BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the Scouting.org website. Today, I am going to go through the first Wolf plan. If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 1 to follow along with this article.
The BSA meeting plans are designed to be done in order. This plan covers Bobcat and part of Wolf Achievement 2 – Your Flag. If you don’t have any new Cub Scouts in your den, then nobody needs to earn Bobcat, but it doesn’t hurt to review the material anyway.
Get BSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 1 from the Scouting.org website
BSA Wolf Den Meeting 1 – Bobcat and Your Flag
This section will help you make sure you have all of the materials you need when the meeting comes around. Definitely have a US flag, since you will need it to do the requirements for Achievement 2. Make a checklist for yourself and gather it all ahead of time. The suggestion to keep all of your materials in a tub is a good one. I have done this over the years and it makes it much easier when it is time to pick up and go to the den meeting. I always keep extra paper, pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, and glue in my den tub also, just in case I need to fill in with something on the spot.
Before the Meeting and Gathering
For the opening, you will be doing a flag ceremony. If you are not sure how to a flag ceremony, see this simple opening flag ceremony. This fulfills Wolf Achievement 2 Requirement b for the Scout leading the ceremony and Requirement f if you do it outdoors. Your Wolves will have to take turns leading the flag ceremony at future meetings so they can all complete requirement b.
Develop your Code of Conduct, but keep it moving along. Boys this age can come up with a million things they want to discuss in this area. When they start saying “What if somebody …”, just let them know you are only covering general conduct.
For some fun ways to go over the Bobcat requirements, see See Cub Scout Law of the Pack Letter Tile Puzzle , Cub Scout Promise Puzzle, and Bobcat Dice Roll. The relay race idea given in the helps is good also. Boys come to Cub Scouts for fun, so you don’t want it to just be memorization and repetition.
The Character Connection for Honesty is part of the Bobcat requirements. It would also fit in with your Code of Conduct discussion.
If you plan to follow the BSA den meeting plans closely, then you need to take the photos as suggested so you can do Elective 9b – Make a gift or toy like one of these and give it to someone as instructed in Meeting 5 down the road.
The hand stencils for the den flag is to fulfill Elective 12 e – Make a stencil pattern. If you want to do something different for your flag, that is OK also. Electives are just that – optional. LC’s den made a handprint flag, but they used fabric paint and made prints directly on the flag. ZM’s den flag is more like a mandala and has beads hanging on it.
Keep it short and sweet. But pay attention to the little note that says to remind your parents to complete Wolf Achievement 8b – 8e at home. This means these won’t be covered in the den meeting plans. Some parents will get right on this and others will have to be reminded week after week. If you have any Scouts who are new and are earning Bobcat, they must also go through the Parent’s guide at the front of the book to complete the Bobcat requirements.
After the Meeting
Take a deep breath. You made it through meeting 1! But seriously, get the area cleaned up and take this chance to talk with the other parents and try to get them excited about the program.