“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” ~Cynthia Ozick
Cub Scout leaders sometimes fall into this category. We appreciate what they do for our boys, but do we (and our boys) say thank you enough for our leaders’ dedication and hard work?
Leaders aren’t volunteering for the glory. They just want our sons to have a great Scouting experience. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t show them our appreciation from time to time.
Whether you’re chipping in with the rest of the den families or purchasing a gift just from your family, you’ll find some great ideas in this Cub Scout leader gift guide. Continue reading
Have you wondered exactly what you have to do to wear the “Trained” badge that you see on some Cub Scout leaders’ left sleeve?
Since the online training has changed, what exactly do you need to take to ensure that you’re fully trained?
To answer these questions, the Boy Scouts of America has published a document with the requirements. Continue reading
Because we meet at a recreation department facility, I bought a plastic storage bin similar to this one to hold and transport our supplies.
I love this! It is stocked with all kinds of things that I might need at the meeting including office/school supplies (pens, crayons, paper, etc.). Continue reading
At my very first Cub Scout day camp, all of the volunteers were given little gifts every day. One day, we received a card the size of a business card. On it was printed this:
A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different, because I was important in the life of a boy.
That card is still taped to my desk. When I get frustrated with the lack of volunteers or I’m overwhelmed with my to-do list for our pack, I stop and read it again to remind myself of why I do the things I do for my boys. Continue reading
Recently, 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
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
You can now get the den meeting plans for three adventures of each rank online free of charge. Simply go to the official Cub Scouts website, click on Learning Library then select your rank. Continue reading