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Baloo's Bugle

March 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 8
April 2006 Theme

Theme: Our Feathered Friends
Webelos: Sportsman and Family Member
  Tiger Cub
Activities

FOCUS

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

Spring is just around the corner!!  With spring comes all the wonders of nature’s rebirth – flowers bloom, trees bud, birds are full of activity. In every tree, we can see Our Feathered Friends busily building nests and hear them sharing their sings with the world.  Use this time of year to help your Cub Scouts discover everything the Our Feathered Friends have to share.  Learn about the birds in your area, also discover species that live in other parts of the world.  Go outdoors with your Cub Scouts and look around to observe all the glories of birds. 

CORE VALUES
Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

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

  • Spiritual Growth, Boys will experience the wonders of nature.
  • Personal Achievement, Boys will feel a sense of accomplishment as they learn about birds and complete badge requirements.
  • Fun and Adventure, Learn about birds, their habitats and how they help our environment.

The core value highlighted this month is:

  • Compassion, Cub Scouts learn to be considerate and concerned for the well-being of others by learning about birds and how they contribute to nature.

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

Springtime – Get them outside!!  The time for indoor meetings is over.  Start getting them out looking for birds.  Looking for buds on trees and plants.  (Maybe not in Marquette, MI, yet where my former DE grew up but in most places).  Play Tag, Hide and Seek, do relay races in your yard. Look for nests and birds.  Find a birding club to help you.  The NJ Audubon Society has programs for all ages.  Find your local Audubon Society on the web and ask them!! Check out the websites in the back.  The names tell you they have lots of outdoor activities for your Cubs!!

Pow Wow Books – My collection of current Pow Wow CDs sis growing rapidly. Thank you all so much!!  If you sent me one and have not received a Commissioner Dave CD in trade, please E-mail me.  I received the new San Gabriel Valley – Long Beach Area-Verdugo Hills CD and it appears to be another masterpiece.  Thank you Julie.  And a Big Heap How to Julie as she is receiving the Silver Beaver!!

It is amazing as I go through the CDs.  Some like SG-VH-LBA’s, Baltimore’s and Sam Houston’s show so much work and careful editing.  And others appear to be thrown together quickly.  I received one last year with themes from a different year!!  And one this year with articles and items OCR scanned but not proof read.  Typos everywhere – 1’s that should be I’s, misspellings with odd symbols in place of letters and repeated items (probably scanned two old Pow Wow Books and put them both into one without checking).  Think about it. - After the Pow Wow is over the participants only have two things – their memories and the CD.  If they like the CD and can use it easily, it will help sell that person on returning and that person will sell others on going.  If it is messy and riddled with typos and such, what will the person think about the Pow Wow after the memories fade?

Walk Thru the Bible Seminar – I attended a Walk Thru the Old Testament Seminar as part of the LCMS, NJ District’s drive to increase Bible Literacy.  It was fantastic!!  A highly energized leader had us all up singing and shouting and making the signs for the Old Testament Books.  The seminar does no philosophy, does not preach a religion.  It simply takes all the pieces of the Bible you have learned over the years and puts them in order for you.  .You learn when things (e.g. Joshua attacked Jericho) occurred and who was there and where they are in the Bible.  If you get a chance – go and participate and bring your kids!!  Check them out at www.walkthru.org .  How many books in the Old Testament??  How many letters in Old? (3), Testament? (9).  How many Books – 39!!  I knew that because my combination lock for Boy Scout camp had a 39 in the combo and my Mother used that as part of the memory trick she taught me to remember it.

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

Months with similar themes to
Our Feathered Friends
David D. in Illinois

Be Kind to Birds

January

1940

Cub Scout Bird Watchers

April

1956

Cub Scout Bird Watchers

May

1986

Cub Scout Bird Watchers

April

1988

Cub Scout Bird Watchers

June

1993

Cub Scout Bird Watchers

April

1997

Other months with Nature Themes that have helpful material

Nature

July

1942

Back Yard Month

July

1943

Nature

June

1945

Nature

August

1948

Nature

August

1951

Mother Nature's Backyard

May

1953

Cub Scout Beekeepers

October

1955

Cub Scout Naturalist

September

1956

Mother Nature's Back Yard

July

1959

Cub Scout Naturalists

April

1964

Mother Natures Backyard

April

1966

Mother Nature's Backyard

May

1970

Growing, Flying, Crawling

May

1971

Cub Scout Naturalists

April

1975

Bugs & Things

April

1984

Back to Nature

August

1987

Bugs and Things

May

1992

Bugs `n Things

June

1995

Bugs & Things

April

2000

 



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