October Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 10, Issue 3
Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock
Webelos Craftsman & Scientist
Tiger Cub Achivement #3
Go To Pow Wow
What Is Cub
Leader Pow Wow?
Pow Wow is designed to be a day of learning, while having
fun. Simply stated, it is the finest one-day supplemental training offered in
the BSA - guaranteed to give you confidence and skills necessary for an
exciting program. This training offers a variety of courses designed to give
additional information on specific areas of Cub Scouting.
Some of the methods touched upon in basic training are
treated in greater depth in Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow. There are no
prerequisites as this training is intended to enrich your program experience.
Pow Wow is designed for everyone involved in the Cub
Scouting program. Add pizzazz to your den or pack program - GUARANTEED!
The Pow Wow season is upon us!!
Looking at the Pow Wow dates that are submitted for Baloo, I see there are
three main times for Pow Wow – November, January an March. The first is here
– these are the Pow Wows that aim to get everyone a great start and fire them
up for the year. In January we try and combat a mid year lull and give you
stuff to keep you excited through the summer and then get you started on the
right foot in September. The March Pow Wows are your first info on the coming
year of Scouting.
Pow Wows are one of the things that
keep me in Scouting. They are always fun and always hands on. I love seeing
brochures for Pow Wows with 30 plus sessions and lots of fun and games. I
worry about Pow Wows with only a few sessions and the descriptions read like a
long day of dry training sessions.
Pow Wow is where you, the leader,
get to be a Cub Scout. Where you get to play the games, where you make the
crafts. To use my roundtable slogan – You get the will to do and the skill to
So if you have a new leader who
needs friendly nudge or an experienced leader who needs new ideas – GO TO POW
WOW!! They are for everyone!!
Unit Leadership Enhancements
Tucked away in Chapter 28 of my Cub Scout Leader Book are 15 Unit Leadership
Enhancement Outlines. These are short reviews of Training Topics. It is
intended that one of these be reviewed at every pack committee meeting. In a
few minutes you can review an entire facet of Scouting (e.g. Pack Meetings or
Cub Scout Camping) and get the answers you need.
the next time your Pack is struggling with something (or better yet – before
they struggle but you sense something amiss e.g. Annual Program Planning or
Family Involvement) turn to chapter 28 and see if there is a Unit Leadership
Enhancement exercise you can do to set your Pack back on the right course!!!
Excerpted from Northern NJ Council and
Boston Minuteman Council
What is B.A.L.O.O.? It is an acronym for Basic Adult
Leader Outdoor Orientation. A basic outdoor training to understand the laws of
BSA camp programming and acquire the skills & confidence to plan Cub Scout
camping, by increasing your knowledge of the resources available from BSA, and
to carry out a Cub Scout camping activity. You will be learning how to run a
successful Cub Scout camping activity using national and local council
standards as guidelines.
B.A.L.O.O. is fun and learning that prepares pack leaders
to plan and carry out "entry-level" outdoor experiences. Ask a boy why he
wants to be a Cub Scout, and nine times out of 10 he'll answer "to go
camping." That's why Cub Scouting has introduced B.A.L.O.O. training, so boys,
along with their parents or some other adult, can participate in a successful
overnight camping experience.
A pack camp-out, at a location approved by the local
council, is a great way for families to have fun and build confidence in
outdoor skills. This kind of camping isn't the rugged high adventure outing
geared toward older Boy Scouts. It's what you might call "soft camping," where
families can simply drive up to a campsite and pitch a tent within a few feet
of their vehicle's rear bumper. The emphasis is on family fun activities that
don't require lots of advanced outdoor skills.
How do you get started? A member of your pack committee
needs to attend B.A.L.O.O. training. The B.A.L.O.O. session will give your
pack's outdoor activity leader the tools to conduct a safe and successful
First there are sessions about the why and how of Cub
Scout camping—planning, equipment, meal preparation, campfire programs. Then
there are hands on sessions about fire safety, stoves, and lanterns; first aid
and sanitation; nature hikes and games; and cooking. Scattered throughout the
training are plenty of the four S's: songs, stunts, stories, and showmanship.
With proper planning and your BALOO-trained leader, your pack should be set
for a fun and exciting weekend event.
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