Delivering News or Spreading
Circle Ten Council
Here are some thoughts to
discuss with your Tigers (or any age Cub Scout or youth) based on common
phrases. These can be used with Achievement 4, ”Tell It Like It Is,” or
anytime. Discussion can be at home, with the den or anywhere. See the
December Theme Baloo for hints on Family Discussions at Dinner (Keep them
positive!) Comm. Dave
can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all! Since the beginning of
time, gossip has passed through every civilization and language. Whether
intended to be mean-spirited or thought to be the simple relay of news and
information, there is always someone who is the topic, and someone else who
tells the story.
are two sides to every story - From a group of kids on the playground to a
group of adults around the water cooler, the discourse targeted on an
individual is as damaging to the speaker and his audience as it is to person(s)
being discussed. How many times have you encountered a group of people
particular individual, recounting only his or her good qualities?
only half of what you see, and none of what you hear. The spoken and
written word can both create and destroy. Individual lives, careers, schools,
towns, companies, and churches have been turned completely upside down and
permanently altered by misinformation, lies, half truths, murmuring…by any
other name it is still gossip. Today, as adults we can still look back to
“that” girl in high school, “that” woman down the street, “that” teacher at
school, “that” man at church. Though “they” were major topics of discussion,
how different things might have been if more people had talked “to” them
rather than “about” them. Most victims of gossip desperately flail about like
a drowning man, in attempt to fix the damage.
and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. Our words can
do as much damage and leave scars, sometimes worse than any physical injury.
Almost any adult can recall an incident in their youth that left such a scar.
Countless numbers of children (and adults) have dropped out of sports or other
activities because of something said to them or about them.
heals all wounds Children (and some adults) simply do not understand the
concept of “just ignore it”. It is hard for people to be forgiving. It is hard
not to retaliate. In anger and pain, it is hard to see past today and look to
next week. Children cannot reason with time. They have a hard time with the
idea that things will look different in the morning. Getting even only creates
more problems. Countering in the same manner that someone has hurt you, only
makes you just another person out to hurt someone else. Two wrongs never make
worry, he’ll outgrow it—not! Studies have shown that “verbally violent”
behavior in children escalates into physical aggressive behavior. Children who
“bully” their way through childhood grow into adults who bully their way
through bad marriages, multiple jobs, and assorted bad circumstances that are
never their fault
you repair the damage done by gossip? You can’t. Like the toughest and
most ravaging diseases, the only cure is prevention.
Nip it in
Den Activities for
Achievement 4, “Tell It Like It Is.”
Circle Ten Council
boy seated at a table a popular magazine, containing a large number of
advertisements. Have in mind several products that are advertised in these
magazines such as toothpaste, cars, soap, motor oil, etc. Start the game by
calling out the name of the product. The boy/partner team, who first finds the
proper ad, tears it out of the magazine and holds it up. If it is the right
one, have them sit on it, and continue the game by calling for another. After
about dozen or so calls, find out who is sitting on the most ads.
Newspaper Delivery Relay
group into teams this includes partners! Give each team a tricycle, a bag, a
few newspapers and rubber bands. On signal, the first player in each team
rolls up a newspaper, and secures it with a rubber band, puts it in his
newspaper bag, rides his tricycle to the turning point, throws his paper on
the area designated as the “front porch”, and returns to the starting point.
Then the next player does the same until everyone has completed their turn.
First team to complete deliveries is the winner.
You could, also, do this
as regular walking/running relay race CD
Newspaper Scavenger Hunt
Using a newspaper see how many
of the following items each boy/partner team is able to find.
Find the names of two US States.
Find a picture of a smiling
Find a political cartoon.
Find another kind of cartoon.
Find a sale ad for a car.
Find the name of the Capitol of
Find a picture showing some kind
Find a bar graph or chart.
Find an article that mentions a
trial by jury.
Find the name of your state’s
Find a proper noun other than a
Find a story in the sports section
that mentions money.
Find the highest and lowest
temperatures in the US.
Find two words that rhyme.
Find a sales ad for your favorite
Bring Back My Pencil
Tune: My Bonnie Lies over the
Scout den went on a field trip
the newspaper shop.
helping the presses print faster
But suddenly everything stopped.
back my pencil to me, to me.
Oh bring back my pencil to me.
Go See It Ideas Activities
for Achievement 4, “Tell It Like It Is.”
Circle Ten Council
See the December Theme
Baloo for more Go See It Activities for this achievement. CD
Take a tour of your local paper.
Take a tour of your local radio
Take a tour of your local TV
Visit a Computer company.
Visit a print shop.
Visit a reporter, editor,
Visit a journalism teacher -
learn how important writing, grammar and spelling skills are to being
This last one could be
really fun with the write (pun intended) teacher. If there is a Community
College near you, that could be a good resource. CD
Tiger Flag Ceremony
Pack 531, Old North State
Preparation - Let the
scouts use their own words for the ceremony. The important parts are for what
the colors stand.
Material - You need a
piece of blue, white and red cloth and a small US flag.
first Tiger come in with the Blue material. Blue is for courage.
They can say something like: "I
am blue. I stand for courage. Courage is more than just standing on a
battlefield defending our country. Courage means standing up for what you
comes in with white cloth. White stands for loyalty.
They can say something like:
“White stands for loyalty. Loyalty means staying true to what you promised.
As a Tiger Cub, I have a duty to obey my parents and do what is right. I am
proud to be loyal."
next comes with the red material. Red stands for freedom
They can say something like:
“Red stands for freedom. Freedom isn't free. Someone had to die so that I am
free and can be here today. The red is for the blood shed so that I can be
free. Thank you for my freedom."
last scout(s) comes in with the US Flag.
He says something like "I am the
Flag of the United States. I am made of courage, loyalty and freedom. As a
Tiger Scout, I am glad to have the courage, be loyal and thankful for my
freedom so that I can be here tonight. Would you please rise and recite the
Pledge of Allegiance with me."
When you recite the Pledge,
don't forget, One Nation Under God is one complete phrase.