November 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
December 2008 Theme
Craftsman and Scientist
Achievement 4, How I Tell It
This requirement is about Communication. Getting our
Tigers to talk with others and be positive in what they say. They may learn how
to carry on conversations and a little about mass communication.
Tigers can learn there are many modes of communication –
when we talk, write, dance, sing or draw pictures. We communicate too with our
faces when we frown or smile and our bodies with how we stand or move our arms.
Our uniforms and beads (on our Tiger totems) and patches
communicate information about who we are and what we like to do.
Adults communicate through newspapers, magazines, books
(Harry Potter) TV and radio. Be open to showing all these to your Tigers to
help them Search, Discover and Share.
Achievement 4 Family Activity
4F - At a family meal, have each family member take
turns telling the others one thing that happened to him or her that day.
Remember to practice being a good listener while you wait for your turn to talk.
Mealtime conversations should be kept positive. Sharing
your day’s activities could be become a regular family activity. Try to do this
at a meal when everyone is there. Sharing amongst family members is always good
so try to keep doing it even if only a few members are present.
The requirement helps
promote Family Understanding, one of the Ten Purposes of Cub Scouting!!
This requirement involves
doing a Character Connection on Respect. There are three elements to every
Character Connection. A Tiger must first know what is correct, then practice
doing it and finally commit to doing it in the future. If you want more info on
Character Connections there is a BSA Bin Item 13-323A or go to Bill Smith’s
Virtual roundtable at -
For the Respect Character
Know – Have the Tiger
discuss how he can show respect while talking with others. How to listen
respectfully. How he may interrupt and still be respectful.
Practice – Have him
participate in a family conversation (The one for this requirement would be
great!!) Then discuss how he and others showed respect.
Commit – Have him
discuss how it felt to be respected while he talked and how he felt showing
respect o others. Have him make a list of three things to remember to help him
Achievement 4 Den Activity
4D - Play "Tell It Like
It Isn't" - This is the old “Whistling Down the Alley” game where the boys line
up and pass a secret along. By the time it gets to the end, it usually is
different than the start. The more boys the more fun. The Adults
should join in, too, to make the line longer.
After the game discuss how
things your Tiger may hear may not always be accurate. That messages change as
they are passed from person to person. Discuss, too, how unkind words (gossip)
can do harm and is often untrue. Cubs should only try and say things that are
true. Honesty is a core value of Cub Scouting.
Achievement 4 Go and See It
4G - Visit a television
station, radio station, or newspaper office. Find out how people there
communicate with others.
This is very easy. Where I
live we have a great radio station, WJBR (www.wjbr.com)
that invites Scouts up to tour. Then, if the Den wants to, they tape them
saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Every day at 7:00 AM, they play a tape of a
group (school class, Den, Troop, Club). They even came to my roundtable
and had us one morning saying the Pledge. I really like it when
I hear a Tiger Den; they are so honest and excited. And most say it correctly –
saying “One Nation Under God” as a continuous phrase without a pause. Of course
it helps that the morning DJ, Michael Waite, grew up in Indiana, the Heartland
of America, and his assistant, Mr. Rhoads is an experienced Philmont trekker!!
I have heard the Pledge said on several other area stations so maybe there is
one by you.
Our local newspaper encourages
tours. When my son’s Den went for Communicator, they inserted a picture of the
Den on the front page and ran enough copies so each Scout could get one!!
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