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  • August's Core Value, Honesty, will use the Supplemental Theme "Kids Against Crime."

  • Month's that have themes that might help you Honesty, and "Kids Against Crime" are:

Month

Year

Theme

Honesty & Kids Against Crime

January

1943

Do Your Bit

December

1958

The Golden Rule

August

1968

Mystery Month

September

1998

Be a Detective

November

2001

Hometown Heroes

November

2002

Kids Against Crime

January

2004

Home Alone

November

2009

Scout Salute

Honesty

August

2011

Honesty

August

2012

Honesty

August

2013

Honesty (Kids Against Crime)

Plan to take your Den out for a trip? Or want to show your parents how to work Cub Scouts into their summer travel plans?? Try these:

USA Travel

April

1960

The Great Lakes

April

1967

Mountains of America

July

1971

Travel around U.S.A.

August

1974

My Home State

October

1977

Discover America

November

1978

High Country USA

November

1981

Discover America

March

1989

Exploring in Alaska

August

1996

High Country, USA

July

2001

American ABC's

May

2004

My Home State

February

2009

American ABCs



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  • September's Core Value, Cooperation, will use "Amazing Games."

  • Month's that have themes that might help you with Cooperation and "Amazing Games" are:

Month

Year

Theme

Amazing Games

June

1944

Fun with Games

December

1953

Happy, Game, and Fair

August

1958

Fun Tournament

August

1963

Fun with Games

December

1965

Happy, Game, and Fair

December

1970

Happy, Game and Fair

July

1985

Happy Days

August

2004

Scouting The Midway

Cooperation

January

1943

Do Your Bit

December

1958

The Golden Rule

August

1968

Mystery Month

September

1998

Be a Detective

November

2001

Hometown Heroes

November

2002

Kids Against Crime

January

2004

Home Alone

November

2009

Scout Salute

September

2011

Cooperation

September

2012

Cooperation

September

2013

Cooperation

CUBCAST

CUBCAST has a new look for 2013!!!
And it is WONDERFUL!!
There are ideas for the Supplemental Themes.
In any month there may be applauses, games, skits, ceremonies and more!!!
And you can do it - there is info on how to submit your Den/Pack doing something!!


June 2013 - Planning the Cub Scout Year


If you only listen to one Cubcast this year (although we hope you catch them all), make this the one. Hilda Blaine, a 5-year Cub Scout volunteer extraordinaire with the Grand Canyon Council in Phoenix, AZ (She is a CS Roundtable Commissioner and many other things, too!!), chats with us about everything you need to plan your Cub Scout year and how it will make your Cub Scout Leader experience a whole lot easier.

Get your Pack Annual Planning Conference Guide at - http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts/Leaders/ProgramPlanning.aspx

Get your Pack Calendar Template at - http://scouting.org/filestore/cubscouts/xls/2013-2014PackPlanningCalendar.xls

Baloo's Bugle had an item on Pack Annual Program Planning in the May 2013 edition available at - http://usscouts.org/bbugle/bb1305P.pdf



Here is the Cubcast link -
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/scoutcast/cubcast/201306_1/Planning_the_CS_Year.mp3

It is possible that by the time you get Baloo's Bugle and click the link, there may be a new Cubcast posted. Do not worry, all previous Cubcast are available from the home page.

Please let me know about Pow Wow's
and Pow Wow Books!!


I cannot do this job without your help!!!

DEN MEETING TOPICS


When a Den Meeting occurs depends on when you start your year and how often you meet. A Den that starts in August will be doing meetings 1 & 2 then, and 3& 4 in September. A den that meets three times a month will do 1, 2, and 3 in September. The pace is up to you!!


PACK ADMIN HELPS –


What is a Den Chief? (Part 1)



Jay Reeves, CS RT Commissioner,
Hiawatha District, Gamehaven Council, MN

I don’t know about you, but I think the Den Chief’s position may be one of the toughest things to fill. We have a hard time getting Boy Scouts, you know “older” boys to step out and help. Interestingly enough, in researching this article I found a reference to this problem that could only be expressed in the simpler language of the 1967 Cubmaster’s Packbook.

“To the boy of den chief age, Cub Scouting may tend to seem too much ‘kid stuff’ or sissified.”

It goes on to explain that regular contact between Cubmasters and Den Chiefs can help to alleviate this problem. I think it’s much the same in today’s Scouting world.



The position of Den Chief in a Scout troop should be highly sought after. It gives a Boy Scout an opportunity to flex their leadership potential in an environment with ready back up.

In my own Scouting career, I was Den Chief to a den of Bears when one of the boys was involved in a serious car crash. He was in a full cast from the chest down. It was my privilege to help him continue in the den program to the best of his ability by going to his home on Saturday afternoons and helping him keep up. It was a wonderful opportunity to serve and it was with great pride that I attended his Eagle Court of Honor when I was in college.

A Troop’s Scoutmaster or Senior Patrol Leader should appoint a Den Chief at the request of a Cub Scout Pack. They should be an experienced Boy Scout (I’d say at least one year in and have gone to summer camp) and should be at least First Class rank. Varsity Scouts and Venturers are also eligible.

The Den Chief’s responsibilities include:



  • Serving as an activity assistant during den meetings

  • Setting a good example in attitude and uniforming

  • Meet regularly with the den leader and as needed with pack leadership

  • Help den leaders as requested

  • Attend training for Den Chiefs

When seeking Den Chiefs from a Scout troop, think of it as part of your overall Cub Scout to Boy Scout transition program. Having a boy who graduated from the Pack two years ago return as a Den Chief can be a powerful influence on your Cubs to continue on into Boy Scouts. This can help your “Journey to Excellence” scorecard under Item number 9 – “Webelos-to-Scout transition”!

Den Chiefs should be properly trained. At a minimum, they should complete the online Den Chief Fast Start training available at:



http://www.scouting.org/Training/Youth/DenChefTraining.aspx (There is no typo there)

They should also be supplied with their own copy of the Den Chief Handbook (33211B), which is filled with tools the Den Chief can use to be successful. It also provides space to track their service and the path to earning the Den Chief Service Award.

From there, the Den Chief should be trained by the Den Leader and attend Den Chief Training provided by the District or Council.

Remember that Den Chiefs are not there to take over responsibility of the den. They aren’t there to do the Den Leader’s job of planning the meeting and maintaining order or discipline. They are there to help the Den Leader in accomplishing the Purposes of Cub Scouting.



Much more information on Den Chiefs is available in the Cub Scout Leader Book (33221).



From National's Website

Qualifications: A Den Chief is an older Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer. Selected by the senior patrol leader and Scoutmaster, Varsity Scout Coach, or Venturing Advisor at the request of the Cubmaster. Approved by the Cubmaster and pack committee for recommendation to the den leader. Registered as a youth member of a troop, team, or crew.

Responsibilities: The Cub Scout den chief's responsibilities are to:

  • Know the purposes of Cub Scouting.

  • Help Cub Scouts achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting.

  • Serve as the activities assistant at den meetings.

  • Set a good example through attitude and uniforming.

  • Be a friend to the boys in the den.

  • Help lead weekly den meetings.

  • Help the den in its part of the monthly pack meeting.

  • Know the importance of the monthly theme and pack meeting plans.

  • Meet regularly with the den leader to review den and pack meeting plans. Meet as needed with adult members of the den, pack, and troop.

  • Receive training from the den leader (and Cubmaster or assistant Cubmaster) and attend Den Chief Training.

  • Encourage Cub Scouts to become Webelos Scouts when they are eligible.

  • Help the denner and assistant denner to be leaders.

W
here does a Den Chief hi
s cool ideas??

The Den Chief Handbook, of course!!!

Or the Den Chief's Guide found here at http://www.usscouts.org -



http://www.usscouts.org/macscouter/CubScouts/PowWow06/DENCHIEF/LDRGUIDE.PDF

What Is A Den Chief? (Part 2)



Editor’s note: In the October 2001 issue of Scouting magazine, contributing editor Suzanne Wilson profiled two den chiefs from the Greater St. Louis Area Council in an article on the training, duties, and value of den chiefs. Below are excerpts:

“…A den chief is a Boy Scout who assists a Cub Scout den leader or Webelos Scout den leader at den meetings, pack meetings, and other events. He’s a ready source of games, songs, skits, and skills, and he encourages the boys in their advancement.

“His presence adds another important asset. He can tell them about Boy Scouting, with its outdoor activities, trips, summer camp, and opportunities for advancement. When it’s time for them to move up to a Webelos Scout den or a Boy Scout troop, his example and encouragement can help them decide to make that transition.

“‘The den chief is one of the keys to the transition to Boy Scouting,’ says Ernest R. (Tommy) Thomas, [former] associate director of the BSA Cub Scout Division. He provides the model that the kids look up to…If you’ve got a good den chief, he will generally take the kids right on into the troop with him.’



“The job also benefits the Scouts. By utilizing skills necessary for working with boys, den leaders, and pack leaders, den chiefs can fulfill their leadership requirements for Star, Life, and Eagle ranks….”


Den Chief Insignia

“A den chief wears the den chief insignia on the left uniform sleeve. The Cub Scout pack presents him with the den chief cord, worn on the left shoulder. Cord colors: blue and gold for Cub Scout den chiefs; blue, red, and gold for Webelos den chiefs.

“By completing the requirements for the Den Chief Service Award, a den chief earns an award certificate and may wear the red, white, and blue Den Chief Service Award cord as long as he is a Scout.”

Also check out

Bill Smith on Den Chiefs

Den Chiefs are gods.

Den Chiefs don't make your job much easier, but they do make the Cub Scout experience better. They require coaching and direction to be successful but when they succeed they bring a unique spark to a Cub Scout's life that no one else can. Most children today live in an age-stratified culture where there is little interaction between older and younger kids. Just having an older Boy Scout take an interest in a seven or eight year old is a big deal. When a Webelos Scout visits a troop and one of the older Scouts recognizes him and even knows his name, it's an even bigger deal. These relationships can play an important part in a boy's growth and the effects may be long lasting.



But don't expect a young teen-age lad to be a natural leader. He needs help: coaching, support and acceptance. He must feel that he is a true member of the leadership team. Include him in the planning of your program. Give him explicit responsibilities. As he gains confidence, he will surprise you with his abilities.

Helping At Den Meetings

Gathering Period - Helps teach boys tricks, puzzles, games, while den leader is busy checking attendance and collecting dues. The activities he uses here could be related to the monthly theme.

Opening - Helps den leader organize boys and get them ready for the more serious part of the den meeting. He could hold a uniform inspection during this time.

Business - He will have some good ideas for theme activities, service projects, trips, etc. Give him a chance to voice his ideas.

Activities - This is when the den chief can be the most help. He is the activities assistant, leading boys in games, songs, craft projects, etc.

Closing - Helps restore order and quiet for closing ceremony. He can help make announcements.

After Meeting - Be sure to include him in your planning for next week and assign him specific responsibilities.

(Note: The Webelos Den Chief helps a Webelos den similarly. In addition to the suggestions above, he helps Webelos Scouts learn Boy Scout requirements for the Webelos badge and Arrow of Light Award and helps with demonstrations and teaching of activity badges, as needed.

Den Chief Service Award



www.usscouts.org

Detailed Requirements may be found at http://scoutleaderawards.com/advance/boyscout/denchief.asp and in Den Chief Handbook



Before you begin work on this service award, discuss with your Den Leader and either your Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, Venturing Adviser, or Cubmaster the role and importance of the Den Chief.

  1. Serve the pack faithfully for 1 full year.

  2. Attend a den chief training (if available within year of service) OR be trained by the assistant Cubmaster and den leader.

  3. Know the purposes of Cub Scouting.

  4. Help Cub Scouts achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting.

  5. Be the activities assistant in den meetings. (lead five songs, five stunts or skits, five games, five sports activities)

  6. Set a good example by attitude and uniforming.(for a minimum of six months)

  7. Be a friend to the boys in the den.

  8. Take part in weekly meetings. (for a minimum of six months)

  9. Assist the den at the monthly pack program.(at least three times)

  10. Meet as needed with the adult members of the den, pack or troop.

  11. Complete FOUR of these projects:

    1. Serve as a staff member of a Cub Scout special event, such as a Scouting show, bicycle rodeo, etc.

    2. Serve as a staff member of a Cub Scout Day camp or resident camp.

    3. Advance one rank.

    4. Assist in recruiting three new Cub Scouts.

    5. Assist three Cub Scouts to become Webelos Scouts.

    6. Assist three Webelos Scouts to join a troop.

    7. Help to plan and carry out a joint pack-troop activity.

    8. Recommend to your Scoutmaster, Varsity Scout Coach, or Venturing Adviser another Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer to be a den chief.

The information in GREEN is not in the requirements as listed in Boy Scout Requirements, but is in the details in the Den Chief Handbook.

Scouting Magazine Articles on Den Chiefs



You Are Boy Scouting!
By Suzanne Wilson
From the October 2001 issue of Scouting magazine at http://scoutingmagazine.org/2000/10/you-are-boy-scouting/

How to make better use of Den Chiefs
By Mark Ray
Illustrations by Bill Basso
From the November-December 2006 issue of Scouting magazine at http://scoutingmagazine.org/2006/11/scouters-speak-making-better-use-of-den-chiefs



Hail to the Chief
Illustrations by Chris Lyons
From the September-October 2010 issue of Scouting magazine at http://scoutingmagazine.org/2010/09/hail-to-the-chief/

Learning for Den Chiefs
From the July 2011 Article,
"Choose Your Own Major"
By Cathleen Ann Steg, Photographs by Michael Bowles
at
http://scoutingmagazine.org/issues/0711/a-major.html

After 18 years as a Scouter and 10 years as a den chief trainer, assistant district commissioner Marcia Lewis of the Capitol District knows what leaders of tomorrow need today.

Prospective den chiefs have fun during the training that ran concurrent to the University of Cub Scouting.

In an intensive all-day program, she put her group of 14 den chiefs in training through their paces, mingling practical advice with some significant ethical training.

“We talked about their attitudes, and how their good attitude will result in a good attitude from their Cub Scouts,” said Lewis. “What we teach here reflects what they have learned at home, school, church. BSA is just finishing up the work.”

Lewis on leadership:

“Who are you responsible for? Who are you responsible to? The Cub Scouts! Never forget that!

“Remember: you won’t be demanding things of these Cub Scouts. You’ll be asking them to do things. We’re talking about common courtesy and respect.”

And on the practical side of the job:

Trainee Hughes Nelson cheerfully led the group through the first half of an ever-popular song-without-end, “Found a Peanut.”

Lewis stopped him, saying “Whoa! Put your books down. Will your Cub Scouts have these books with the words? No. So you don’t use the books either.

“Learn the words now so you can teach it to them. This way, you have another song to put in your ‘backpack’ of tricks. It’s all in being prepared.

“You’ll be going to school, going home, doing your homework, going to your own Scout meeting. Not only do you need to be prepared all the time for your own activities, you also need to be ready for your Cubs. It’s a big job!”.



Prospective den chiefs have fun during the training that ran concurrent to the Heart of Virginia's University of Cub Scouting for Adult Scouters and parents.




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