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Volume 5 Issue 3
October 1998

Boy's Life is an excellent publication for your Cub Scouts. Inside it there are always articles worth reading, not only for boys but for adults Our son has earned this wonderful patch, by reading a book and submitting a one page book report. And yes, it did take a few "Did you finish writing that book report yet?" He finally finished it by mid-December. One day, in the mail there was something for Neal. His eyes really lit up the day he got his patch in the mail. This is a program I encourage everyone to sharewith his or her den families. I also encourage a subscription to Boy's Life for each scout, and no I am not paid to say that : ).

A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Training Tip
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Tiger Scouts
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Pre-Opening Activities
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Opening Ceremonies
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Leader Ideas
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Songs
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Slides
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Audience Participation
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Advancement
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Games
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Fun Foods
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Stunts
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Skits
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Closing Ceremony
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Webelos Citizen
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Webelos Craftsman
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Training Around the US
A Baloo's Bugle Feature Story Web Links
New 1998 Boys Life Say Yes To Reading Patch


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 type deal.

Write a 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 and younger,

* 9 and 10 years old,

* 11 years old and older.

When Pedro 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 column!

The contest is open to all Boys' Life readers. Be sure to include your age and your grade in school on the entry.

Send your 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 following

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 Jenny's life.

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.)

Linda McMillan Pack 330 Den Leader Coach
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 Scouting,|
E ager A successful Den Leader eagerly takes advantage of learning opportunities to acquire new skills and hone old ones.
A ctive A successful Den Leader takes an active role on the Pack Committee and attends the monthly Commit-tee meetings.
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 energetically.
R eady A successful Den Leader is always ready to do whatever is required to become, and remain a success.

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