September 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
October 2008 Theme
Adventures in Books
Citizen and Showman
When planning your Pack Meeting, think about trying one of these ideas.
Be sure to give your dens enough time to prepare the props. They can easily be
worked into your opening ceremony. Alice
Pack Meeting Ideas
Alice, Golden Empire Council
Sort your “Library” of favorite books.
In the den, you could share the stories over the month. For the Pack
Meeting, everyone could march around carrying their favorite book – make your
lines like a snake, so everyone can get a look at everyone else’s favorites. On
signal, have each “book” go to the correct section of an enlarged list of the
Dewey Decimal system you have previously put on the walls around the room. (See
a list of the ten major Dewey sections in Baloo)
Have a Parade of Books:
You could also have each family assigned to choose their favorite book or
books and come prepared to dress up like the character(s) from the book.
Be a Book:
Each boy or family chooses a book. Make sandwich boards to wear, showing
the cover of a favorite book. Then have a parade of books to start your pack
meeting – Favorites can then be hung on the wall to provide decoration.
Cubmaster (CM) and 7 Cub Scouts. The Cub Scouts have
cards/paper with the letters R, E, A, D, I, N, G on one side and their parts
(what each letter stands for) on the back in LARGE print. As this is a
poem, it might be good to have the boys practice to get the meter right.
This month we’ve had “Adventures in Books” as our theme. We have some Cub Scouts
to tell us about reading tonight:
R’s for Remember the stories we’d tell
E is for Endings that we all know so well.
A is for Adventures we have in our mind.
D is for D.E.A.R. time that we can’t seem to find.
I is for Imagination of the way places look.
N is for the Number that’s found on the book
G is for Going for that’s what I’ll be... as we’re all heading to the
Please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance Opening
Great Salt Lake Council
When you pledge allegiance to
your flag, you promise loyalty and devotion to your nation. Each word has a deep
I pledge allegiance: I promise to be true
to the flag: to the sign of our country
of the United States of America: a country made up of 50 states, each
with certain rights of it’s own
and to the Republic: a country where the people elect others to make
laws for them
for which it stands: the flag means the country
one Nation under God: a single country whose people believe in a
indivisible: the country cannot be split into parts
with liberty and justice: with freedom and fairness
for all: For each person in the country – you and me.
Please rise and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Books Opening Ceremony
Cubmaster is dressed as a
character from a book, i.e., Ichabod Crane, Albus Dumbledore, etc.
Tonight we celebrate books. There are millions of books in the world, available
to us in many forms. Books haven’t always been as easy to get as they are now.
It is thanks to people like Johann Gutenberg, who invented the printing press,
that we can now read so many books on so many different topics. And it’s thanks
to teachers that we know how to read. In our own country, the freedom to print
and publish books and newspapers is protected in our Constitution and Bill of
Rights. There are still places in the world today where that freedom is
severely limited. So let’s all stand tonight and salute this great country,
where we have the freedom to read and assemble, and even act like characters
from a book, by saying the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.
Knights of the Royal Pack Opening Ceremony
This might be
a great opening of your pack decided to emphasize books about Knights.
emphasized another genre, find a theme for that genre and use those ceremonies.
Merlin Sir Tiger
Wolf Sir Bear
Page: Enters and blows a flourish (can use a toy horn with a recorded
Reads the following proclamation from a scroll:
“Hear ye! Hear ye!
Lords and ladies of Royal Pack __,
by royal decree of his majesty Cubmaster ______,
we declare that this Royal Pack Meeting begins!
Blows another flourish.
enter, youngest to oldest, in costumes that depict their scouting rank. They
carry shields as they enter.
They peel off to each side of a table.
When they are in place, Merlin enters.
Merlin Enters throwing stage glitter into the
audience. He continues to do this until he reaches the table.
On the table
is a shallow dish with a bowl in the center.
The bowl contains the American flag.
The shallow dish contains dry ice.
As he sprinkles water over the ice, he chants the following:
“Many times the sun in the sky has set
Since last these brave knights have met.
For God and country, family and friend,
they give their all.
For the Law of the Pack, they answer the call.
Before this festive gathering begins this night,
Let us pledge our honor to our banner so bright.”
At the end of
this, play some music from "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Walt Disney's Fantasia)."
water on the dry ice and pulls the flag out with a flourish.
Merlin Leads the Cubs and parents and others in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Note: The knights can be all the Scouts in all the
dens or one representative from each den for the whole rank (one Tiger, one
Storybook and Historical Characters
Personnel: Eight boys dressed in costume sitting
around the campfire. Each should have his name on a sign hanging around his
Jones: (Stands up looking at his pocket watch) We need to decide what our
American flag will look like.
Remos: (Stands) I represent New York and I think the flag needs to have
people on it. (Shows the New York flag)
Doodle: (Stands) I'm from Pennsylvania and I want a dandy horse on it.
Beard: (Stands) Well I represent New Hampshire. Those ideas are silly; I
think it needs boats on it. (Shows the New Hampshire flag)
Sitting Bull: (Stands up, arms folded) I here for Massachusetts. We want
Indian. (Show Massachusetts Flag)
Bridger: (Stands) I'm here to represent Utah.
Others: (Look at him and say) Where is Utah?
Bridger: Over yonder. (Waves arm to the side) Anyway, I think we should
have an elk on the flag
Sam: (Stands) I've been listening to all of you and your ideas are
great, but I think we need something special for our American flag. I have an
idea. Use these flags for your owns states, and we'll have the Stars and Stripes
for our flag of freedom. The stars represent each and every state and the
stripes will represent the original thirteen colonies. Now will everyone please
Play "Stars and Stripes Forever"
as color guard presents the flag
ALL Please join us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our
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