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Baloo's Bugle

April 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 9
May 2006 Theme

Theme: Diggin' in the Dirt
Webelos: Outdoorsman and Handyman
Tiger Cub
Activities


FOCUS

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

Spring is in the air and just around the corner.  Stop and look at the beauty of budding nature.  Cub Scouts can help nature along by planting flower gardens to attract butterflies and bees to pollinate.  Learn about helpful insects such as ladybugs, praying mantis and spiders by going on an insect safari.  Amaze yourself and friends by building an ant farm and watch these critters at work.  Make bug jars and display your bug zoo at the pack meeting.  This is the time to be outdoors – there are endless choices for dens and packs.

CORE VALUES

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

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

  • Spiritual Growth, All the wonders and creations on this earth will help boys understand more about their own spirituality.
  • Respectful Relationships, Cub Scouts will learn to treat the earth and its creatures with extra care.
  • Fun and Adventure, Boys will explore the wonders of nature and what lives in the earth.

The core value highlighted this month is:

  • Citizenship, Boys will become aware that it is their duty to protect the earth and environment.

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

Well another busy month has come and gone –

  • I was invited to (and attended) three Eagle Ceremonies for four new Eagles – 2 from my 2002 Philmont trek, 1 from 2004 and 1 from 2006 trek.  Each ceremony was different and unique.  Some simple, some fancy. 
  • I had a great time training at Central NJ Council’s “Cubstruction” Pow Wow.  My friend Ben Polanski, whose RT was featured in Scouting a few years ago, was the chair.  Usually I am one of the craziest people there, this time I was just typical.  Good job Ben!!! 
  • Our first Philmont shakedown hike was a success!
  • Plus my wife and I took a trip to Disneyworld with our daughter and we were greeted by a friend of hers from Philmont staff who is interning at Disney and then we went to Cleveland to help her Mom get ready to move.

At the Eagle for the two Scouts from the 2002 trek, I got to talk with an old Scouting friend, who had invited me to trek with his troop on that trip.  He was the Scoutmaster.  Watching and talking with Phil is always great. You see how involved he is with the youth and how dedicated to Scouting.  He is a living example of Mark Twain’s quote, “The really great make you feel that you, too, can become great!"

Which direction are you supposed to take this theme??
As always, read the vignette from National and you get some good ideas.  You can follow up on the digging – dinosaur bones, planting seeds and growing things, a little more “Cubstruction,” maybe.  Or you can take it to be an Insect theme.  When I went through the Pow Wow Books this month, I found emphasis on Insects and was wondering why??  (I did not read the vignette before starting Baloo)  I know that the April 2007 theme will be “Cubs and Bugs Galore,” and assumed (Uh Oh there’s that word about U and ME) insects and bugs were not the focus of this theme.  So I looked hard to find more variety.  And wound up leaving out lots of good insect and bug stuff.  If you want more insect and bug stuff, go to the April 2000 issue of Baloo’s Bugle.  It has a lot of good insect and bug theme related ideas.  Another reason you should always review your CS Program Helps and RT Pack Resource Page before using other resources, including this one

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 2006 Cub Scout Monthly Theme Emblems.  The 2005 Theme patches are still available at about one-third off!!!

Months with similar themes to

Diggin’ In the Dirt

David D. in Illinois

This one was kind of hard to pin down.  The general category is Nature but so is Birds (last month’s theme), Bugs (next May’s theme) and trails, trees and more.  So here is a list of all the Nature themes from Dave D’s spreadsheet minus Birds, Bugs, Trails and a few others I took out just because.  CD

August

1940

Natural Adventures

May

1942

Victory Gardens

July

1942

Nature

July

1943

Back Yard Month

May

1944

Gardening

May

1945

Gardening for Victory

June

1945

Nature

August

1948

Nature

August

1951

Nature

May

1953

Mother Nature's Backyard

September

1956

Cub Scout Naturalist

July

1959

Mother Nature's Back Yard

April

1963

Up Above and Underneath

April

1964

Cub Scout Naturalists

April

1965

Green Thumbs

June

1965

Backyard Adventure

April

1966

Mother Natures Backyard

May

1970

Mother Nature's Backyard

June

1972

Backyard Adventure

April

1975

Cub Scout Naturalists

July

1982

Backyard Theme

June

1985

Backyard Fun

August

1987

Back to Nature

June

1991

Backyard Fun

May

1994

Back to Nature

June

1996

Backyard Fun

May

2000

See the Forest for the Trees

Here are months with a bug theme

April

1984

Bugs & Things

May

1992

Bugs and Things

June

1995

Bugs `n Things

April

2000

Bugs & Things

 

 


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