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Baloo's Bugle

November 2005 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 4
December 2005 Theme

Theme: Faith, Hope and Charity
Webelos: Craftsman & Scientist
  Tiger Cub
Activities

FOCUS

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

This time of year is packed with “Faith, Hope and Charity”  - celebrating and sharing family traditions and faiths, hopes for the future and charity to all.  Service projects are a way to give thanks while helping those in need in our neighborhoods and schools.  Celebrate the holiday season with foods and crafts that are appropriate to various faiths.  Collect toys during a pack meeting or organize a food collection where everyone brings something to share with those who are less fortunate.

CORE VALUES

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

Some of the purposes of Cub Scouting developed through this month’s theme are:

  • Family Understanding, Family traditions are shared and families work together as they participate in Den or pack activities.
  • Friendly Service, Cub Scouts learn to serve others through Den and/or pack community activity and services.
  • Spiritual Growth, Cub Scouts learn more about their family’s faith and respect for other faiths as they share during the holiday season.

The core value highlighted this month is:

  • Responsibility, By helping others, Cub Scouts learn about duty to care for self and others.

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 it!!

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

There are a lot of good standard Holiday Cub Scout items in this edition but I would weigh them carefully against the Focus above and the vignette for the theme in the Cub Scout Program Helps.  As well as considering the Core Values and purposes highlighted for the month in both places to make sure your Den and pack are presenting programs in accordance with what the theme is supposed to accomplish.  I get my input from Pow Wow Books and other Scouters who have lots of great ideas but we sometimes go off on tangents from the direction intended by National for the theme.

What a great weekend I just had.!!  My nephews asked me to go camping with them and their units.  So I attended the Pennsbury District, Bucks County Council, Fall Camporee with Pack, Troop and Crew 102 from Levittown, PA.  There were gateways, catapults, Living History Reenactments, some initiative games by the C.O.P.E. Staff, First Aid, and a Photography lesson (Each Scout received a disposable camera on Saturday and was then taken on a short walk to take unusual pictures.  On Sunday they received the developed pictures before they left).  It was fun seeing Scouting in action at another council and especially seeing my nephews as Scouts.  I got to talk with the Scoutmaster, who had his troop prepare three delicious turkeys for dinner with his “patented” method, the Cubmaster (who is, also, an Assistant Scoutmaster) and the Webelos Leader, who told me this is her third time as she was Webelos leader for both her older sons, too.  Besides the four stations mentioned above we did some Outdoorsman requirements, especially working on Fire Building and Fire Safety as it was chilly.  The Webelos worked hard looking for wood to keep the fire going.  Just as we were leaving I met their District RT Commissioner, who is on a Scouting Task Force with me but whom I had never met in person.  We spent almost an hour talking about Roundtables (much to the chagrin of his son who just wanted to go home!)

The weekend before I was Troop Scribe for our council’s Wood Badge course.  My copier ran up about 4700 copies in the six weeks I have it with two Wood Badge weekends each with their daily Gilwell Gazettes!!  But there are now new critters out there working their tickets!!

Maybe this week I can begin enjoying retirement and cleaning my house of all the stuff I brought home!

Pow Wow season is upon us for a few weeks.  Pow Wows allow you to see your best Scouters doing what they like most.  Pow Wow sessions are usually not scripted like the basic training series (New Leader Essentials, Position Specific courses) but allow someone who is good in (ceremonies, skits songs crafts, games) to present the items relating to (ceremonies, skits songs crafts, games) so others can enjoy them too.  You get to see Scouters enjoying showing off what they do best.  Don’t miss your Pow Wow (or university) or if you must, attend one at a neighboring Pow Wow.  I plan to attend two this month and have a great time at each.

Have a great Scouting month!!.


Months with similar themes to
Faith, Hope and Charity

Thanks to Dave D. in Illinois

Year

All are December of the year

1939

Pack Christmas Party

1940

Good Will - Cub Style

1941

Giving Good Will

1942

Good Will

1943

Good Will Month

1944

The Other Fellow

1945

Follows - Helps - Gives

1946

Cub Scout Santa Claus

1947

Helps and Gives

1948

Goodwill

1949

The Other Fellow

1950

Helps (for institutions)

1951

F-H-G (good followers, helpers, & givers)

1952

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

1953

Happy, Game, and Fair

1954

We'll Do Our Best

1955

Customs of Other Lands

1956

Christmas In The Americas

1957

Happy Holiday

1958

The Golden Rule

1959

Do Your Best

1960

Guiding Stars

1961

Follows, Helps, and Gives

1962

The Magic of Christmas

1963

Old-Fashioned Christmas

1964

Winter Festival

1965

Happy, Game, and Fair

1966

Yuletide Everywhere

1967

Do Your Best

1968

Winter Wonderland

1969

The Cub Scout Gives Good Will

1970

Happy, Game and Fair

1971

Cub Scout Gives Good Will

1972

Follows, Helps, Gives

1973

Customs of Countries

1974

Old Fashion Christmas

1975

Cub Scout Gives Good Will

1976

Winter Festival

1977

Do Your Best

1978

Duty to God & Country

1979

Customs of Other Lands

1980

Happy Holidays

1981

Do Your Best

1982

Cub Scout Spirit

1983

Giving Gifts

1984

Do a Good Turn

1985

Follows, Helps, Gives

1986

The Golden Rule

1987

Happy Holidays

1988

Holiday Magic

1989

Customs of Countries

1990

Giving Gifts

1991

Follows, Helps, Gives

1992

To Help Other People

1993

Holiday Magic

1994

Customs of Other Lands

1995

Do a Good Turn

1996

Helping Others

1997

The Golden Rule

1998

Let's Celebrate

1999

Holiday Magic

2000

What do You do at Holiday Time?

2001

Works of Art

2002

Winter Wonderland

2003

A Cub Scout Gives Good Will

2004

Holiday Food Fare

2005

Faith, Hope & Charity

 



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