What the Heck is Wood Badge?

woodbadge“Hey RJ, where are your beads?”

That was the question Harry Moyer asked me many years ago in the stairwell of Shawnee Mission West High School, our previous Roundtable location. I felt a little embarrassed. I didn’t have any beads, and in the Heart of America Council, beads are sort of a big deal.  Continue reading “What the Heck is Wood Badge?”

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!

Girls Welcome!

On October 11, 2017, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s Board of Directors unanimously agreed to welcome girls into its Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable females to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

Starting this year (2018), families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. The Chartered Partner (your sponsoring church, school, or other sponsoring organization) of our Cub Scout packs will have the option to invite girls now, wait until this fall, or remain a single-gender pack.

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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)

How does Boy Scouts work?

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a complex organization that requires organizational charts and committees and sub-committees and layers upon layers of bureaucracy to assure that the Scouting program is carried out to the benefit of the youth we serve. It can make you dizzy just thinking about it.

What does that mean to you? Not a dang thing. BUT…when you need help, you’ll find that it is within your reach.

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How Does Cub Scouts Work?

Cub ScoutsThe Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a complex organization that requires organizational charts and committees and sub-committees and layers upon layers of bureaucracy to assure that the Scouting program is carried out to the benefit of the youth we serve. It can make you dizzy just thinking about it.

What does that mean to you? Not a dang thing. BUT…when you need help, you’ll find that it is within your reach.

Continue reading “How Does Cub Scouts Work?”