5D - Den
Many trees and
bushes have leaves that turn colors and fall to the ground in autumn. Some
trees have needles that stay on all year long. You may live in a place where
cacti grow. Cacti have spines or scales instead of leaves. Go outdoors with
your adult partner and collect some leaves or needles to take to your den
meeting for this activity. Be sure to collect only fallen leavers, or get the
permission of an adult before removing a live part of a tree or bush.
better time than when the leaves are changing colors to go out and look for
leaves and be able to pick them up and compare them. CD
With a crayon or
colored pencil and a piece of paper, make a leaf rubbing.
writing paper, leaves, crayons
Place a leaf, vein
side up, on a smooth surface, and cover it with a piece of thin writing paper.
Hold the paper firmly in position and gently rub the crayon over it. The crayon
strokes should all be in the same direction and with just enough pressure to
bring out the details of the leaf. The finished design can be displayed in your
home, decorated and framed. Your leaf rubbings can also be made into greeting
cards or given as a gift.
Achievement 5G - Go
and See It
Walking is great
exercise, and itís fun to be outdoors. When you walk, you see more things in the
outdoors than you would if you went by fast on a bicycle, or in a car or bus.
Take a hike.
Your den may go to a
special outdoor place for a hike, or you may take a simple walk in your
neighborhood. Be sure to take into account the size and ability of your Tiger.
There are many state Parks and other parks with short nature trails that have
built in rest areas where you stop and read the commentary along the trail
(Station 1, station 2,). These may be perfect for your Tigers.
should be committed to conduct an outdoor activity within the first three months
of the year (September, October, November). My pack has a Fall Family Camping
Trip. Our council has a Fall Cub Scout event at one of our camps. Activities
like these would be perfect times for your Tigers to get their hikes. CD
Wherever you go,
itís fun to be outdoors! Remember, three quarters of Scouting is Outing.
Materials found in Baloo's Bugle may be used by Scouters for Scouting activities provided that Baloo's Bugle and the original contributors are cited as the source of the material.