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Cub Scouts: Getting Parents Involved

Encouraging parents to volunteerRecently, one of our readers asked for suggestions on how to get Cub Scout parents more involved in helping. That is something that many packs struggle with. How do we get parents to help out so that the burden isn’t all on the den leaders or committee members?

We all are busy, but I’m a big believer that we make time for what’s important to us. Scouting isn’t like soccer or baseball where we’re on the sidelines cheering our sons on. Cub Scouting is hands on. Whether you’re helping them learn how to tie knots or showing them how to use a hammer or teaching them how to cook their own breakfast, parents will definitely need to be involved.

I did some research and found 14 ideas that may be helpful.  Not all of the suggestions will be appropriate for your pack or den, but I hope that some of these will be beneficial for you. Continue reading

Cub Scout Den Supplies

Supplies for Den Meetings

You’ll want to collect some supplies for your den. Things such as crayons, markers, pencils, scissors and rulers are needed for many of our Cub Scout activities. During the back to school sales and clearance sales, I always grab some extras for the den. For example, I bought 24-packs of Crayola crayons for a quarter. I got 8 boxes and used the extras for the den. Continue reading

Electronic Cub Scout Den Leader Guides

leader guide collageDid you know that the Cub Scout handbooks are now available electronically?  Well, there’s more great news!  The leader guides are also available in Kindle format.

You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books. There are free Kindle reader apps available for your tablet, smartphone or computer!  Just click on over to Amazon to download them

The beautiful thing about having an electronic copy of your leader guide is that you can plan your Cub Scout den meetings from anywhere! Continue reading

Cub Scout Leader How To Book Online in PDF Format

March 24, 2016 Update:  BSA’s legal department has asked that I remove the links to the Cub Scout Leader How To Book.

The only place that I’ve been able to find the book is in hard copy format on ScoutStuff and in local Scout Shops.  This is a newer edition that the one previously linked to.  The cover is different, and there are minor revisions to the content.

At this point, the book doesn’t seem to be available electronically.  Hopefully, BSA will introduce the Kindle version soon.

I’m so sorry if this caused you any inconvenience.

I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot!

I found a copy of the Cub Scout Leader How To Book online in a pdf format!  I have a printed version that I purchased a few years ago, but it’s in the bookcase upstairs–not very convenient.  It’s great to have an electronic version of it.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the How-To Book, it is full of games, activities, crafts, hikes, outdoor cooking recipes, skits, cheers, songs, magic tricks, special events and more. Continue reading

Cub Scout Leader Training Secrets

Cub Scout leader training secrets

The Boy Scouts of  America has training courses that are required for leaders and parents who work with the boys on a regular basis.  Most councils or districts hold face-to-face sessions so that volunteers can get the required training.

However, many people opt to take the courses online.  It’s convenient and can be done on your schedule.

I wanted to share a couple of “secrets” about the online training.  Well, they aren’t really secrets, but they’re tips that I’ll bet a lot leaders and parents don’t know. Continue reading