CUB SCOUT INTEREST TOPIC: Recruiting Adult Help
Sure, every den needs assistant den leaders, but most packs also need other adult help. Try to recruit two den leaders for each den, but since very few adults will volunteer on their own to help, you will need to ask them. One good starting point is using the Family Talent Survey Sheet.
Many adults will be hesitant to help if they weren’t Scouts as youth, so remind them that some of the best Scout leaders weren’t Scouts when they were growing up and that training is offered to fill in key knowledge gaps. The Talent Survey will open the doors to asking for help with their skills, resources or contacts.
Another idea is to rename your your monthly pack leader meetings to “pack parent meetings.” This will help eliminate the stigma that the meeting is just for pack leaders. Conduct an annual pack planning meeting in the summer and encourage all pack families to be represented there
Work hard at all levels to make adult leaders feel that they are part of a team and appreciated.
MONTHLY PACK ACTIVITY: Pack Campfire
What a perfect way to end the summer. Use the Campfire Program Planner (www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33696. pdf) to plan a campfire. If fire restrictions or weather prevent the use of a fire, hold the event without that element. It will be just as much fun!
MONTHLY SCOUT LAW HIGHLIGHT: A Scout is Courteous
A Scout is polite to everyone and always uses good manners.
HOW DOES “S’MORE CUB SCOUT FUN” RELATE TO THIS POINT OF THE SCOUT LAW?
Summertime is a great time to get outside and to have S’more Cub Scout Fun! This month, enjoy one of the last of the summer evenings at a pack campfire. Cub Scouts can experience fun in a campfire program full of songs, skits, awards, and great memories. At the campfire, the Cub Scouts will treat each other with politeness because each boy knows that is how he wants to be treated.
ART OF BEING COURTEOUS
Give each Cub Scout a piece of paper and something to draw with (crayons, colored pencils, etc.). Have them draw a picture or series of pictures in which they tell a story of something they did to demonstrate being courteous. Then have them finish by drawing a self-portrait showing how they felt after completing the courteous act.
Six Cub Scouts hold signs with letters that spell S-M-O-R-E-S. The boys should be in a semicircle in front of the Cubmaster.
Cubmaster: A good time outdoors during the summer can be had by all. One of the most enjoyable times is a campfire with its fun, but best of all its food. The highlight of the evening is the s’more.
Cub #1: S – Sizzling. The fire needs good coals that are sizzling hot.
Cub #2: M – Marshmallow. It needs to be gooey, but not burnt.
Cub #3: O – Open. Unwrapping the chocolate to get ready.
Cub #4: R – Ready. Squishing the marshmallow and choco- late between the graham crackers.
Cub #5: E – Eating. The joy of putting it in my mouth and enjoying the tastes.
Cub #6: S – Sigh—the sound I make when I’ve finished eating it!
Eight Cub Scouts hold up posters, each with a letter from O-U-T-D-O-O-R-S on the front and the boy’s lines written in large print on the back.
Cub #1: O – Observing animals!
Cub #2: U – Underwater games!
Cub #3: T – Tracks and trails!
Cub #4: D – Dinner on the ground!
Cub #5: O – Owls in oak trees!
Cub #6: O – Outings and campouts!
Cub #7: R – Riding bikes!
Cub #8: S – Stargazing!
Cubmaster: Boy, you guys really have opened my eyes to all the fun we can have OUTDOORS!
Almighty, please watch over us as we enjoy the outdoors that you have created. Watch over us as we shoot arrows and air rifles, and take part in other fun sports. Help us to remember to care for the earth and its creatures as we enjoy our time in the outdoors. Most of all, keep our families happy and safe as we enjoy the warm weather and our time together. AMEN.
The Twelve Days of Summer Camp
Tune: “The 12 Days of Christmas”
On the first day of summer camp, my mother sent to me
A box of oatmeal cookies.
On the second day of summer camp, my mother sent to me
Two T-shirts and a box of oatmeal cookies.
On the third day of summer camp, my mother sent to me
Three pairs of socks, two T-shirts, and a box of oatmeal cookies.
(Continue with four large-brimmed hats, five pairs of swimming trunks, six postage stamps, seven nose plugs, eight comic books, nine bars of soap, 10 Band-Aids, 11 shoestrings, and 12 bottles of suntan lotion.)
Cub Scout Vespers
Tune: “O Tannenbaum”
As the night comes to this land, On my promise I will stand.
I will help the pack to go, As our pack helps me to grow.
I will always give goodwill. And follow my Akela still. And before I stop to rest,
I will do my very best.
Cheer or Applause
SUMMER STORM APPLAUSE
Divide the audience into three groups and have each group practice their sound and action.
- Group #1: Make a “wooshing” sound and sweep arms
- Group #2: Stomp feet and make a motion of hail
- Group #3: Make a sizzling sound like lightning striking, with one arm moving in a long Z
As the Cubmaster points to each group, they make their sound and action. Switch back and forth, then motion for all groups to perform their parts at the same time.
Put your marshmallow on a stick and hold it over the fire. It catches fire. Hurry and blow it out. Cool it, and say, “Just right!”
NEW SCOUT PARENT INDUCTION
Have parents of the new Bobcats stand in a group at the front.
Cubmaster: On your hand, you have five fingers. We use two when we make the Cub Scout sign. These two upright fingers, like the alert ears of a Wolf, represent to OBEY and to HELP OTHER PEOPLE. The three folded fingers in our Cub Scout sign stand for the three letters in our Law, F-H-G. These letters mean Follows, Helps, and Gives. They can also remind us of three things each Cub Scout respects— Freedom, Home, and God.
All parents and all of our leaders want to do their best to teach Cub Scouts to learn to follow, to help, to give, to be fair and happy whatever the game might be, and to respect their freedom, home, and God. Now, as part of your induction into the pack as the parent of a Bobcat, I ask you to make the Cub Scout sign and repeat after me: “I (name) promise to do my best, to help my son and all the Cub Scouts in his den and pack to follow the Cub Scout motto, “Do Your Best,” to help other people, to do their duty to God and their country, and to obey the Scout Law.”
As Cubmaster of this pack, I take pleasure in welcoming you into our Scouting family and active participation in Cub Scouting. May your days ahead be happy, game, and fair.
A twist on traditional tag, this game should be played outdoors. To tag a person out, you must step in their shadow. This can be tricky, depending on the time of day you play. Set a two-minute limit for being “It” to keep the game moving.
GETTING READY FOR A HIKE
- In a small plastic pool or on a table, place numerous items that are needed for a hike (e.g., bottle of water, suntan lotion, hats). Also include items that do not belong on a hike; for example, add sweaters if it is summertime, toys, or maybe even fake ice
- Give each Cub Scout a pencil and paper to write down all the items in the collection that are needed for a When everyone is finished, check their lists to see who selected all the right items. Then explain why such items are important, especially ones that were forgotten in the packing.
PROJECT: S’MORE NECKERCHIEF SLIDE
Materials: brown and black craft foam, cotton ball pulled flat or white craft foam cut into a circle, PVC ring, hot glue
Cut the craft foam into small rectangles, about half the size of a business card. Now layer the rectangles just like a s’more, and glue them together along one long edge. Attach the PVC ring to the same area.
GOING TO THE BEACH
Divide the audience into six groups. Assign each group a part to perform when their designated word is read in the story:
- Beach: Shade eyes with one hand and say, “Sand, sand, everywhere!”
- Cub Scout: Stand, show the Cub Scout salute, and say, “Do Your Best!”
- Swim: Make swimming motions with your arms while saying, “Stroke, stroke!”
- Water: “Splash, splash!”
- Food: “Yum, yum!”
- Kids: “Are we there yet?”
Summertime had arrived at last. School was out, and the KIDS in the Wilson family were all looking forward to their first trip to the BEACH. All of the chores were done and it was time to pack the car.
Mom was trying to pack the FOOD in the picnic basket, but was having trouble getting the sandwiches wrapped before the youngest KIDS could grab them. “Why don’t you KIDS go out to the car and help your father?” Mom suggested. As soon as the KIDS had left the kitchen, Chad, a helpful CUB SCOUT, said, “What can I do to help you, Mom?” “Get some WATER and ice for the punch, Chad,” said Mom. Together, Mom and her helpful CUB SCOUT managed to finish packing all the FOOD.
Meanwhile, Dad had finished packing the car. “All right, KIDS, it’s time to get in the car and drive to the BEACH,” Dad said. “It will take us about half an hour to drive to the BEACH, so relax and enjoy yourselves, KIDS.”
When they finally arrived at the BEACH, the KIDS couldn’t wait to get in the WATER and SWIM. Chad, the helpful CUB SCOUT, volunteered to help with the other KIDS. “Hold my hand, Jimmy,” said Chad, the CUB SCOUT. “Don’t get in the WATER over your knees, because you don’t know how to SWIM. We’ll wade right here in the shallow WATER near the rocks on the BEACH.”
“Lunch is ready,” called Mom. “Come and get your FOOD.” After they had finished lunch and Mom had packed, the KIDS decided to build a sand castle on the BEACH, near the WATER. When it was time to leave the BEACH and head for home, Chad, the helpful CUB SCOUT, helped gather the toys. “Thanks for taking us to the BEACH, Mom and Dad!” shouted all the KIDS. “We sure had a good time SWIMMING and playing on the BEACH.”
“And thanks for helping us at the BEACH, Chad. We’re glad to have a CUB SCOUT in the family,” Mom and Dad told their oldest son.
IN WANT OF SUNSCREEN
Divide the audience into four groups. Assign each group a part to perform when their designated word is read in the story:
- Vance: “I love to swim!”
- Swim or Swimming: “Splash, splash, splash!”
- Cub Scouts: “Do your best!”
- Sunscreen: “Aaaaaaaaaah, Ooooooooooo!”
The day of the summer pack meeting was hot and dry. That was good, because it was to be a SWIMMING party. The CUB SCOUTS and their families were to meet at the Millers’ house at noon.
VANCE started getting ready at 9 o’clock in the morning. He loved to SWIM. He had just completed SWIMMING lessons at the local SWIMMING pool, and had his card stating that he had passed Advanced Beginners. He knew all his Cub Scout friends would be surprised. It was just last year that VANCE could not SWIM at all.
VANCE found his SWIMMING suit and his towel and even his flip-flops without any trouble. But search as he might, he could not find his SUNSCREEN. This was terrible. All the CUB SCOUTS had learned at one of the den meetings about the importance of always using SUNSCREEN. “Where are you, SUNSCREEN?” asked VANCE as he started looking through the house again. It was almost time for the SWIMMING party. He didn’t want to be late.
That was when he found it. Way in the back of the bathroom drawer, there was the SUNSCREEN. He grabbed it, but to his dismay, the tube felt very light. Oh no! The SUNSCREEN tube was empty. Try as he might, VANCE could not squeeze out even one little drop. What could he do? Just then, VANCE’s big brother Weston came bursting through the kitchen door. “What’s the matter?” he asked when he saw VANCE sitting dejectedly in the living room. “I’m all out of SUNSCREEN so I can’t go SWIMMING with the CUB SCOUTS,” was the reply. “Here, you can use mine,” said Weston, tossing his little brother a new tube of SUNSCREEN.
VANCE couldn’t believe it. Just that fast, his problem was solved. “Thanks, Wes,” VANCE shouted as he headed out the door to the SWIMMING party with the CUB SCOUTS. And for a whole week, he didn’t say one bad thing about his brother!
GOING THE DISTANCE
Cub Scouts start out on a walk.
Cub #1 (stopping): I’m thirsty.
All pretend to get a drink and continue walking.
Cub #2 (stopping): I’m hot.
All wipe their faces and continue walking.
Cub #3 (stopping): I’m hungry.
All pretend to eat and continue walking.
Cub #4 (stopping): My shoestring is undone.
All tie their shoestrings and continue walking. Make up as many reasons as you want so that other boys can have a part.
Last Cub Scout: This sure has been a long walk. How far have we gone?
Cub #1 (looking back): Across the stage!
Materials: 1-gallon can filled with water; stirring stick; pair of socks soaking in the can; three coffee mugs
Cub #4 enters and puts down the can. He stirs it for several seconds and then leaves.
Cub #1 enters carrying his mug. He dips it into the can and brings it up to his lips, pretending to drink.
Cub #1: This camp coffee is getting worse! Cub #2 enters and does the same.
Cub #2: This camp tea is getting worse! Cub #3 enters and repeats the action.
Cub #3: This camp cocoa is getting worse!
Cub #4 re-enters the scene, walks to the can, dips his hands in, and takes out two wet socks.
Cub #4 (wringing out the stocks and looking pleased): I knew this would get them clean!
A Scout is Courteous. What does that really mean when it comes to outdoor activities? Well, we would normally think of being respectful of each other and treating each other with kindness when we talk and do activities. Leaving the outdoors how we found it is also courteous to other people and to the animals we share the planet with. It’s not as much fun on that hike when you see litter on the side of the trail. It’s not safe for the animals either, considering they could be injured by swallowing plastic or getting something caught around their neck. So when you’re sharing this great planet we call Earth with others, try to be courteous and leave it as good or better than you found it!
WATCHING THE CAMPFIRE
Have you ever watched the campfire, When the wood has fallen low,
And the ashes start to whiten ’Round the embers’ crimson glow?
With the night sounds all around you, Making silence doubly sweet,
And the full moon high above you That the spell might be complete? Tell me, were you ever nearer
To the land of heart’s desire
Than when you sat there thinking With your feet before the fire?
Materials: U.S. flag; three cups of different colored crepe paper bits (one red, one white, and one blue); glitter stars; large pot; spotlight (optional)
Cub Scouts form a semicircle around the large pot. The flag is folded and hidden in the pot. Each boy is holding the ingredients that he will add.
Cub #1: We are going to fix a treat that is really grand, and make for you a recipe—the greatest in the land.
Cub #2: First we’ll put in a heaping cup of red for courage true. (He adds red paper bits to the pot.)
Cub #3: Then we will add, for loyalty, a dash of heavenly blue. (He adds blue paper bits.)
Cub #4: For purity, we will now sift in a layer of snowy white. (He sprinkles in white paper bits.)
Cub #5: We will sprinkle in a pinch of stars to make it come out right. (He adds glitter.)
Cub #6: We will stir and stir, and then you will see that what we have made is… (He uses a large spoon and pretends to stir, taking care not to disturb the flag.)
All together (reaching and pulling out the American flag): OLD GLORY.
Cub #1: Our flag is the most beautiful flag in the world. Let us always be loyal to it.
Two of the boys hold the flag high. Lights out, spotlight on the flag as curtain closes.