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BSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 6: Know Your Home and Community This plan completes Wolf Achievement 4 - Know Your Home and Community, which was started in the previous meeting plan. It also includes some electives - Let's Have a Party and Sing-Along.
Venturing Religious Life Bronze Award Requirements The Religious Life Bronze award works well for Crews who are organized as church youth groups as ours is. While none of our members have earned this recognition yet, I do present it to them as an option from time to time.
Public Service Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts The focus in this program feature is citizenship and service. Younger Boy Scouts can work on flag etiquette, flag ceremonies, and their rights and duties as US Citizens. Older Scouts could work on the Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the World merit badges.
BSA Bear Den Meeting Plan 4 - Law Enforcement Is a Big Job This plan covers Bear Achievement 7 – Law Enforcement Is a Big Job. I'll include some links and other ideas to help you with this meeting plan.
BSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 5 – Citizen This meeting plan starts the Citizen activity badge. This is an important meeting, since Citizen is required for the Webelos badge.
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.
S bar F Scout Ranch Grace Our council has several properties, but the one most Boy Scouts attend for summer camp is S bar F Scout Ranch. This is the S bar F Ranch grace.
Roller Skating Belt Loop for Cub Scouts I have to admit that I have never been much of a roller skater. My kids really enjoy it though and it is a popular venue for birthday parties around here. So the Roller Skating belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program would make a great den activity.
Good 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.
Thanksgiving 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
More 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."
Simple Indoor Opening Flag Ceremony Many of our kids have not been exposed to flag etiquette before their first flag ceremony, so take the time to give them some basic instruction. This is a very simple flag ceremony for Cub Scouts to use at Den and Pack meetings.
Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Working on the Citizenship in the Community merit badge helps Boy Scouts understand their role in their local community. The Citizenship in the Community merit badge is required for the rank of Eagle Scout.
Table Tennis Pin for Cub Scouts When I was younger I played table tennis with my brother and sister in the basementt, except we called it ping pong. The Table Tennis pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program lets Cub Scouts explore this sport in depth. If you don't have access to a table at home, try your local community center.
Ideas for November Cub Scout Pack Meeting – Citizenship The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of November is Citizenship. According to the program helps citizenship is "Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national communities. Cub Scouts develop good citizenship when they are learning about respecting the flag and providing service to the community."
Skateboarding Pin for Cub Scouts If you have a Cub Scout who can't be parted from his skateboard, he can earn his skateboarding pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program.
Displaying the US Flag with Other Flags The US Flag is the symbol of our country. Scouts should know how to fold it, fly it, and handle it. Flag etiquette is part of many of the Scout requirements. In many cases, the rules are pretty straightforward. But in other cases, you just need to know the rules. For example, it gets more complicated when you are flying the US flag with flags from other nations. Here are the basics.
Ultimate Pin for Cub Scouts I've noticed more ultimate and disc golf courses being built at local parks. Ultimate seems to be an up and coming sport. So if your den has some time on a beautiful fall weekend, consider grabbing a frisbee and playing some ultimate.
BSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 4: Keep Your Body Healthy and Bowling Field Trip BSA provides den meeting plans for den leaders. Meeting 4 completes Wolf Achievement 3 - Keep Your Body Healthy, and completes Elective 20g - Sports (Go Bowling), and completes the Bowling belt loop.
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.
Venturing Sports Bronze Award Requirements Since I am focusing on soccer this month, I thought this would be a good time to introduce the Venturing Sports Bronze Award. By earning this award, Venturers can learn about fitness, sports safety, and sportsmanship. This award especially fits in well with sports teams which have chartered as Venture Crews.
Communications 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.
Follow the Dribbler Soccer Drill When working with young Scouts, simpler is usually better. Every den has at least one or two boys who really find it unbearable to sit through lengthy instructions. Follow the Dribbler is a really simple soccer drill.
Soccer Word Search Puzzle If you are looking for a gathering activity to go with this month's soccer theme , try this word search puzzle. As I mentioned in my post a few days ago, when teaching a new skill one of the first things you need to do is develop a common terminology.
BSA Bear Den Meeting 2 - What Makes America Special and The Past Is Exciting and Important This plan covers most of Achievement 3 - What Makes America Special - and completes Bear Achievement 8 - The Past Is Exciting and Important - which was started in the first meeting.
Ideas 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.
Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge for Boy Scouts LC and DS recently completed the Citizenship in the Nation merit badge. They seemed to enjoy this one more than some of the other Eagle required badges. We had taken a trip to Washington DC in the past year, so they had a chance to use some of the places we visited there to help fulfill the requirements.
Soccer Drill - Soccer Croquet This month I am featuring a soccer theme for Cub Scouts. A soccer drill can make a fun gathering activity or an end of the meeting game for a soccer themed meeting. This drill emphasizes teamwork, dribbling skills, and passing accuracy.
Soccer Marbles If you are having a soccer or sports themed meeting, a soccer drill can be a fun way to burn of some energy. Soccer marbles is a three person soccer drill. It is simple enough for young Scouts.
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.
Soccer Tennis When my den meetings were immediately after school, I often did a physical activity during the gathering time. The Scouts needed to run around and burn off a little energy before they were ready to concentrate on the den activities.
What is Good Sportsmanship? Scouting and sports go together. Many recognitions require that the Scout discuss sportsmanship. So what does good sportsmanship mean?
Soccer Terminology One suggestion I have when working with Cub Scouts is to draw up a large soccer field on poster board and use some Lego figures or something similar to be players. Then you can give a visual demonstration of these terms. Or make a game of it by showing them something and asking if anyone knows the term. For very young Scouts, simplify this list of terms even more.
Soccer Theme for Cub Scouts Soccer is a great sport for young boys because most of them can pick up the basic skills quickly. And it also promotes the BSA aim of fitness. So if you are looking for a theme for your pack meeting or a pack activity, consider soccer.
Soccer Pin for Cub Scouts Here comes soccer season again! If you have Cub Scouts who play soccer, they can receive recognition for their efforts. The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program includes a belt loop and pin for soccer.
Cycling and Mountain Biking Ranger Elective This month I am featuring posts related to cycling. Venturers can also receive recognition for their cycling knowledge and ablitiy. Cycling and Mountain Biking is one of the electives for the Venturing Ranger award.
Cycling Merit Badge for Boy Scouts We haven't had anyone earn this badge in recent memory. The Scouts in our troop always earn the Swimming merit badge their first year at summer camp. The troop does go out riding occasionally, especially on Grant's Trail which is very close to us. They have considered doing a longer camping/biking trip on the Katy Trail, but no Scout has stepped forward to plan that yet
Ideas 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.
Bicycle Riding Log For some cycling recogintions, Scouts must record the time or distance spent riding. A basic log sheet is located at the bottom of this post to help you complete this. If you really become interested in cycling, you might consider getting a simple bike computer to aid you in figuring out this data. These devices record the time spent riding, mileage, average speed, and more.
Bike Rodeo Our pack might be doing a bike rodeo this year. I have visited these before, but we have never put one on ourselves. So I am researching possible "stations" which the kids can rotate through for the activity.