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Baloo's Bugle

February 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 7
March 2006 Theme

Theme: Cubstruction
Webelos: Engineer & Athlete
  Tiger Cub
Activities

FOCUS

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

This month is time for tools!!  Cub Scouts will learn about tools and how to use them, with the grand finale of building a project.  There is a lot to do and learn – take your den on a field trip to a hardware store or a home improvement store.  Boys can have fun building planters or trash receptacles for their home or community.  The building projects and enjoyment are endless!!

CORE VALUES

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

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

  • Personal Achievement, What could give a boy more satisfaction than a project he builds with his own hands??
  • Friendly Service, Boys will happily build needed projects for their community.
  • Fun and Adventure, How exciting to learn about tools and then actually build something.

The core value highlighted this month is:

  • Positive Attitude, Boys will take pride in their accomplishments and feel satisfied when they complete a project.

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

When planning projects for this theme remember this from Bill Smith, the Roundtable Guy –

Wood is good. Large is better.

Projects are activities where Cub Scouts make things that are useful: that is, the things fly, make a lot of noise, explode or help the Cubs do other neat things.  Do not confuse Projects with Crafts.  Crafts are things that are pretty or cute.

Cub Scouts are not into pretty and cute.

Check out Bill’s Website – www.wtsmith.com/rt.html
and the September 2005 Baloo for more on this subject

So get out and have them build something this month!!

I used to teach Electricity Merit badge for boy Scouts.  Each of my students would make an eight (+/-) foot 12  gauge extension cord with heavy duty safety plugs on the end.  Sure we could have done something less.  Yes, we could have all taken off and put on the same plug.  BUT I wanted them to have something worthwhile to take with them from the sessions.  I wanted to have something they may keep and someday when they are moving into a new home and looking for an extension cord, find the one they made for Electricity Merit Badge and say, “I made this in Scouts!.” So my challenge to you is to have your Cubs make something this month that will keep for years.

Our local pack had a Movie night in January and showed “Down and Derby.”  Everyone had a great time.  I now have two copies of the DVD with all the exclusive Scouting Edition extras from Yosemite Council.  Hope all you get to see it.  I don’t think it will bounce “Follow Me Boys” off Wednesday night at Philmont Training Center but …

Thank you for the Pow Wow Books.  I received a lot of Pow Wow Books this year.  By the time you read this, you should have gotten my swap Cd that I sent for yours.  If not drop me a line, and I’ll get one out right away.  I was late and apologize.

Months with similar themes to

Cubstruction

Dave D from Illinois

Den Fix-Up Month

September

1943

Cub Scout Handyman

March

1948

Cub Scout Handyman

March

1967

Craftsman

March

1970

Mr. Fix-It

September

1983

Working with Wood

January

1985

Cub Scout Handyman

April

1989

Working with Wood

May

1991

Working with Wood

January

1996

Cubstruction

January

1999

 

National makes a patch for every Cub Scout Monthly theme.  This is the one for this theme.  Check them out at www.scoutstuff.org



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