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October Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 10, Issue 3
November Theme

Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock
Webelos Craftsman & Scientist
  Tiger Cub Achivement #3



Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

What kind of people were the Pilgrims??  How did they live and what did they mean to our nation’s history??  The Pilgrims and American Indians who helped them gave us many things, including Thanksgiving.  This month, Cub Scouts will reenact the First Thanksgiving, which lasted three days, with games and contests in addition to a bountiful meal.  Prepare Pilgrim costumes and American Indian traditional clothing.  Design some games that Pilgrim and Indian boys would have played.  Dens can prepare a game or food for the feast, and help by building props or scenery.  Consider a Raingutter Regatta as a modern day version of a game that boys might have played at the First Thanksgiving.  Most of all, remember to give thanks for all the blessings we enjoy.


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

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

ü       Spiritual growth, Boys will be reminded of a higher power as they learn about the faith of the Pilgrims.

ü       Good Citizenship, Boys will be encouraged to share their goodwill with less fortunate people.

ü       Family Understanding, Boys will be encouraged to share and promote family values.

The core value highlighted this month is:

ü       Cooperation, Cub Scouts will become aware that cooperation is needed in life to accomplish goals.

Can you think of others??? Hint – look in your Cub Scout Program Helps.  It lists different ones!! All the items on both lists are applicable!!  You could probably list all twelve if you thought about it!!


Well, it has been another busy month.  My first Fall Roundtable (67 leaders attended), the Pack’s “Join Scouting Night,” (My wife and I inherited a Wolf Den when the Tiger leader did not return.  With our son and daughter both in college it has been a long time since we were front line with a group of second graders.)  Luckily there are very interested parents who are helping.  We are working at having them take over after they are trained. 

Besides all this, I am on a 21st Wood Badge staff and we had the first weekend right after Isabel came through South Jersey.  The staff was in camp when the storm hit and knocked out the electric power.  One staff member who works for a generator service, got us a large portable generator and we were able to power the refrigerator, all the electronics needed for a 21st Century Wood Badge course and light up the Troop Room and Dining Area and a few other things.  To make coffee, we unplugged the refrigerator and plugged in the coffee pot!!  The course went off great!!  Participants left Sunday night all enthusiastic to return in a few weeks.  I am the course Quartermaster and with my staff, we fed almost 70 people all weekend  (Thankfully, the cooking apparatus and hot water are propane!!)  This was my first experience with 21st Century Wood Badge and I recommend it highly.  Wood Badge is Scouting’s advanced training course.  It shows you how to be a better leader, how to create teams, how to plan projects and a lot more.  The training techniques are the latest being used in the best corporate training programs. 

On another front, in a few weeks my Pack will have its first family camping trip of the year – we have over 65 people signed up.  Almost every family in the pack is attending!!  When we were first allowed to do family camping as a pack, I was a little skeptical.  Probably because I was a Cub in the 50’s when there weren’t even Day Camps for Cubs and my son was a Cub in the 80’s when you couldn’t get a tour permit approved for Pack camping.  But I have seen tremendous growth in the Pack from our family camping weekends each year. And it is almost unsurpassed as a retention tool for boys and leaders!!  You really should get your pack out family camping and see what it does!!  Remember, boys join Scouting to go camping!!

Have them work on the Front Country guidelines (See Leave No Trace award in Special Opportunity)

BUT first, get a few leaders B.A.L.O.O. trained!!! 

(See description in Training Tip)

Have a great month!!!!

Commissioner Dave



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