Clara County Council
The Cub Scout program is
organized by monthly themes. Themes are a collection of related activities
of high “boy interest” for each month, and encompass the Den activities and
Pack meeting. Themes add variety to Den and Pack meetings, and makes
planning of an integrated Pack meeting possible. Your Pack’s yearly
calendar can be organized around the monthly themes. Themes also allow dens
to share resources for activities and field trips, by working on similar
Your Pack may decide to
use the themes that are published by the BSA, or you can use your own
themes. Theme-related ideas for Den and Pack activities are available in
the Cub Scout Program Helps, and the Cub Scout Roundtable Guide.
A typical Pack meeting agenda may have some or all of
the following and all these items can incorporate the monthly theme:
Pre-opening or gathering activity
Den demonstration (song, skit, show-and-tell)
Recognition (advancement ceremony, adult recognitions)
Game or Theme activity (quick craft, or gift wrapping)
A typical Den meeting may have some or all of the
following (the monthly theme can be incorporated in these activities):
A pre-opening or gathering activity
An opening ceremony
Den business (collect dues, plan for Pack meeting: practice
Theme activity (craft, field trip)
The biggest benefit from using the published monthly
themes is that many of the ideas for the Den and Pack meetings are provided
in various publications and activities such as
Cub Scout Program Helps, in this book are theme related ideas
for all parts of den and pack meetings
Monthly Roundtables bring you additional ideas for theme
Baloo’s Bugle, of course, each month is devoted to ideas for
the next, month’s theme
Pow Wow Books are often arranged by themes or have theme ideas
within the various sections
Boys’ Life supplements the themes with stories and activities.
Other resources on the web. Check out the Websites listed in
Baloo each month for ideas.
And remember, don’t limit yourself to using a theme idea only for that
specific month – some ideas may work any time of the year or for many themes
with just a little change. (e.g. a ring toss game – have the rings look
like doughnuts for a food theme, wreaths at holiday time, life preservers
for a water theme, tires for a travel theme, …)
CUBMASTER TIPS THAT WORKED FOR
Clara County Council
Above all else, have fun. You are contagious. Do not worry about your
peers, your job is to connect with the Tiger Cubs.
The kids want to have fun and the parents want to see their kids doing
something. I figured if the kids enjoyed it and wanted to come back, then
they would be active and get exposure at the pack meeting. Boy fun is loud
and gross – I planned around that concept.
USE YOUR LEADERS
Use your den leaders as they have a pulse on the pack. They often have
great suggestions. Work with your Committee Chair and take advantage of the
Use themes for your Pinewood derbies and give prizes (recognition) to those
cars that decorate to the theme. Allow all the scouts to vote on the best
theme design. We allowed each scout to vote for the top three and compile
aggregate points. First try to use the monthly scouting theme, but know
that a properly chosen theme will confound the Super Dad that must win. For
example, the ‘Pokemon’ theme was a huge success since no one over the age of
17 knew what these creatures were. We’ve also used ‘Circus’ and ‘Cartoons’.
Outside activities is one of the greatest enrichments to this program. We
called them family outings. At first we had an outings coordinator, but if
no one steps up, you can try to have each den sponsor one outing a year.
Check the Pow Wow manual for places to go. I fondly remember a tour of the
San Jose Arena, the Monarch Butterflies at Twin Bridges, roller skating, ice
skating, cub camping at Uvas Meadows, etc. There are a ton of local things
to do and see. There may not be a huge turnout, sometimes five families
would be considered successful, but it really adds to the pack program.
Have sign-ups at the pack meeting and announce well in advance so people can
One organized activity is to have a Cubannapolis race on a weekend. Scouts
have to ‘wear’ a cardboard vehicle and race it around a large, park area
sized track. We did about three laps, with each lap requiring the ‘driver’
to get out of his vehicle and re-fuel with some Kool-Aid or other drink.
There were also track obstacles, such as falling rocks (plastic bags filled
with wadded newspaper), a water hazard (large squirt guns), and even a
Frisbee throw. Make it fun! And again, use a theme for the vehicles.
Develop some pack pride - have a pack T-Shirt design contest, with the
winning design going on a number of shirts to be sold to the pack. The
winner gets a free shirt!
Plan your pack meeting. I always carried my clipboard. It had the agenda,
which applauses I would use, and some spare stuff to fill empty moments.
People thought I could improvise so well – it was all on the clipboard.
The December pack meeting was a low turnout, so we made it shorter and less
structured. Each den sponsored a Christmas song and led the rest of us. We
also had a dessert auction to raise money. The boys love an auction! Sell
poker chips, 4/$1, set a limit.
Early arrivers would have to ‘Guess the Stuff’. Keeps them focused to the
end of the meeting when the winner was announced.