Roundtable Planning Guide
This Month Cub Scouts and their families will enjoy the
great holiday tradition and custom of FOOD! But wait – along with eating
delicious food comes good health and fitness. Yes, it is important to try to
balance the tradition of enjoying good food during the Holiday Season with good
health and fitness.
Roundtable Planning Guide
Some of the purposes of Cub Scouting developed through this
month’s theme are:
Family Understanding, Boys will involve their families in
holiday traditions and possibly start some new ones.
Personal Achievement, Boys will set their own goals for
good health and fitness.
Respectful Relationships, Boys will learn about the holiday
customs and traditions of others.
The core value highlighted this month is:
Health and Fitness, Boys will learn “you are what you eat,”
and understand the personal commitment for good nutrition.
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
I love doing Christmas in
November. Drives my wife crazy. Gets our house moving with new ideas for the
upcoming holidays. This year’s December Theme is a great one for getting
families working together to create something for many to enjoy. But don’t
forget about working in the Core Value of Health and Fitness by healthy eating.
I made a great discovery this month –
www.5aday.com an organization that promotes
eating your colors to get your 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables. I spoke
with a representative and they have some really great stuff. Kathy on my RT
staff says there stuff is great and the kids at her school compete to see who
can eat the most colors!! My wife and I are trying the colors to improve our
So we may have two speakers at
Roundtable – a lady from
www.5aday.com and a nutritionist from our local
hospital, The Memorial Hospital of Salem County. She told me they have a fun
education program for school groups and could show it to our Cub leaders. Don’t
overlook this resource when planning your RT and Pack Meetings.
I put in lots of theme related
material (including a greatly expanded Cub Grub section) and loaded in some
Holiday crafts so Baloo is a little larger than usual this month. Pow Wow books
were split. Some followed the theme very well but had almost no Holiday stuff.
Others were compendiums of years of cub scout Holiday stuff. I have three
Audience Participations and a story this month but I know I will do “The House
Where Santa Claus Lives” from my “How To Book” If I didn’t, my pack would shoot
When reading Baloo, please
check out all the parts. Even the Tigers, there is a great list this month,
From A to Z What Families Can Do To Help Their Communities. It has lots of
good ideas for everyone in the Scouting program from new Tiger to 21 year old
Thanks to Pat from
Baltimore Area Council for my Commissioner Dave edition of their Pow Wow book.
And to those of you Jim from Great Salt Lake (and few others) who told me
about copying text from Adobe to Word. Jim sent me a CD to help. Thanks.
Wes from Circle Ten has promised me a CD after his Pow Wow is over. I have
one coming from Chief Seattle Council, too. Lisa from Minsi Trails who
took over from a 14 year veteran CS RT Commissioner wrote for help in getting
Pow Wow books. Her council stopped making Pow Wow books when they went to the
University format. I suggested some councils with good books and said she
should call and ask.
Someone said to me this month,
Baloo is used at more RTs than the official stuff. If that’s true it’s
disturbing. It is, also, not the purpose of Baloo. Baloo is intended to
supplement “CS Program Helps” and “CS RT Planning Guide” and “The How To Book”
and other publications just as a Pow Wow book supplements those publications.
There are ten purposes to Cub Scouting and twelve Core Values, the BSA materials
suggest activities to help Cub Scouts learn those purposes and values in a
subtle way (“More is caught than taught,” we always say). My CS RT Planning
Guide has notes explaining why certain games, songs, skits, … were chosen and
what value or purpose they help the boys learn. Please be sure to read through
the material before planning so you know how to properly focus your meetings.
Baloo is a great collection of Cub Scout stuff but please use it with care.
Similar Themes to Look at for
and Santa Clara County Councils
If you have old CS Program
Helps, CS RT Planning Guides for these months, check them out for more theme
related ideas. Also, Baloo is available on the Web for back from before I
started reading it. CD
1978 Growing Food
1978 Come and Get It
1987 Come and Get It
1987 Happy Holiday
1998 Kitchen Chemistry
December 1998 Let’s Celebrate!
December 1999 Holiday Magic
2000 Cub Grub
Dec. 2000 What Do You Do at Holiday Time?