Hiking Activities: Sometimes when we are out hiking with Scouts it seems like they are so focused on getting from here to there that they forget to look around and see the sights. If you are out with a goal oriented group and you want them to take some time to explore, consider adding one or more additional hiking activities. You’ll find some suggestions below
This is a simple game which can be adjusted for any meeting theme. Substitute different words spelled out on the bags. For example, use “SPACE” for a spaced-themed meeting or “RAINDROP” for a weather themed meeting. You could also try to have the items in the bag match the theme.
Rumor has it that BSA will be rolling out an Abracadabra theme for January’s core value of Positive Attitude some time in the near future. So this month I am going to highlight some ideas to go along with that magic based program theme also. This was one of the Cub Scout monthly program themes a few years back, so I’ll dig through my old notes to find what I saved.
Every month, Cub Scouts focus on a core value. The core value for the month of May is Health and Fitness. Along with the regular pack meeting plan for this core value, BSA also plans to release a Cub Cafe theme. It will probably focus on cooking, like the old Cub Cafe theme did.
Chewbacca * Was Once a Cub Scout in a Galaxy Far, Far, Away ~ Star Wars ~ Blue & Gold Banquet ~ Free Coloring Page. That is how he learned to be... trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean & reverent. I'd love to hear your ideas for a Star Wars themed Blue & Gold Banquet! The official theme for February 2016 is "Friends Far & Near, so it fits in perfectly with a Star Wars theme.
Pack Meeting Plan for February – Invention Convention (Resourcefulness): The Cub Scout core value for February is Resourcefulness. BSA has a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Invention Convention for this core value. The Invention Convention meeting plan features ideas for the core value of resourcefulness – games, group activities, songs, and more which enable Cub Scouts to use their creativity. For more ideas for use with this program theme, see my Invention Convention page.
I thought I’d post one of our favorite Cub Scout graces today. This is a song. The tune is the theme of the Addams Family show. (Hence the name.) At our kids grade school, the students often get to choose which grace they will say before lunch. When DS’s class was in third or fourth grade they picked this one all of the time.
Den Time Capsule: This is something I saw recently which I wish I had done when my den were Tigers or Wolves. The idea is to make a den time capsule which they add to from time to time – maybe every year at Blue and Gold time and after summer camp or when they earn their rank or do something special. Then, when they cross over to Boy Scouts, they open the time capsule and see all of the things they added.
Do you have a Pack hike planned for this spring? If not, now is the time. Planning a hike is not difficult. First, select a location. Try someplace different that you haven’t been for a couple of years. Ask at Roundtable if you aren’t familiar with many trails in your area. Or do an urban hike. If you live in a neighborhood with light traffic, a hike to a local ice cream shop and back will be a hit with your Cub Scouts. Or hike in a historic district.
ZM’s den are officially Webelos now. The Webelos program is different from the earlier Cub Scout programs, so I put together a little explanation for the parents in my den and did a mini-orientation for them. I try to get most of the program accomplished in meetings, but it really helps if they have a general idea of what our goals are.
This month I am featuring the Cultural Awareness Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts. The meeting plan for week two suggests playing Sleeping Pirate as a opening activity while the Scouts are gathering. This works well for this purpose since it doesn’t require much equipment and additional Scouts can join in as they arrive.