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February 2005 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 11, Issue 7
March 2005 Theme

Theme: Invention Convention
Webelos: Engineer & Athlete
  Tiger Cub:



75th Anniversary Leaders Award

For Any Registered Scout Leader Who Works
With Cub Scouts

Kommissioner Karl

Complete Requirement 1 and complete 5 other activities.

1. Participate in a pack, district, or council celebration commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Cub Scouting. (This could be a Blue and Gold Banquet.)

Good thing we are featuring a 75th Anniversary Blue & Gold this month.  Not to mention there are whispers of huge Cub Scout celebration that the council is trying to put together.  If your Blue Gold is not a 75th anniversary theme, then take time to plan a meeting this year with that them in mind.  Have a birthday cake bake and auction – or some other fun, birthday style event. 

2. Create posters, fliers, or other media to promote 75th Anniversary celebration events at three den, pack, district, or council events.

You will need to plan here, at it take three meetings, that means at a den level, you will need a month.  At the pack or district level it will take three months to display your posters or media.  Have the boys do the posters at a den meeting, as a family project, or by dens at the pack meeting.  Ask permission to display them at your charter partners building, or at the least in your meeting space.  Make sure you make a big deal of the boys’ efforts.

3. Serve on a committee in your pack, district, or council to plan an event to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Cub Scouting (different from activity 1).

Maybe your council will be putting together a committee for a big event.  Look for announcements in your council newsletter, and call the chair to volunteer.  Most likely, you will like being in the know anyway.  Even a small contribution is helpful, and qualifies you for this award.

Maybe you can arrange to have your Annual District Dinner have a 75th Anniversary theme.   CD

Every Roundtable Commissioner and staffer should be able to do Requirements 4, 5,6, and 8 with a little bit of planning.  I taught a game and led a 1930’s  song when doing the Scouting Celebration Roundtable. I am looking for a good craft and the old uniform I was given a few years ago for telling the story.  CD

4.     Learn about a game that boys played in 1930. Teach the game to Cub Scouts at a den meeting, pack meeting, camp, or district activity, or to a group of leaders at a training event or roundtable.

Besides an inner city favorite, stick ball (and to a lesser extent baseball) 1930 brought the advent of Chinese checkers.  A great strategy game that most kids can understand and can be played in a multiplayer format.  Also, later that decade in 1935, Monopoly hit the stands and sold 20,000 copies its first week.  Board games hit by storm, including Scrabble.  Have a game night at your den meeting and teach them to play the games of the 1930s.  For more information look at:



5.     Using materials that would have been available in 1930, teach a craft to Cub Scouts at a den meeting, pack meeting, camp, or district activity, or to a group of leaders at a training event or roundtable.

The 30’s was the time of the great depression, so many crafts were practical in nature.  Tile trivets, lamp shades, and sewing projects were common.  The best resources I have found for this has been Kit’s Friendship Fun from Pleasant Company.  The cost is about $12 plus shipping and features crafts, games and recipes that were common 1930s with historical images and sidebars.  Kit is a girl, but many of the ideas and games are good for both boys and girls.

6.     Learn a song that was popular in 1930. Teach the song to Cub Scouts at a den meeting, pack meeting, camp, or district activity, or to a group of leaders at a training event or roundtable.

An era of swing and big bands (Puttin on the Ritz), the Star Spangle Banner became the national anthem in 1931.  Also, Irving Berlin’s God Bless America became popular in 1938 when Kate Smith made it her own.  Shirley Temple was singing the Good Ship Lollipop, also popular were Old Dan Tucker, Pastures of Plenty (Woodie Guthrie) and Banks of Marble (Les Rice).

7.     Take photographs or write an article about how your den, pack, district, or council is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Cub Scouting. Submit to a local newspaper for publication.

The key here is to submit them.  You don’t have to have them published.  Take the time to write a short article (200 words) and take some high quality digital pictures at your 75th celebration.  Remember, the bigger your party – the more likely it is to make it into the paper.  Try to submit it to your local small town paper or council newsletter as well.

8.     Create a costume and wear it to tell a story about the history of Cub Scouting to Cub Scouts at a den meeting, pack meeting, camp, or district activity, or to a group of leaders at a training event or roundtable. (Resources include youth handbooks and Cub Scout Leader Book.)

The “costume” may be an old uniform (or a mock up of it) from the days gone by.  The first Cub uniform was a blue “peak” cap, yellow kerchief, blue shirt, blue knickers, and blue knee socks. The cap had yellow trim and the badges had yellow letters.  It is unclear when short pants were introduced (late 30s at the earliest), but there were no Cub long pants in the 1930s. The knee socks had two distinctive gold bands at the top.  There is a picture available at:  http://histclo.hispeed.com/youth/youth/org/sco/country/us/cub/uscub930.htm

9.     Invite a career professional (firefighter, police officer, banker, retail professional, etc.) to speak at a Cub Scout activity or training event, highlighting how his/her profession has changed in the past 75 years.

Be sure to take the time to let the professional know what you want from them.  One suggestion would be to have the parents in your group put out some feelers at there work place for someone who is up on the history of their profession.  Make a personal invitation, and send them a thank you card after the visit.

You may want to take the time to research you own job, and present how it has changed.  I am a banker, and work 50-55 hours per week in the modern day, but in the 1930s the banks were only open from 10-3 four days per week, and one day 12-4.  Thus giving rise to the term “bankers hours” – KK J

10.   Read Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book to familiarize yourself with the characters Baden-Powell incorporated into Cub Scouting.

Not a lot of explanation needed.  Read the book, or better yet, plan a short time at each den meeting to read the book with your boys.

Cubmaster Training Award

Kommissioner Karl

The Cubmaster Training Award can be earned by any registered Cubmaster. 

A brief summary of requirements include: 

  • Serve  2 years as Cubmaster, or 1 year as Assistant CM and 1 year as Cubmaster;
  •  Conduct a pack meeting once per month for the program year;
  • While Cubmaster the Pack earns
    • The National Quality Unit Award and
    • The National Summertime Award; and


  • Fast Start Training
  • New Leader Essentials
  • Position Specific for Cubmaster and
  • Youth Protection training
  • attend
    • 4 roundtables, or
    • 1 Pow Wow or University of Scouting. 
For the complete requirements and a progress record, go to: http://www.scouting.org/forms/34169/53.pdf

For more information on the National Quality unit award, look in your Cub Leaders Guide Book or at:


More on the National Summertime Pack Award and how to earn it can be found at:

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