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Announcements 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 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.
Bring 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.
Mystifying 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.
Arrow 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.
Abracadabra 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.
The 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.
January 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 Sea Scout Bronze Award Requirements The Venturing Sea Scout Bronze award is aimed at Crews who are focused on sailing.
Audience 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 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.
Christmas Picture Bingo Kids always enjoy playing bingo, so if you are having a den or pack Christmas party, use these Christmas picture bingo cards.
Ice 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.
Trustworthy 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.
Cub 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 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.
Hunting 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 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.
Bobbing 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.
BSA Bear Den Meeting Plan 3 – Ride Right BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the Scouting.org 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.
Crew 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 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.
Halloween 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 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.
BSA 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.
BSA 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 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 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.
Tin 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 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.