January 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 14, Issue
February 2008 Theme
Chinese New Year
Scholar & Engineer
BLUE AND GOLD IDEAS
Decorations Ideas for Your Blue and Gold
Brenda, Last Frontier Council
Instructions for some of these items can
be found under Pack and Den Activities CD
One of the
prominent Chinese New Year decorations is called “chun lian.” A chun lian is a
temporary decoration placed outside the home at the entrance used only during
Chinese New Year. Vertical strips of red paper contain Chinese characters
expressing happy, uplifting messages about the coming new year. The characters
are typically hand painted using a calligraphic style. These strips of paper
are then posted on the front door with the first chun lian hanging vertically on
the right side of the door, a second on the left and an optional third posted
horizontally across the top.
decoration involves the Chinese word “fu” which means “luck.” When people
celebrate Chinese New Year, they often create posters with this word written
upside down. This is the only time that Chinese words are purposely posted
upside down. Chinese people often decorate their homes with beautiful paintings
at the beginning of the year. These paintings usually depict spring rituals and
legends. In addition, Chinese
The Chinese dragon is a symbol of royalty and a
symbol of strength and goodness. A dragon parade is held every Chinese New Year.
You can stage a dragon dance to open your Blue and Gold.
First, have each boy make a dragon’s face from
paper plates, then tape each plate to a craft stick or straw. Play some lively
music and have the boys lead a dragon dance around the room.
They should hold their dragons high as they wish
one another happiness and good luck. The body of the dragon shown is made of
green construction paper and the head/tail patterns should be enlarged.
Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally end
with the Festival of Lanterns. This would make a great closing for your
Blue and Gold. Help the boys celebrate their Chinese New Year, which
signals the end of winter and the coming of spring, by making paper lanterns.
For each lantern, fold 9” x 12” construction
paper in half lengthwise. Cut slits from the fold to about one inch from the
edge. Unfold the sheet and tape or staple the two shorter edges of the paper
together to form the lantern. Add a paper handle and hang from ceiling or use as
A Different Kind of Calendar
One of the calendars used in China is a lunar
calendar, which is divided into 12-year cycles, that follow the moon. Each year
of the lunar calendar is named after an animal, so the year and date a person is
born determines their animal sign. Some believe that their animal sign can
determine the type of life they will live. The beginning of each lunar year
changes because of the moon cycles, but it usually falls between January 21 and
February 20 on our calendar. Have the boys create their own Chinese New Year
calendar. Can they find out which animal sign they were born under?
A Luck Hanging
Paper was invented in China. Besides writing,
another use for paper that is still popular today is “papercuts”. They are
pictures or designs cut into paper and hung for good luck. Some believe that the
rooster will protect the house from fires. A favorite color for papercuts is
red, which stands for joy and life. Have the boys make their own luck hanging
using the pattern below, enlarge to desired size.
Sam Houston Area Council
Have the Cub Scouts trace
these characters and transfer them to red poster board.
Use them to decorate for
your Blue & Gold Banquet.
Alice, Golden Empire Council
Around the Chinese New
Year, people often put up a poster with this word on it - upside down! It's the
only time when a Chinese word is posted upside down intentionally. If you
want to try it, just start at the left top, go down and then across and down –
and you don’t have to use a brush and ink as calligraphers do – 90% of the time,
Chinese people use a ball point pen like we do! Now just turn it upside down
and you’ll be ready for the New Year!
Blue and Gold Table Lanterns
Brenda, Last Frontier Council
love lanterns so light up your night with table lanterns for your Blue and Gold
16 Craft Sticks
4 Scout Foamies
or wooden Fleur-de-lis cutouts
Blue and Gold
Tea Light or Glow Stick
craft sticks blue.
24" piece of wax paper on your work surface.
the left bottom and glue four craft sticks on the wax paper to make a square
next to it make another square of four craft sticks.
two more times so you have four squares.
Fleur-de-lis in place.
wax paper along the top.
down the side but leave a half inch to glue.
paper to make a box.
flap to secure.
candle in a votive inside and see how pretty it looks when the light shines
Keep candle away
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