New Youth Protection

Below you will find information about the new Youth Protection Training. All registered leaders must complete this new training by October 1, 2018. 

Here are the highlights:

  • There are three modules and a test module in this new training. It will take just over an hour to complete.
  • You can not leave a module in the middle and pick up where you left off. You must complete a module once you start it or you will have to start the module over.

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Recognition for doing your best

From Frank

Cub Scouts, even boys of the same age, may have very different developmental timetables. For this reason, Cub Scouting advancement is centered on its motto: “Do Your Best.”

When a boy has done this, his very best, then regardless of the requirements for any rank or award, it is enough; accomplishment is noted.

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Meet the Tiger Leader Mentor

Cartoon CommissionerAppointed in January of 2018, Frank Matthews is the Scouter assigned to help Lion (Kindergarten) and Tiger (First Grade) Leaders as they start their journey into the Scouting program.

Frank is assigned to this important volunteer duty by the Shawnee Trails District Commissioner. Frank’s formal, official title, is Assistant District Commissioner for Tiger and Lion Leader Mentors. Shawnee Trails District of the Boy Scouts of America follows the borders of the Shawnee Mission School District. Continue reading “Meet the Tiger Leader Mentor”

Pack Meeting Plans

Did you know: The National BSA has a recommended topic for each month of the Cub Scouting program based on a point of the Scout Law?

Did you know: The National BSA has prepared a full lesson plan for the designated point of the Scout Law covered that month?

Did you know: These lesson/meeting plans are filled with games, skits, scripts and good ideas/recommendations for your use…and it’s all free of charge to you?

If you are interested in seeing BSA’s National Pack Meeting Plans for 2016-2018 you can find them here.

Starting your Den

Here’s something which may be of help for the new leader:

Top 10  – “Things to get done”

  1. Get contact information for Cub Master, Chair, Chartered Organization Representative (The person who talks to the Pastor or Chairman of the PTA), and every family in your den.
  2. Get the Pack’s calendar from the Cub Master or Chair. Bring it to the parents’ meeting.
  3. Tell everyone you meet in Scouting that you need a Den Chief until an older boy volunteers to help you.
  4. Have a parents’ meeting.  Decide how often, when, where you’ll meet (anyplace it’s safe).
  5. Place meeting ideas on the schedule until it’s full, align with the pack meetings.
  6. The Den Leader presents the program at each meeting, assisted by everyone.
  7. Each scouts parent chooses meetings from the schedule in rotation until done.  Save two meetings for reserve.
  8. The boys will always be busy, bring something fun for them to do while waiting for the meeting to start.
  9. Communicate everything to everyone, all the time.  Use online tools, whatever is necessary.
  10. Your first meeting should be ACTIVE!  One suggestion is to take the den through the Bobcat badge requirements in the form of a sing-a-long. Keep them moving, add a fun activity and a reward for earning that Bobcat. Make a big deal at the next Pack meeting to recognize your new Bobcats.

By Mark Ford (Tiger Leader Mentor 2014-2016)

Resource: Mentors Are Here For You

White TigerBeing a new scout leader can be overwhelming. New duties, trusted with other people’s kids, expected to make everything fun?  It can seem like a lot. As mentors we’re here to help.
Sometimes we’ll be able to help more than others, but when a new leader is just getting started is when our help is critical.

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