May 2004 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 10, Issue 10
June 2004 Theme
Theme: Cub Rock
Cub Scouting Roundtable Planning
Welcome to Cub
Rock! The boys can learn about prehistoric times by using natural materials
to create table settings, toys, clothing, school supplies, vehicles, etc.
These ideas would be great for use in a skit and boys can share these skits
at a prehistoric pack meeting. What a good month to explore geology and
learn about the dinosaurs. By the end of the month, all the boys will be
looking at rocks in a different way. With cooperation and team building in
mind, this might be a good month for a prehistoric scavenger hunt. What
fossils can you find?
Cub Scouting Roundtable Planning
Some of the
purposes of Cub Scouting developed through this month’s theme are:
learning new fact and skills in geology, paleontology and archeology.
Fun and Adventure, Lets take
a ride on the magic Cubmobile and explore the wondrous chain of events
that lead to earth as we know it now.
Preparation for Boy Scouts,
All things in nature have a lifecycle. Cub Scouts, living the promise,
are preparing themselves for Boy Scouts and are learning life skills
that will help them be better, if not exceptional, citizens in the
service of others.
The core value
highlighted this month is: Resourcefulness, We have exceptional
resources all around and within us to give us the best possible outcome.
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 Program Helps for 2004-2005 is out!!!
Get your copy now and start planning your Pack’s Annual Program Planning
Conference!!! Get yourself ready for a great year and if you haven’t used or
read the new books yet – do it before the boys are upon you. There are some
interesting changes – for example in the Wolf Book, they must participate in
an outdoor flag ceremony – be sure to do this on your pack’s fall
overnighter or arrange with a school. There are summaries and comparisons
of all the changes on
www.usscouts.org - don’t get caught short!!
Dinosaurs – a great theme. What boy doesn’t
love thinking about dinosaurs. And it is in the spring, too!! Wow, get
them out doing fossil hunts, exploring for rocks (Those newly graduated
Tigers need a collection for their Wolf badge – have them start a rock
collection this month. They can carry it in their pants’ pockets until they
get too many J
Go out to a museum and see the skeletons. Go to Philmont and see the
World’s only certified certifies T-Rex footprint (Oops, I guess the
opportunity to do this is really limited. Sorry.) Have a prehistoric
campfire for your pack meeting. Maybe use “lightning” to ignite your fire.
Get everybody dressed in costume. Build a volcano for the campfire and set
it off. Maybe have a volcano competition. If you google for how to build a
model volcano on the web you will get lots of hits!!
There are changes coming to the Cub
Program again. My District Director has told me that the following become
official on the listed dates. Check with your Commissioners and Execs –
May 15, 2004 - Packs are only
required to have one (1) den leader on the roster, not one each for
Tigers, Cubs, and Webelos. It is still recommended that each age group
have its own leader, but packs with only 1 or 2 boys in a given age
group will not be forced to send them elsewhere for lack of a den
May 15, 2004 - Having a registered
"pack trainer" will fulfill one of the two required "MC" positions in a
Aug. 1, 2004 - The Tiger Cub
uniform becomes the Cub Scout blue shirt uniform with Tiger insignia
Fall, 2004 - A welcome new Den
Leader kit will be available with 3 months of Program Helps, Fast Start
DVD, and other literature to hand them as soon as they accept the job
and to help in recruiting them.
especially anxious to see the Den Leader Kit. We have had one in our pack
for a few years. And it has been a great help. CD
This is my thirteenth Baloo. I am
having so much fun I did not even realize last month my first anniversary
since starting to help with this publication. It is an awesome
responsibility. I am never sure what to publish and what to cut. Where the
politically correct line is this month. What I can put out for boys to do
and what I loved to do as a youth that is now ‘too dangerous.” And every
month there is so much. I can never understand leaders who say they have
nothing to do, they certainly don’t read the available resources – Program
Helps, RT Guide, Baloo, … I hope I have kept your interest and provided
material you can use. I know sometimes I was later than I should be and I
am sorry but this was a hectic year – Wood Badge staff, trip to Philmont
Training Center, planning a Philmont trek, Pow Wow Chair, Roundtable
Commissioner, Cubmaster (again), FOS presenter and training team. Plus my
engineering job, church council and work with Thrivent Financial for
Lutherans. I hope this issue is on the web in time for those first week
Roundtables. I, also, want to thank many of my regular contributors and all
those who sent me Pow Wow Book CDs. Especially those with Word files which
saves me from printing and scanning .pdf’s. I love my OCR scanner!!!!
Here’s to another great year. CD
'Dinosaur' means 'Terrible Lizard.'
Kathy, Hiawatha Council
Does the word
'dinosaur' means 'Terrible Lizard?' No, the
word dinosaur comes from the ancient Greek words deinos (fearfully
great, as in awe-inspiring) and sauros (a lizard). The name was
invented in 1842 by Richard Owen, who knew they were NOT lizards, but
thought that they may have been derived from them. Owen used the term
deinos as a superlative, not as an adjective. Unfortunately, many
authors never read the original publication by Owen and so used the word
deinos as an adjective. This resulted in the WRONG translation as
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