SAY YES TO READING!
Each year Boy's
Life has exciting program that encourages
reading. I have gotten the following information
and strongly encourage participation in this
program. My son has received Pedro Patches in the
past through this program. It really is a win-win
one-page report titled "The Best Book I Read
This Year" and enter it in the Boys' Life
1998 "Say Yes to Reading!" contest.
The book can be
fiction or nonfiction. But the report has to be
in your own words. Enter in the one of these
three age categories:
* 8 years old
* 9 and 10 years
* 11 years old
receives your report, he will send you a free
patch. The top three winners from each age group
will also get to pick a book from our special
prize list, receive copies of
"Codemaster" books 1 and 2, a set of
the limited-edition Codemaster patch-and-pin
set--plus have their names announced in this
The contest is
open to all Boys' Life readers. Be sure to
include your age and your grade in school on the
report, along with a self-addressed, stamped
envelope, to: BSA, Boys' Life Reading Contest,
S204, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.
Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 1998
My friend, Fred,
does an excellent newsletter for his district, in
Birmingham. He gave me permission to publish the
Just An Hour a Week
(A day in the
life of a Scout Volunteer) Fred Feltmann
Greater Alabama Council 7/18/98
Just an hour a week, they said.
Your son needs you, they said. I don't spend
enough time now with him, I guiltily thought. And
so I reluctantly said, "yes."
Jimmy, he spilled his milk on my kitchen floor.
Johnny, he spilled the glue on the table. Joey,
he said he was bored and he hated me. Freddie, he
punched Erik. But, Timothy, he learned how to tie
a bowline at my meeting. The one I learned to tie
at Training one Saturday. A day I would rather
have been somewhere else. And he used it to save
It was a little more than an hour a week. Maybe
two or three, including meetings and preparation.
But how much was it worth? Because Jenny can
laugh and cry another day!
(Don't ask if this really happened - it happens
every day. I just thought about all of the things
we teach each week at Den Meetings, Troop
Meetings, Camporees, Summer Camp, or whenever
Scouts meet. And the many times these Scouts and
Scouters have used these skills to save a life,
or teach one another; sometimes unsung. This is
dedicated to those who have done the deed, and
did not ask for recognition, because they did
what they had to - to do a good turn and were
prepared. This is why we volunteer to help, be it
in Scouting, our church or our community -- that
we might prepare our sons (and daughters) for
life's joys and sorrows.)
ANATOMY OF A DEN LEADER
Linda McMillan Pack 330 Den
Greater Alabama Council
A "Successful" Den Leader must be:
D evoted A true devotion
to the Cub Scouting program is the first
Requirement for becoming a successful Den Leader.
E nthusiastic Even a
well-planned activity may be a complete
"dud" if the Den Leader fails to
communicate enthusiasm to the Den.
N ecessary Den
Leaders are necessary to the cause of Cub
Scouting. It is necessary for Den Leader to
Do Your Best at all times.
L oyal Loyalty to Cub
Scouting demands that Den Leaders set a good
example, for you represent the brother-hood of
E ager A successful
Den Leader eagerly takes advantage of learning
opportunities to acquire new skills and hone old
A ctive A successful
Den Leader takes an active role on the Pack
Committee and attends the monthly Commit-tee
D iligent A
successful Den Leader diligently plans the yearly
program for the Den and is diligent in record
keeping for the Den.
E nergetic A
successful Den Leader is an energetic supporter
of Cub Scouting. All duties are discharged
R eady A successful
Den Leader is always ready to do whatever is
required to become, and remain a success.