Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Clean/Winter Wonderland - 2016Jan Trustworthy/The Great Race



For November's Round Table We Shared Ideas For
December's & January's Scout Law Points and Themes
Dec Scout Law Point: Clean
Dec Theme: Winter Wonderland
Jan Scout Law Point: Trustworthy
Jan Theme: The Great Race


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 word square to form words that read the same from left to right and from top to bottom." *Answer is at the end of this section. (scroll down)
(Brain Teaser taken from: The Little Black Book of Mindbenders by John Samson and Elsie Samson; pg. 110)
12 Days of Cub Scouts Gathering Activity
Have all the boys work together to write their own carol based on “The 12 Days of Christmas” but titled “The 12 Days of Cub Scouts.” Give them a sheet with some starting lyrics such as: “On the first day of Cub Scouts, my Cubmaster gave to me / a Bobcat badge for all to see.” Then the boys can proceed with “On the second day of Cub Scouts, my Cubmaster gave to me,” and so on.

On the Twelfth day of Christmas,
My Cub Master gave to me
Twelve _________________________
Eleven __________________________
Ten ____________________________
Nine ____________________________
Eight ___________________________
Seven __________________________
Six ______________________________
Five ____________________________
Four ____________________________
Three ____________________________
Two _____________________________
and
a Bobcat badge for all to see
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Webelos Adventure & AOL Adventure Elective: - Maestro - Requirement 3b
Create original words for a song. Perform it at your den or pack meeting

Flag Ceremony
DECEMBER OPENING
Materials: five index cards with lines written on each; U.S. flag and pack flag
Flags are already in the front, and each Cub Scout enters from the side one at a time and reads his lines.
Cub #1: December is a fun time of the year. It is a time for giving and sharing.
Cub #2: As we gather for the last pack meeting for this year, let us remember the good times.
Cub #3: Let us end this year with new determination to keep the Cub Scout spirit going.
Cub #4: As we begin our program tonight, let us keep in mind the true holiday spirit.
Cub #5: Remember, to give of yourself is more important than any gift you can buy.
Cubmaster: Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Wolf Adventure: Council Fire - Requirement 1
PARTICIPATE IN A FLAG CEREMONY, and learn how to properly care for and fold the flag.


Snowflake Ornament/Snowflake Neckerchief Slide

Materials: cardstock paper, Elmers Glue, scissors, paper cutter, marker, pen, needle and decorative string.
If you want to make the smallest snowflake, you will need: Cardstock paper, Elmers Glue, scissors, two different sizes of Phillips Screw drivers (this is for the thickness of the round metal part of the screw driver), Clear Vynal Tubing 5/8" ID(Inside Dimension) & 7/8" OD(Outside Dimension), Pipe Cutter, E6000 Glue
Directions:
LARGE SNOWFLAKE

1) Using the paper cutter, cut a piece of cardstock paper into 1/2 inch strips LENGTH-WISE.

2) Fold one of the strips in half.
3) Roll one end of the v shaped strip around a Magic Marker almost all the way down to the fold.
4) Roll the other end of the v shaped strip around a ball point pen almost all the way down to the fold.

5) 'Work' with the ends of the v-shaped strip so that the small circle is on top and the large circle is on bottom. (See picture). Then put a dot of glue where it is touching.
6) Repeat 8 more times making a total of 9 sections. Glue these sections together.
7) Thread some decorative string though a needle and sew it on top of one of the sections of the snowflake going in and out once.  Put a dot of glue where you went in and out to make it secure. (See picture)
8) Tie the two ends of the string to complete the ornament.
9) Choose how you want to decorate the snowflake.  You can use glitter glue.

10) Or you can use paint.  To use the paint, put a glob of three different colors on a piece of paper.  Then place the snowflake on top.  Slightly push it into the paint.  Then lift and turn the snowflake slightly and place it down on the paint again.  Do this as many times as you need to achieve the look you want.
FOR THE MEDIUM SIZE SNOWFLAKE
1) Take a piece of cardstock paper and cut 1/2' strips along the WIDTH of the paper.
2) Repeat the same steps that you did for the large snowflake.
FOR THE SMALLEST SIZE SNOWFLAKE/NECKERCHIEF SLIDE

1) Take a piece of cardstock paper and cut 1/2' strips LENGTH-WISE. Then cut this in HALF equaling 5 1/2 inches in length.  Then fold it into a v-shape.  
2) Using the two different Phillips Screw Drivers instead of the marker and pen, follow steps 3 & 4 of the large snowflake.
3) Glue all the contact points with a dot of glue just like the large snowflake. 
 4)Using the pipe cutters, cut a 1/2' ring of the vinyl tubing for your neckerchief slide.
5) Using E6000, glue the vinyl tubing ring to the middle of one side of your small snowflake.
6) You can have the boys make this neckerchief slide with their parents as a gathering activity at a pack meeting.  If you do, It will take some time so you might want to eliminate decorating it with paint or glitter.  Then when they are done making it, a good idea would be to have them place it on top of a yellow sticky or piece of paper with their name on it so they can leave it to dry during the meeting and then retrieve it afterwards.
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
A lot of times, Scouts forget that visiting, listening and talking to someone can be an act of service. I especially like the LISTENING part since these boys have a hard time listening.  Practice is always needed.  So I am recommending that this craft be made.  Then pick a couple of people to visit and give them a snowflake as a gift for the Holidays. What a wonderful way to show you care.
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 & 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.
Arrow of Light Adventure: Duty to God in Action - Requirement 2a
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.
Tiger Elective Adventure: Stories in Shapes - Requirement 1b
Create an art piece.

Candle Arrow of Light Ceremony

Materials:  Battery operated Christmas candle set (I was able to buy mine at an After Christmas Sale at 80% off), fine sand paper, red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple spray paint, blue painters tape, scissors & one large wrapping tissue paper.

1) Take off the heads and base of the candles.
2) With fine grit sand paper, sand the white part of the candles so the paint will adhere better.

3) Wrap the base of the candle in blue painters tape.  Extend some tape past the base so that when you place it on the news paper for spay painting, it will stick to it and help keep the candle part, When placed in it, from falling over during painting. 
4) Put the candle part back into the base. 
5) Cut off a piece of the wrapping tissue and wad it up into a ball. Stuff this into the top of the candle part where the tip used to be so the paint will not get inside the candle.


6) Following the instructions on the spray paint can, paint each of the candles a color.

7) Reassemble candle after it dries.
8) Print of the Arrow of Light Ceremony to read.
Here is the link to the Arrow of Light Ceremony that goes along with these candles:https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0revQcSgs4OZXBtb0RDOUNLdmM

Pinewood Derby Treat Ideas
Here is the link to the pinewood derby ideas displayed on the chalk board at Round Table:https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0revQcSgs4Oc21xY2RnamVDaXM

POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Tiger Adventure - Tiger Bites - Requirement 5
Talk with your adult partner about what foods you can eat with your fingers. Practice your manners when eating them.

MARSHMALLOW STRAW RACE
Have the Cub Scouts sit around a table. Place a mug or paper coffee cup in front of each player and give each of them a straw. Scatter mini-marshmallows all over the table. Set a timer. Then have the players use their straws to suck up marshmallows and drop them into their mugs. When time runs out, count the marshmallows. The player with the most in his cup wins. When the game is over, fill the mugs with hot cocoa and let them enjoy those marshmallows.
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Tiger Elective Adventure - Tiger-iffic! - Requirement 2
Play a board game or ANOTHER INSIDE game with one or more members of your den.
Wolf Elective Adventure - Code of the Wolf - Requirement 1a
With the members of your den or family, make a game with simple materials that requires math to keep score.
 Wolf Elective Adventure - Code of the Wolf - Requirement 1c

Do five activities at home, at school, or in your den that use mathematics, and then explain to your den how you used everyday math.
-Use colored marshmallows to help pass off this requirement: Wolf Elective Adventure - Code of the Wolf - Requirement 3a
With your den, find something that comes with many small, colored items in one package.  Count the number of items of each color in your package.  Keep track of each color. Then:
i. Draw a graph showing the number of items of each color.
ii. Determine what the most common color is.
iii. Compare your results to the other boys'.
iv. Predict how many items of each color you will find in one more package.
v. Decide if your prediction was close.
Wolf Elective Adventure - Collection & Hobbies - Requirement 6
Play a game with your den that involves collecting.
Bear Adventure - Grin and Bear It - Requirement 1

Play a challenge game or initiative game with the members of your den.  Take part in a reflection after the game.
Bear Elective Adventure - Grin and Bear It - Requirement 4

With a partner, play a game that makes you laugh.

Cheers
Christmas Bells:  Pretend to hold a bell rope.  Then get the left side of the audience to say "Ding!" on the down stroke and the other side to say "Dong!" on the up stroke.
Pinewood Derby: Hold your right hand over your head.  Bring it down as if it were a car coming down a hill or track, while saying "Swoosh!" Then say "Thud!" as it hits the bottom of the track.
Vroom: Make a sound like a car revving up and say, "Vroom, vroom!"

Opening Brain Teaser Answer: 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

#1 Helpful/Cubs in Action



For October's Round Table We Shared Ideas For
November's Scout Law Point and Theme
Scout Law Point: Helpful
Theme: Cubs in Action!


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).
There's a pattern to the three numbered boxes above.  Can you find the missing number in the third box?
 *Answer is at the end of this section. (scroll down)
(Brain Teaser taken from: The Little Black Book of Mindbenders by John Samson and Elsie Samson; pg. 25)


Gathering Activity
HELPING HANDS
Materials: one piece of paper for each boy or family with “H-E-L-P-I-N-G H-A-N-D-S” written across the top
Hand out papers and pens as participants arrive. Have each Cub Scout or family write under each letter as many ways as they can think of to be helpful. The only words they can use must start with the letter at the top of the column. Note: Actions that start with “H” and “N” can be divided between the two H’s and N’s on the paper.

Flag Ceremony
HELPING OTHER PEOPLE
After the flags have been posted, but before the pledge, have six Cub Scouts read the following from cards you have prepared.
Cub #1: Being helpful to others means picking up something someone has dropped without being asked.
Cub #2: Being helpful to others means playing with a younger brother or sister while Mom is busy.
Cub #3: Being helpful to others means telling a friend he did a great job when he did his best.
Cub #4: Being helpful to others means shoveling snow or sweeping leaves off a walkway for someone who is not able.
Cub #5: Being helpful to others means doing simple everyday things like smiling, or difficult things like fighting for our country.
Cub #6: The people throughout history who have kept our country free were helpful to others like you and me. As we pledge our allegiance to the flag, let us be glad that Americans are always helpful to others. (This Cub Scout then leads the pledge.)
Cubmaster: Will the audience please rise and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to be followed by singing “God Bless America.”

Blessing Bags


I got the idea for "Blessing Bags" from this site:  http://www.howdoesshe.com/thanks-and-giving-paying-blessings-forward/
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Tiger Required Adventure: Tiger Team - Requirement 5
Do an activity to help your community or neighborhood team.
Tiger Elective Adventure: - Earning Your Stripes - Requirement 5
Participate in a service project.
Wolf Adventure: - Council Fire - Requirement 4b
Work together on a community service project.
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.
Wolf Elective Adventure: - Hometown Heroes - Requirement 4
As a den or family, honor a serviceman or servicewoman by sending a care package along with a note thanking them for their service.
Bear Adventure: - Fellowship & Duty to God - Requirement 2a
Working with a parent or guardian, spiritual advisor, or religious leader, provide service to help a place of worship or spiritual community, school, community organization, or chartered organization that puts into practice your ideals of duty to God and strengthens your fellowship with others.
Webelos Arrow of Light Adventure: - Duty to God in Action - Requirement 2e
Under the direction of your parents, 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 famiy, den, or den leader how it related to doing your duty to God.

Secret Service Mission

Here is the Link to the instructions to put together the Secret Service Mission Envelope.  http://blog.melissaanddoug.com/2013/07/22/secret-service-for-a-day-activity-printable/
Cover for Envelope:  http://blog.melissaanddoug.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/secret-service-envelope-label.pdf
Mission Possible Letter:  http://blog.melissaanddoug.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/mission-possible-letter.pdf
Confidential Secret Service Mission Ideas:  http://blog.melissaanddoug.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/confidential-secret-service-mission-ideas.pdf
"The Secret Service Was Here" - Calling Cards:  http://blog.melissaanddoug.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/the-secret-service-was-here-calling-cards.pdf

After you make the copies the boys can cut out the service ideas they want to do and glue it to the Mission Ideas paper.  Then they can also cut out the Secret Service Calling Cards
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Tiger Required Adventure: Tiger Team - Requirement 5
Do an activity to help your community or neighborhood team.
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.
Tiger Elective Adventure: - Earning Your Stripes - Requirement 5
Participate in a service project.
Wolf Adventure: - Council Fire - Requirement 6b
Make your own recycling center, or contribute to an existing one.
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: - Paws for Action - Requirement 2bv
If you have younger brothers and sisters, make sure they know how to call for help in an emergency.
Webelos Arrow of Light Adventure: - Duty to God in Action - Requirement 2e
Under the direction of your parents, 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 famiy, den, or den leader how it related to doing your duty to God.
Webelos Arrow of Light Elective Adventure: - Fix It -
All requirements
Webelos Arrow of Light Elective Adventure: - Project Family - Requirement 3
Show your understanding of your duty to family by creating a chart listing the jobs that you and other family members have at home.  Choose three of the jobs you are responsible for, and chart them for two weeks.
Webelos Arrow of Light Elective Adventure: - Project Family - Requirement 4
Select ONE of the jobs below that belongs to another family member, and help that person complete it: a)Create a grocery shopping list for the week. b)Complete the laundry for your family one time. c)Help prepare meals for your family for one day.

Audience Participation/Game



THE BEAN GAME
Materials: plastic sandwich bags, one per Cub Scout, each containing 24 dried beans Each Cub Scout tries to balance the beans on the back of his hand. See who can maintain that balance for the longest time. (Note: The following directions are for right-handers; left-handers should do the reverse.) • Pick up one bean with your left hand, transfer it to the right, then place it on the back of the left hand. • While still balancing that bean, pick up a second one with the left hand. Transfer it to the right, then place it next to the first bean on the left hand.
• Continue this process and see how many beans you can balance on your left hand before they fall off.
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Wolf Elective Adventure: - Collections & Hobbies - Requirement 6
Play a game with your den that involves collecting.
Bear Adventure: - Grin and Bear it - Requirement 1
Play a challenge game or initiative game with the members of your den.  Take part in a reflection after the game.


Memorizing the Scout Law Idea


Mix & Sort (Idea given by Heather, one of our breakout leaders)

Print out the words to the Scout Law and cut and laminate them.  Then at the Pack meetings have the boys arrange them and put them in order. 
Make it a contest and make 3 to 4 sets of the Scout Law words.  Then divide the cub scouts into 3 to 4 groups.  Have them race to see who can put them in order first.  
 
Cheers
"Do a Good Turn" Cheer:  Have the group stand up to applaud.  Everyone claps once, then moves a quarter turn and claps again.  Have them repeat this in the same direction until they have all completed a full turn.
Toucan Yell: Hold hands in front of mouth, simulating a bird opening its beak, several times while saying "Toucan, Toucan, Toucan! A Cub (Scout) can Too!!!"
Fireman Yell: Pretend to be a Fireman helping to hold onto a water hose.  Then say, "Water, water, water! More, more more!"

Opening Brain Teaser Answer: The missing number is 11.  Each number on the left side of the box is the square root of the number to its right.  Eleven is the square root of 121.