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    • Valerie Wijbrandus

      Cub Scout Den Doodle Idea compliments of Akela's Council Cub Scout Leader Training. This site has a lot of great neckerchief slide ideas, Blue & Gold Ideas, Tracking Sheets & lots of other great Cub Scout Ideas compliments of Akela's Council Cub Scout Leader Training. Utah National Parks Council has planned this exciting 4 1/2 day Cub Scout Leader Training that covers lots of Cub Scout Info, den doodles, yells, skits, and Webelos Outdoor Experience & much, much more.

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