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announcementsAnnouncements Song  The Announcements Song will add some laughs to the dry business parts of your meetings. Sing "Announcements, announcements, announcements" followed by one of the verses and then do an announcement. Sing it again and then do another announcement.


Venturing Bronze AwardVenturing Outdoor Bronze Award Requirements  The Venturing Outdoor Bronze Award is the first step on the way to earning the Ranger award. To earn this award, Venturers must complete four of the Ranger core requirements and two Ranger electives.


Sleeping Pirate Game  This month I am featuring the Cultural Awareness Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts. The meeting plan for week two suggests playing Sleeping Pirate as a opening activity while the Scouts are gathering. This works well for this purpose since it doesn't require much equipment and additional Scouts can join in as they arrive.


Top HatBring Back My Bunny to Me Song  This song is from the old program helps and fits in well with the Abracadabra program theme . Add some actions (shown in italics) and ham it up to get the Cub Scouts involved.


Top Hat and CaneMystifying Paper Osmosis Trick  A magic trick will add some fun to your meeting. For this simple trick you will need an accomplice who is capable of not telling everyone he is helping you.


CandleArrow of Light Centerpieces  Janice recently wrote to me with this message: "I need your help! I've been assigned to help put together our Arrow of Light ceremony / banquet. I'm at a loss as to what to do for centerpieces. We'll have over 10 tables and we don't want to make it look too "blue and gold." Any ideas that you may have could really help me out a lot! " Sometimes simple centerpieces are the best.


Top HatAbracadabra Pack Meeting Plan Available for January Core Value - Positive Attitude  The core value for the month of January is Positive Attitude. A January supplemental meeting plan theme called Abracadabra has recently been posted to the BSA website.


knotThe Great Rope Escape Magic Trick  This month I am featuring the BSA Abracadabra theme for the January Pack meeting. If you want to add some fun to your meeting, perform a simple magic trick. Cub Scouts will love it.


MagicJanuary Cub Scout Theme – Abracadabra (Positive Attitude)  Rumor has it that BSA will be rolling out an Abracadabra theme for January's core value of Positive Attitude. So this month I am going to highlight some ideas to go along with that magic based program theme also.


Venturing Bronze AwardVenturing Sea Scout Bronze Award Requirements  The Venturing Sea Scout Bronze award is aimed at Crews who are focused on sailing.


Three Happy BoysAudience Participation - The Story of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox  This a story about the cold winter when Paul Bunyan found Babe the Blue Ox. A few words and names are repeated throughout the story. Your audience will be divided into groups and assigned a word or name. Whenever they hear it, they must say something - loudly and with enthusiasm - and do an action. Cub Scouts usually enjoy these "action stories".


Finishing Up Webelos  In a little over a month, my youngest son and his den will cross over to Boy Scouts. I've been thinking about how much this group has changed over the years.


Cotton Swab Snowflake Craft  You don't need a lot of fancy materials to make these and they can be put together pretty quickly, so these could be done at a pack meeting or den meeting.


Marbles PinMarbles Pin for Cub Scouts  My kids have several sets of marbles and ZM and LC still enjoy playing with them. Marbles is a great "take anywhere" game. Just grab your bag of marbles, draw some circles on the ground, and you are ready for a game. If your Cub Scout has already earned the Marbles Belt Loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program, he can learn more about the game by earning the pin.


Holiday Picture BingoChristmas Picture Bingo  Kids always enjoy playing bingo, so if you are having a den or pack Christmas party, use these Christmas picture bingo cards.


ApplauseIce Applause and Snowball Applause  A quick silly applause adds some fun to a Pack meeting. These two applauses go with this month's Winter Wonderland theme.


911 Song  This silly song is a favorite with my boys. Yes, it involves crashing into trees, ambulance rides, blood, and the word cops. But it seems to be the type of song boys enjoy singing. Don't ask me why.


Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingTrustworthy Tommy Song  Trustworthy Tommy is a song to help Webelos and new Boy Scouts learn the Scout Law. Webelos need to memorize the law to earn the Arrow of Light. New Boy Scouts must memorize it for the Tenderfoot rank. Some boys who have trouble with rote memorization will find that learning the song helps it stick with them. Eventually they should be able to say the Scout Law without the song going through their heads.


SnowmanCub Scout Theme - Winter Wonderland  This time of year, Cub Scouts are looking forward to a winter wonderland. They have visions of snowy days with sledding and hot cocoa. And they dream of snow days. Build on this vision with a Winter Wonderland theme for your pack or den program.


Gratitude Scoutmaster Minute  Here is a Scoutmaster minute which is appropriate this time of year. Challenge your Boy Scouts to show their thankfulness for their freedom by doing more than just say the Scout Oath and Law, but by living them.


Boy Scout BingoBoy Scout Bingo  A lot of the requirements for Arrow of Light have to do with learning about Boy Scouts. So to make this more fun, I made up a set of picture bingo cards.


Thanksgiving TurkeyHunting for Thanksgiving Dinner Skit  Here's a fun skit for a Pack meeting or a November campout. It is very easy and can be put on with almost any number of Scouts.


BSA Tiger Den Meeting 9 - How Do You Celebrate and Making Decorations  This meeting plan covers Tiger Elective 1 - How Do You Celebrate? and Tiger Elective 2 - Making Decorations. The celebration which the plan mentions is a Blue and Gold banquet, but you could adjust this plan for a holiday celebration.


Horsemanship Merit BadgeHorsemanship Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  This is one our older scouts sometimes work on at summer camp. They usually require them to be 13 or 14 years old though, because the smaller guys have a hard time saddling the horse without assistance. There is only one part they don't like - the test about the parts of the horse and diseases.


Halloween CandyBobbing for Worms Halloween Party Game  Looking for a last minute Halloween game idea? Here is a really easy which is fun for the players and spectators alike. And it is good for all ages. Our Crew played this at their costume party last year.


BicycleBSA Bear Den Meeting Plan 3 – Ride Right  BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the website. This plan covers Bear Achievement 14 - Ride Right. I have included notes on resources and ideas which will help you with this meeting plan.


Candy Corn for HalloweenCrew Social Event and Service Project – Trunk or Treat  They are going to help distribute pizzas at the event and do some other small jobs for the organizers. In return, they will have a table where they can hang out together and pass out candy (since none of them has a car). They will wear costumes and have a great time. So this will mostly be a social event for them with just a little service thrown in. It should be fun for them.


Nuclear Science Merit BadgeNuclear Science Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  Our troop probably earns an unusual number of the Nuclear Science merit badges because my husband is a counselor. So that is a chance for our Scouts to learn about this topic from somebody who works with this material every day in his job. The Scouts especially enjoy getting to use a survey meter.


Jack O LanternHalloween Bingo Cards  If you are looking for a fun gathering activity for a den meeting or pack meeting around Halloween time, try these Halloween Picture Bingo Cards.


Venturing Bronze AwardVenturing Arts and Hobbies Bronze Award Requirements  This month, I am looking at the Arts and Hobbies Bronze award. This Bronze award lets Venturers explore an area of interest to them and learn about it in depth.


Webelos Traveler Activity BadgeBSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 4 – Traveler and Athlete  This plan completes Athlete and does all of Traveler. It also completes the Geography belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.


Radio MicrophoneBSA Tiger Den Meeting 8 - Go See It: How I Tell It  This is the eighth in the series of Tiger den meeting plans provide by BSA. This meeting is a Go See It, so the main activity will be visiting a newspaper office, or radio or television station.


Chess Pieces on Chess BoardChess Terminology  I always go over terminology first when introducing something new to Cub Scouts. This is a good practice for Boy Scouts and Venturers to learn also whenever they are doing skill instruction. So if you are having a chess themed meeting or activity, make sure you are all speaking the same language first. These are some very basic definitions to get you started.


Making a Plaster Print Mold  Plaster of Paris is messy, which means Scouts will enjoy it. You can use this versatile medium to make plaster molds and casts. This technique can be used to make shoe prints or tire track casts for Requirement 1 of Bear Achievement 7 – Law Enforcement Is a Big Job.


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.


HammerTin Can Lanterns  Tin can lanterns make a very versatile craft project for Cub Scouts. You can make the holes in any pattern you like - a star for Christmas, a ghost for Halloween, a heart for Valentine's day. Webelos and Bears can probably do this project themselves with some adult supervision. Younger scouts will need more direct help from the adults.


Geography Belt LoopGeography Belt Loop for Cub Scouts  The Geography belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program is a good enrichment activity if you are planning to take a hike around your neighborhood. Because of the similar requirements, it can also be a companion to the Map and Compass belt loop.


Soccer Zipper Pulls  If you want a craft with a soccer theme, try making soccer themed zipper pulls. I've outlined a basic idea below, but you can get creative and change it up however you want. They can use the colored beads at the bottom to represent their school colors or the colors for their favorite team.


Crew Activity – Teen Area at Homecoming  Our parish Fall Festival is coming up in a couple of weeks. Our Crew asked if they could do some sort of service project at the event, and it was decided that they would provide some sort of gathering spot for the teenagers. So they are going to have a pavilion type tent which is for teenagers - no little kids allowed.


BSA Insignia Guide  We often get questions about Cub Scout and Boy Scout uniforms. "Where do I put ....?" Fortunately, BSA provides an online insignia guide. This online resource has all of the information parents and scouts need to figure out where all of the various emblems are worn.