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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Resource: Pinewood Derby Tips

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Most fun? A Scout makes his own car.

The Internet is full of resources for Cub Scouts wanting to make a better, faster Pinewood Derby car.  (Not surprisingly, the best source for this is Boys’ Life.)

But what about parents and Scouters wanting to plan a better Pinewood Derby?

I’ve got you covered with these 10 Pinewood Derby planning tips. Read the Full Story!

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.

Resource: Pack Meeting Plans

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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/Den Meeting Plans you can find them here.

Resource: Starting Your Den

Lion-logo-hiresHere’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)

Gaining volunteers

You’re the Tiger Leader. You took on the responsibility to help your son. You should be commended for stepping up. Thank you for doing this job! It is good for your son, it is good for Scouting and, though it may not always seem like it, it is good for you.

Being a leader can be a tough job. Not only do you have to prepare the boys to become Bobcats but you have to wrangle the parents, and the meeting place, the snacks, the flags, and the uniforms while you still manage your other children, a household and a career.

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Resource: Gaining Volunteers

tiger-cub-leader-page-001Scout Leader: One of the most rewarding jobs you will have in your lifetime. Creating memories with your child which will remain well into their adulthood.

Being a leader can be a tough job. Not only do you have to prepare the boys to become Bobcats but you have to wrangle the parents, and the meeting place, the snacks, the flags, and the uniforms while you still manage your other children, a household and a career.

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