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Baloo's Bugle


December 2003 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 10, Issue 5
January 2004 Theme

Home Alone
Webelos Fitness & Readyman
  Tiger Cub Achivement #5



After I had been dutifully chronicling Special Opportunities for Cub Scouts for a few months, I found out that our site has a whole section devoted to this.  Go to http://usscouts.org/advance/cubscout/specialops.html and you can see the “Special Opportunities for Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts” pages of the USScouts website.

The Boys’ Life reading contest for 2003 ends this month.  So if your Scouts are planning on entering, please have them send in their entries by December 31, 2003. 

For more details check out last month’s Baloo’s Bugle or go to www.boyslife.org. As soon as I receive information on the 2004 contest, I will put it in Baloo’s Bugle.  CD

The BSA Family Program

Adapted from Great Salt Lake Council Pow Wow Book,

Pack 263, Boulder Creek, CA (http://www.geocities.com/pack623/index.htm),

Pack 215’s Virtual Cub Leader’s Handbook (http://www.geocities.com/~pack215/home.html) and

Pack 172, Westfield, NJ, (http://www.westfieldnj.com/pack172/index.htm).


The BSA Family program is a series of activities designed to help strengthen all families - whether two-parent, single parent, or nontraditional. All family members are encouraged to participate and may earn the BSA Family Award. The BSA Family Activity Book is the primary resource for the program. It is filled with suggested activities to enhance the children's personal development and enrich and strengthen the family.


The BSA Family Activity Book is divided into the following five sections and is a great resource!

1.       Learning Through Fun and Adventure (family fun, make-believe, talents, patriotism)

2.       Strengthening Family Relationships (mealtime, traditions, siblings, love, communication)

3.       Developing Character (duty to God, self esteem, success, trust, giving, differences)

4.       Teaching Responsibility (responsibility, being prepared, planning, organizing, money)

5.       Handling Difficult Situations (obstacles, moving, illness, loss of loved ones)

Families are the basis of society. In the family, children learn about love, values, and social interactions while they prepare for today's world. The family is vital to the future of our community and our nation.

The Boy Scouts of America has a great interest in the strength of the family. Scouting's aim is to develop boys, young men, and women into participating citizens of good character who are physically, spiritually, and mentally fit.

The organization recognizes that it is the responsibility of parents and family to teach their children. However, Scouting is an available resource that can help today's families accomplish worthy goals while building and strengthening relationships among family members.

The purposes of the BSA Family program are twofold:

1)             To strengthen families, and

2)             To encourage family involvement in Scouting.

In much the same way that Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts use their handbooks to earn their badges and awards, the family uses the BSA Family Activity Book to earn the BSA Family Award.









BSA Family Award Requirements

To earn the Boy Scouts of America Family Award, a family will complete, within a 12-month period, requirements 1 and 2 plus three more of the remaining requirements.

As a family:

Decide how many times each month you will meet to achieve the Boy Scouts of America Family Award. Make a commitment.

Improve skills discussed in six or more of the 14 Family Talk areas.

Plan and participate in one or more family outings.

Start one new family tradition.

Do a "Good Turn" for an individual, a group, or your community (elderly, needy, handicapped, nursing home, charitable fund-raisers, cleanup days, etc.)

Attend religious services of your choice at least monthly.

Attend or participate in at least two Scouting activities or functions (Scouting shows, pinewood derby, Scouting banquets, flag-raising ceremonies, etc.).

Identify your local BSA council and neighborhood Cub Scout pack.

Ideally, the award will be presented to the family in pack meeting. If this is not possible, it may be presented by a member of the pack committee in an appropriate setting mutually agreed upon. If these options are not possible, the award may be mailed to the family


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