January 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 14, Issue
February 2008 Theme
Chinese New Year
Scholar & Engineer
Achievement 4, How I Tell It
This requirement is about
Communication. Getting our Tigers to talk with others and be positive in what
they say. They may learn how to carry on conversations and a little about mass
Tigers can learn there are
many modes of communication – when we talk, write, dance, sing or draw
pictures. We communicate too with our faces when we frown or smile and our
bodies with how we stand or move our arms.
Our uniforms and beads (on
our Tiger totems) and patches communicate information about who we are and what
we like to do.
through newspapers, magazines, books (Harry Potter) television and radio. Be
open to showing all these to your Tigers to help them Search, Discover and
Achievement 4 Family Activity
4F - At a family
meal, have each family member take turns telling the others one thing that
happened to him or her that day. Remember to practice being a good listener
while you wait for your turn to talk.
should be kept positive. Sharing your day’s activities could be become a
regular family activity. Try to do this at a meal when everyone is there.
Sharing amongst family members is always good so try to keep doing it even if
only a few members are present.
The requirement helps promote Family
Understanding, one of the Ten Purposes of Cub Scouting!!
This requirement involves doing a Character
Connection on Respect. There are three elements to every Character Connection.
A Tiger must first know what is correct, then practice doing it and finally
commit to doing it in the future. If you want more info on Character
Connections there is a BSA Bin Item 13-323A or go to Bill Smith’s Virtual
roundtable at -
For the Respect Character Connection –
Know – Have the Tiger discuss how he can
show respect while talking with others. How to listen respectfully. How he may
interrupt and still be respectful.
Practice – Have him participate in a
family conversation (The one for this requirement would be great!!) Then
discuss how he and others showed respect.
Commit – Have him discuss how it felt to
be respected while he talked and how he felt showing respect o others. Have him
make a list of three things to remember to help him talk respectfully.
Achievement 4 Den Activity
4D - Play "Tell It
Like It Isn't"
This is the old “Whistling Down the Alley” game
where the boys line up and pass a secret along. By the time it gets to the end,
it usually is different than the start. The more boys the more fun.
The Adults should join in, too, to make the line longer.
After the game discuss how things your Tiger may
hear may not always be accurate. That messages change as they are passed from
person to person. Discuss, too, how unkind words (gossip) can do harm and is
often untrue. Cubs should only try and say things that are true. Honesty
is a core value of Cub Scouting.
Achievement 4 Go and See It
4G - Visit a television station, radio
station, or newspaper office. Find out how people there communicate with others.
This is very easy. Where I live we have a great
radio station, WJBR (www.wjbr.com)
that invites Scouts up to tour. Then, if the Den wants to, they tape them
saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Every day at 7:00 AM, they play a tape of a
group (school class, Den, Troop, Club). They even came to my roundtable
and had us one morning saying the Pledge. I really like it when
I hear a Tiger Den; they are so honest and excited. And most say it correctly –
saying “One Nation Under God” as a continuous phrase without a pause. Of course
it helps that the morning DJ, Michael Waite, grew up in Indiana, the Heartland
of America, and his assistant, Mr. Rhoads is an experienced Philmont trekker!!
I have heard the Pledge said on several other area stations so maybe there is
one by you.
Our local newspaper encourages tours. When my
son’s Den went for Communicator, they inserted a picture of the Den on the front
page and ran enough copies so each Scout could get one!!
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