September 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
October 2008 Theme
Adventures in Books
Citizen and Showman
Achievement 5 Letís Go Outdoors
Based on input I received, I realized I needed to
emphasize getting your Tigers Outdoors now (versus January for those of us in
New Jersey or even further north.) Besides, isnít that why they joined Scouting
Ė to get outdoors?? And so here is Achievement 5!! CD
There is so much to do and learn outdoors! You can
have fun exploring nature and looking at trees, flowers, and animals. You can
walk, run, play games, and ride a bike. Itís even fun to sit outside!
Achievement 5F - Family activity
You can listen to a weather report on the radio or
television. But itís more fun to tell what the weather is like by going outside
and using your five senses to observe what the weather for yourself. Your five
senses are seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. Some people canít
use all five senses fully, such as people who are sight impaired or hearing
impaired. Often, people who canít use one of their senses have learned to use
their other four senses very well.
5F Go outside
and observe the weather. Use your senses to help you describe what the weather
is like. What do you see? Is it sunny? Is it dark? Do you see stars, clouds,
sunshine, rain, or a rainbow? What do you hear? Do you hear thunder, rain, or
the blowing wind? Maybe you hear traffic noise, children playing, or birds
singing. How does the weather affect noises like these? What do you smell? Do
you smell flowers or freshly cut grass? Maybe you smell the aroma of someone
cooking or the odor of farm animals. The air and wind bring these smells to
your nose. What do you taste? If the wind is blowing across a dusty place,
you may get dust in your mouth. Does the air taste like dirt? Does it taste
like salt? What can you feel? Is it cold or warm? Do you feel the wind
blowing? Do you feel rain or snow?
The Character Connection on Faith is associated
with this Achievement. Donít overlook this important part of the program. Have
the Adult partners be sure to carry out the discussion and have the Tiger
explain what he knows (This is done by completing the first part of achievement
5F) and then explain how he feels about things he cannot see (The sun at night,
the moon during the day, wind). And finally, in discussing what you believe in
but cannot see, what faith is and how you develop faith. Faith is one of Cub
Scoutingís 12 Core Values. Donít miss this chance to discuss Faith with your
Tiger. For more information on Character Connections check out your Tiger Book,
Your Leaderís Book or Bill Smithís Unofficial Cub Scout Roundtable at
http://www.wtsmith.com/rt.html He has the
whole BSA publication on Character Connections Commissioner Dave
Achievement 5D - Den Activity
Many trees and bushes have leaves that turn colors
and fall to the ground in autumn. Some trees have needles that stay on all year
long. You may live in a place where cacti grow. Cacti have spines or scales
instead of leaves. Go outdoors with your adult partner and collect some leaves
or needles to take to your den meeting for this activity. Be sure to collect
only fallen leavers, or get the permission of an adult before removing a live
part of a tree or bush.
And what better time than when the leaves are
changing colors to go out and look for leaves and be able to pick them up and
compare them. CD
5D With a
crayon or colored pencil and a piece of paper, make a leaf rubbing.
writing paper, leaves, crayons
Place a leaf, vein side up, on a smooth surface, and
cover it with a piece of thin writing paper. Hold the paper firmly in position
and gently rub the crayon over it. The crayon strokes should all be in the same
direction and with just enough pressure to bring out the details of the leaf.
The finished design can be displayed in your home, decorated and framed. Your
leaf rubbings can also be made into greeting cards or given as a gift.
Achievement 5G - Go and See It
Walking is great exercise, and itís fun to be
outdoors. When you walk, you see more things in the outdoors than you would if
you went by fast on a bicycle, or in a car or bus.
5G Take a hike.
Your den may go to a special outdoor place for a
hike, or you may take a simple walk in your neighborhood. Be sure to take into
account the size and ability of your Tiger. There are many state Parks and
other parks with short nature trails that have built in rest areas where you
stop and read the commentary along the trail (Station 1, station 2,). These may
be perfect for your Tigers.
Every Pack should be committed to conduct an
outdoor activity within the first three months of the year (September, October,
November). My pack has a Fall Family Camping Trip. Our council has a Fall Cub
Scout event at one of our camps. Activities like these would be perfect times
for your Tigers to get their hikes. CD
Wherever you go, itís fun to be outdoors! Remember,
three quarters of Scouting is Outing.
Materials found in Baloo's Bugle may be used by Scouters for Scouting activities provided that Baloo's Bugle and the original contributors are cited as the source of the material.