September 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
October 2008 Theme
Adventures in Books
Citizen and Showman
PACK ADMIN HELPS
ADVENTURES IN BOOKS
Great Salt Lake Council
Welcome, come listen to the
stories I have to tell. Many adventures are yet to be told. Each of them can go
in many directions. You of all people have a hand in how they unfold. Will you
be the hero, forgotten or remembered, or the one who just sat letting things
unfold no matter if they are good or bad? Whether or not that you want to admit
it, you are helping to create our future. Are you going to help it or hurt it?
Just remember as you decide if you will take this task that you are affecting
your own future too. How? You really donít know? Think about it, think hard. You
already have the answer inside.
Many believe that homework is
just boring. How can it truly be boring? You're testing the mind to solve future
mysteries. In the process of learning more the mind develops faster mentally,
preparing for future tasks and adventures set ahead. Life is an adventure that
is different for everyone. Each individual view makes life interesting and
leaves stories to be told to future generations. Funny ones, sad ones, yes even
angry ones. But each story has something important to share with others. The
better one can read, the better they can write. Writing every day sharing the
emotions felt can tend to show others that life over all is not as boring as one
would think. Think back to your past. All of the emotions. What could you share
that might teach the future what to look out for. How many of those past
situations of your life do you look back on and laugh at, cry about, or realize
that through maturing or aging now view it differently even though you still
remember how you felt back then? Grandchildren love to eat up these stories.
People have published books on their childhood experiences. As for the other
types of homework it will only help the brain learn how to brainstorm for
answers for problem solving that they will need in their future. You may have an
award winning author in your midst of the pack. Whether itís writing about a
fictional book or information published that rivals Steven Hawkins, Albert
Einstein, or any other scientific or humanitarian aspect.
The Sphinx of legends old
asked riddles that many now know. Here are some for you that are new. What is
the fastest bird that can move? If you know, how does it dance and can it do the
moon walk? One hint, it was newly discovered. Is it possible to swim with
crocodiles without getting eaten? I wouldnít advise itÖbut the answer is in why
do they attack their prey? Can sharks stop swimming and lie on the bottom
without dying or jump out of the water and why? There are the Asian elephant and
the African elephant, but is that the only way to classify them and is there
such a thing as a desert elephant? Do all camels drink just fresh water? Is
there something that some call the Unicorn of the Ocean or is it someoneís
imagination? Remember that all legends come from some sort of truth, even if it
is just to teach a lesson or the facts were changed to make it entertaining to
the youth at the time to keep their attention.
Are you willing to share what
you have to share, or will you deny what you have to offer until there is
nothing left to offer? Your value is beyond what you will ever know. Your
imagination boundless. Just open up and you will be accepting destiny. The
destiny that was chosen just for you. Seek the disk of knowledge to start your
You have now taken the next
step in your quest. You must help the boys to see the real fun and adventure
that comes with reading. Help them to realize their potential in affecting the
future. Pull out your Cub Scout Handbooks and search through them for the
requirements for reading and anything that deals with learning through reading.
Stories, newspapers, and more will help you on this quest when you find what you
need to go over. What good is a quest if someone always helps you in simple
tasks? Teach the boys that donít know how to look up information in a book so
that they can do it for themselves later.
Boys can make their own story
or trivia books. An example for the trivia books would be to find trivia card
games or books with good information that asks questions or make up your own
questions. (Similar to some of the questions on the page in the POW WOW Book for
this theme.) Take cardstock or paper and divide each into 6 even pieces. If the
paper is too thin then glue 2 pieces together to make it stiffer. Do this until
you have enough pages for the question. Place the question on one side of the
page and the answer on the back. Punch 3 holes on the left edge so that you can
place rings or tie the pages together. You also can make a front and back cover.
If you are using trivia cards make sure that you have two sets so that one can
be on the front for the question and one on the back for the answer to be shown.
(See example diagram below.)
Next, have the boys bring in
their Scholastic book order forms from their school. Even if they only pick one
book with a small price that they are interested in could help get them to start
using their imagination more. Talk to the parents about it. If they canít afford
it talk about finding someone who needs someone to do extra work for them.
Pulling weeds, walking the dog, or other easy way for the boys to earn money on
their own. Please, what ever you do, make sure that the parents know and trust
them enough to let their son work for them. Working to read and reading to work
are both important things one must know in life.
Scholastic has a way for you
and parents to get a free newsletter with tips on how to help your child read
and learn at
www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/family According to Scholastic, there are
several ways to connect children to books they want to read. They are: Letting
their interests guide their choices. Picture books are great for everyone,
especially for family read-alouds. Tell them some of your favorite books. (Have
the parents tell their children what some of their favorites are too.) Remember
that to help a child become a successful reader they should talk, listen, and
read together with others. (If they child is too shy or embarrassed about their
reading, have them practice at home or with someone they trust. Eventually they
might just open up and read with the pack latter on.) Other things to keep in
mind is that from ages 6 to 8 reading does not come naturally and needs to be
practiced. Research has showed that children need to be exposed to words around
6 to 60 times before they can memorize and read them fluently without stopping
to sound out words. Please remember that some may need more time and help. From
the ages 9 to 12 children need ongoing encouragement, and should be surrounded
by a book rich environment at home. Exposing them to a wide variety of reading
materials like science fiction, mystery, and nonfiction helps build vocabulary
(The following is according to
Scholastic.) Start with picture books, then easy readers, then by Kindergarten
to 3rd Grade they will be in chapter books and reading on their own. There are
two things to remember for those in 3rd Grade to 6th Grade. Fantasy and Mystery
are for those who have imaginations that are intensifying by leaps and bounds.
Adventure, Family, Friendship and Award-Winners are for those who like
family-oriented literature and action-packed adventure. Books about Activities,
Sports, and Humor are good for children of all ages with interests in writing,
drawing, laughter, or learning more about their favorite sports heroes. And last
of all the Reference and Science books are nonfiction books for all ages who
want to know who, what, when, where, why, and how.
Go to the local Library for a
fieldtrip. While you are there go over how to find types of books they are
interested in and get applications for library cards for them. Better yet, let
the boys show you how to do things there. If they feel that they know more about
something than you do it could boost their self-esteem to help their leader out.
If it is new to you then youíll be able to learn Remember, the one who learns to
do for themselves are those who learn to teach others. Those who teach others
and remember that they can still learn more from others make the best teacher.
Search to see and understand
your boys personalities more by having a book making competition. Encourage all
of the boys to pick a topic that they like. Something that deals with an epic
adventure they had on a hike, campout, ball-field, or even a park. Other topics
can be used if needed, especially for those with disabilities. Some of the
funniest stories come from life experiences. Maybe they even learned how to
solve a problem with a bully and things improved. Let them know that as long as
itís appropriate in language and what happens in it theyíll do just fine.
Competition against others can be a nightmare. But, the secret to this
competition is that they are really competing against themselves for
improvement. If they have problems spelling at first thatís alright. Just have
them write a rough draft first. Let them know that this is the time to make
mistakes and they will be fixing them after. If they need to make pictures to
help tell their story, let them. For those who are really having problems or are
embarrassed to write let them know that you, their parents / guardians or
siblings can help them out. Have dictionaries they can use when they are
finished. Give them hints on how to use it if they donít know how. Have them
sound it out and think about what it is they should look for first and try
looking further by remembering all of the sounds the letters of the alphabet
make. Show off their work at the pack meeting. During this time they can pick a
character from their favorite story and make a costume so they can act out their
story. Remember that some stories the character might be telling the story, so
help them learn how to relax so they can have fun sharing the story and acting
out what they did while telling it. Just like other story tellers.
When you hand out the awards
for their stories, make sure that you have a certificate and maybe small gifts
for every boy. The certificates should be for the funniest, most adventurous, or
even best moral of the story theme. You can even go to a dollar store to find
paper to be used as stationary, pencils, maybe even sharpeners. Place them into
clear plastic gift bags with homemade confetti and small paper streamers inside
the bag. Tie the bag with blue and yellow ribbon, string or yearn. Maybe now
they will believe that their hard work is worth more than thy thought it was.
This is a great time to give
the boys courage to search out and discover an adventure to share with others. A
perfect time to promote Pedroís ďSay Yes To ReadingĒ program. Itís found in the
Boyís Life magazine. You can also work on the pins and belt loops for
Communicating and Computers.
If you are looking for a
service project there are a couple things that you can do for your local school
library. One is that you can go around collecting books to be donated, or you
can do a fundraiser to raise money for a set of encyclopedias and give the money
to the school for the reason of adding to the library. Even if you canít raise
the full amount you can at least help them get part of a new set to update the
one they have. Check first with the library to see when they last updated their
set. They may or may not need one. You could also collect books for the local
County Library closest to your pack. Keep your eyes open for sales they have.
Your pack could go to the that library and buy any used books on sale. Some
could be on tape for those read-alouds.
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