June Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
July 2008 Theme
Aquanaut & Geologist
PACK ADMIN HELPS
Monthly Themes for 2008-2009
SEPTEMBER 2008– NEW BUDDIES
Wonderful opportunities are
waiting! The new school year brings possibilities of new friends. This month a
Cub Scout can invite a new buddy to join the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting!
This single act can influence the lives of many others. The boys will make new
friends while keeping the old by learning to share and treat buddies with
kindness. In the den meeting the boys can learn the value of friendship,
cooperation, and respect through games and activities. This new team of buddies
can develop secret codes and write messages to each other. They will all learn
the Cub Scout handshake and motto which will signify belonging to that special
group. The boys can practice the buddy system as they go on hikes, work on
projects, play games, and participate in sports. This is a great month for boys
to earn a Cub Scout Academics or Sports belt loop or pin as they work and play
together with an interest they all share.
OCTOBER 2008– ADVENTURES IN BOOKS
What great adventures come in
books? Let’s discover some this month. Visit the library and learn to navigate
your way through the “card catalog computer,” down the aisles of many
adventures, and to an adventure of your own choice. Sign up for your library
card while on your visit. Create your own outdoor epic adventure on a hike,
campout, or maybe at a ball field or park. Make a costume for one of the
characters from your favorite story. At the pack meeting the boys can perform
some of their favorite stories and share some of their adventures with the pack.
Take part in Pedro’s “Say Yes to Reading” program in Boy’s Life. This
might also be a good month to work on the Communication or Computer belt loop
and pin. Encourage the boys to have the courage to search for, discover, and
share adventure this month.
NOVEMBER 2008– SEEDS OF KINDNESS
we approach Thanksgiving, let us spread seeds of kindness in the form of
multiple small service projects. Helping others gives the boys the opportunity
to see the bounty produced by spreading many small seeds of kindness and
encourages compassion. The boys can discover that just as the large strong oak
tree came from the small acorn, big things can happen from spreading small seeds
of kindness and charity. Conduct a food drive or collect coats and gloves for
those in need; report your hours to Good Turn for America. Work on the
Citizenship belt loop and pin.
DECEMBER 2008- HOLIDAY LIGHTS
The Star of Bethlehem, the
Miracle of the Lamp, the Morning Star that enlightened Buddha, the bonfires of
Yule: many of our holiday traditions this month involve lights. Share your
holiday traditions with your pack and den: lights on a Christmas tree, candles
on a Menorah for Chanukah, or on a Kinara for Kwanzaa. Boys can be stars this
month by brightening someone’s holiday season with a gift of compassion. As a
pack or den, visit a nursing home, preschool, or children’s ward and sing
holiday favorites. End your outing by sharing cookies that the boys decorated.
Help those less fortunate with a service project or toy drive. How about a
holiday campfire at your pack meeting? This is great month to work on the
Language and Culture belt loop and pin or the Heritages belt loop and pin.
JANUARY 2009- “A-MAZE-ing” GAMES
January is a good time for
indoor fun. Make and solve puzzles. Stump your friends with riddles. Build a
maze, do crossword puzzles, and word searches. Have a pack games night in which
your family joins in for relays, board games, and other cooperative games. Play
Cub Scout Jeopardy; how much do you know about Cub Scouting? Rediscover some of
the games that your parents and your grandparents could have played and work on
the Heritages belt loop and pin. Discuss why playing by the rules is important.
The pinewood derby is a good opportunity to learn about rules and good
sportsmanship. Why not work on the Chess belt loop and pin.
FEBRUARY 2009- AMERICAN ABC’S
Take a personalized tour of the
USA by the letters: Austin, Baton Rouge and Cambridge to Xenia, York and Zion.
Our country contains an endless variety of scenic and historic places. What is
special about these places? This month we'll find out by visiting historic
places, theme parks, museums, and zoos. Choose a city or an historical site to
highlight. Invite a guest speaker who can share something special about the
places your Cub Scouts have picked to discover. Use maps or collect tourist
brochures to learn more about places to visit. Your local historical society or
public library is a great place to get started. Celebrate your blue and gold
banquet with local foods from your choices of the ABCs and decorate to highlight
your choice. This would be a good month to work on the Citizenship belt loop or
pin or the Geography belt loop or pin.
MARCH 2009- WHEN I GROW UP
Explore career possibilities of
the 21st century this month. Host a pack career fair, inviting
several adults to share what they do for a living and how these career
opportunities might change as you grow up and technology advances. Discover how
having a positive attitude is essential in reaching career goals. Den meeting
plans could include field trips to learn about different occupations of interest
to the boys and playing games centered on different jobs. This would be a good
month to work on any of the Cub Scout Academics and Sports belt loops and pins –
let the boys vote on the one that fits best with what they want to be when they
grow up. For those future astronauts this month is a perfect time for a space
APRIL 2009- JURASSIC PACK
Explore the land before time!
Imagine living in a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. What have
paleontologists learned about the great beasts that roamed the Earth millions of
years ago? Did any dinosaurs live where you do now? Find out what they ate,
where they lived, and how they moved. What could we learn of these creatures
that lived so long ago? Make a model of a dinosaur or visit a museum where
dinosaur fossils can be seen. Make your own “dinosaur footprints” or “fossils”
in plaster. Take a "dinosaur" scavenger hike by going on a hike and looking for
things that might have been found during the Jurassic era. This would be a great
time to work on the Geology belt loop and pin.
MAY 2009- LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS
Warm weather is a perfect time
for outdoor adventure, complete with den hikes in the neighborhood, park, or on
local trails. As we enjoy our outdoor world, we should strive to take nothing
but pictures and leave nothing but footprints. Learn about Leave No Trace Front
Country guidelines and ways we can minimize our impact on the environment. Take
a backyard hike and practice the Leave No Trace Front Country guidelines. Have a
contest to see who can take the best wildlife photograph. Earn the Cub Scout
Leave No Trace Awareness Award. Do your Good Turn and leave these areas cleaner
then you found them. Remember to record your service with Good Turn for America.
The end of the month has all dens moving up the Cub Scout trail. You might want
to consider working on the Wildlife Conservation belt loop and pin this month.
JUNE 2009- A CAMPING WE WILL GO
Health and Fitness
This month Cub Scouts go
camping! Have a backyard campout with your family. Pitch a tent or sleep out
under the stars! Conduct a pack campout at a nearby Scout camp, state park, or
even the local museum. An outdoor pack meeting might include a nature
observation hunt, followed by an evening around the “campfire”. Attend your
council’s Cub Scout or Webelos Scout resident camp as a den or pack or the
council’s family camp with your whole family. Camping doesn’t always mean
overnight; day camp is always lots of fun. Get those boys outdoors and let them
discover the fun of camping while working on their Cub Scout Outdoor Activity
Award. Whatever you do, do it outside and find out what the outing in Scouting
is all about. While out on the trail, you can work on the Map and Compass belt
loop and pin or the Astronomy belt loop and pin.
JULY 2009 BE A SPORT
Not only is it important to do
your best when you try new sports but it is important to understand the rules of
being a “good sport” no matter how the game goes. Play ball, soccer, tennis, or
any sport! Learn about a sport that you’ve never played before. Have a sports
competition with another Cub Scout pack in your area. Have athletes from a local
high school or college speak at your den or pack meeting. Ask them to teach you
about their sport. Learn a sport you can play with your family: golf, tennis,
bowling, swimming, or skating. Have a pack sports day. Cub Scouts can create an
obstacle course for the pack to enjoy while earning the belt loop and pin for
Physical Fitness or any of the many Cub Scout Sports subjects.
AUGUST 2009 FUN IN THE SUN
Let’s go outside and have fun in
the sun. Plan some outdoor activities this month that will encourage dens to
meet and make preparations together for your pack event. It’s a great time for a
pack picnic, with each den planning a game or activity. Have a Cubanapolis derby
with dens preparing their vehicle and practicing maneuvers during den meetings.
Stress good sportsmanship and team building during the planning stages, as well
as during the actual event. Create kites in your dens and have a kite flying
derby or a family picnic to show off your creations! This might be a great month
to work on the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award or a Cub Scout Sports belt loop
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