Roundtable Leaders’ Guide
Try putting yourself in another's shoes! Cub Scouts will
spend this month exploring the world and experiences of those who face
challenges every day, challenges ranging from language and cultural
differences to special physical or mental needs. By doing so, out Cub Scouts
will become more aware of the diversity of the people on this earth. Cub
Scouts can learn sign language or learn to sign the Cub Scout Promise or a
song. You may choose to focus on one special challenge or need at each den
meeting and bring various aids to underscore the themes, such as crutches,
wheelchair, signs or posters printed in other languages, ear plugs or
blindfolds. Cub Scouts may even want to create and run a disabilities
awareness course at the pack meeting where boys can complete specific tasks at
each station without the benefit of one or more senses.
Roundtable Leaders’ Guide
Some of the purposes of Cub Scouting developed through
this month’s theme are:
Character Development, Cub Scouts will learn to look
beyond the physical differences of others.
Spiritual Growth, Cub Scouts will learn that everyone is
special to God.
Personal Achievement, Cub Scouts will learn to set and
The core value highlighted this month is:
Responsibility, Cub Scouts learn that it is our duty to
care for others as well as ourselves.
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
My employer is a big promoter
of Walk America and The March of Dimes. We have earned many awards through
the years for our support. In the late 80’s I was a very active Walker on one
of our corporate teams. The local poster child was a boy whom I knew through
Scouts. We saw him every summer at Day Camp being pushed around over the
fields and through the woods by his friends. When you spoke with the boys in
the den, they didn’t think anything about it. One of their friends was in a
chair and needed to be pushed. They had been helping him for years in school,
in Scouts, everywhere. He was completely accepted. That is the aim of this
month’s theme to have our Scouts “Walk in their Shoes” and realize they are
people, too. It is our job as adults to set the right example to do what is
right. To not go too far overboard in trying to help but to not exclude
either. And yes, the Cub Scout did become a Boy Scout and did earn his Eagle.
And he did it in a troop with a Scoutmaster who was known for being very
demanding of all his Scouts.
Busy, Busy Whirlwind of
activity – This month was our Pow Wow and we had guests from other councils –
Bucks County and Central NJ in particular. Two years ago we knew we had to so
something to bring Pow Wow back to the extravaganza it should be. This year
we doubled attendance from last year – 74 to 140 plus, and staff, also, was
doubled. As chair, it was pretty neat seeing 200 plus dedicated Scouters all
assembled for the fun and learning of Pow Wow!! Two weeks before that I was
course director for Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner and Staff Basic
Training. And now we are into swing to get ready for a Philmont trek this
summer. Sorry that Baloo is a little late this month.
Last month was a month of
controversy, too. I learned a few things about writing for those you don’t
know. I had a quote from Michael Gurian, a noted educator who had an article
in Scouting in 1999. It apparently caused a lot of readers to think as I got
a lot of comments. That’s a good thing. Then, last month, I reran some
Engineering Badge material and didn’t proof it properly. The material was old
and assumed all engineers were men. As a working engineer for 30 plus years,
I know this isn’t true. One letter I received from a “Grumpy Complainer” has
led to an E-mail friendship and two engineer badge projects shown in this
issue. Thank you, Karen. This same “Grumpy Complainer,” was upset at which
bridge I had named as the oldest modern suspension bridge. She thought it was
the Brooklyn Bridge (which is far prettier than the Williamsburg). Anyway, a
little research showed naming the oldest modern suspension bridge is a little
like arguing which is better Texas or Texas A&M or Jets or Giants (If you live
in NYC) or (well, you get the idea). I had named Williamsburg because I
heard it on the radio that day when I was preparing Baloo. The point really
is to get the boys although the facts may interest us adults, debating them
does not help the boys. We need to use techniques that peak their curiosity.
The theme for May 2004 is
“My Home State.” This presents a challenge for me. I don’t think
everyone wants to learn all about New Jersey so Baloo will need some help.
.Now New Jersey does have a website set up children to learn. It is
http://www.state.nj.us/hangout_nj/ If you know of a similar website for
your state, please send me the link. My goal is to have a list of 50 such
websites in that issue of Baloo.
I still need Theme oriented Pow Wow Books. If your Pow Wow is set up by
themes, I would be interested in trading you a CD of mine for one of yours.
I am sure you have all seen the little PayPal logo and the line to
donate to US Scouts. We are in need of a new server. The current one has
crashed several times in recent months. If everyone that downloads a copy
of Baloo this month could authorize $5 (or $10) for US Scouts through PayPal,
we would be well on our way to upgrading our service to you. Thank you.