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Baloo's Bugle


May 2004 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 10, Issue 10
June 2004 Theme

Theme: Cub Rock
Webelos: Artist & Traveler
  Tiger Cub:



Den And Pack Newsletters

Circle Ten Council

Communication is the complex process of transmitting and receiving signals. Words mean different things to different people. Confidence and poise comes through slow, deliberate talking. Tension sometimes comes from fast-talking. Body language can communicate more than words in some instances. Communications are most likely to succeed when both the sender and receiver assume 100% responsibility of getting the message across.


Communications between pack leaders and parents is vital. It is important for a person to know to transmit his ideas so that they convey what he intends. Putting yourself in the other person’s shoes…looking at the situation from his point of view…empathy…is always helpful.

There are a variety of techniques that can be used to improve communications with the pack. Some of the methods are considered “one way”, the simple transmitting of ideas. Other methods are “two way”, the exchange of ideas. This list is not exhaustive. Use your imagination and create unique ways to communicate in the pack.

YEARLY CALENDAR: Each year at the annual planning meeting the pack should set the monthly themes for the programs for the next 12 months. Along with the themes, the pack meeting dates, times, and places can be set. This information is vital and should be shared with every family in the pack as soon as it is available.

SURVEY SHEETS: This communication device really falls in the category of information gathering. If each family completes a survey sheet then valuable information is in the hands of the Cubmaster and Den Leaders.

POSTERS: Posters help tell what is going to happen or what has occurred. A den can use posters to tell what activities they have done when the event does not lend itself to display at pack meeting. A poster can also place emphasis on an upcoming event more effectively than the pack newsletter.

SKITS: Communication that takes the form of “ one way” does not always have to be in a written format. A skit about next month’s bicycle rodeo or the parent-son cake bake will add more fun and variety to a pack meeting. It can help make others more aware of an upcoming event.

NEWSLETTER: Is there a problem keeping leaders, parents and boys aware of what is going on? If so a pack newsletter can alert everyone to the event that the pack has scheduled and perhaps get volunteers for special events. A newsletter is a one way form of communication. A newsletter can be passed to parents at the monthly pack meeting. If arrangements can be made in the pack budget, the newsletter can be mailed to the home of each Cub Scout. While it will cost, everyone will get a copy of the important information.

Communication is the name of the game-but producing a newsletter is not a game. As games have rules, there are guidelines to clear communication.


Is there enough information that needs to be given to the pack parents that would warrant having a newsletter?

What do you want to accomplish by publishing a newsletter? The newsletter can serve several functions, such as informing, educating, promoting and entertaining.

Who will be reading the newsletter? Each family should receive a newsletter, as well as the sponsoring organization, hometown newspaper, and prospective Cub Scout families.

Resources- Different types of jobs that need to be accomplished in putting a newsletter together.

  •  Writing the article

  •  Editing the written material

  •  Proofreading

  •  Typing

  •  Designing layout

  •  Drawing. Layout

  •  Collating/ Stapling & Mailing





Once it has been determined that communication by newsletter is the best method for your pack, there are other questions that need answered. Will the pack finance, or is there a parent who can make copies at their work place? Who will assume which duties to assure that it is out on time? Will it be mailed or distributed at the pack meeting? These questions may need clarification before publication begins.

The editor “gets it all together”. The editor’s duties and responsibilities should be clearly understood by the editor and the pack committee. Get it down in writing to avoid problems and confusion. Remember why you are doing the newsletter.


News about membership

Notices of changes in policies or activities

Notices of upcoming events

Recognition of boys & leaders

Calendar of events

Make sure stories and articles are clear, concise, and correct

Friends of Scouting information







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