Newsletter November 2008
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1.“Saw, saw, saw” (make sawing motions)...
Put thumbs to head with fingers pointing up...
Pretend to throw a pack onto your back and say...
A great maze game for scouters to celebrate Christmas.
Boys design projects or posters on a particular subject for fun or to be judged.
Players sit round a table, each with paper and pencil. The right-hand Scout draws a picture,
Call out numbers beginning with one. Have group members gather by the numbers.
Give each boy five Christmas cards or seals. On signal each boy introduces himself to five parents other than his own.
Tell contestants that this is a contest to see who can make the most accurate drawing of their face on a paper sack.
Have families at the December Pack meeting work on the answers as a team.
Equipment: One wrapped package for each team How to Play: Divide into teams.
Materials: A poster-size menorah A cardboard candle for each player
Fill a big bag with all sorts of dress‑up clothes, including wigs and funny hats. Players form a large circle around "Santa's Sack".
This can be used in both Den and Pack Meetings. Group can be divided into smaller groups, which compete or can be done within the den with boys taking turns.
Line up the dens for a relay. Attach large sheets of paper to the opposite wall and give each boy a different colored crayon.
Buy package of peanuts. Write K on 4, H on 4, N on 4, U on 4 and A on 4.
Cubs sit in circle, start music. Pass the top around the circle. When the music stops,
Two or more red stocking are hung up, the number depending on the number of contestants you have for each side.
This is a variation of the classic Kim’s game. It is a good game for den meetings.
Another great word puzzle from the best scouting site, InsaneScouter
A great Chirstmas Maze from InsaneScouter
Great word find puzzle by the folks of InsaneScouter
Give each group a piece of paper with CHRISTMAS written vertically down the side and tell them that after each letter...
Take a set of old Christmas cards (about three times as many cards as there are players) and cut each card into two pieces, making two sets of half-cards so that each half-card
Have everyone write down the word Christmas leaving a space after each letter.
This is the season of lights. It is a time when the days are shorter and the nights are long.
This is a classic that appears almost every year for your Holiday Pack Show.
Set Up: A narrator to say the lines of the Pledge of Allegiance and 6 Cub Scouts to say the accompanying lines.
Props: Box wrapped with holiday paper and tied with a bow. In the box are a menorah.
The whole idea is to give good will and holiday spirit to each of your Scouts' families by having the boys sing carols at each boy's house.
Set Up: This requires a bit of advance prep. All boys who are to receive awards need to be notified that they should bring a can of food or a small gift to the meeting.
Staging: House lights are dimmed. Ceremony board or log contains seven small candles and one tall candle representing the spirit of Cub Scouting.
Cubmaster: Each of us has some traditions that are only practiced by our own families.
In a recent issue of Scouting magazine, there is a story about a Webelos Scout named Daniel Simon of Pack 381, Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
Set Up: Dim or turn off room lights except for an electric candle or flashlight
Props: Log candle holder with 3 candles (12") multipurpose lighter
Have 9 packages wrapped as gifts with the letter on one side and the words to speak written on the back. In order, boys hold up box and read the words.
ARRANGEMENT: Cub Scouts come on stage one at a time carrying appropriate props and line up facing audience as narrator reads the following poem.
Nine boys stand in a line et the back of the room. Each holds a large letter that spells out Christmas.
Arrangement.: Nine Cub Scouts come onstage, one by one; each carrying a large cardboard letter. As he speaks his lines, he holds up his letter, which ultimately spells out the word Christmas.
C - C is for candles, we burn on Christmas night.
SETTING: Have leader in the front of the room. Turn off all lights possible. Leader reads the Legend with the aid of a small flashlight.
ARRANGEMENT: Each boy comes on stage holding the object he's speaking about, or, he can use a poster with the appropriate picture on it. He can read his lines, or they can be read by a narrator.
Personnel: 8 Cubs (May be divided into more or less parts depending upon number of Cubs in the Den.)
Provide sets of four cards. On each card, write one of the first four lines of the famous Christmas poem...
1/4 cup peanut butter, creamy 2 slices whole wheat bread 16 raisins 4 Cherries 16 pretzels - twist style
Supplies: Uncooked oats Ziplock Bag Ribbon Glitter In a Ziplock bag, put a little bit of uncooked oats and glitter.
1 Gal. Apple Cider or Apple Juice 1-9 oz bag of Cinnamon Red Hot Candy 1/2 cup Sugar...
1 cup butter or margarine 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar 3 cups flour 2 - 4 tablespoons heavy cream red and green food coloring 2 dozen chocolate kisses...
Blend together: 2 Cups powdered sugar 1/3C heavy cream 2 teaspoons vanilla Mix and divide into two bowls.
1/2 Apple, cored miniature marshmallows peanut butter 1. Place apple cut side down on a plate...
Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs 3/4 cup miniature marshmallows 1 cup chopped dates or raisins...
Ingredients: Bread cream cheese or butter carrot sticks pretzel sticks raisins Spread bread with cream cheese or butter...
Ingredients: 2 cans crescent rolls ¼ cup sugar 1 cup powdered sugar 1 stick softened butter...
You need: Two Empty Film Canisters Two Craft Sticks Colored Vinyl Tape Black Marker or Paint Rice, Beans, or Beads Scissors
Supplies: Foil covered chocolate kisses Poster board Gumdrops Cake frosting Ribbon.
Materials: Four photos of family members 4 inches red ribbon Thumbtack Glue Foam cube.
Materials: Oval wood piece Pens Glue Tulip paint Pipe Cleaner or Ribbon.
Deck your tree with flavor!!! Materials: Use small candy canes about 3-3/4" long.
Use cookie cutters to make shapes. Use an ice pick, toothpick or chopstick to make holes in the tops for threadin.
You'll need: Ice cream stick or craft stick black, white and orange acrylic paint 3/8" red felt tiny white pompon tacky glue
Divide the Pack into four or more groups, and give each group materials to make a garbage bag snowman (large white garbage bags, newspapers, tape, etc).
Good for holding presents, treats, or supplies!! Materials needed: Seven Holiday cards cut to measure 4" X 6" (for each house)
Draw outlines of holiday items (e.g. Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, Menorah) on lightweight cardboard.
Materials: Six corks all the same size for the head and body. You'll need one more cork for the base of the antlers. If corks don't fit together well, cut away cork until they do.
You will need a 6-8" tall styrofoam tree, a couple bags of red and green gumdrops, some u-shaped hair pins, toothpicks, and a miniature string of beads.
Tune: Rudolph Here's to the Cubs in our den. As they follow, help and give. All of the boys in our den, Know just how a Cub should live.
Tune: Merrily We Roll Along Hanukkah is here at last, Here at last, here at last. Hanukkah is here at last, There's fun for everyone.
Over the river and through the woods To Grandmother's house we go. The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh Through white and drifted snow.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas, We Wish You a Merry Christmas,
Tune: Mary Had A Little Lamb Hanukkah is here at last, Here at last here at last. Hanukkah is here at last.
Tune: Edelweiss Winter snow, winter snow, Each December you tease me.
Tune: Where Has My Little Dog Gone Oh why, oh why, hasn't Santa come yet?
Tune: Up On The Housetop Down 'in the basement Cub Scouts pause, They are helping Santa Claus.
Tune: The Hokey Poky You put your antlers in. You put your antlers out.
(Tune: Old McDonald Had A Farm) Old St. Nicholas had a tree (form tree with arms) Ho, ho ho ho ho! And on that tree he had
Pretend to hold a bell rope, then get the left side of the audience...
Done similarly to “Chip, Chop” Divide audience into two groups, raise right hand and half say HAPPY...
Reach down and pick up some imaginary snow, pack it into a snow ball...
Wrap your arms around yourself, and say, “BRRRRR!”
What happens when a cat crosses the desert at Christmas? It gets “Sandy claws!” What lives in winter...
Characters: Bob, 12 Cub Scout friends (if den has less than 12 boys, have them do several parts)
Cast: Mother, Father, Child, scout staff with sprig of evergreen lashed to the top; materials to make snipping and sawing sounds (you can pre-record these on cassette tape.)
Gathering Game: Icicle Hunt Game
A GREAT CHRISTMAS
Divide the group into nine smaller groups and assign each group one of the words listed below. Read the story. After each of the words is read pause for the group to make the appropriate response.
SANTA CLAUS: (Hold belly and laugh) "HO, HO, HO."
My favorite holiday is CHRISTMAS___. I enjoy sending GREETING CARDS___, I enjoy a big HOLIDAY DINNER___, I enjoy the SNOW___, but most of all, I enjoy SANTA CLAUS___ bringing me lots of PRESENTS___.
The house is filled with DECORATIONS___. My favorite are silver ANGELS___. I help MOM AND DAD___ open the GREETING CARDS___, fix the HOLIDAY DINNER___, shovel SNOW___, wrap PRESENTS___, put up DECORATIONS___, and polish the silver ANGELS___. After we are finished, I leave out milk and cookies for SANTA CLAUS___ while MOM AND DAD___ clean up I can hardly wait until CHRISTMAS___ morning.
I race to the tree. I see SANTA CLAUS___ has left me lots of PRESENTS___, with little GREETING CARDS___ on them. He's put some new DECORATIONS___ on the tree, including some new silver ANGELS___, and he has sprinkled the branches with SNOW___. Of course, he has left some lovely grown-up gifts for MOM AND DAD___.
So we sit down to eat our HOLIDAY DINNER___ I turn on the radio and Frank Sinatra is singing "Hark the herald ANGELS___ Sing"! MOM AND DAD___ and I say grace and eat our HOLIDAY DINNER___ while the DECORATIONS___ twinkle all over the house. After dinner we look at the GREETING CARDS___ one more time, and then go out for an afternoon stroll in the falling SNOW___.
I tell you, that SANTA CLAUS___ is quite a guy. He sure knows how to turn out a great CHRISTMAS___.
Christmas all Together
Closing - The Legend Of The Christmas Scout
As he hiked down the street, the Scout caught glimpses of the trees and decorations in many of the homes. He had no intentions of prying, but suddenly, in one glimpse, he had seen a shabby room with two limp stockings hanging above an empty fireplace and a woman seated near them weeping. The stockings reminded him of the way he and his brother had always found them the next morning, full to brimming. Then, he remembered that he had not done his Good Turn for the Day.
Hi all, Fuzzy and Scout here, this time we are going to tell you about
Christmas and Hanukkah are, for the most people, the most joyful holidays of the year. The holiday parties, the exchange of gifts, and the brilliant lights of the Christmas trees make a guy glad to be alive at this season. Sometimes we forget that these holidays are really religious festivals. It's well to remember that the real holiday spirit is cast by the Star of Bethlehem and the Hanukkah candles, reminding us of the miracles in times past. In the 12th point of the Scout Law we say that a Scout is reverent. That doesn't mean that he has to go around all the time with a long face or with hands folded in prayer. It means that he does his duty to God, which includes doing things for God's other creatures. We'll be doing that later this month with our troop Good Turn. Now remembering that a Scout is reverent, let's close with the Scout benediction.
Christmas and Hanukkah are, for the most people, the most joyful holidays of the year. The holiday parties, the exchange of gifts, and the brilliant lights of the Christmas trees make a guy glad to be alive at this season.
Sometimes we forget that these holidays are really religious festivals. It's well to remember that the real holiday spirit is cast by the Star of Bethlehem and the Hanukkah candles, reminding us of the miracles in times past.
In the 12th point of the Scout Law we say that a Scout is reverent. That doesn't mean that he has to go around all the time with a long face or with hands folded in prayer. It means that he does his duty to God, which includes doing things for God's other creatures. We'll be doing that later this month with our troop Good Turn.
Now remembering that a Scout is reverent, let's close with the Scout benediction.
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