A reader sent in this question: “What if the troop committee board is planning everything and the Scoutmaster is out of the loop?”
Today is Veteran’s Day. I’d like to thank all of the veterans who have kept us safe and free over the years. If you have a Scouting event today, this is the perfect opportunity to teach your Scouts to thank these heroes.
The We Don’t Have a Skit skit is great because it can be used with any number of Scouts. It is also a good skit to do with younger Scouts because they don’t have to remember many lines.
A reader asks if it is OK to hand out the instant recognition beads for Cub Scouts at a pack meeting.
A reader asks about cutting the corners from a Whittling Chip card when the owner commits a safety infraction.
BSA has a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Gives Goodwill for the November core value of Citizenship – games, group activities, songs, and more.
If you look at the list of positions which can be used to meet the position of responsibility requirement for Star and Life, you will see that assistant patrol leader is not listed there.
A reader asks about how many requirements must be done at the first Tiger meeting. If you feel like you have too much material for one meeting, split it into two.
There are many preplanned programs available to PLCs who are planning meetings and activities for their troops. One of these is the Fishing Troop Program Feature .
A reader asks “Our den leader does 90% paperwork and talking at den meetings on the items in the handbook. Is this they way it is or are there other packs and dens that do hands on activities to accomplish same goals? “
In a couple of weeks, our crew is going to Fall Fun Rally. This annual event, which started 41 years ago in the Greater St. Louis Area Council, claims to be the largest annual gathering of Venturers and Explorers.
A reader asks about helping an auditory learner with the Webelos requirements. Songs can be a big help to auditory learners.
The focus of the First Aid troop program feature is learning to assess an emergency and practical first aid skills.
Here are some water bottle holder projects I came across recently. Scouts will want to keep their water bottles with them when they can carry them in a water bottle holder they made themselves.
A reader writes in looking for advice about convincing parents to sign their children up for the Cub Scouts. What ideas can you share with her?
A reader’s son has been asked to wait two months for his board of review. This does seem like a long delay for rank advancement.
A reader asks if Scout skills can only be learned at Scout events. While this is typical, if a Scout learned the skill elsewhere and can fulfill the requirement then it should be signed off.
Can a troop place requirements on how a Board of Review must be requested? For example, can a troop require that the Scout request the BOR by phone rather than in person?
A reader asks if a Boy Scout may wear the religious emblem knot if he earned a religious emblem as a Cub Scout. Yes, he may.
The focus of the Environmental troop program feature for Boy Scouts is on the interdependence of living things.
Reader question: There is a cub in our pack that has no interest in the outdoors. He and I were talking about our upcoming family camp and he is dreading it. How can I help get him interested in being outdoors?
Picture Telephone is a visual version of the classic telephone game. Our Crew recently played this during the Communication section of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews course.
The idea of this game is for each player to “use the force” to keep a balloon on a pool noodle light saber.
The engineering troop program feature helps a PLC plan a month’s worth of activities with an engineering theme.
BSA has a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Backyard Fun for the May core value of Health and Fitness – games, group activities, songs, and more.
Sleeping Guard is a fun game for a den. The object of the game is for the Scouts to be quiet enough to sneak up on a blindfolded guard and steal an object. Perfect for a bunch of noisy Cub Scouts!
The Fish and Chips and Vinegar song fits in well with this month’s Backyard Fun theme. It includes a reminder to keep our backyards free of trash! It would also fit in well with a conservation theme. The song is sung as a round. If you don’t know the tune, here is a YouTube video […]
Catholic Adventure Week, STEM Camps, Sea Scouts vs Pirates, camps for those who like to rough it, fishing camp, Eagle Trail camp, horse camp, and more.
Scott sent in this question: My son is home schooled and has to do the requirement for second class 9a. The drug awareness part. do you have any suggestions on what he can do to meet this requirement?
Steve sent in this question about Eagle palms: In terms of earning Palms. Do MB’s earned before getting Eagle count towards Palms?
BSA has a set of troop programs which can help PLCs plan activities around a theme. This communication program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities which focus on giving and receiving information.
Aaron sent in this question “I am looking for ways to welcome Webelos into Boy Scouts at Pack Meetings, any ideas? Like a cross over, but not as formal.”
This checkoff list could be used by a scribe to keep track of which Scouts have earned which merit badges or could be used by an individual Scout.
A reader is involved in a large troop, but due to low participation from scouts it is difficult to have patrol leader elections and a youth led program.
This weekend our Venturing Crew did the Introduction to Youth Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC). This course teaches Crew members basic leadership skills. There is a corresponding course for Boy Scout troops (ILST).
The Forces of Flight game would make a fun addition to a pack meeting for the Soaring the Skies Cub Scout theme. Use this game when the Cub Scouts have been sitting for too long and need to get up and move around.
BSA has a set of troop programs which can help PLCs plan activities around a theme. This business program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities with business theme.
A Wolf den leader is seeking feedback about being asked to stay with the Wolf den next year instead of continuing with her son’s den when they move to Bears.
The Cub Scout core value for the month of April is Faith . BSA has a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Soaring the Skies related to this core value.
Chip sent in this question: “Hi, We are looking to build a crossover bridge and was wondering if you know where we could find some plans Thanks, Chip”