Hosting a fun community event is a great way to introduce Cub Scouting to new families. It’s a way for kids to have fun while parents get information in a more relaxed environment than a traditional round up. Last year, my pack hosted a geocaching event.
This year, we decided to do a Rocket Academy. BSA has a great outline for a Rocket Academy, but I had something else in mind. I envisioned having different stations with rocket-related activities. Here’s how we planned and executed our Rocket Academy. Continue reading
Those of us who are already involved in Cub Scouts know how much fun it can be for the boys, but if a boy has never been exposed to Scouting, we need to have some good Cub Scout recruitment ideas. Many packs hold a recruiting event just after school starts in the fall. It may be called a “Round Up,” a “Scout Rally Night” or a “Join Cub Scouts Event.”
Regardless of the name, this is an important event for your pack. A Cubmaster was recently interviewed on CubCast (a BSA scouting podcast) about how he is so successful in recruiting new Cub Scouts. What he said stuck with me. He is “selling fun to the boys,” and he is “marketing positive experiences to the parents.” Continue reading
A mom from our pack shared this story with me. She was watching the 80s TV show “Fame”. During a talent show, one of the contestants was a baton twirler. One of the judges leaned over to another and said, “Why didn’t her parents invest in something that would benefit her in the future?” Continue reading
Every summer, our pack earns the National Summertime Pack Award. And our summer events do triple duty!
In addition to qualifying us for the award, we open up the events to non-Scout families in the community as a “service” for our community. However, we don’t count this as a community service project–more an opportunity for some positive publicity.
We also use the activities to recruit new Cub Scouts. If a family is interested in Cub Scouting, we’ll talk to them about our pack. Continue reading
Bikes and boys just go together, and as parents, we want our boys outside exercising as much as possible. But it’s important that we and our Cub Scouts both know the bicycle safety rules for kids.
One of the Tiger electives in the new Cub Scout program, Rolling Tigers, is all about bicycle safety.
Tiger Elective Adventure – Rolling Tigers:
Complete requirements 1-3 plus at least two others.
- With your den or with your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, try on safety gear you should use while riding a bike. Show how to wear a bicycle helmet properly. Continue reading
Matthew & I are on the left, and Jessica & Grant are on the right. They were both less than a year old!
We have some family friends that we’ve known for generations. Literally. My grandmother and my friend, Jessica’s, grandfather went to school together in the 1930s.
Our families have been woven together so long, we sometimes we forget that we aren’t related! 🙂
I want to share a Cub Scout story that comes from our dear friends.
Jessica has a son named Matthew who is the same age as my son, Grant. Matthew is a Cub Scout too. Check out their then and now pictures! What cuties! Continue reading