March 2002 Cub Scout
Volume 8, Issue 8|
Forces of Nature
Webelos Sportsman and Family Memberr
Crossroads of America Council
Equipment: A secret message for each advancing boy
prepared by writing in milk or lemon juice on a piece of paper. A light bulb
heat source to reveal the message disguised in a model of a volcano. Make sure
the bulb is hot enough to reveal the message and in a short amount of time.
Personnel: Cubmaster, advancing boy and parent(s).
Hints: See the Wolf book to see how to write these secret
You can have the boy or his parent(s) heat the message to
reveal messages such as “Way to go ______!” “Congratulations on your Bear Rank
_____!” “I knew you could do it!”.
The Cubmaster puts the paper over the volcano and tells
everyone the light represents the Spirit of Scouting and calls forward the boy
and his parent(s). Speak briefly about the work or steps the boy took and you
might want to ask boys you know are comfortable about speaking in front of
people to tell about the most “fun” thing he did.
Have a parent pin the badge on the boy and have the boy
or a parent hold the message over the bulb and when it is clear have the boy
read the message aloud.
Potawatomi Area & Milwaukee County Council
Personnel: Bobcat candidates and parents,
Equipment: Three straight tree branches or poles,
4' - 5' long and 3' length of heavy cord, Bobcat badges.
Cubmaster: (Calls forward Bobcat candidates and
their parents) "Before you receive your Bobcat badges, I will ask you to
repeat with me the Cub Scout Promise. Please give the Cub Scout sign." (Leads
candidates in the Promise.)
Cubmaster: "Cub Scouts, your parents will be
helping you all the way through Cub Scouting, just as they have helped you
earn your Bobcat badge. So I will ask them to share in this ceremony welcoming
your families into the pack by presenting you your first badge." (Cubmaster
gives the parents Bobcat badges.)
Cubmaster: (Picks up the cord) "Boys and parents,
pretend that this cord represents the pack." (Picks up one branch, stands the
branch on end and lets go. It falls.): The Cub Scout does not join the pack
all alone. (He ties the two branches together at the top, stands them on the
floor, and asks one of the new Cub Scouts; "Will these two branches stand up
(Cub Scout replies that they will fall over- Cubmaster
lets them fall. Picks up the third branch.) "This third branch represents
your parents. Let's tie it to the other two." (He does so forming a tripod.)
"Now we see that it takes all of us--Cub Scouts, leaders, and parents-working
together to make our pack go. Take away the parents, the leaders, or you Cub
Scouts, and the pack will fall. Let's remember that and stand tall together!
National Capital Area Council
Setting: A large tree, cut from cardboard and set
firmly in a stand. A large green construction paper leaf is made for each boy
who will receive an award. If desired, names can be written on the leaves. As
each person receives his award, he tapes his leaf on the tree.
What do we plant when we plant a tree?
A thousand things that we daily see!
The paper for books from which we learn,
Tools to help us do a good turn,
The wood for a Pinewood Derby car,
We plant the staff for the flag of the free,
Yes, we plant all these when we plant a tree.
But what do we plant when we plant a lad?
With the help of high mother and hid dad,
We plant a Cub who'll become a Scout,
We plant ideas that will round him out,
The silk, the games, the joy to be had,
We plant a Scout when we plant a lad.
(Cubmaster calls boys and parents forward to receive
awards. As awards are presented, each boy tapes his leaf on the tree.)
You have all helped make this tree more beautiful, and it
is a part of you, Just as Mother Nature's trees endure for many years, you
have learned many things from your achievements, electives, and activity
badges that will last you a lifetime. May you always stand straight and tall
like a tree, and be a worthwhile resource of our country.
What do we do when we plant a lad?
We plant a Scout when we plant a lad.
Congratulations to all of you.
Call forward advancing Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts and
Cubmaster: Cub Scouts, we have a song called "Cub
Scouting We Will Go," which is sung to the tune of "Jingle Bells." It goes
like this (sing or read):
Cub Scouting we will go
To a den where we can play;
Sunshine, rain or snow,
Happy on our way.
As buddies we will greet,
Faces gleaming bright;
What fun it is when we can meet,
And do the things we like!
That little song tells us that Cub Scouting is for all
seasons, rain, or snow. It should be fun anytime. But to enjoy Cub Scouting to
the fullest, you have to advance by learning new things and doing various
projects. Tonight we have some Cub Scouts who have done that, and we will
recognize their work by presenting them their badges.
The following was
sent to Baloo from Belinda Maxwell—THANK YOU for the great idea!!
Comments: At our Blue
and Gold this year our ceremonial fire was ringed with fake rocks. We made
the rocks and in the center were plastic arrowheads. Each cub, and sib was
able to take home a rock with a memento of the evening. The rocks looked real
but broke open easily. There was a lot of excitement once one of the boys in
the know let the rest know what the rocks held. The recipe is easy.
1 cup used coffee grounds
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup sand
mix then add 1/2 to 1/3 cup water slowly until the consistancy of dough.
Color may be added by
using powdered tempra paint in the mixture. (we did not color our rocks)
This made about three
baseball sized rocks. We added the arrowheads by flattening the dough placing
the arrowhead in and then reforming into a rock.
Dry in a low oven 150
degree for 20 minutes. or air dry for two days. (we found the time varied by
the moisture in the rocks. Even rocks that were several weeks old opened
Make it count
Central New Jersey Council
Adapted by John Brogan, Jr.
H.A.D. District, Pack 251
Have a battery, and
empty water bottle
Mother Nature makes her presence felt, survival will depend on things that
work. (Hold up batter) Just because this battery is here does not mean that it
works. We have to test it and if it is empty inside and doesn’t work, what
good is it? The same holds true with this water bottle, not very useful if
it’s empty. It’s what’s inside that counts, the same way a badge of rank
should mean something, otherwise, its just another piece of cloth. So don’t be
afraid to test yourself. Wear a useful badge, one that you can count on, in
good times and bad, as a boy or as an adult.
Let us present the
following earned and useful ranks. (Could pull ranks out of a first aid kit)
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