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Baloo's Bugle

July 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 12
August 2006 Theme

Theme: Scouting It Out
Webelos: Naturalist & Forester
Tiger Cub
Activities

FOCUS

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

What could be more fun than playing in the great outdoors!!  The sun is shining and the air is hot so be prepared for games in and around water to cool off as well as evening activities to beat the sun. Cub Scouts will see that the “outing” in Scouting means fun, fresh air and exercise in the great outdoors.

CORE VALUES

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

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

  • Sportsmanship and Fitness, Cub Scouts will enjoy outdoor activities and will learn the benefits of personal fitness and being a good sport.
  • Fun and Adventure, Boys will enjoy the opportunity to play in and enjoy the great outdoors.
  • Preparation for Boy Scouts, Boys will begin learning some of the skills as they move along the trail and prepare to join a troop.

The core value highlighted this month is:

  • Perseverance, Boys will learn to tackle new skills

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 twelve if you thought about it!!

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

This is the last Baloo’s Bugle for the 2005-2006 Cub Scout year.  Next month, Zoo Adventures starts the 2006-2007 Cub Scout Year.  Hopefully, my DE will get me my Cub Scout Roundtable Planning Guide in time!

And speaking of next month’s issue, a big Thank You to a frequent contributor and great Scouting friend, Carol the webmaster for www.cubroundtable.com who will be preparing much of the material for the August Baloo’s Bugle.  She volunteered to help when I told her I am Program director for Webelos Resident in early July and then going to Philmont for the last two weeks of the month.  Thank you again.

Scouter Jim asked a question on the Cub Roundtable discussion group looking for games that involve getting wet for August (He lives in Utah!).  It appears by the vignette for the August theme, he was right on with what National wants us doing. 

Great article in the May/June issue of Scouting, “The Wonder of the Woods – What Are Our Children Missing?”  Much of the article comes from a book by Richard Louv, “Last Child in the Woods.  Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.”  The article really makes you think about all those kids indoors, playing video games.  It asks if you remember being told to get outside and play and then staying outside until supper?  I most certainly do!!  According to the article, youngsters 8 to 18 spend 44 hours a week plugged into an electronic medium.  One youth when questioned said he preferred to play indoors because that is where the outlets were.  READ the article and then - 

Get your kids and Cubs outside –

Day camp, Resident camp, Cub Parent weekends, Fun Pack Weekends, 4th of July parade, Historical Park (e.g. Valley Forge, Manassas), State and Local Parks, anywhere (obviously within guidelines) but get ‘em outside.

See, also, “Boys Need the Wind,” and “Green Hour” in Thoughtful Items by Scouter Jim.

Advancement Note for Tigers –

Per the May/June Issue of Scouting, Tigers now earn the Bobcat Badge first, and then earn the Tiger Badge.  (News Briefs, page 10)

National makes a patch for every Cub Scout Monthly theme.  This is the one for this theme.  Check them out at www.scoutstuff.org go to patches and look for 2006 Cub Scout Monthly Theme Emblems.  I use these for prizes and Thank You’s at my Roundtables


Months with similar themes to
Scouting It Out
Dave D in Illinois

Why do I run this list you ask??

You may have a Scouter in your Pack who has been around awhile and has copies of Pow Wow Books, CS Program Helps, Cub Scout Roundtable Planning Guides, Cub Scout Program Quarterlies (You have to be old to know what those are.  My mom got them when I was a Cubby.) or other theme material from previous years.  Or maybe your Pack has a library of these that you can look through.  Theme resources from previous years can be invaluable.

June

1941

Cubbing Moves into the Backyard

July

1944

Back Yard Camping

July

1945

Outdoor Cubbing

July

1950

Outing

June

1953

Summertime Adventure

August

1954

Annual Picnic

August

1955

Outdoor Fun

August

1957

Good Old Summertime

July

1958

Outdooring

August

1961

Outdoor Festival

July

1966

Summertime Adventure

August

1967

Outdoor Fun

June

1971

Outdoor Fun

July

1975

Summer Adventure

March

1977

Kites-Spring

June

1980

Outdoor Fun

July

1984

Fun in the Sun

May

1988

Outdoor Adventure

August

1989

Outdoor Festival

July

1992

Fun in the Sun

June

1997

Outdoor Adventure

June

2003

Fun in the Sun

July

2003

A Hiking We Will Go


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