Scout Roundtable Planning Guide
Scouts enjoy a month of entertainment, with dens practicing skits, songs
run-ons, and applauses as part of their advancement. They enjoy making
costumes and experimenting with clown make up as they prepare to share their
talents at the monthly pack meeting when the ringmaster (Cubmaster) calls
them to the center ring.
Scout Roundtable Planning Guide
Some of the purposes of Cub
Scouting developed through this month’s theme are:
Family Understanding, Cub Scouts and
their family members work together on their projects, costumes and
Respectful Relationships, Working
together in their dens each Cub Scout learns that he is part of a team that
must work together to be the best it can be, whether presenting a skit or
playing a game.
Fun and Adventure, A circus is always fun
and exciting. As boys prepare for the pack meeting, they will discover new
and exciting things to do.
The core value highlighted this
Compassion, Clowns wear their emotions on
their sleeves, inviting the audience to share in their feelings. As the
Cub Scouts go through their achievements, they learn that each of us has
different strengths and weaknesses, and they learn to lend a helping hand
when they can.
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!!
received a “New Den leader’s Kit” to help prep for our
It is really great. Make sure you get enough for all your new leaders.
There is a “Program Helps” pamphlet for September, October and November.
And a special edition based on a theme of “Bobcats All” In “Bobcats All”
there are plans for Wolf and Bear Dens to earn their Bobcat badge while
doing fun stuff and a plan for a new Webelos Den to earn their Bobcats while
completing the Sportsman Activity Award!! There is a CD with all the Fast
Start Training sessions and on the CD is an Adobe (.pdf) copy of the viewers
guide for you to print out. The viewers guide is neat. It has plans for
the crafts the boys are making in the Den Meeting that is occurring on the
Fast Start tape. So if your new leader says, “Hey, that doesn’t look too
hard. Maybe I’ll try it.” You can tell the leader, here are the plans to
do that. We are going to add Pack and Roundtable calendars to our kits
before we pass them out.
we, also, reviewed Fall Round Up and Year Round Recruiting. The new “Fall
Round Up Resources for the Pack” is another great kit every pack should
use. The new emphasis on peer-to-peer recruiting, “My Best Friend is a
Scout,” is sure to help you recruit. National is really behind this
plan. So much so that National Council and the Regions are funding the
recruiting incentives being offered to the boys and units through this
plan. Get on this wagon and have your Cubs bring in their best
before typing this section I checked out
It is up and running. Work this into your recruiting efforts. It opens with
the Wolf talking to you. There are four games for boys to play right on
the home page. And a link to find a pack. Put in a ZIP Code and it brings
up your local council and a list of packs.
the Philadelphia area there is a coordinated recruiting effort with Channel
10 (who is carrying the Olympics.) for advertising and recruiting with a
toll free number to call. All the council’s in the Channel 10, Philadelphia
area, are sponsoring this effort. They have an Eagle Scout on their
Sports staff. The people who answer the toll free number (We have been
told it will not be a tape) will contact the appropriate council to give
them the person’s name and info.
once in awhile I get a little comeuppance (Probably more often than you
think) for things I have done wrong or even right. I do appreciate the
letters you send telling me when I am wrong. It lets me know that you care
about your Scouts. This month there were two events I need to tell you
Whittlin’ Chip Cards –
I was reading your publication and
saw your article regarding Whittling Chips and how it is tradition in many
places to remove a corner of the card for bad or not-learned-well-enough
behavior. Actually, at a "National" training session I attended in April,
it was announced that this practice is not acceptable to BSA and should be
stopped. This practice is considered a form of humiliation and / or
harassment to the boy in question because it singles him out and publicly
shows his bad behavior (the defaced BSA card). In addition, since the boy
had to "learn and earn" the Whittling Chip he should know the proper way to
handle his knife. If he is not following directions and / or handling his
knife properly, the Whittling Chip should simply be taken away and it must
be re-earned. The thought is that a boy with bad behavior or improper
handling techniques should not be wielding a knife at all. The two do not
mix well. My experience is that the boys lose their corners more for
goofing around than for not understanding the proper technique.
As a Day Camp Director with an aquatics program, I
subscribe to the same thought, a boy who cannot follow rules and listen to
this leader should not be anywhere near water - (or handling a knife.)
this training, I learned there are a few things we do and have done for
years that National frowns upon - the tearing of the Whittling Chip card is
just one. Naturally, I have shared this info with my Scouters. Thought
you'd like to know. Commissioner
The other is a funny story.
at Philmont, I bought a copy of the “Live From the Tooth” (or Philsongs II)
CD. This is a collection of Philmont Campfire songs sung by former staff
members. One of the songs on the CD is the “Apples and Bananas” song.
Complete with the verse for each vowel. Well believe it or not, old
Commissioner Dave had never heard this song before buying the CD. When I
heard it, I instantly said – A CUB SCOUT SONG!!! Well, as you have
guessed – every other Cub Scout leader with whom I have spoken knows the
song!! None of them believe me that I never heard it before. So when I
ask for input for themes, please send it. I still have a lot to learn.
According to the Santa Clara County Council Pow Wow book these month’s had
similar theme’s, so you might want to check old Program Helps, issues of
Baloo and old Leaders to see what they have –
May 2000 – Abracadabra!
Jan. 2003 - Strike Up the Band
be sure to check the July 2004 issue on the August 2004 theme, Scouting the
Midway. I recall putting in a lot of circus stuff there.
And talking of Pow Wow Books. It is that time of year again when my
books are running out. I will need new material for this year if I am to
keep bringing you quality issues of Baloo. Last year I received many fine
Pow Wow books. I can make the same offer again this year – I will trade one
of the Pow Wow Book CDs from our Pow Wow for one of yours. Now if you are a
regular Baloo reader you probably have noticed that I lean on certain books
more than others. The keys to getting your Council’s Pow Wow Book into
Baloo are – Having it organized either by theme or with a theme section for
each month in each chapter (songs, games, cheers, …). Also, Word or HTML
files that I can edit directly helps. When a CD has all Adobe (.pdf) files
I must print it then OCR scan it before processing. This becomes very time
consuming. Many months I don’t have the time to do that or to read through
books not organized by theme looking for theme material. Thank you in
advance for your support in helping me to get a lot of new books.