This month Cub Scouts will share their Holiday Traditions
with others in the pack and in the community. Lights on a Christmas Tree,
candles on a Menorah for Hanukkah, candles on a Kinara for Kwanzaa - many of our
holiday traditions involve lights. Boys can be stars this month by brightening
someone's holiday season with a gift of compassion. A den can plan a visit to a
nursing home or children's ward. They might also sing holiday favorites.
Roundtable Leaders’ Guide
Some of the purposes of Cub Scouting developed through
this month’s theme are:
üFamily Understanding, Cub Scouts will learn about their
family traditions and those of others, and help spread cheer among others as
they share and learn.
üSpiritual Growth, Boys will focus on their own Duty to God
and others around the world.
üFriendly Service, Cub Scouts will learn to be friendly
while making the lives of others more cheerful.
value highlighted this month is:
üFaith, By learning about their faith and sharing that with
others, Cub Scouts practice their Duty to God.
Can you think of others??? Hint – look in your
Cub Scout Program Helps. It lists different ones!! All the items on both
lists are applicable!! You could probably list all twelve if you thought about
Baloo is a little shorter than
usual this month. The first three Pow Wow books I went to all had identical
material. They all copied from the same source I guess. (Probably Baloo's
Bugle) And it was great holiday material but not Holiday Lights material.
So I called on my friends Rachel and Alice in Sam Houston Area Council and got a
copy of their "Holiday Lights" file. It was right on target! Thank you. So if
you want some more Christmas or other December holiday material just check back
issues of Baloo for December themes.
Speaking of Sam Houston Area
Council, did you see the article on their Themes Conference in Scouting?? A
great idea to inspire all their Roundtable people. I would love to start a
regional one up here, If I did it in my council, we three RT Commissioners (One
of our four Districts no longer does CS RTs) would have a hard time pulling it
off. And be sure to check out the full page picture of my friend Diane in
Scouting magazine with the article!! Diane lead my course on using Garfield in
1999 and I have seen her all six times I have been there since. She was awarded
the Silver Antelope and the Silver Buffalo this year!!
Thanks for all the kind letters
in response to Mike's "Seeds of Kindness" note - Here is a very touching one -
Unbeknownst to me, when I agreed to be Tiger Cub Leader, I
was committing to being a Cub Scout Leader for the next five years! Wrapping up
my tenure, brings bittersweet closure to my time in Cub Scouts. I've thoroughly
enjoyed teaching the boys about taking care of our environment, taking the high
road and taking time to be boys. Of all the many resources I seek out to
enhance the program I bring to the boys each week. Baloo's Bugle is the very
best. The inspiration I find in each issue has me considering a role at the
district and/or council level. Thank you so much for your tiring efforts. I do
a simple pack newsletter and it's a daunting task so I can't imagine a monthly
project like Baloo's Bugle. I sincerely appreciate each and everyone who
contributes their time and energy and want each of them to know their seeds are
spread far and wide! The tiny acorn seed becomes a might oak and I know in my
heart we are raising strong young men to be proud of.
Den Leader & Secretary, Pack 546
This has been a long year for me
(Cancer treatment in California) and some of the contributor's to Baloo.
Scouter Jim , Kommissioner Karl, Pat, the guru of the Baltimore Pow Wow book,
and more had medical problems, too. Thanks to God we are doing better now.
Keep us in your prayers as we ready for 2009.
Months with similar themes to
Dave D. in Illinois
Lights in the Sky
Lights in the Sky
Cub Scout Stars
About Giving Goodwill
The Golden Rule
Follows, Helps, Gives
To Help Other People
Do a Good Turn
The Golden Rule
A Cub Scout Gives Good Will
Faith, Hope & Charity
for Customs Around the World
Customs of Countries
Customs of Other Lands
What do You do at Holiday Time?
Celebrations Around the World
If you are looking for more
December Holiday (Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa) ideas for your Den, just
check any December back issue of Baloo. CD
National makes a
patch for every Cub Scout Monthly theme. This is the one for this theme. Check
them out at
www.scoutstuff.org go to patches and look for
2008 Cub Scout Monthly Theme Emblems.
National has started a monthly podcast for Cub Scout leaders. It is called
Cubcast. Rob and Kristin are the hosts and they do a great job. They also
use actual volunteers from around the country as guest speakers. Check it out at
pick up some really great ideas for the next theme. No special equipment
needed. Chances are (Johnny Mathis, 1957) your computer can play it now!!!
DEN MEETING IN A BOX
National has den meeting kits available with projects
for Cub Scouts. They issue a new one every month for the upcoming theme.
Although I am not sure what schedule they use as December 2008's are not out
Usually I don't promote the "Den Meeting in a Box"
kits BUT I have few thoughts -
PIn looking for the December 2008 Box to
see what it has, I found last December's box on sale for half price ($18.75) and
at that price, it is probably worth a shot with good holiday theme related
stuff. Although not "Holiday Lights" but "Celebrations Around the World" for
the December theme it would work.
PAlso, I found "Leaf It To Cubs" on sale
for half price. I bought two and we had a blast on our Pack Family Camping trip
looking for leaves and talking about trees at a Cub level. Every one was
gathering acorns to bring home. They couldn’t seem to get enough acorns. I
gave them plastic bags to put them in and encouraged them to find lots of loose
acorns and bring them home. Now remember my kids are 23 and 27 and were not
there, so none were coming home with me!!!
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