This month our boys will learn
about the importance of conservation and ecology. Have a conservationist or
park ranger come to your den or pack meeting to talk about the dangers and
effects of pollution and littering. Take your den to visit a local government
conservation or reclamation project. Your den can plan its own conservation
project and work on the World Conservation Award. Don't forget collecting and
recycling old toys and clothes for those who are less fortunate. Your den may
want to collect aluminum cans to sell and donate the proceeds to be used on a
Some of the purposes of Cub
Scouting developed through this month’s theme are:
Friendly Service, Cheerfully completing activities to
help the environment can start a Cub Scout on a life-long mission of service.
Fun and Adventure, Working together and keeping the
outing in Scouting delivers the promise of fun and adventure.
Preparing for Boy Scouts, by participating in service
projects for the environment and being exposed to outdoor camping.
The core value highlighted this
Citizenship, Activities and conservation projects help
Cub Scouts understand the importance of a citizen’s duty.
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!!
The Cub Scout “Leave No Trace”
Award was featured as a Special Opportunity in the October 2003 issue of
Baloo’s Bugle, but I figured with this theme, it was time to remind you about
Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge
I promise to practice the Leave No
Trace front country guidelines wherever I go:
Stick to trails.
Manage your pet.
Leave what you find.
Respect other visitors.
Trash your trash.
And to drop a hint that as you plan
your spring Family Camping Trip, you work in some of the requirements for the
award. If you want more information check the websites at the end of this
issue, or Google “Cub Scout Leave No Trace Award.” I got over 10 pages of
Be sure to check out the Edible
Landfill in the Cub Grub area. Maybe you would want to build these in a
den meeting and then go visit your local landfill. The landfill trip was
highlight of our son’s Bear year in Cub Scouts. A properly run landfill is a
great place to visit and learn.
theme, our Wolf Den has almost completed the Language and Culture Belt Loop.
Be sure to take advantage of all the opportunities like this that you can find
for your den.
Final Request – don’t you hate letters that begin that way or are you
happy, hoping they mean it and you will not receive any more ads from the
company?? Anyway, 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 great
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. Last month I received
E-mails for Maine (the first one, thank you Kathy), Connecticut and Texas.
That leaves 46 states to go!! Please help!
It was an interesting month for
letters, too. I received nice input and great game from an Australian
Scout Leader. Thank you Hayley. Questions from a 4H leader who wanted to
know if she could use ideas she found in Baloo. Of course, we said yes, Baloo
is for everyone. She found our site by searching on “moral skits.” How about
that?? I gave her references to several other good Scouting Skit sites. Then
there was a question on Climbing for Cub Scouts. I learned something in
researching this. It is within the age-appropriate guidelines of the Boy
) to take Cub Scouts to commercial climbing gyms as long as they have
equipment in the correct size for our young cubs and have professional
supervision. Wow, a new opportunity. Outdoor climbing and climbing at Boy
Scout camps is not considered appropriate.
And I must say thank you for
the Baltimore Area Council and the Annawon, Narragansett, Old Colony, & Cape
Cod and Islands (That’s one Pow Wow coordinated by all four councils) Pow Wow
books I received this month. I still have Southern NJ books to offer in swap
for your book. Just drop me an E-mail.
Finally, 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.