Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’
Fiesta! It is party time for scouting, and what better way to celebrate
than with a Mexican flavor? Boys will learn about that country’s festive
traditions as they make cascarones and fill piñatas for the Blue and Gold
Banquet. Perhaps they can even learn to sing “Happy Birthday” or other
songs in Spanish. They’ll enjoy planning the menu too – fajitas, tacos or
quesadillas, anyone?? It’s “nacho” ordinary Blue and Gold Banquet!!
Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’
Some of the
purposes of Cub Scouting developed through this month’s theme are:
Development, Cub Scouts grow in character as they learn about people
from other countries.
learning about and understanding other cultures, boys will develop an
increased respect for others.
Fun and Adventure,
What better way to have fun than with a Mexican themed party!! Ole!!
value highlighted this month is:
Scouts learn to appreciate other cultures and people through learning about
their games, foods, and customs.
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!!
There is a recurring theme in
this issue of Communication. I did not intend it that way but it happened.
Checkout the Communication quotes in Prayers and Poems. In the Tiger section
the item, “Delivering News or Spreading Gossip?” has communication
hints for all of us – not just Tigers. The Training Tip on “Working with
Challenging Adults” discusses communication as a key tool to prevent these
problems from occurring. Even the Special Opportunity, Interpreter Strips,
is involved with communication.
been an interesting month. I have -
Planned and emceed my Pack Meeting
using November’s theme, Pilgrims of Plymouth Rock, on December 1
Prepped and held a roundtable on
January’s Theme, Home Alone, December 10 and
Written this issue of Baloo’s
Bugle on February’s theme, Fiesta.
No wonder I never know what time
it is. Nor can I remember the theme related bad jokes from month to month.
Too many floating by me.
My stock of Pow Wow Books
is growing slowly. Please consider helping us. I was really excited
when I received my Sam Houston Area Council book and opened it up. They
always have a great book and this year it is based on themes!! Their previous
issues had chapters for games, songs, skits, and ceremonies. This one has a
chapter for each theme and all the items for that theme are right there. It
will be a big help each month for Baloo and Roundtable.
last time BSA had Fiesta! As a Cub Theme was August 1995, when I was an active
Scoutmaster and not doing much Cubbing and, although Baloo was published in
1995, it was not on USSCouts back then and computer crashes over the years
have taken their toll. So I started intently reading my Pow Wow books looking
for material for this issue which I wanted to get out before Christmas. As I
did, I noticed something strange – there was not as much variety as usual,
almost all the books had quite a bit of common material. And when I opened my
Pow Wow Rom CD (available at
http://usscouts.org/tradingpost/ ) I saw where they
probably found the material. It was all there. It makes me wonder if all
this technology is helping or hurting. Are we stifling imagination by
collecting all this stuff together and making it available for Packs and
Dens? Is it too easy to find ideas from Baloo and other on-line resources and
new ideas and items are being missed? I hope not.
to Karen for not listing the Mt Diablo-Silverado Pow Wow last month after our
discussion about one of my favorite Scouting songs – “Song of my Shoes” which
originated at her council. (You’ll see it in the March theme issue, “Walk in