People In A
Family Should Do A Lot Together
Chorus: People in a family should do a lot
No matter what the weather,
Do not try to put it off
Itís either now or never,
People in a family should do a lot together!
Mom and Dad should take the time
Youíll be glad you did
To be a parent and a friend,
Do something with your kid.
One day they are tiny,
And the next day they are grown,
And before you know it,
Youíll be living all alone.
Chorus: Go to a museum, see a show, or ride a
Try your hand at fishing,
Or at camping, or a hike.
Swimming in a swimming pool
Or skiing on the snow,
Lots of things that you can do
and places you can go!
Circle 10 Council
Families today encounter difficulties that test each
family member, but there are many things everyone can do to make life better.
Boys can personally contribute to make a smooth running home. Job charts make
daily chores easier. Boys can be very creative in designing charts and
selecting which tasks they can do. Help them find a time limit for when the
job needs to be finished and reasonable consequences if the chore is not
completed, and what rewards, if any, will be given. Sometimes making a boy
responsible for a non-bedroom area of the house changes the way a boy
perceives his home. If a boy learns to sort garbage into recycle containers,
he might feel he is contributing to the betterment of the community. When a
boy learns to take care of house, clothing and possessions, he helps his
parents, especially if both work and time is at a premium.
Money awareness and spending patterns built in childhood
can stay with someone for a lifetime. Learning principles of saving without
spending, investing and curbing impulse buying, as well as keeping track of
money spent are revealing experiences. Boys can be cost conscious once they
understand how money is used to sustain a family. They can plan fun things to
do that are economical or save over a specific amount of time for an activity
the entire family planned.
When a boy is involved in meal planning, shopping and
preparing, the family can learn what he really likes to eat. Webelos are a
good age for learning to prepare food more advanced than hot dogs. He can
guide the family to something good, but simple, to eat.
Some families find it difficult to find time for a family
meeting, but realize its value when everyone is together. Nothing makes a boy
feel more special than knowing he is part of family decisions and that when he
expresses something, everyone is willing to listen and care. The Cub Scout
Academic belt loop and pin have great ideas for family discussions.
A family is a group of people who care for each other and
share with each other. The family of many boys includes mother, father, and
perhaps brothers and sisters. Other boys live with just one parent or
grandparent. Still others live with guardians or in foster homes or boarding
schools. Your family gives you food, shelter, clothing, and love. It teaches
you religious beliefs and helps you learn right from wrong. In return, you
should give the other members of your family your love. And you should learn
how to do your share of the work that must be done around your home. In
earning the Family Member activity badge, you will discover how to show your
love for your family.
Speakers: Social worker, family counselor, parent,
human services agent, ombudsman, family education specialist,
community education director
Tour a fast food restaurant or small restaurant.
Have someone from OSHA or plant safety committee give a
talk after touring a manufacturing facility.
Tour an energy conservation home (underground or energy
Tour the local water company and ask for ways to conserve
Neckerchief Tie Slide Ideas
A mounted photo of the Scout with his family
A piece of sponge for cleaning
Model of food the Scout likes to eat
A photo or a miniature of a house
A photocopy/drawing of the Family Member activity badge
laminated or mounted on poster board
Knowing the history of your family is very important.
Research and make a journal of the history of your family. Keep this journal
and as you learn more and more about your family, where they are from, who is
who within your family, write it down. Study Genealogy and start making a
family tree. Your parents and grandparents can help you with this.
There are also many web sites available and computer
programs available to help you with this project.
Make a list of fun
activities of little cost and do them over several den meetings. Switch chores
with another family member for a month.
Have the boys make
their chart showing the jobs that they and other family members have in their
homes. Have them bring the charts to the meeting and tell what jobs they are
taking on for the next two months, and how they will do them.
Before the boys inspect
the home and grounds to make a list of hazards or lack of security you might
want to talk over some of the home hazards they may find.
Have a contest - take a
small piece of cloth and a button, needle and thread. Have the boys sew a
button on -- judge the button that is sewn on the best.
Make a contest out of
making a list of things families spend money for. See who can make the
longest list. Most boys will forget things like rent, utilities, car
payments, stamps, insurance, etc. You might think up a list of things that
most boys will omit and award two points if they happen to list one.
Have a cooking
contest. Have each boy cook one dish and bring it to the meeting. Be sure
they can tell how they made the dish. You might think about making a small
recipe book for your den. This could include breakfast dishes, lunch, and
dinner dishes. Also you might adopt some of these for your cookouts!
Tracing your family
roots can become a lifetime hobby. There are many books and classes on how to
find information. Ask if any den parents have organized charts or have studied
their heritage. Try to find out a family tree for both your mother and
father's family. Make a list of the members of your family. What other
relatives are living? (Grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins?) Try to talk to
them (or write) and ask them about their parents and grandparents. Ask for
birthdays and year of death. Where they lived is also an important clue in
Shopping Ė This is a
variation of Kim's game. Fill a grocery bag with items from your cabinet
before the den meeting. Close to the activity time, add cold items from the
refrigerator. To play the game, put one item from the bag at a time, announce
the name and lay it on the table. When the bag is empty put everything back
in quickly. Give boys a paper and pencil and ask them to write down what
items were on your shopping bag.
Who Are We? Ė Ask boys
to bring baby pictures and family pictures to the next meeting. Hold the
pictures up one at a time and try to guess who it is. Bring in family
vacation pictures and try to guess where the family went. (Disney World, the
White House, etc.) Think of other ideas of pictures the boys can bring to
show off (first fish catch, riding a horse, talking to someone famous, etc.)
Take some den pictures and make up an album of your Webelos family or take
slides and play music while you are watching them.
In earning the Family
Member activity badge, the Webelos Scout will discover how to show love for
his family and how important his family really is. A family member may sign
off this activity badge.
Holidays To Remember
Valentines Day -
February 14th: Show your family that you love them.
Motherís Day - second
Sunday in May
Fatherís Day - Second
Sunday in June
Grandparentís Day -
Second Sunday in September
Here are some ways to
be helpful to your family:
Take care of your
clothes and shoes.
Save energy. Turn off
lights when you leave our room. Keep refrigerator door closed. Do not waste
aluminum, and paper.
Help clean the house.
Help plan family meals.
Help make your home
safe by checking it for dangers.
Help take out the trash
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