Baloo's Bugle

August 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 15, Issue 1
September 2008 Theme

Theme: New Buddies
Webelos: Citizen and Communicator
Tiger Cub
Achievement 1



Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

What wonderful possibilities the school year brings!!  This month a Cub Scout can invite a new buddy to join the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting! Along with their new and old friends, the boys will learn the value of friendship, cooperation, and respect through games and activities. The boys will practice the buddy system as they go on hikes, work on projects, and participate in sports.

Actually, any month a Cub Scout can invite a new buddy to join the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting.  We just emphasize it more this month!!  CD


Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

Some of the purposes of Cub Scouting developed through this month’s theme are:

ü  Respectful Relationships,     Cub Scouts will be learn the value of friendships as they meet new friends and get reacquainted with their old friends,

ü  Fun and Adventure, Cub Scouts will have fun getting to know their new friends while participating in Den and Pack activities,

ü  Character Development, Cub Scouts will learn the importance of teamwork as they work together in games and projects.

The core value highlighted this month is:

ü  Cooperation, Boys will learn that much can be accomplished if they work together when they play games and complete projects.

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 ten Purposes and twelve Core Values if you thought about it!!

And how do bring home a Core Value to the Cub Scout??

By using Character Connections!!


Remember – Know, Commit, Practice.

Check it out in your Character Connections in your CS Leader's Book, Chapter 4


Look at the top - this is the first month of another great year of Scouting, 2008-2009.  This issue is Volume 15, Number 1.  Chris did the first 9 years, this is the start of my 6th year.  I have my new CS RT Planning Guide and CS Program Helps.  I am Ready to go!!.

The Pow Wow Books I have were a little limited on direct theme related material.  Probably because this is only the second time for this type of theme.  SO, please go to your CS Program Helps and CS RT Planning Guides to get the feel of where National wants us to go with this theme and do it that way!!  There is a lot of good Join Scouting Material and First pack Meeting stuff.  I put in a lot of Bobcat and Parent Inductions Ceremonies.  Plus a special section on Leader Recruitment, Induction and Recognition.

If you sent me a Pow Wow Book and have not received several from me in thanks, drop me a line and I will get them to you.


Months with similar themes to

S'More Summer Fun

Dave D. in Illinois

Month Name





Hey, Look Us Over



New Buddies

There are only two months with a theme Dave D. tagged as "Friends.'  But don’t be discouraged, go to almost any September theme helps from any year  (CS Program Helps, CS RT Guide, Pow Wow Book) and you will things to do to help with your Fall recruiting.  CD

Here are few that sound promising to me -

Month Name





Our Town, U.S.A.



Hey, Look Us Over






All Aboard!



Blast Off



Soaring To New Heights



Cub Scout Round-Up



National makes a patch for every Cub Scout Monthly theme.  This is the one for this theme.  Check them out at go to patches and look for 2008 Cub Scout Monthly Theme Emblems.


National has started a monthly podcast for Cub Scout leaders.  It is called Cubcast.  Rob and Kristin are the hosts and they do a great job.  They also use actual volunteers from around the country as guest speakers.  Check it out at to pick up some really great ideas for the next theme.


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