September 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
October 2008 Theme
Adventures in Books
Citizen and Showman
Boys’ Life Reading Contest for 2008
SAY ‘YES’ TO READING
Enter the 2008 Boys’ Life Reading Contest
Write a one-page report titled “The Best Book I Read This Year” and enter it in
the Boys’ Life 2008 “Say Yes to Reading!” contest.
book can be fiction or nonfiction. But the report has to be in your own words —
500 words tops. Enter in one of these three age categories:
8 years old and younger
9 and 10 years old
11 years old and older
First-place winners in each age category will receive a $100 gift certificate
good for any product in the Boy Scouts official retail catalog. Second-place
winners will receive a $75 gift certificate and third-place winners a $50
Everyone who enters will get a free patch like the one shown above. (And,
yes, the patch is a temporary insignia, so it can be worn on your Cub Scout or
Boy Scout uniform shirt, on the right pocket. Proudly display it there or
anywhere!) In coming years, you’ll have the opportunity to earn
contest is open to all Boys’ Life readers. Be sure to include your name,
address, age and grade in school on the entry.
Send your report, along with a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope,
Boys’ Life Reading Contest
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079
Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2008 and must include entry information
and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
For more details go to
Maybe this contest sounds too big to your Cubs -
Then try the following -
Southern NJ Council
Have a contest lasting from Pack Meeting to Pack Meeting to
see which boy in each den can read the most books. Give awards at the end to all
boys who participate (book marks, etc.) and a nice award to the winners. OR,
challenge each den to read a certain book (appropriate for age level). Have them
do a skit or a made up song about the book at the next pack meeting.
Communicating Belt Loop & Pin
The requirements listed below are taken from the Cub Scout
Academics and Sports Program Guide (34299B) 2006 Printing.
that earn the Communicating Belt Loop while a Webelos Scout also satisfy
requirement 15 for the Communicator Activity Badge.
Complete these three requirements:
Tell a story or relate an incident to a group of people, such
as your family, den, or members of your class.
Write a letter to a friend or relative.
Make a poster about something that interests you. Explain the
poster to your den.
Earn the Communicating belt loop, and complete five of the
Write an original poem or story.
Keep a journal of daily activities for at least seven days.
Listen to a news story on television or the radio. Discuss the
information with an adult.
Go to the library. Use the card catalog or computer reference
system to find a book, and then check it out.
Read a book that has been approved by your parent or teacher.
Discuss the book with an adult.
With a friend, develop a skit. Perform it at a Scout meeting,
family meeting, or school event.
Learn the alphabet in sign language. Learn how to sign 10
With an adult, use the Internet to search for information on a
topic of interest to you.
Watch three television commercials and discuss the information
in them with your parent or den leader.
Read the directions for a new game. Explain to a family member
or friend how to play it.
Learn about "reading" materials for people who have poor
vision or who are blind.
While traveling, make a list of road signs, animals, or
license plates that you see.
Knot of the Month
Spirit of Scouting Service Awards
The “Scouting…Vale la Pena” (left) and Asian American
(right) Spirit of Scouting awards recognize distinguished contributions to
scouting in the Hispanic and Asian-American communities respectively. Nominees
are chosen for outstanding services and demonstrated involvement in developing
and implementing Scouting opportunities for Hispanic-American/Latino and Asian
American youth. These are similar in scope to the Whitney M. Young Award – and
are approved by the National Office’s Scoutreach bureau.
Many packs and troops have opportunities to reach out to
less fortunate immigrant families and bring scouting to boys that might
otherwise be left behind.
If you your unit, sponsoring organization or an outstanding
volunteer works hard to get these youth involved – you may go to:
to print a nomination form and for more guidelines.
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