October 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 14, Issue
November 2007 Theme
Craftsman & Readyman
Bill Smith, the Roundtable Guy
Cub Scout age
boys have an extraordinary ability to instantly switch between the zany and the
profound. They see no problem with the “Clown” who hands them an award in an
inflated balloon one moment and the same person a few minutes later in a
Scouter’s uniform delivering a serious Cubmaster’s minute.
Kids by age
six are very clever. I have found that they can pun, they utilize sarcasm,
and drama in their everyday communications. I have NO doubt that they 'get
it' when I am goofing, and they 'get it' when I am serious.
Michael J. Seligsohn,
Cub Master Pack 117, Golden Empire Council,
tells us in Cub-Scout-Talk:
Kriste Ryan had a wonderful
description of what she calls quick, simple, easy Run-on Awards
for Webelos Activity Badges on
Cub-Scout-Talks on Yahoo Groups. She relates what Jo did for some of the
Webelos Activity Badges:
I had on a swim vest, mask, and flippers and carried a big swim noodle. I had a
whistle around my neck and I interrupted the meeting by coming in with the
flippers on and whistling and yelling Everyone out of the pool!" and the
Cubmaster, asked "What is going on here?". Then I said, "Well, there are some
boys here tonight that have worked very hard on their Aquanaut badge, and I have
them here in my pail. I pulled them out of a sand bucket and the Cubmaster
announced their names, gave them the awards and a handshake while I told a
30-second commercial of what kinds of things go into an aquanaut badge. Then I
pulled a water spray bottle out of my bucket and sprayed the boys hair. And then
the entire pack gave them a cheer.
went on and soon I interrupted again. This time I was a newspaper boy and I
came in with a newspaper bag yelling "Extra! Extra! Read all about it! and I was
throwing newspapers towards the various dens as I went. The Cubmaster demanded
to know what I was doing again, and then we did the same sort of thing for the
boys who earned their communicator badges. I had the badges inside the newspaper
went on and for my final interruption; I was dressed as a tourist with a camera,
a map, a visor and a roll-behind suitcase. As the Cubmaster was talking about
popcorn sales, I was visiting a Wolf, Tiger or two with my map asking "Do you
know how to get to Baltimore?" and things like that. By this time the kids were
kind of yelling out to the Cubmaster "She's here again!". So finally, I award
the Traveler badge from the suitcase.
describes also shows preparation, A lot of the fun came when the Cubmaster,
playing the straight man role, pretended to be irritated by the interruptions.
There is nothing that compares with a good
rousing song fest. If your pack has anyone who can lead songs, you are in luck.
Good Cub Scouts songs are lively, easy to learn, fun to sing and need not make
much sense. The
Cub Scouts of St. Mary’s 3rd Hayes Group near London England show
how much fun there is in a good song.
These are easy to do, plentiful, easily adapted
to themes and lots of fun. Whether it’s a theme related story at a pack meeting
or a ghost story at a camp fire, these are sure fire winners. A variation of the
audience participation tale is the old Mad-Lib fun where Cub Scouts insert
random words into a story. Sometimes, just mixing up the nouns in a normally
serious story results in great comedy. I liked to print words on 3X5 index cards
randomly distributed to Cub Scouts worked great.
Every den needs at least one den cheer. Every
pack meeting must provide dozens of reasons for dens (or parents) to cheer. And,
of course, there are the yells and cheers in
Group Meeting Sparklers
everyone joins in on. Beware of quiet meetings.
Here are some FUN Pack
Also, be sure to visit Bill’s website
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everything Cub Scouting.
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