Wednesday, August 31, 2016

#1 Kind/Creepy Crawlers/Cub Scout Hiking



For September's Round Table We Shared Ideas For
October's Scout Law Point: Kind
October's Theme: Creepy Crawlers
October's Scout Law Point:
Cub Scout Hiking

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).
AFTER AND BEFORE: What word goes after the first word and before the second to form two new common words or phrases?
APPLE____________________FROST
HARD_____________________BOTTOM
FIGURE___________________HUNTER
NAVY_____________________BONNET
COMMON_________________SHOULDER
PIPING___________________DOG
HUSH____________________LOVE
*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. 8)

 
Gathering Activity #1
Inchworm Pencil Craft - see Resources in the Pack Meeting Plans found online: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/cubscouts/pdf/YEAR2/310-842(15)_October%20Kind_WEB.pdf


Gathering Activity #2
Hula Hoop Spider Web - Take some masking tape and make a spider web inside it making sure the sticky side of the masking tape is facing the same direction.  Set up the hula hoop somewhere in the room where the boys can throw cotton balls at it and try to get them to stick to the web.  mark off a line with the tape 5 five feet from the hula hoop on the floor for the boys to throw the cotton balls from. To see a picture of this craft go to this site on Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/69242912997092176/

Flag Ceremony Idea
FOUR DIRECTIONS
Materials: Four Cub Scouts, each with a poster with a large letter for his direction on it. On the back, the following is written for each boy to read.
Cubmaster: Finding our way to our destination in the park is aided by the use of a compass, which shows the four directions—north, south, east, and west.
(Each Cub Scout enters from his side of the room or outdoor area, holding one of four posters. with a large letter for his direction on it. On the back, the following is written for each boy to read):
Cub Scout 1 (“E”): I represent the East. From me comes the sun each day, giving light to all living things to help them to be strong and healthy.
Cub Scout 2 (“S”): I represent the South. From me comes heat and rain, so all living things have warmth and water to drink.
Cub Scout 3 (“N”): I represent the North. From me comes cold and snow, so all living things can experience coolness and the beauty of winter.
Cub Scout 4 (“W”): I represent the West. To me, the sun comes at the end of each day, giving the world darkness so all living things can rest.
Cubmaster: We gather from all directions, joined together in the Law of the Pack. Will everyone please stand, give the Cub Scout sign, and join me in reciting the Law of the Pack.
2013 - 2014 Cub Scout Roundtable Guide; page 104


Insects are Fun!

Imagine our surprise when our family found this Palo Verde Rootborer Beetle just outside our garage.  It was huge.  I took a picture of it next to my husband's hand so everyone would believe me when I told them how large it was!  Cool Right! So when I found a picture of the exact beetle while putting this craft together, I had fun learning a couple of facts about it.  It can live underground for as long as three years feeding on roots and then they come out for mating. So I guess when we found it by our garage is was in search of its sweetheart. :) This is what we want to share with our cub scouts - that insects are fun!
Hike Insect Necklace

Materials: Picture of insects on CARDSTOCK paper(1 per cub scout), black marker, 1 sandwich bag per cub scout, yarn, scissors, paper cutter and a hole punch.

Click Here for a copy of the Insect page: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0revQcSgs4ObGl4QmpxVl9KdDg
Directions:

2) Print out one Insect page on cardstock per cub scout going on the hike.

3) Write each cub scout's name on their own sandwich bag.

4) Either using scissors or a paper cutter, cut up the Insect page.

5) Using a hole punch, punch a hole, indicated by the circle, in each section.
6) Cut a piece of yarn approximately 2 feet and 8 inches long for each cub scout.
7) Put the yarn and insect pieces into the baggie.
When you go on the hike with the cub scouts, as they see insects along the way, take that picture and put it on the yarn necklace.  Be sure to tie the yarn ends in a bow so it will be easy to untie and add a new picture on the yarn necklace as the boys find insects.  Then when they get home, have them look up information about that insect on these two internet sites: http://www.insectdiscovery.org/common-arizona-insects.html  or  hppt://bugguide.net
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Wolf Adventure - Howling At the Moon - Requirement 6
Go on a 1 mile hike with your den or family.  Watch and record two interesting things that you've never seen before.
Wolf Elective Adventure - Howling at the Moon - Requirement 7
Name two birds, two insects, and two other animals that live in your area.  Explain how you identified them.
Bear Adventure - Fur, Feathers & Ferns - Requirement 1
While hiking or walking for one mile, identify six signs that any mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, or plants are living nearby the place where you choose to hike.
Bear Adventure - Fur, Feathers & Ferns - Requirement 4
Observe wildlife from a distance.  Describe what you saw.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Into the Wild - Requirement 1
Collect and care for an "insect, amphibian, or reptile zoo." You might have crickets, ants, grasshoppers, a lizard, or a toad. Study them for a while and then let them go.  Share your experience with your Webelos den.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Into the Wild - Requirement 6
Identify an insect, reptile, bird, or other wild animal that is found only in your area of the country.  Tell why it survives in your area.

Insect Cookies - Cub Scouts Can Make

This idea was taken from this web site:
These cookies will not turn out perfectly. However, this project involves cookies and chocolate so I am pretty sure the cub scouts will think it is awesome!
You will want to make these cookies at the beginning of the meeting, so that they can harden in the refrigerator and the boys can eat their cookie for dessert at the end of their den or pack meeting.

Materials:
Snyder's Mini Pretzels, Mini M&M's, Chocolate Chips, Nutter Butter Cookies, Wax paper, small paper plates, scissors, black marker, cutting board, cutting knife, table knife, a wooden skewer ( I used a corn skewer), melting pot (I used a make shift double boiler) and a refrigerator.
Directions:

1)Before your den or pack meeting, heat up your chocolate chips in your melting pot or double boiler.  I used a couple of pans and a clay pot as my double boiler.  Be sure to keep an eye on it so the water does not boil completely away in the bottom pan.  Also, use a hot pad when touching the bowl with the chocolate in it.  After I heated my chocolate chips and stirred it, I found it lasted between an hour to an hour and a half for this project.

2) While the chocolate is melting, cut up the pretzels as shown. Be sure to cut slowly and evenly over the surface or your pieces will become crumbs.  I recommend doing this for your cub scouts  before your meeting because it is challenging to cut the perfect pieces.

4) Have the cub scouts write their names on the edge of their small plates. Then cut up some wax paper to fit the size of the plates.

1)First spread chocolate with a table knife around the edge of the cookie.  Then scrap off any chocolate that got on the bottom of the cookie and place it on the wax paper.

2) While the cookies are sitting on the plate, spread chocolate on top. (Note: for this project, the boys will not be putting chocolate on the bottom of the cookie in the interest of easiness and time).
3) After they spread the chocolate, have them lick their fingers and wash their hands before preceding to the next step.

4) In the picture above, take note that one side of the pretzel piece is straight while the other is slanted.  You want to dip the end that is straight in the chocolate.  This piece then can lie against the cookie for better contact. Repeat for all the insect legs.

4) When putting on an antenna after dipping one end in the chocolate, have the cub scouts hold it in place on the cookie while counting to 100. Repeat for second antenna.

4) Take a skewer and with the dull end, dip it into the chocolate. Then put the small dollop of chocolate  on the end of the skewer just below one of the antennas.  Afterwards, take a mini M&M and place it on top of the chocolate dollop.  Repeat for the second eye.
5) Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
 
6) When the chocolate has hardened, take off the wax paper. All that is left to do if for the   cub scouts to enjoy eating their insect!

6) Just for your information, here is a picture of what the bottom of the insect cookies look like. 

Note: If any of your boys have allergies to peanuts, you can use Milano cookies instead of the Nutter Butter cookies.  You could also make a Ladybug out of Oreo cookies.  Just look for Oreo Ladybugs on pinterest. 
 
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Tiger Adventure - Games Tiger Bites - Requirement 5
Talk with your adult partner about what foods you can eat with your fingers. Practice your manners when eating them.
Wolf Elective Adventure - Code of the Wolf - Requirement 3a -(You can do this with the M&Ms used for the eyes)
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 o f 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.
Bear Elective Adventure - Bear Picnic Basket - Requirement 1a - (
This snack may not be nutritious, but they can include the recipe in their cookbook)
Create your own Bear cookbook using at least five recipes you can cook or prepare either on your own or with some adult help.  Include one page with information about first aid.  You should include one recipe for a breakfast item, one for lunch, and one for dinner, and two recipes for nutritious snacks.
Bear Elective Adventure - Bear Picnic Basket - Requirement 1b
Prepare for cooking by explaining the importance of planning, tool selection, and cooking safety.
Bear Elective Adventure - Bear Picnic Basket - Requirement 1c
Go on a grocery shopping trip with your den or with an adult.  Check the price of different brands of one single item, and compare the price of a ready-made item with the price of the same item you would make yourself.
Bear Elective Adventure - Bear Picnic Basket - Requirement 2a
With the help of an adult, select one food item, and follow a recipe to prepare it for your family in your kitchen.  Clean up after the preparation and cooking.

Audience Participation Activity

Guess That Outdoor Sound
Record 6 to 7 sounds that you hear outside in nature.  Then play the sounds for everyone at the pack meeting.  Have everyone try to guess what is making that sound.
Ideas of sounds you could record are a cricket, wind in the trees, cicadas, a bird (maybe have them guess the type of bird), a vehicle, cub scouts playing outside, a dog, a cat, a lizard scampering by, leaves under your feet, sound of a bee, water running in a creek, etc.
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Wolf Elective Adventure - Air of the Wolf - Requirement 2a
With other members of your den, go outside and record the sounds you hear.  Identify which of these sounds is the result of moving air.
Bear Adventure - Fur, Feathers & Ferns - Requirement 1
While hiking or walking for one mile, identify six signs that any mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, or plants are living nearby the place where you choose to hike.

Cheers / Jokes
Centipede Yell: Group stands and yells: Ninety-nine THUMP!! Ninety-nine THUMP!! Ninety-nine THUMP!! This wooden leg is murder!!! Variation: MY FEET ARE KILLING ME!!! Variation 2: My shoe bill is outrageous!!!
Inspiring Cheer: Pretend to go hiking up a mountain while standing in place and lifting your feet 6 times. Then put your hand over your brow to shade your eyes from the sun and say, "Wow! That is inspiring!"  As you say inspiring, spread your hands and arms out in front of you. 
Opening Brain Teaser Answer: 1) Jack  2) Rock  3) Head  4) Blue  5) Cold  6) Hot  7) Puppy

Monday, August 1, 2016

#2 Trustworthy/Internet Resources



For Augusts' Round Table We Shared Ideas For
September's Scout Law Point: Trustworthy
September's Interest Topic: Internet Resources

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).
Find the next number in each numeric pattern.
A. 121, 99, 77, 55, ___
B. 15, 22, 29, 36, ___
C. 6, 11, 16, 21, ___
 *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. 117)
Gathering Activity
WRITE A FUNNY CAPTION
Materials: Chalkboard, Chalk, shoe box, pencils, paper. Write on the Chalkboard: Go to http://boyslife.org/section/games/write-a-funny-caption./  Look at the 3rd picture and think of your own caption for it.  Write it down and put it in the box.  During the meeting read everyone's caption.
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Bear Elective Adventure -Roaring Laughter - Requirement 1
Think about what makes you laugh.  Write down three things that make you laugh.

Flag Ceremony Idea
CUB SCOUT OPENING
Materials: Each letter of C-U-B S-C-O-U-T should be cut out from poster board or printed on large pieces of paper or card stock. Write the lines on the back in large print and line
up the Cub Scouts so they can read the lines in order.
Cub #1: C is for Comradeship. We learn to get along.
Cub #2: U is for Unity. Together we are strong.
Cub #3: B is for Boys! Sometimes we’re wild, but mostly we’re nice.
Cub #4: S is for Spirit! Full of energy and always nice.
Cub #5: C is for Courtesy. This we know.
Cub #6: O is for Outings. We can’t wait to go!
Cub #7: U is for Universal. Scouts are known in every land.
Cub #8: T is for Teamwork. We’ll lend you a helping hand.
All: We will do our best!
Cubmaster: Will you please rise for the Pledge of Allegiance?.
2015 - 2016 Round Table Planning Guide; page 123

Mind Reading Trick

Go to this site: and scroll down until you see the Mind Reading Trick. 
http://boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/magic/146387/amaze-your-friends-with-these-4-awesome-magic-tricks/  
Then click on Mind Reading Trick
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Tiger Elective Adventure - Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries - Requirement 1
Learn a magic trick. Practice your magic trick so you can perform it in front of an audience.
Tiger Elective Adventure - Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries - Requirement 3
With your den or with your family, put on a magic show for an audience.
Wolf Adventure - Howling at the Moon - Requirement 3
Work together with your den to plan, prepare, and rehearse a campfire program to presnt to your families at a den meeting.
Wolf Adventure - Howling at the Moon - Requirement 4
Practice and perform your role for a pack campfire program.
Bear Adventure - Grin and Bear It - Requirement 2 (Have a Magic Booth at a Carnival)
Working with the members of your den, organize a Cub Scout carnival and lead it at a special event.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Project Family - Requirement 7
Hold a family meeting to plan an exciting family activity.  The activity could include: a) A family reunion b) A family night (One suggestion is maybe everyone can learn and perform a magic trick to create a Magic Show.) c) A family outing.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Project Family - Requirement 8
Have your family event.  Afterward, tell your parent or guardian what you liked best about the event.

Cub Scout Leader Thank You Cards

I think it would be a miss, if I did not mention using this blog as a resource.  Go to the blog archive on the left-hand side of the screen. (remember that if you are using your cell phone, you need to scroll down to the bottom and click on 'view web version' first to see the left and right hand sides of this blog.
Using the blog archive click on Feb 2015 - Compassion/Aware and Care and you will find the links to download this card for printing. It would be a great idea to have the Cub Scouts of any Den Leader sign the card and give it to him/her at a pack meeting.

 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. (Writing a Thank you card is a great way to demonstrate loyalty)
Wolf Adventure - Council Fire - Requirement 5
Talk to a military veteran, law enforcement officer, member of the fire department, or someone else who works for the community.  Talk about his or her service to the community.  After you have visited with the individual, write a short thank-you note.
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 - Grin and Bear It - Requirement 5
Make and present an award to one of the adults who helped you organize the activities at the Cub Scout carnival.

Audience Participation/Game Idea
PAPER PLATE TIC TAC TOE THROW
With blue painters tape, make a 9 square grid on the floor that looks like a Tic Tac Toe board.  On the back of 5 paper plates draw an X. On the back of 5 more paper plates draw an O. Have the players try to throw the paper plates like a Frisbee into their desired squares to get Tic Tax Toe to win.
This idea was taken from: http://www.learnwithplayathome.com/2014/12/diy-kids-hotel-activity-pack.html
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.
Tiger Elective Adventure - Tiger-iffic! - Requirement 6
Play a team game with your den.
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 Adventure: - Grin and Bear it - Requirement 2
Working with the members of your den, organize a Cub Scout carnival and lead it at a special event.

Bear Adventure: - Grin and Bear it - Requirement 3
Help younger Cub Scouts take part in one of the events at the Cub Scout carnival.
Arrow of Light Adventure: - Building a Better World - Requirement 9
Show that you are an active leader by planning an activity without you den leader's help.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Castaway - Requirement 2c
With your den, invent a game that can be played without using electricity and using minimal equipment or simple items.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Castaway - Requirement 2d
Name your game, write down the rules once you have decided on them, then play the game at two different den meetings or outings. Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Castaway - Requirement 2e
Teach your game to the members of your pack or other Scouts.

Cheers / Run-ons / Jokes
Books Never Written (Have everyone go to our santancubsroundtable blog so they can SEE how the names are written or print them off on 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper.) 
I got these from this site:  http://www.boyscouttrail.com/content/joke/books_never_written-850.asp
- There were many listed. For Round Table I chose 12 to share
- 'Walking to School' by Misty Bus
- 'How to check a Pulse' by Izzy Dead
- 'The Numbers Game' by Cal Q. Later
-'I Was Prepared' by Justin Case

-'Why Should I Walk?' by Iona Carr
-'Computer Memory' by Meg A. Byte
-'The Lost Scout' by Werram Eye
-'Ten Years in the Bathtub' by Ring Lee Prune
-'How to Eat Cereal' by Poor A Bowl
-'How to Exercise' by Eileen and Ben Dover
-'Getting Fired' by Anita Job
-'Green Vegetables' by Brock Ali

Opening Brain Teaser Answer: A. 33 (decreasing odd multiples of 11)   B.43 (add 7 to each number)   C. 26 (add 5 to each number)