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The Fleur de Lis and Scouting

What does the fleur de lis symbolize in Scouting? A reader asks if it is appropriate to give a fleur de lis plaque to a Cub Scout who has earned his Arrow of Light but is not continuing in Boy Scouts.

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Catching Up Cub Scouts

A reader asks “This past week I was lucky enough to have two more boys join our Den. How would you go about getting the new boys up to where they need to be without repeating/boring the original four?”

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Den Job Chart

Cub Scouts love to help out at den meetings! A den job chart will help you spread the jobs around. Ideally each member of your den would have at least one job at every meeting.

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Secret Codes

Having a secret code can be fun. There are several simple methods of coding communication so that only those who know the “secret” know what is being said.

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Disbanding a Very Small Boy Scout Troop

A reader reports My son has been in a very small Boy Scout Troop for 2 years now. Our scoutmaster had a meeting to discuss the fact that the boys scouting experience is very limited because of the troops size and suggested that the scouts transfer to another troop.

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Flip the Bird Tag

Flip the Bird tag is an active game which is a combination of tag and keep away. In it, a players work together to keep their friends from being tagged.

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Help! My Son Doesn’t Want to Be a Boy Scout

A reader’s son doesn’t want to continue in Boy Scouts: “I have tried to make it sounds really cool, he’s got friends moving up and friends in a troop now but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. I can’t force him so am I doomed to this disappointment?”

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Jack Rabbit Posing Game

Our Crew president led this jack rabbit posing game at our last meeting. It is a fun game for teenagers, but would work for other age groups also. The idea of this game is to remember different poses and to strike the correct pose quickly.

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Christmas Games: Stocking Surprise

Stocking Surprise is an easy game for your Christmas themed meeting or party. It works with almost any age group. When choosing items for the “stocking”, think of all of the senses. Include something with a scent, or something which makes noise. Include it in your Christmas games this year.

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New Leader Orientation

A reader asks ” I am putting together a Leader Orientation for next year and was wondering what you would include, especially with the upcoming program changes.”

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Veteran’s Day Military Cadence

Today is Veteran’s Day. I’d like to thank all of the veterans who have kept us safe and free over the years. If you have a Scouting event today, this is the perfect opportunity to teach your Scouts to thank these heroes.

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We Don’t Have a Skit Skit

The We Don’t Have a Skit skit is great because it can be used with any number of Scouts. It is also a good skit to do with younger Scouts because they don’t have to remember many lines.

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Hands On Activities at Den Meetings

A reader asks “Our den leader does 90% paperwork and talking at den meetings on the items in the handbook. Is this they way it is or are there other packs and dens that do hands on activities to accomplish same goals? “

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Fall Fun Rally 2014

In a couple of weeks, our crew is going to Fall Fun Rally. This annual event, which started 41 years ago in the Greater St. Louis Area Council, claims to be the largest annual gathering of Venturers and Explorers.

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Water Bottle Holder Projects

Here are some water bottle holder projects I came across recently. Scouts will want to keep their water bottles with them when they can carry them in a water bottle holder they made themselves.

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