Monday, February 24, 2014

Compassion/Pet Pals

At February's Round Table we shared ideas for
Core Value and Theme
Core Value: Compassion
Theme:Pet Pals

March Pack Resource Sheet (begins on p. 97)

March Pack Meeting Plans "Compassion" and "Pet Pals"

Gathering Activity
Animal Scramble


One index card per player, pencil or pictures of animals, tape or pins

Write the names of common animals on index cards or put a picture of the animal on each card. (Pictures will allow younger children to give more accurate answers.) Pin or tape the card on the back
of each player’s shirt. Players ask questions of other players to get clues to their own identities. They should ask only one question of each person and have that person ask one question of them so they can mingle with the other players. Answers are limited to “yes,” “no,” maybe,” and “I don’t know.” Players continue to ask questions to discover characteristics about their animal until they are able to guess who they are. A player might ask questions such as: “Am I a predator?” “Do I have a tail?” “Do I have four legs?” “Am I active at night?” “Do I live in the forest?”

Opening Ceremony
Always Do Your Best

Cub Scout 1: A good Cub Scout remembers to feed a pet and take care of it always. (Holds up card that says “Always.”)

Cub Scout 2: Pets need company and someone to play with. Left alone, a pet becomes lonely. Playing and spending time with your pet is the right thing to do. (Holds up card that says “Do.”)

Cub Scout 3: Always remember that your pet needs your care and it is your responsibility. (Holds up card that says “Your.”)

Cub Scout 4: Pets often learn to greet you when you get home from school. Knowing that a pet likes to be with you is the best. (Holds up card that says “Best.”)

ALL: With your pets, always Do Your Best!

Den Displays

Pack Meetings are an opportunity for the boys to show-off what they've learned or made during the past month's Den Meetings. A display table will be available at each pack meeting so that the boys can display the crafts or projects they have worked on that month. The display tables allow families and other dens to see what has been made and what to look forward to.

Training Topic
New Cub Scout Adventure Program

Adopt the Scout Oath and Law for use in the Cub Scout & Venturing program, retiring the Cub Scout
Promise & Venturing Oath.

– Revise the Core Values of Cub Scouts to align exactly with the twelve points of the Scout Law.

– Retire the Law of the Pack, while maintaining the concept of “Akela” as leader.

– Maintain the current Cub Scout motto, sign, salute, and handshake.

Rank Advancement Through Adventures

• For each rank, complete seven den-based adventures, including a family-based “Duty to God” adventure, to earn rank

• Adventures = interdisciplinary, theme-based experiences, 3 den meetings

• Immediate recognition after each adventure (TBD)

• Elective adventures available; same recognition approach

Cub Scout Change Summary

NOT Changing

• Family focus

• Ranks or approach

• Ages (or genders)

• Den/pack meeting structures

• Outdoor program

• Delivery model

• Fun – even more than before


• Oath & Law

• Tiger Cub becomes Tiger with new image

• Arrow of Light will no longer require earning Webelos

• Activities – more active, more aligned with Aims/Mission

• Advancement – simplified

• Academics & Sports program discontinued (5/15)

• Current immediate/elective recognition devices replaced

• One Den Leader Guide per rank

Audience Participation Activity
Skit:Invisible Pet


Three Cub Scouts

Cub Scout 1 (dragging a leash behind him): Come on boy, let’s go.

Cub Scout 2: What are you doing?

Cub Scout 1: I’m taking my dog for a walk.

Cub Scout 3: I don’t see any dog. You’re just dragging a leash along.

Cub Scout 1: That’s because it is an invisible dog.

Cub Scout 2: Invisible dog?!

Cub Scout 1: My mom says I can have a real dog if I learn to be responsible and take care of it. I have to feed him, and walk him and just be his friend. If I do that, then my folks will take him to the vet and get all his shots.

Cub Scout3: So you are just practicing on a pretend dog at first?

Cub Scout 1: I am NOW. The pretend elephant was just WAY too much work!

Commissioner’s Minute

All I Really Need to Know I Learned From My Dog
Here are some examples:

• When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

• Run, romp, and play daily.

• Be loyal.

• If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

• When you leave your yard, make it an adventure.

• Bond with your pack.

• When you’re excited, speak up.

• When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

• Sometimes a bark is worse than a bite.

• Accidents happen.

• Play nicely with others and they’ll play nicely with you.

• Stop and smell the roses, the dirt, and the grass.


Cat’s Meow (You’re the cat’s MeeeeOOOOW!)

Alligator (Alligator opens his mouth very slowly, then snaps shut very fast. Both hands together start
opening from fingers and palm, keeping wrists together, then snap hands together very fast. Repeat 3

Beehive (Leader instructs everyone to start humming. When he raises his hands, the humming gets
louder. When he lowers his hands, the humming gets quieter.)

Mosquito Applause (With hand, slap yourself on the neck, arms, legs, etc.)

Puppy Dog (Bark three times and then stick your tongue out and pant like a dog.)