Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Annoucements - including Modifications to Cub Scout Aventure Requirements



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MODIFICATIONS TO CUB SCOUT ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS
Date: Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 3:21 PM
Subject: [gccbsa-advancement] Modifications to Cub Scout program give den leaders more flexibility

The Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders and Cubmasters.
The BSA gathered feedback from den leaders who had delivered the new Cub Scouting program for a year. What they learned was that some den leaders had difficulty fitting into their program year all of the adventures required for advancement. This resulted in boys not advancing. After a thoughtful and deliberate review, the BSA has released some modifications to address this concern.
What are the modifications? Some adventure requirements that previously were mandatory will become optional, in a move intended to give Cub Scouters more control over their den program.
The changes, which take effect today (Nov. 30, 2016), were approved by the volunteers on the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America.
The fine-tuning reflects the BSA’s three-step approach to new programs: Launch. Learn. Modify.
Here’s a quick look at what you need to know. 
Cub Scouting’s fall 2016 modifications, an overview
§  First of all, you won’t need to buy any new materials. The new requirements will be posted in a free addendum available at scouting.org/programupdates. This will supplement the handbooks in current circulation and for sale online and in Scout shops.
§  While the overall feedback from den leaders about the new Cub Scout program has been very positive, some den leaders said a number of the new adventures had requirements that were too difficult for dens to complete within the Scouting year.
§  The number of new Cub Scouts is up in many areas of the country, but rank advancement rates have not kept pace, meaning the BSA’s team of volunteers and staff advisers wanted to react quickly to eliminate what might have become a roadblock for some dens.
§  A national volunteer task force developed a solution: Make more of the adventure requirements optional, giving dens more flexibility to match their unique needs.
§  The modifications are designed to ensure that adventure requirements are achievable by today’s Cub Scout dens within a program year. This means they are achievable by all Cub Scouts, regardless of background or socioeconomic status.
§  Most of the modifications involve the number of requirements that must be completed, reducing the mandate to a number achievable within the limited time available to many dens. This is done while retaining the rich program options that allow leaders to build strong programs adapted to their needs.
§  The changes increase den-level customization. Units that can handle more content, perhaps because they meet more often or for longer periods, can — and should! — keep the optional requirements part of their program. On the other hand, those that have struggled to finish the requirements will welcome these changes as a way to meet their needs.
§  With the modifications, dens should be able to complete one adventure in approximately two den meetings.
§  The transition should be seamless, with leaders able to use revised requirements as the den begins any new adventure.
Where to find the new requirements
Simply go to scouting.org/programupdates. I suggest making it one of your bookmarks.


Yours in Scouting,

Bill Nelson  |  Advancement & Awards Committee Chairman
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Grand Canyon Council # 10

Link to Advancement Resources

RECENTLY ADDED TO BLOG -
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3) Scout Law Point Definitions - Right hand side of this blog under the section "Resources"
4) San Tan Round Table Agenda - Left hand side of this blog under the section"San Tan District Round Table General Information"
5) Scoutbook.com links - Right hand side of this blog under the section "Resources"
6) World Conservation Award link was updated. (There are new requirements for this award) - Left hand side of this blog under the section "Other Patches/Awards"

ROUND TABLE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - 
1) BREAKOUT LEADER FOR PM DEN LEADERS (EVERY OTHER MONTH) 2) BREAKOUT LEADER FOR PM CUBMASTERS (EVERY OTHER MONTH) 3) A PERSON TO LEAD EVERYONE IN THE PM ROUND TABLE GATHERING & AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ACTIVITIES
For each round table I send out an email 2 weeks ahead of time with the information you can use to prepare your discussion material.  It is really easy and fun to do. You do not have to have very much experience or knowledge of cub scouting; just a willingness to volunteer and serve. We would love to have you on our team! :)
CONTACT Jennie Bills or Kai Morgan if interested.

2017Feb - Reverent/Passport to Other Lands/Duty to God




For January's Round Table We Shared Ideas For
February's Scout Law Point (SLP): Reverent
February's Theme: Passport to Other Lands
February's Interest Topic:
Duty to God

Opening Brain Teaser - This would be a great thing to write on the chalk or white board for boys and parents to have something to think about while they wait for everyone to arrive at a Pack or Den Meeting.  (An idea you could use would be to reward the cub scouts a piece of candy if they get it right).
Fill in the missing letters of the synonyms below:
A) __RI__N__Y                        C__U__ __ Y
B) __E__P                                __ER__E
C) DI__NE__                           __UP__E__
D) __CH__OL                           A__ADE__Y
E)__O__SE                               H__ __E
F) __LO__MY                            S __ __
G) __ISD__M                             I__TE__LI__EN__E
H) N__T__R__                          S__E__ER__                       
*Answer is at the end of this section. (scroll down)

Gathering Activity
Who Said It?
Instructions: Write the quotes either on chalk board or poster board or print them out on 8.5 x 11" paper.  Then separately list the names of those who said the quotes.  As people come in have them guess and jot down who said which quote. 
Most of these quote were taken from: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_religion.html
1) Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.  Martin Luther
2) If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes. Mark 9:23
3) Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. Albert Einstein
4) Religion is as necessary to reason as reason is to religion.  The one cannot exist without the other.  A reasoning being would lose his reason, in attempting to account for the great phenomena of nature, had he not a Supreme Being to refer to; and well has it been said, that if there had been no God, mankind would have been obliged to imagine one. George Washington
5) Our lives are the only meaningful expression of what we believe and in Whom we believe.  And the only real wealth, for any of us, lies in our faith. Gordon B. Hinckley
6)Joy is the serious business of Heaven. C.S. Lewis
7) Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face. Ronald Reagan
8) We must meet one another doing good. The Pope
http://www.quotes.net/authors/The%20Pope
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Wolf Adventure - Duty to God Footsteps - Requirement 2b
Read a story about people or groups of people who came to America to enjoy religious freedom.
Wolf Elective Adventure - Hometown Heroes - Requirement 1
Talk with your family and den about what it means to you to be a hero.  Share the name of someone you believe is a hero. Explain what it is that makes that person a hero.
Wolf Elective Adventure - Hometown Heroes - Requirement 2
Visit a community agency where you will find many heroes.  While there, find out what they do.  Share what you learned with your den.
Bear Adventure - Fellowship and Duty to God - Requirement 2b
Identify a person whose faith and duty to God you admire, and discuss this person with your family.
Bear Adventure - Paws for Action - Requirement 1a
Find out about two famous Americans.  Share what you learned.
Arrow of Light Adventure - Duty to God in Action - Requirement 2d
Read at least two accounts of people in history who have done their duty to God. (this can include family members and ancestors.) List their names and how they showed their duty to God.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Build My Own Hero - Requirement 1
Discover what it means to be a hero.  Invite a local hero to meet with your den.
 Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Build My Own Hero - Requirement 2
Identify how citizens can be heroes in their communities.

Flag Ceremony
God Bless America
Print off the words to the song "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin for everyone to use.  Then have everyone sing the song. Afterwards lead everyone in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Tiger Elective Adventure - Earning Your Stripes - Requirement 2
Demonstrate loyalty over the next week at school or in your community. Share at your next den meeting how you were loyal to others.
Wolf Adventure - Call of the Wild - Requirement 6
On the campout, participate with your family or den in a campfire show.  Prepare a skit or song, and then present it at the campfire for everyone else
Wolf Adventure - Council Fire - Requirement 1
Participate in a flag ceremony, and learn how to properly care for and fold the flag.
Wolf Adventure - Duty to God Footsteps - Requirement 2a
Give two ideas on how you can practice your duty to God. Choose one, and do it for a week. (Singing patriotic songs helps us remember God's divine hand in setting up our county).
Wolf Adventure - Howling at the Moon - Requirement 3
Work together with your den to plan, prepare, and rehearse a campfire program to present to your families at a den meeting.
Bear Adventure - Bear Necessities - Requirement 2
Attend a campfire show, and participate by performing a song or skit with your den.
Bear Adventure - Paws for Action - Requirement 1c
Learn about our flag.  Display it at home for one month. Say the Pledge of Allegiance and learn its meaning.
Webelos Adventure - Duty to God - Requirement 2d
List one thing that will bring you closer to doing your duty to God, and practice it for one month. Write down what you will do each day to remind you. (Gratitude for our country)
Webelos/AOL  Elective Adventure - Maestro! - Requirement 3a
Teach your den the words and melody of a song.  Perform the song with your den at your den or pack meeting.
 Webelos/AOL  Elective Adventure - Maestro! - Requirement 3e
Perform a musical number by yourself or with your Webelos den in front of an audience.
Arrow of Light Adventure - Building a Better World - Requirement 1
Explain the history of the United States flag.  Show how to properly display the flag in public, and help lead a flag ceremony.
Arrow of Light Adventure - Camper - Requirement 4
On a pack campout, work with your den leader or another adult to plan a campfire program with the other dens. Your campfire program should include an impressive opening, songs, skits, a Cubmaster's minute, and an inspirational closing ceremony.
Arrow of Light Adventure - Scouting Adventure - Requirement 1f
Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance.  In your own words, explain its meaning. 
Arrow of Light Adventure - Scouting Adventure - Requirement 3d
As a patrol, make plans to participate in a Boy Scout troop's campout or other outdoor activity. (This could be an outdoor flag ceremony) .


Gratitude Journal
This encourages the Cub Scouts to write about one thing they are grateful for each day for a week.

Materials: Printer, paper, and a stapler. 
Directions:
1) Make copies of the journal.  You can either choose to print in color or in black ink on color paper. 
Follow these steps to print them off in "Landscape format." 1ST STEP - Click on the picture of the printer - upper right-hand corner/ 2ND STEP - Click on "Properties" / 3RD STEP - Click on the IMAGE of the paper format (This has a big blue E and a colored graph on it above the "Paper Sizes" drop down menu). Note: Be sure to reset it back to "Portrait" when you are done printing off this booklet or your printer will stay on this setting when you print off other documents.

PRINTING IN COLOR
Click here for page 1 front side:
Click here for page 1 back side:
Click here for page 2 front side:
Click here for page 2 back side:
PRINTING IN BLACK INK
 Click herefor page 1 front side:
Click here for page 1 back side: 
Click here for page 2 front side:
Click here for page 2 back side:

2) fold the copies so and put them together so all the days are in the correct order. 

3) Staple the pages together. The stapler I used, allowed me to slide the paper in so I was able to staple right in the crease of the folds. You do not necessarily need this stapler.  You can just fold over the papers and staple near the crease/or folds and it would work fine.

4) Instruct the boys to take them home and fill them out and bring them back to the next Den meeting.  (These Journals would be fun to display at a Pack Meeting).
 
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Tiger Elective Adventure - Good Knights - Requirement 2
Create a den shield or a personal shield. (Instead of writing in a journal, use each days' task and put it on a cardboard shield).
Tiger Elective Adventure - My Family's Duty to God - Requirement 1
With your adult partner, find out what duty to God means to your family.
Wolf Adventure - Duty to God Footsteps - Requirement 2a
Give two ideas on how you can practice your duty to God. Choose one, and do it for a week.
Bear Adventure -Fellowship and Duty to God  - Requirement 2c
Make a list of things you can do to practice your duty to God as you are taught in your home or place of worship or spiritual community. Select two of the items, and practice them for two weeks.
Bear Elective Adventure -Bear Picnic Basket - Requirement 3
Select and prepare two nutritious snacks for yourself, your family, or your den. (In the Journal for Tuesday is says to take a picture of something delicious you are grateful for and glue it to the page).
Webelos Adventure -Duty to God and You - Requirement 2a
Review with your family or den members what you have learned about your duty to God. (The Cub Scout can use the gratitude journal to show what he learned).
Webelos Adventure - Duty to God - Requirement 2d
List one thing that will bring you closer to doing your duty to God, and practice it for one month. Write down what you will do each day to remind you. (Gratitude for our country)
Arrow of Light Adventure - Duty to God in Action - Requirement 2a
With your parent, guardian, or religious or spiritual leader, discuss and make a plan to do two things you think will help you better do your duty to God. Do these things for a month.


10 Sticky Notes
Sometimes all it takes to be helpful and inspire someone is to say or in this case write a kind word! 

Materials: Yellow Sticky Notes and a black marker.
Directions:

1) Write these incomplete sentences with a black marker on 10 yellow sticky notes.
   a) I think you are kind because
   b) Thanks for your smiles today :)
   c)Thanks for helping me learn
   d) Thanks for making __________ for me to eat.
   e) Thanks for being loyal to me and teaching me to
   f) Thanks for sharing your
   g) I like you because
   h) I think you are trustworthy because
   i) Thanks for teaching me to be brave and learn something new like
   j) Thanks for spending fun time with me doing _________ together.    

2) Help your cub scouts fill in the blank or finish the sentences. 
Then challenge them to give them out during the next week leaving them where someone will see them. For example, put one on the head board, another by a door knob, and another on a lamp etc.     
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Tiger Adventure - My Family's Duty to God - Requirement 2
Find out what makes each member of your family special. (Maybe write a note complimenting them on their special talent.)
Tiger Elective Adventure - Earning Your Stripes - Requirement 2
Demonstrate loyalty over the next week at school or in your community.  Share at your next den meeting how you were loyal to others. (Writing a Thank you card is a great way to demonstrate loyalty)
Tiger Elective Adventure - Earning Your Stripes - Requirement 3
With your adult partner, decide on one new task you can do to help your family, and do it. (Writing notes complimenting your siblings is a great way to help your family be happy.)
Tiger Elective Adventure - Earning Your Stripes - Requirement 3
With your adult partner, decide on one new task you can do to help your family, and do it.
Wolf Adventure: - Duty to God Footsteps - Requirement 2a
Give two ideas on how you can practice your duty to God.  Choose one, and do it for a week.
Bear Adventure -Fellowship and Duty to God  - Requirement 2c
Make a list of things you can do to practice your duty to God as you are taught in your home or place of worship or spiritual community. Select two of the items, and practice them for two weeks.
Webelos Adventure - Duty to God - Requirement 1
Earn the religious emblem of your faith for Webelos Scouts, if you have not already done so.
Webelos Adventure -Duty to God and You - Requirement 2a
Review with your family or den members what you have learned about your duty to God.
Arrow of Light Adventure -Duty to God in Action - Requirement 2a
With your parent, guardian, or religious or spiritual leader, discuss and make a plan to do two things you think will help you better do your duty to God.  Do these things for a month.
Arrow of Light Adventure -Duty to God in Action - Requirement 2e
Under the direction of your parent, guardian, or religious or spiritual leader, do an act of service for someone in your family, neighborhood, or community.  Talk about your service with your family and your Webelos den leader.  Tell your family, den, or den leader how it related to doing your duty to God.

Audience Participation/Game
STREAMER THROW
Materials: Attach a Crepe Paper Streamer about 8 ft long to a straw. To add weight to the straw if needed, wrap it in masking tape.
Instructions to play:  Tell everyone that you are going to throw the streamer into the audience.  Then tell that whoever catches it needs to tell us their name and something they did recently for someone else.  Ideas could be they made dinner, got gas, talked to someone etc...After they tell everyone what they did, then it is their turn to throw the streamer up for someone else to catch.
JB

Cheers / Run-ons
Eskimo Cheer: Brrrrr-rrr, Brrrrr-rrr.
Brazilian (Portuguese) Hello: Say, "Oi" (O-ee) and shake the hand of the person next to you.
Opening Brain Teaser Answer:
A) friendly/chummy
B) help/serve
C) dinner/supper
D) school/academy
E) house/home
F) gloomy/sad
G) wisdom/intelligence
H) nature/scenery