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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What If the Committee Is Acting as Scoutmaster?

A reader sent in this question: “What if the troop committee board is planning everything and the Scoutmaster is out of the loop?”

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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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Instant Recognition for Cub Scouts

A reader asks if it is OK to hand out the instant recognition beads for Cub Scouts at a pack meeting.

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Whittling Chip Card Corners

A reader asks about cutting the corners from a Whittling Chip card when the owner commits a safety infraction.

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November Pack Meeting – Gives Goodwill (Citizenship)

BSA has a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Gives Goodwill for the November core value of Citizenship – games, group activities, songs, and more.

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Assistant Patrol Leader and Rank Advancement

If you look at the list of positions which can be used to meet the position of responsibility requirement for Star and Life, you will see that assistant patrol leader is not listed there.

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Discovery Award Requirements

The Discovery award is the second level award in the newly remodeled award system for Venturers. This award emphasizes participation, skill development, and goal setting.

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Tiger Cub Scouts

Fitting Everything in a Cub Scout Meeting

A reader asks about how many requirements must be done at the first Tiger meeting. If you feel like you have too much material for one meeting, split it into two.

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Volunteer

November Cub Scout Theme – Gives Goodwill (Citizenship)

The Cub Scout Gives Goodwill theme for the November core value of Citizenship centers around the idea of serving the community.

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Fishing Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts

There are many preplanned programs available to PLCs who are planning meetings and activities for their troops. One of these is the Fishing Troop Program Feature .

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Venturing Award Requirements

The Venturing award is the lowest level award in the newly remodeled award system for Venturers. It is a joining award, with an emphasis on commitment and personal safety.

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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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Helping an Auditory Learner with Webelos Requirements

A reader asks about helping an auditory learner with the Webelos requirements. Songs can be a big help to auditory learners.

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Boy Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award

By earning this award, Boy Scouts become more aware of the principles of Leave No Trace and the Outdoor Code and learn to have minimal impact on the environment when hiking, camping, and participating in other outdoor activities.

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Webelos Requirements

A reader who is a new Webelos den leader is confused about how many activity badges must be completed. We try to sort it out.

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First Aid Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts

The focus of the First Aid troop program feature is learning to assess an emergency and practical first aid skills.

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Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award

Cub Scouts and their leaders can earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness award to start learning about being responsible citizens while outdoors.

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