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Baloo's Bugle


September Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 10, Issue 2
October Theme

Once Upon A Time
Webelos Citizen and Showman
  Tiger Cub Achivement #



From – Cub Scout Program Helps

Cub Scouts learn about the "bigger than life" characters in the land of make believe. Fairy tales... folklore... tall tales... or are there any local legends or stories from your area? Add a little local heritage to this theme to bring the "bigger than life" characters to life at your pack meeting. The boys will enjoy a local field trip, research and reliving this piece of local history. How about making up your own? Pack meetings and awards can be built around one or more of these characters -- Pecos Bill in the west, Paul Revere in the east, Paul Bunyan in the north, or even Mother Goose. Let your imagination fly.

Some of the purposes of Cub Scouting developed through this month’s theme are:

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

ü        Spiritual growth, Stories of God and creation can be entertaining and teach a lesson.

ü        Fun and Adventure, The Land of Make Believe is full of fun and adventure as Cub Scouts learn to let their imaginations take them into a realm where anything is possible.

ü        Character Development, Cub Scouts will discover the positive characteristics of cooperation, courage, honesty, perseverance, a positive attitude, resourcefulness, and responsibility through the characters in folklore and legends.

The core value highlighted this month is:

ü        Honesty, Legends and Tall Tales can teach values such as honesty.

Can you think of others??? Hint – look in your Cub Scout Program Helps.  It lists different ones - Character Development and Personal Achievement purposes and Courage and Health and Fitness for Core Values.  All the items on both lists are applicable!!  I asked a good Scouting friend about this and their reply was that you could probably find a connection for every Purpose and every Core Value for each theme.  They only list a few in the books and they make them different to help stimulate conversation and thought.


Commissioner’s Corner

This has been a busy month for Baloo (Chris) and I.  We both took our youngest child off to college.  (My daughter was in the house about 36 hours between flying home from Philmont staff and leaving for college)  We are both going through major changes in our places of employment – She a new goals and objectives system and me, another reorganization.  I found out our new Business Unit President did a Philmont trek with his son!!  It certainly does cause one to think and reflect back on the years of being a parent when your house is now empty of kids most days.  We have commented to each other that we can see the values (from Church, Scouts and Home) we planted throughout their growth showing. 

This is a great theme – you can take it anywhere – Tall tales (Paul Bunyan), heroes (Davy Crockett!!), Knights of Yore (Sir Lancelot), Fairy Tales and Myths.  Don’t lose this opportunity to fire up your Cubs’ imaginations.  Hook your new ones with exciting things for this theme and they will stay with you for years. 

And to keep your meetings exciting – SING!!!

I picked this up from a Philmont friend’s Pack’s website – Use it to get everyone singing -

Four Reasons to Sing Loud

If God gave you a good voice, sing loud,

                                        He deserves to hear it.

If God gave you a good voice, sing loud,

                                         We deserve to hear it.

If God didn't bless you with a beautiful voice, sing loud,

who is a man to judge what God has given you?

If God didn't give you a beautiful voice, sing loud,

           sing out strong… God deserves to hear it.

                 He's got no one to blame but himself!

Pack 565, http://www.nwscouters.org/wa_csc_pack565/

Now we all talk about lugging all our Cub Scout Stuff about – Well, I just got this definition from a new friend I met at Philmont who is on National Cub Scout Committee.

STUFF = Some Things Used For Fun!



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