John sent in this question: “Can a den leader serve as den leader for more than one den?” My understanding is that it is really not recommended.
Cub Scouts is a program offered by the Boy Scouts of America for boys in 1st through 5th grades. Find helps for the Cub Scout program on this page.
A reader asks a question about den leader neckerchiefs. Which neckerchief should a Cub Scout den leader or a Webelos den leader wear?
I’d like to wish all of the Scouter Mom’s out there a Happy Mother’s Day. Thanks for making a difference in the lives of our youth
A reader asks “Isn’t it the responsibility of the committee to plan the year, and the Cubmaster to execute?” Ideally, the committee chair would work cooperatively with the Cubmaster, the activity chairs, and other committee members.
A reader asks how to approach games when the smallest kids are always “out” first and the stronger kids get to play longer.
A reader asks “Are single moms allowed to be assistant scoutmasters and go along on outings and campouts with Boy Scout troops?”
A reader asks “What is a pack meeting?” Can additional pack activities be considered the pack meeting for the month?
A reader asks if he can do the den visit to a Boy Scout troop without the rest of the den.
“A boy on joining wants to begin Scouting right away” – Robert Baden-Powell
Information about the Cub Scout program updates which take effect on June 1, 2015.
Amy wrote me and asked me if I would post a Cub Scout song book she made to fill a ticket for her Woodbadge course. My answer was yes!
What does the fleur de lis symbolize in Scouting? A reader asks if it is appropriate to give a fleur de lis plaque to a Cub Scout who has earned his Arrow of Light but is not continuing in Boy Scouts.
Stocking Surprise is an easy game for your Christmas themed meeting or party. It works with almost any age group. When choosing items for the “stocking”, think of all of the senses. Include something with a scent, or something which makes noise. Include it in your Christmas games this year.
The Making a Film skit is one of the most versatile skits in a Scout’s arsenal. It can be adjusted to any theme or holiday.
A Cub Scout leader asks “We plan to have a party before the winter break and wanted to get each boy a little gift. Do you have any suggestions?”
What do you which you knew when you started out in Scouting? What one piece of advice would you give to a new Scout parent?
Den doodles are used to recognize Cub Scouts for participation in activities and any other behavior which needs encouragement.
If you have a den meeting or pack meeting near Halloween, then this song is a fun way to get everyone singing. And it is not just for Cub Scouts! This would be fun at any class party or Halloween party. It is not gory, so it is fine for very young children.
How do you do Cub Scout genealogy requirements when you have children from non-traditional families who may not know who their grandparents or even parents are?
It’s important not to keep repeating the same meetings with Cub Scouts over and over again. By the time they reach the end of their Cub Scouting career they will have been in your pack for over four years. Young kids need variety to keep their interest level.
A reader asked “Do you any applause that would work for the Bike Rodeo?” so here are an applause, a cheer, and a song you can use at your bicycle rodeo.
Everyone familiar with the Star Trek series knows how much they like to beam people back and forth the transporter. Sing this song as a tribute to the series.
A while back, I posted the Fast Food Song. This week, I have a Star Wars song with the same tune. Sure, Star Wars isn’t science, but it is science fiction and it’s fun. That’s enough reason to use it to add some pizazz to any science themed meeting.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The NOVA Awards program combines knowledge of STEM concepts with hands on activities.
When you read the Scout Oath as is used by the BSA below, it is clear that the Scout Oath contains the same or parallel thoughts for the concepts in Baden-Powell’s original promise.
All BSA programs to use the Scout Oath and Law – Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. I think the consistency is good, but I will miss some aspects of the old versions,.
Craft, game, and snack ideas for your Halloween party or meeting. While some work best for younger kids, others are also appropriate for the older Scouts.
I Like Bananas, Coconuts, and Grapes is a very simple song, which makes it a perfect interlude for a Cub Scout meeting. It is sometimes called The Tarzan Song.
Here is a tip for Scouts working on the Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge for a homemade fly trap to help save money feeding your critters.
This song would be fun for any Cub Scout sing along or pets themed meeting. It is sung to the tune of Six Little Ducks.
The newest theme for the July core value of Courage will be a Cubs in Shining Armor theme. This theme will revolve around the ideas of honor and service.
I found this ceremony in some old program helps. I thought it would go well with the Cub Scouts Give Thanks supplemental program theme for April.
An appropriate Cub Scout gathering activity for your den or pack will get your meeting off to a good start. This gathering activity works well with the April Cub Scout theme of Cub Scouts Give Thanks.
Several years ago I attended a Cub Scout Pow Wow session on neckerchief slide crafts. They showed us a number of ways to make neckerchief slides from various materials.
The Journey to Excellence Service Project initiative encourages Scouting units to carry out meaningful service projects.
This is an icebreaker game. It would also work well with any activity relating to personal history or storytelling. I think it could also be worked into a discussion about honesty.
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.
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.
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.
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.