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Boy at the TableGood Manners Napkins  Do you ever feel like you are repeating yourself when you are teaching your kids table manners? Here is an idea your Cub Scouts can make for their holiday table or even for everyday family dinners.


cornucopiaThanksgiving Scoutmaster (or Cubmaster) Minute  This makes a nice Scoutmaster Minute or Cubmaster Minute or even just a good reflection for a family gathering at this time of year. This is based on something in some old BSA program helps


Respect Ourselves, Others, and Our WorldMore Ideas for December Pack Meeting - Respect  The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of December is Respect. According to the program helps respect is "Showing regard for the worth of someone or something."


Soccer GoalkeeperSoccer and Scouting Program  The Soccer and Scouting program seeks to bring the values of Scouting to boys who might not be currently involved in a Cub Scout program. It is a 12 week program for boys in the 1st through 5th grades.


Communications Merit BadgeCommunications Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  Communications merit badge is one of the Boy Scout merit badges which is required for the rank of Eagle. Unlike many of the Eagle required badges, this one really lends itself to being worked on in a group meeting setting. So this is one that could be the basis for a series of troop meetings.


Boy Washing CarIdeas for October Pack Meeting – Responsibility  The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of October is Responsibility. According to the program helps responsibility is fulfilling our duty to God, country, other people, and ourselves. Responsibility is fulfilling our duty to help others and take care of ourselves. It is behaving safely and appropriately without having to be told.


TeamworkWhat is Good Sportsmanship?  Scouting and sports go together. Many recognitions require that the Scout discuss sportsmanship. So what does good sportsmanship mean?


TeamworkIdeas for September Pack Meeting – Cooperation  The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of September is Cooperation. According to the program helps cooperation is being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal. Cooperation is a key element in teamwork. Cub Scouts will gain a better understanding of the importance of supporting each other as they play games and learn new skills.


HonestyIdeas for August Pack Meeting – Honesty  The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of August is Honesty. According to the program helps honest is: Telling the truth and being worthy of trust. A Scout is honest. As boys have fun and interact in their den and pack, they learn that honesty can simply be defined as a refusal to lie, cheat, or steal in any way. Honesty is simply the truth.


American eagle with flagIdeas for July Pack Meeting – Courage  The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of July is Courage. According to the program helps courage is being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences.


ScienceCubmaster Minute – Science and Perseverance  The Cub Scout core value for the month of June is perseverance. Here is a brief Cubmaster minute to help Cub Scout understand why perseverance is important.


Boys RunningIdeas for June Pack Meeting – Perseverance  The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of June is Perseverance. According to the program helps perseverance is: Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult.


Boys RunningCub Scout Perseverance Ceremony  The Cub Scout core value for the month of June is perseverance. This word might be unfamiliar to your Cub Scouts. This ceremony will help them understand the meaning of the word. This would work especially well as part of an opening ceremony.


TeachingBSA Methods - Teaching Others  The methods of Scouting are the ways that Scouting's aims of developing character, citizenship, and fitness in youth are achieved. One of the methods for Venturers is “teaching others”. Teaching others is the best way to really acquire deep knowledge of an area. By sharing their skills with others, Venturers retain their knowledge better and provide service to others


Praying handsNative American Prayer  Native American lore is an important part of the Boy Scout and Cub Scout programs. This prayer is attributed to Chief Sealth (for whom Seattle is named).


Character CountsWolf Den Meeting Plan for Achievement 12 - Making Choices  I found that the best way to make this fun was to turn it into a role play game. We started out with the Character Connection, and then we started going through the scenarios. We went through more than four. They really enjoyed doing them. And with a couple of the scenarios there was some lively discussion over what they should do.


PhonePhone Etiquette  Phone etiquette does not come naturally to most kids. It needs to be taught. Here are some very basic rules for talking on the phone. These could be used with Tiger Elective 26 - Phone Manners or Wolf Achievement 4 - Know Your Home and Community. It will also help Cub Scouts working on the Good Manners Pin.


Family Travel Belt LoopFamily Travel Belt Loop for Cub Scouts  Summer will be here before we know it. If you are planning to travel this summer, get your Cub Scout involved and he can earn his Family Travel belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. If you don't have any travel plans, don't worry. He doesn't actually have to take a trip for him to earn this belt loop. The requirements are all about planning.


Inspiration and MotivationScoutmaster Minute - Cheerful Service  With Order of the Arrow elections approaching in the coming months, I though I'd share this Scoutmaster minute about cheerful service. It will help the troop remember what they should be basing their votes on and it should help current OA members remember the ideals they should be trying to live up to.


Praying handsA Scout's Prayer by Lord Baden-Powell  This prayer is attributed to Lord Baden-Powell himself. B-P clearly believed that faith was an important component of his Scouting program. So while Scouting is not specific to any particular faith, there is a spiritual aspect to it. This prayer, based on the Scout Law, would be appropriate for most groups of Scouts.


Inspiration and MotivationScoutmaster Minute - Honesty  Honesty is an important virtue. This brief inspirational thought can be used as a Scoutmaster minute to remind Scouts that it is better to be honest from the start than to try to cover our mistakes by shading the truth.


Praying handsIdeas for April Pack Meeting – Faith  The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of April is Faith. According to the program helps, faith is "Having inner strength and confidence based on our trust in God."


CompassionCubmaster Minute - Compassion  The Cub Scout core value for the month of March is compassion. Here is a brief Cubmaster minute to help Cub Scout understand the meaning of compassion.


CompassionIdeas for March Pack Meeting - Compassion  The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of March is compassion. Compassion involves thinking about others.


Inspiration and MotivationScoutmaster Minute - Hope for the Future  When I look at the young men and women I work with in Boy Scouts and Venturing, I have nothing but hope for the future.


CompassionShoe Advancement Ceremony  The Cub Scout core value for the month of March is compassion. The pack program helps have opening and closing ceremonies which involve shoes - for walking in another's shoes.


Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingBSA Methods - Uniform  Wearing a uniform identifies youth as Boy Scouts. It give them a sense of belonging to a group. The Boy Scout uniform is associated with the ideals of Scouting.


Praying handsScout Sunday and Scout Sabbath  Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath are rapidly approaching. Scout Sunday is always the Sunday preceding February 8, or February 8 if it is a Sunday. The Saturday following Scout Sunday is Scout Sabbath.


Praying handsAddams Family Grace (Song)   This favorite Cub Scout grace is a song. The tune is the theme of the Addams Family show. (Hence the name.)


ResourcefulnessIdeas for February Cub Scout Theme - Resourcefulness  The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of February is resourcefulness. How can resourcefulness be incorporated into a pack program?


Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingBSA Methods - Advancement  Advancement is one of the "Methods of Scouting" used in Boy Scouts. I am the Advancement Chair for our troop, so I am always interested in other Scouters' thoughts on advancement.


Respect Ourselves, Others, and Our WorldCub Scout Gathering Activity - Core Values Crossword Puzzle  This is a crossword puzzle I made for a gathering activity for a den meeting. It's purpose is just to familiarize the Cub Scout with the 12 core values


Positive AttitudeCubmaster's Minute - Gandhi's Shoe  The core value for January for Cub Scouts is positive attitude. This Cubmaster minute uses a story about Gandhi to demonstrate what positive attitude means. You could even have a few den chiefs act this out while you tell the story.


Boy Scouts of AmericaBSA Methods - Association with Adults  Association with adults is one of the methods used in both Boy Scouts and Venturing. While these programs are youth-led, there are still adults present to mentor and help the youth leaders.


Pet Care Belt LoopPet Care Belt Loop for Cub Scouts  If you have a pet, have your Cub Scout check out the Pet Care Belt Loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. He will have to take care of the pet for two weeks (a positive from any parent's point of view) and learn about his pet. Then all he has to do is make a poster about his pet and show it off.


Inspiration and MotivationScoutmaster Minute – Only One  Here is a Scoutmaster Minute which reminds us not to focus on the big insurmountable problem. Instead, just do what you can.


Positive AttitudePack Meeting Ideas for January - Positive Attitude  The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of January is Positive Attitude. According to the program helps, this means being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find the best in all situations.


CandleKwanzaa Candle Ceremony for Cub Scouts  This ceremony relates the seven principles of Kwanzaa to the values of Cub Scouting. It goes along well with the December theme of respect also.


Respect Ourselves, Others, and Our WorldIdeas for December Pack Meeting - Respect  The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of December is respect. At your December pack meeting, do something which helps Cub Scouts practice respect for others.


Praying handsScout Law Prayer  A Scout is Reverent. This prayer incorporates the twelve points of the Scout Law.