National Summertime Award
Now that your Pack and its Dens and Cubs have earned this award – Don’t
forget to file the forms. You can present them at your first Pack Meeting
to impress all your new recruits. It will, also, show the new parents that
your pack does stuff year round!!
CEREMONIES ARE IMPORTANT
Circle Ten Council
Ceremonies are important for many reasons, the most important being that
boys like them. The boys like to participate in them to receive recognition.
Ceremonies are also important for recognition of leaders, for achievements,
for special occasions and holidays. Ceremonies help to teach the ideals and
goals of Scouting and citizenship. They can help to promote participation of
family, which is very important as Cub Scouting and the Tiger Cub program
are family-oriented programs. Ceremonies also help maintain order in
meetings when properly used. It is important to remember to keep ceremonies
simple so there won’t be too much for the boys to memorize, yet use as many
boys as possible.
you remember the best ceremony you ever saw? The worst? Was if the first or
the last ceremony you remember? Were you on the receiving or giving end of
the ceremony? If you could answer any of these questions you already know
the importance of ceremonies. Most people take ceremonies in our lives for
granted, especially if they are a spectator and not a participant. In
Scouting we cannot take ceremonies for granted. Ceremonies take planning and
effort to perform a good one. If they are done badly or not at all an
important part of the program is lost.
Imagine how you would feel if you worked hard and long to earn a badge, and
it was just given to you with nothing, really nothing else. Now imagine if
that happened to a young Tiger Cub who finally after a great struggle earned
his Tiger paw, his very first earning of anything. Put your imagination to
work again and think how it would look if this Tiger Cub and his parents
were called up in front of the entire pack and all the other parents.
Imagine the Cubmaster dressed as a King knighting the boy and presenting him
with the first of many symbols to be place upon his shirt of armor! The
Committee Chairman reads aloud the many challenges the boy overcame and
calls him “Sir Knight.” His parents receive the paw on a ribbon from a satin
pillow to pin on his chest. The entire audience stands and gives him a
standing ovation. Can you see that smile on that boy’s face, the feeling of
pride in his chest? Can you now see the importance of recognizing each and
every Tiger, Cub and Webelos Scout for his accomplishments with an
Scouts will remember their awards and how they were recognized for earning
them. The presentation ceremonies are important to all, especially to the
boys. It is their time to shine in their glory. The badge is important to
the boy because it is a symbol to show others what he has done. But a little
creative imagination going into how he receives his badge will have a long
lasting effect. Not only will that boy remember but every boy in the
audience will also. There will be excitement and inspiration for all to work
for their next badge because who knows what might happen then?
most important occasion in the life of a Tiger Cub is his graduation into
Cub Scouts. This event, above all, should have a lasting impression on all
concerned, especially the graduating Tiger Cub. This should be very special,
the best you can do. Don’t underestimate the importance of ceremonies,
especially this one.
PARENT AND FAMILY PARTICIPATION
Utah National Parks Council
Repeat after me: "Cub Scouting is a family program."
Good. Now that we've established that, how can we motivate, teach, or
persuade parents and families to be involved in our packs?
of the most common problems that is voiced by unit-level leader is "How do
we get more parent participation?" In today's busy world, many of our Cub
Scouts are coming from homes where both parents work or from single-parent
families. As Cub Scout leaders, we must be tolerant enough to realize that
most parents do not deliberately neglect their growing children. But
sometimes parents can become so caught up .n the business of providing for
their families that they may lose sight that what their children need most
is some of their time and attention.
Obviously, it is not our role to lecture the parents
and make them feel guilty because they are not giving enough time to their
Cub Scout. And I don't think any Cub Scout leader would want to deprive a
boy of Cub Scouting just because the parents don't give as much time as we'd
like. So, what can we do?
First, realize the basic foundation and objective of a
good Cub Scout pack is for the boys to have FUN. It would stand to reason
that fun would be the motivating factor behind parent involvement. Next,
let's look at common reasons parents give for not wanting to become involved
in the Cub Scout program.
Both parents are employed outside the home.
They are already involved with other
activities of their children and cannot take on additional responsibilities.
They have not had a child in Cub Scouting
before, and the element of the unknown can be frightening.
do we respond to these reasons?
Since hours for Cub Scouting activities are flexible, there are places for
everyone in the program.
Parents involved with other activities with
their children: The key here is to praise
them for being involved and having more than a passing interest in the
welfare of their children. Then, suggest specific jobs and let them choose
what the responsibilities and time will allow.
Unfamiliarity with the Cub Scout program: Educate them. When a new boy joins your pack, take time to
visit with the family and give them an overview of the program. Tell them
what is expected of them. This visit can be made by the committee chairman,
Cubmaster, den leader or all three as a team. Annual parents' meetings
allow you to discuss and explain Cub Scouting to several people at once.
DON'TS OF PARENT PARTICIPATION
DO get to know your pack parents. It is much easier to ask someone you
know to assist you rather than ask a complete stranger. Use the
Parent-Talent Survey found in the Cub Scout Leader Book to find out your
parents' interests. Personal notes sent home with Cub Scouts or telephone
calls or even e-mails can encourage parental involvement.
have a specific request in mind when you contact a potential helper. You
will get better results if you ask "Can you help with the roller skating
party on May 19th?" than to say "Can you help me this year?" Everyone can
identify with taking a group of boys on a roller skating party, but vague
questions deal with the unknown and will be easily answered with a negative
If the person you ask can't help with your current
request, DO have another activity in mind. "I'm sorry you can't help
with this party because it will be a really fun event for the boys. Next
month we have a swimming date planned for the boys. Can I call you to help
out with that?"
DO be fair and honest with your request. If you
ask a parent to take the boys roller skating, explain the time of the party
and what will be expected (drive, skate with the boys, supervise snacks,
etc.) If the project involves more than one day and some preparation, be
specific. don't abuse anyone's willingness to get involved.
If a parent offers help in a specific area such as
crafts, DO ask for help in this capacity rather than in an area which
is unfamiliar. If you put someone in an uncomfortable position, you will
eventually lose their talents.
acknowledge help when someone volunteers their time, in the form of a short
and simple note or a telephone call. You could have the Cubmaster
acknowledge a parent at pack meeting with a certificate or presentation.
These thank-yous, while not time consuming on your part, show your
volunteers you appreciate the time they have to help you.
DON'T put people on the spot. No matter how much
we need help for a project or special event, we must leave room for him to
gracefully step aside without experiencing a guilt trip for not helping with
their son's activity.
DON'T assume everyone has the same attitude and interests in Cub
Scouting that you have. This certainly does not mean we should in any way
refrain from offering those parents opportunities to become active and
involved in our pack program. After becoming familiar with the program,
interest and excitement any develop.
all parents want or can be full time committee members, not do they have to
be, but they should all contribute something. The list of annual events is
such that a dozen parents are needed for leadership, not to mention field
trip assistance, theme idea help, telephoning, equipment construction and
storage, etc. Remember, this year's Pinewood Derby chairman may well be next
year's pack committee chairman.
And here are some informal recognitions you can present to your new
volunteers to keep them coming back –
The Golden Star Award-for
anyone who deserves it. Use a Star shape and paint it gold or wrap it in
gold foil paper. Write the person’s name on the Star.
The Joe Cool Award-for that
extra cool dude or dudette. Just give someone a pair of those cheap plastic
sunglasses found at the $1 Store or a Wal-Mart-type store.
You’re Really Flaky Award-for
that person who’s a little on the goofy side. Cut out several small
snowflakes and glue them to a plaque.
The You’re A Real Ace Award-for
someone who has really performed top-notch on something. Glue the ACE of
Spades playing card to a piece of cardboard or wood.
The Cubby Award-this is
similar to an Emmy Award and is presented to someone who has achieved great
success at something. Great for both boys and adults. Draw a Bear on a piece
of cardboard or buy a small stuffed Bear and glue it on a piece of wood.
The Top Hat Award-for
someone you want to tip your hat to. Use a film canister and cut out a
circle bigger than the diameter of the canister and glue it on the top of
the open end of the canister or draw a top hat on a piece of cardboard.