Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Trustworthy/Let the Games Begin/Family Involvement & Friendly/#Cubscouts/Working as a Team



For May's Round Table We Shared Ideas For
July's SLP: Trustworthy Theme Let the Games Begin Interest Topic: Family Involvement
August's SLP: Friendly Theme #Cubscouts Interest Topic: Working as a Team

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).
 
DO THE MATH
"Enter the correct numbers in each row and column to arrive at the totals outside the grid.  (Numbers 1-9 are only used once.)"
Brain Teaser Picture
 *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. 67)
Gathering Activity
Guess that Dad
Have the Dad's bring pictures of themselves when they were around 8yrs to 10yrs old.  Then have the cub scouts guess whose picture it is.

Flag Ceremony  Idea
Family Responsibilities
Have Each Cub Scout hold up a card with a picture of the responsibility on the front and the script written on the back.
Cub #1: (Picture of a table set for dinner) I do my part for family dinner and set the table.
 
Cub #2: (Picture of a dog) I feed the family dog at the same time every day.
Cub #3: (Picture of a clean room) I pick up my dirty clothes and put them in the hamper so my room looks clean.
Cub #4: (Picture of a Dad with his son) I always call my dad when I get home so he does not worry.
Cub #5: (Picture of a bed made up) I make my bed every day.
Cub #6: (Picture of children playing together) I play nicely with my brother or sister.
Cub #7: (Picture of a mom and dad) I tell my Mom and Dad thank you for helping me with my homework.

POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF - These are the updated requirements - November2016
Tiger Required Adventure Duty to God - Requirement 1
Discuss with your parent, guardian, den leaders, or other caring adult what it means to do your duty to God. Tell how you do your duty to God in your daily life.
Tiger Required Adventure Duty to God - Requirement 5
With the approval of your parent/guardian, den leader, or other caring adult, think of and then carry out an act of kindness or respect that you think shows duty to God.
Tiger Required Adventure  Team Tiger - Requirement 1
With your parent, guardian, other caring adult, or den, talk about what it means to be part of a team.  List some of the teams you are on (den, pack, family, class, etc.) and explain how you can help each one.
Tiger Required Adventure  Team Tiger - Requirement 3
With your family, talk about how family members each have a role in the family team.  Then pick a job that you will do to help the team.  Follow through by doing that job at least three times during the next three weeks.
Tiger Required Adventure Tiger Bites - Requirement 4
With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, pick a job to help your family at mealtime.  Do it for at least four meals.
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. Tiger Elective Adventure Earning Your Stripes - Requirement 3
With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, decide on one new task you can do to help your family, and do it.
Wolf Required Adventure Duty to God Footsteps - Requirement 1
Discuss with your parent, guardian, den leader, or other caring adult what it means to do your duty to God. Tell how you do your duty to God in your daily life.
Wolf Elective Adventure Germs Alive - Requirement 6
Make a clean room chart, and do your chores for at least one week.
Bear Required Adventure Fellowship and Duty to God - Requirement 1
Discuss with your parent, guardian, den leader, or other caring adult what it means to do your duty to God. Tell how you do your duty to God in your daily life.
Bear Required Adventure Fellowship and Duty to God - Requirement 3b
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 Required Adventure Duty to God and You - Requirement 1
Discuss with your parent, guardian, den leader, or other caring adult what it means to do your duty to God.  Tell how you do your duty to God in your daily life.
Webelos Required Adventure Duty to God and You - Requirement 4
List one thing that will bring your closer to doing your duty to God, and practice it for one month.  Write down what you will do each day Arrow of Light Required Adventure Duty to God in Action - Requirement 1
Discuss with your parent, guardian, den leader, or other caring adult what it means to do your duty to God.  Tell how you do your duty to God in your daily life.
Arrow of Light Required Adventure Duty to God in Action - Requirement 2
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.  Tell your family how it related to doing your duty to God.
Arrow of Light Required Adventure Duty to God in Action - Requirement 4
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.
Webelos/AOL 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/AOL Adventure: Project Family - Requirement 4
Select a job that belongs to another family member, and help that person complete it.  Some example would be to create a grocery shopping list for the week, to take out trash for a week, to do the laundry for your family one time, to prepare meals for your family for one day, or ot complete some yard work.



Move Cups With A Rubber Band (Teaching Team Work)

Here is the site that explains how to set up a group to accomplish this task as well as instructions: http://sciencegal-sciencegal.blogspot.com/2012/09/setting-expectations-for-group-work.html?m=1
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF - These are the updated requirements - November2016
Tiger Required Adventure Games Tigers Play - Requirement 1a
Play two initiative or team-building games with the members of your den.
Tiger Required Adventure Games Tigers Play - Requirement 1b
Listen carefully to your leader while the rules are being explained, and follow directions when playing.
Tiger Required Adventure Games Tigers Play - Requirement 1c
At the end of the game, talk with the leader about what you learned when you played the game.  Tell how you helped the den by playing your part.
Tiger Required Adventure  Team Tiger - Requirement 1
With your parent, guardian, other caring adult, or den, talk about what it means to be part of a team.  List some of the teams you are on (den, pack, family, class, etc.) and explain how you can help each one.
Tiger Elective Adventure Tiger-iffic! - Requirement 3
Play a problem-solving game with your den.
Bear Elective 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 2
Working with the members of your den, organize a Cub Scout carnival and lead it at a special event. (Can use this activity for a booth at a carnival)
Bear Elective Adventure Grin and Bear It - Requirement 3
Help younger Cub  Scouts take part in one of the events at the Cub Scout carnival.

Salt Dough Hand Key Holder - Father's Day Gift

I always like to do a Father's Day Gift Idea every year because I think it is important to help Cub Scouts learn to show love and honor for their Dads.
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*Note: I made a few hands to figure out how best to make this project. Some of the hands are green or blue or white.  The color of the hand in the pictures below  is irrelevant in the instructions except when I talk about adding color.  
Also Note: That this project will take 2 den meetings.  If you want to have the boys paint the hand before Modge Podging, then it would take 3 den meetings.  

Materials: flour, salt, food coloring, water, mixing bowl, mixing spoon, wax paper, rolling pin, table knife, scissors, small bowl that can be placed in an oven (4"diameter on top and 2 1/2 " diameter on bottom), metal cookie sheet, cooking spray, oven, hot pads, black marker (to write the boy's name on the bottom of the hand), heart hole punch if you have one and paper or with scissors to cut out a small heart, Modge Podge, brush to spread Modge Podge.
Directions:

1) Put about 4 -5 drops of food coloring in a 1 cup measuring cup.  Add 1 cup water to this. (If you want to do a white hand, you do not need to add any food coloring).
2) Mix together and kneed, inside the bowl, 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water + food coloring.      
 

3) Divide the dough in half and place it on the WAX side of the wax paper.  If you have difficulty figuring out which side is which on the wax paper, you will know when you rolled out your dough on the wrong side if it there is a lot of dough residue left on the wax paper when you pull it off.
4) With a rolling pin, have the Cub Scout roll out the dough on the wax paper to 1/4 inch thick while someone else holds down both ends of the wax paper to keep it from sliding on the table. 
5) Have the cub scout put his hand on top of the salt dough.  NOTE: Be sure to tell the Cub Scout not to press his hand into the dough. This will make the dough too thin. Then someone else can cut the dough around his hand using a table knife.  NOTE: For the best possible results, the person cutting around his hand will want to make the cut somewhat wide around the sides of the fingers and then to cut right up next to the tip of the fingers.  See picture.  
6) Remove all excess of the dough and SMOOTH out all edges.  If little pieces of dough are still attached, it will dry and harden that way.  
  
7) Cut off the wax paper around the salt dough hand.  

8) Place your bowl upside down on a cookie sheet and spray it with cooking oil.  The size of the bowl I used was 4 inches in diameter around the rim of the bowl and 2 1/2 inches in diameter on the base of the bowl. (Small hand bowl for Cub Scout hands)

9) With the salt dough still on the wax paper, to help keep the salt dough hand from stretching, start by lining up the middle finger with the rim of the bowl.  Then gently lie down the salt dough hand over the bowl making sure the fingers are somewhat close together and the thumb a little ways away.  Note: There were a couple of times I tried to reposition the salt dough hand after laying it onto the bowl, but little pieces of the dough stayed on the bowl, plus the salt dough hand stretched a little.  So if you feel you need to reposistion the hand, you may need to roll it out again.  
 
10) Once you have your salt dough hand in place, gently pull off the wax paper and make sure the fingers are against the bowl. Then smooth out any rough edges.
11) At this point you can take the black marker and write the boy's name on the hand.  Be sure not to push down on the black marker while writing the name.

BAKING IN THE OVEN TAKES 6 HOURS AT 220 DEGREES

12) Place the cookie sheet with the bowl & hand in the oven at 220 degrees for 2 hours.

13) GENTLY take the hand off the bowl and set it on the back of the hand with the fingers up to bake for another 2 hours.

14) Then for the last two hours in the oven turn it over so it is resting on the tips of the fingers to allow the air to go around the hand.
15) Using hot pads take it out of the oven to cool. Once it is cooled, place it in a safe place so it will not be broken to set for a week until the next den meeting.  This will allow it to dry completely before applying Mod Podge.
 
16) Using a small heart hole punch, punch out some hearts for the boys to write a small note to their fathers.

17)Assemble these items: Mod Podge and paper bowl to put it in, paint brush, a cap from a bottle for each clay handmade, the hearts with a message written on them, and the clay hands.
18) First apply Mod Podge in between the fingers.  Then do the back of the fingers.  DO NOT Do the back of the hand because that area needs to be setting on top of a bottle cap to allow the rest of the hand to dry. Then apply Mod Podge to the palm of the hand and the inside of the  fingers. 
 
 
19) Continue with applying Mod Podge to the back of the paper heart and place the heart in the middle of the palm.  After which apply more Mod Podge on top of the heart and hand. 

20) Let it dry. 

21) Then during the middle of the week, for the boys, finish off their hand by applying Mod Podge to the back of the hand unless you want them to finish it off at the next den meeting. The Mod Podge will help keep the Hand Key Holder from breaking so easily.

Learning from Mistakes
Hand #1.  It was my hand and I used a cereal bowl.  As you can see it was too big both the hand and the bowl.
Hand #2. With this hand when I rolled out the dough, I left it too thick.  Also, I used a marker to draw around the hand and then cut the dough.  As you can see the marker lines I made became a permanent part of the dough hand.
Hand #3. I cut too close to the fingers and they are too skinny.
Hand #4. When I laid down the hand on top of the bowl, I did not start at the tip of the middle finger, I just laid the dough hand on top and had to scrunch and squish the fingers into place.  So the tips of the fingers are flat.
Hand #5.  Even though I like this hand, you can see the dough that I did not smooth out around the fingers is slightly rough.
Hand #6. I like this hand.   
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF - These are the updated requirements - November2016
Tiger Elective Adventure Stories in Shapes - Requirement 4
Draw or create an art piece using shapes. (The shape in this case would be the hand)
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Art Explosion - Requirement 3b
Use clay to sculpt a simple form..
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Art Explosion - Requirement 3c
Create an object using clay that can be fired, baked in the oven, or air-dried.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Art Explosion - Requirement 4
Choose one of the following methods to show your artwork: A. Create a hard-copy or digital portfolio of your projects.  Share it with your family or members of your den or pack., B. Display your artwork in a pack, school, or community art show.




Skee Ball


Materials: 9 milk boxes, yellow & blue & orange & red(not shown) cans of paint, rubbing alcohol, white paint, ruler, black marker, paint brush (to paint numbers on boxes), paper plate, paper towel, knife, newspaper, painter's tape, duct tape and some Wiffle Golf Balls.
Directions:
For the first 5 milk boxes
1) Cut off the small opening flaps of the first 5 boxes. 

2) Fold one of the long opening flaps in. Then measure 2 inches from the fold of the flap going along the corner edge of the box and draw a dot with a black marker. (see picture) Repeat on the other side of the box.

3) Draw a line between the two dots across the box. (see picture)

4) Cut out this section.  Repeat for the other side of the box.

5) It will look like this when you are done.

FOR THE 6TH MILK BOX
6) Repeat steps 4 through 6 for ONLY one side of the 6th box.  Then on the other side, only cut off the opening flap of the box.  

7) Using painter's tape, tape shut the flaps of the handle opening.
FOR THE 7TH MILK BOX
8) Repeat steps 3 through 6 for ONLY ONE of the wide sides of the 7th box. For the other wide side of the box, measure 6 inches along the corner edges of the box. Draw a dot.  Then draw a line in between the dots.  Cut out this section. It should look like the picture above when you are done.
FOR THE 8TH MILK BOX
9) Cut off all the opening flaps.  On one of the wide sides of the box, measure 6 inches along the corner edge of the box. With a black marker, put a dot. Repeat on the other corner edge. Then draw a line in between the dots.  Cut out this section. On the other side of the box, cut out the whole section.  It should look like the picture above when you are done.

10) Using duct tape, tape closed the handle flaps inside the boxes of #7 & #8.
FOR THE 9TH MILK BOX
11) Open up the top and bottom flaps of box #9.  Then cut down the middle of one of the short sides of the box.

12) Cut off the two small corners of one of the end flaps. 
13) Cut off the entire flap at the other end of the box. See picture above.

15) Draw a line about 1/2 " from the crease of the flap at the end of the box that was not cut off. Score with the knife on top of the line. Fold or bend it over before painting. 

16) Using painter's tape and either some left over cardboard or news paper, tape off the middle section of the 9th milk box.  Then spray paint all the sides white.

17) Spray paint the short sides of all the other boxes. Also for box #6 paint the wide side that was not cut as well. (This is the very back end of the Skee Ball when assembled.)

18) When everything is dry, take off all the painter's tape and cut off the handle opening flaps except for box #7 and box #8.

19) Tape boxes 7 & 8 together with duct tape as shown in the picture above.

20) Using Duct tape, tape box #9 (the ramp) to box #1 and let it rest on boxes 7 & 8.  (see picture above).

21) Paint the number of points on the sides of the boxes as shown.  (Note: I decided not to tape all the boxes together because it was easier taking them from one place to another without being connect.  Just placing the boxes in order worked just fine when playing Skee Ball. Now your boxes are ready to use.  Just roll a Wiffle Golf Ball up the ramp and into one of the boxes.

POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF - These are the updated requirements - November2016
Tiger Elective Adventure Earning Your Stripes - Requirement 5
Play a game with your den.  Then discuss how your den played politely.
Wolf Elective Adventure Air of the Wolf - Requirement 1a
Make a paper airplane and fly it five times. Try to make it fly farther by altering its shape.  Fly it at least five more times to see if your changes were effective. (After doing this requirement, use the paper airplane in place of the Wiffle Golf Ball and try to fly them into the boxes).
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.
Wolf Elective Adventure Paws of Skill - Requirement 6
With your den, talk about sportsmanship and what it means to be a good sport while playing a game or a sport. Share with your den how you were a good sport or demonstrated good sportsmanship in requirement 4.
Bear Elective 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 2
Working with the members of your den, organize a Cub Scout carnival and lead it at a special event. (Skee Ball could be used at one of your booths).
Bear Elective Adventure Grin and Bear It - Requirement 3
Help younger Cub  Scouts take part in one of the events at the Cub Scout carnival.
Bear Elective Adventure Grin and Bear It - Requirement 4
After the Cub Scout carnival, discuss with the members of your den and your den leader what went well, what could be done better, and how everyone worked together to make the event a success.
Webelos/AOL Adventure: Project Family - Requirement 6a
Hold a family meeting to plan an exciting family activity. The activity could include: a family reunion, a family night or a family outing. (A tournament playing SkeeBall can be part of the family activity).
 Webelos/AOL Adventure: Sportsman - Requirement 3a
Explain what good sportsmanship means.
Webelos/AOL Adventure: Sportsman - Requirement 3b
Role-play a situation that demonstrates good sportsmanship.
Webelos/AOL Adventure: Sportsman - Requirement 3b
Give an example of a time when you experienced or saw someone showing good sportsmanship.

Audience Participation/Game Idea
Rope Taut Circle - Family Involvement Teamwork
(From the Webelos Den Leader Guide Project Family Adventure, page 267)
Give each leader a 3-foot section of rope.  Have them tie their ropes together with square knots to form a complete circle.  Then they lean back carefully to form a taut circle.  Explain that this represents the connection between family members as they help each other and work as a team.
Cub Scout Roundtable Planning Guide 2016 - 2017 page:64

Cheers / Run-ons
Thanks Mom Cheer: Pretend to be eating your favorite dessert.  After each bite, make chomping noises and say "Yum!"  Do this 4 - 5 times.  Then say, "That was delicious. Thanks Mom!" JB
Race Start Cheer: Everyone makes a pretend race starter gun with their hand point it up.  Then they say, "On your mark, get set, go! BANG!" like they just shot a gun to start a race.     JB

Golden Questions for Evaluation
1. What have we been doing?
2. What will happen if we continue doing these things?
3. Do we want that to happen?
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If the answer to question 3 was YES, then ask: What can we do to make it even better?
5. If the answer to question 3 was NO, then ask: What are we going to do so these things do not happen?
-These questions if asked often, whether as part of a team (Den or Family) will help change behavior towards the positive.



Opening Brain Teaser Answer: 
 

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