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Newsletter - April 2013



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Greetings
Spring is here! The flowers are blooming. The noses are running and we are sneezing. But we don't mind as the weather is beautiful and enjoying time on many wonderful trails. On top of that I have moved again, for the 3rd time in the last year. Luckily this will be the last time for awhile.

Prayers & Honor
April seems to have been the month of dark news lately including the bombing in Boston and the fertilizer factory explosion in Texas. We would like to ask all of you to say a small prayer for those effected by these events. We have lowered our flag to half mast in honor of those effected.

Boy Scout Memorabilia Show in Mt. Hope
During the National Jamboree there will be a “Boy Scout Memorabilia Show”. Think of this as a big patch trading type event with auctions, entertainment, etc. Girl & Boy Scouts welcome and receive free entry. For additional details check out http://mthopetor.com/about/

New Regional Director - Western Region
On Thursday, 11 April 2013 Tom Harrington appointed to Regional Director, Western Region. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Harrington to the position of Regional Director, Western Region, effective August 1, 2013. https://www.colbsa.org/about/news

Rediscovering The Merit Badge
This is another one of those I came across in a mailing list and thought I would share. The comments from the person who posted it on the mailing list was “Adults are branded as heretics and "too demanding" when making these same statements. I'm glad to read this from a scout.” You can find the article at http://scoutingrediscovered.com/scoutcraft/rediscovering-the-merit-badge/

Boy Scout Troop 583 Cookbook
Rick Gray created a 120 page cookbook as one of his Woodbadge ticket items. He is with the Rio Grande Council. It is an awesome book, so I just had to share it. Hope it helps you. http://www.stexboat.com/books/TR583_CookBook.pdf

Boy Scout Troop That Ousted Gay Teen Changes Tune on Ban
I recently came across this article which appeared in the Journal of Philanthropy today on March 21, 2013. I thought some of you may find it interesting so I am sharing it. I do not have the original link as it came off a mailing list and the original poster did not provide a link.

A California Boy Scout chapter that triggered a national petition drive last year when it expelled a teenager who acknowledged he is gay says it will back a proposal to abandon the Boy Scouts of America's prohibition of homosexuals, the Contra Costa Times says.

The Mt. Diablo-Silverado Boy Scout Council released the results of survey that found that 65 percent of the local Scouting community, and 81 percent of Scouts themselves, supported changing the membership policy to allow gays.

"We will advocate for a change of the policy" when a resolution on the ban is considered by the Boy Scouts' National Council in May, said John Fenoglio, head of the Mt. Diablo-Silverado chapter. The troop's ouster last fall of gay Scout Ryan Andresen prompted a Change.org petition that drew more than 475,000 signatures calling for an end to the ban.

Special Thanks
I would like to personally thank my GREAT friend, Shawn, who is almost like a brother to me for all of his help with this site and the real life help he is giving me now. Shawn you ROCK!


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Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Opening

Carols Cookies And The Christ Child
EQUIPMENT: This ceremony can be done with lettered cards, candles or objects. Each Cub responsible for reciting the meaning of one letter in the word "Christmas".C - Carols, Cookies and the Christ Child.H - Hurrying, Holly and Happiness.R - Ribbons, Raisins and Reverence.I - Icicles Ivy and Innocence.S - Santa, Secrets, and Shepherds.T - Trimmings, Tinsel and Trying to be good.M - Mischief, Mothers, and Miracles.A - Apples, Angels, and Adoration.S - Snowflakes, Spangles and a Star in the East....

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Cubmaster Induction New Chief of Webelos Tribe
PERSONNEL Narrator, new Cubmaster, Cub Scouts.EQUIPMENT Indian blanket and headdress.ARRANGEMENT The narrator and new Cubmaster stand at the front of the room in front of the Cub Scouts.Narrator: [Name], you have been chosen to be the new chief of the Webelos tribe. Will you be loyal to the trust that has been placed in you by our committee, Cub Scouts, and parents?New Cubmaster: I will be loyal. (The narrator puts the Indian blanket on his shoulders and Indian headdress on...

Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Hot Potato
Type: Circle Game Equipment: Tennis Ball or Bean bag Players in circle, one in centre tries to intercepts a ball thrown across the circle, one to another. Thrower of an intercepted pass changes places with the player in the centre. Throwing should be fast and not above shoulder height....

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout

The Metronome
EQUIPMENT: A metronome, a microphoneSetting: The metronome is placed near the microphone so that the sound will be amplified. The narrator speaks into the microphone off stage.NARRATOR: (As metronome begins ticking) Oh, no. Don't turn around. There aren't any actors here...just a voice and a clock...a voice and a clock. (Pause for ticking) You seek the actors are you...and the only stage setting we need is a boy, and you can't see him because he is a mile away...or 10...

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Hark I Hear A Critter
Country - Canada Formation – Informal Equipment – paper and stamps Game - Each of the leaders choose an animal...(pig, cow, owl, etc.) then the leaders hide...we tend to hide under piles of leaves..... in the tall grass...wherever will be difficult to be found.... each leader has with her a stamp, and each girl has a small sheet of paper. The leaders make the appropriate animal sound in intervals.... the girls have to locate all of the...

Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

What Fish Is This
Equipment: Copies of the gameDirections: A fishy quiz. Tell me what kind of fish I am. (Answers are in parentheses)1. A prolonged crier?2. A choir singer?3. The mariners dread?4. As slippery as ice?5. Useful to birds?6. A persistent serenade?7. What we do in deep water?8. A weapon of warfare?9. A mother's pride?10. Sometimes known to shoot?11. A household pet?12. A swindler?13. What all men want?14. Nervous and unstable?15. Delightful to children? (Whale) (Bass) (Rock) (Eel) (Perch) (Cat) (Flounder) (Sword) (Sun)...

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Smelling Kim
Equipment: A collection of dried foodstuffs which have a distinctive smell, e.g., coffee; tea; sage; rosemary; etc. and each in an identical container or in a small square of muslin tied with cotton; paper and pencil per Cub Formation: Circle The Pack sits in a circle with the containers in the center, the leader identifies the foodstuffs.  He then numbers each container and passes them around the circle.  The Cubs must identify the foodstuffs by their smell and write the correct names...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Closing

Our American Heritage
Personnel: 8 Cub Scouts Equipment: Small American flags, cue cards Arrangement: Cub Scouts in uniform stand in a straight line with each holding a small American flag. Cub #1: I am the symbol of the living America, the badge of it greatness, the emblem of it's destiny. Cub #2: I am faith. It is I who keep men mindful of their priceless heritage, life, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness. Cub #3: I am hope. I represent the land...

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Jurassic Park Opening
Cubmaster: This month we have gone back in time to learn about dinosaurs. Paleontologists are men and women who study fossils and help to recreate what life may have been like millions of years ago. If anyone ever asks you what a dinosaur was, tell them that dinosaurs were all land-dwelling reptiles that walked with their legs straight and their bodies up off the ground. They were unlike any reptiles that lived then and now. They were something quite special,...

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Bill Grogans Goat 2
Bill Grogan's goat (echo) was feeling fine (echo), Ate two red shirts (echo) right off the line (echo). I took a stick, gave him whack, And tied him to a railroad track. The whistle blew, the train grew nigh, Now that poor goat was doomed to die. He gave a shriek of mortal pain, Coughed up that shirt, flagged down train....

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Desserts

Popcorn Snowmen
15 cups popped popcorn, 1/2-cup butter or margarine, 2 10-ounce packages marshmallows, Large bowl, Nonstick saucepan, Thin pretzel sticks, raisins, candy corn, mini jawbreakers, red hots, gumdrops, and fruit leather.Pour the popcorn into a large bowl; set a side. Melt the butter in a nonstick saucepan over medium-low heat, add the marshmallows, stirring constantly until melted, Pour over the popcorn and stir to coat. When cool enough to touch, rub margarine on your hands and form popcorn balls. Stack three...

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Patriotic Squares
CUBMASTER:Square! Another of the good old words has gone the way of love, modesty and patriotism. Something to be snickered over or out-right laughed at. Why, it used to be that there was no higher compliment you could pay a man than to call him a square shooter. The ad man's promise of a "square deal" once was as binding as an oath on the Bible. But today a square is a guy who volunteers when he doesn't have to....

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Frozen Cub Cheer
Wrap your arms around yourself, and say, “BRRRRR!”...

Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

State Facts
Copy the map of the United States so that you have one for each Cub Scout or one for each person at the pack meeting. People should write the name of each state and it’s capital in the space for the state (or as close as possible to small states, with an arrow pointing to the appropriate state). After the meeting opens, reveal a large U.S. map for everyone to check answers. Give a prize to all who correctly identified...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Leaders

Denner And Assistant Denner Ceremony
Select a denner in your usual manner (such as election, alphabetical orders or drawing). After the boy is selected, use the following ceremony, which should be read by the den leader or den chief.Cub Scout (name) has been chosen to represent Den (number) as we walk together through the doorway to adventure. We ask his help as each adventure begins and ends. It will be his duty to open the doorway to each meeting and to be sure the evidence...

Home > Resources > Activities > Cheers

Cats Meow
You're the cats MeeeeOOOOW!!! (to person receiving applause)...

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Sounds of the Woods
For this, a cast of at least 4 is needed. However, the entire patrol should be involved. Use only as many woods critters as you need to give a role to each patrol member. The only person to be seen at the campfire is the narrator. The others will take their places outside the campfire area, so that they can be heard. Narrator: Today, we have a nature study session. One of the things we learned was that even when...

Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Push Catch
Everyone is in a circle except for one person in the middle (leader). The leader has a ball that he throws to those in the circle. The leader must shout out either push or catch. The person to whom the ball is thrown must do the opposite action that was shouted out. If the leader shouts “push,” the Cub must catch the ball. If the leader shouts catch the Cub pushes the ball. If an error is committed by either...

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President
Salute and say: "Hail to the Chief."...

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Webelos to Scout Troop
Props: U.S. flag, Pack flag, Webelos Den flag, bridge, troop neckerchief, and red spotlight.Personnel: Cubmaster, Webelos Scout and his parents, Webelos Den Leader, Scoutmaster, Denner, and light switch operator.(In a dimly lit room, the red spotlight is on the bridge, which is centered between the U.S. and Pack flags. Assembled on stage, to the left of the bridge, are the parents and Webelos Den Leader. On the opposite end of the bridge is the Scoutmaster. Cubmaster: Tonight we mark a...

Home > Resources > Cub Scouts > Webelos

Readyman Emergency Form
Fill in the blanks with the correct information. Then post this by your phone so you can reference it in an emergency. Police or Fire - 911 I am __________________________________________ I live at ________________________________________ _______________________________________________ My phone number is ______________________________ My birthdate is __________________________________ My parents are __________________________________ Mother's work phone number _______________________ Father's work phone number ________________________ My brothers and sisters and their birthdates are: _______________________________ - _______________ _______________________________ - _______________ _______________________________ - _______________ Our doctor is _____________________________________ Phone...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag

Native American Den Meeting Opening
This may be read by the Den Leader or a single Scout, or you can write each line on a separate card to be read by several boys."Today in our den meeting we honor the Native Americans who dwelt in this land before the white man came. Let us learn from them:To be brave when courage is called for.To be strong when our strength is needed.To be quick to help our brothers.To repect the land we live on and the...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag

Thanks for Coming
Personnel: 6 Cub Scouts Equipment: 6 cards spelling out the word THANKSCub 1: We hope you liked our show tonight. Cub 2: We tried real hard to do things right. Cub 3: It's easy to do good, you see, Cub 4: When you have the help of your family. Cub 5: Thanks for coming! Come again! Cub 6: Enjoy this time. We'll soon be men....

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Closing

Dog Rules
Personnel: 10 Cubs and NarratorSetting : Cub stand in a line holding large cards with the rules on the back and pictures of dogs on the front.Narrator: Dogs are a important part of our lives but as with any member of the family there are rules to be followed. Here are a few suggested rules for the dog in your family.Cub 1: The dog is not allowed in the house.Cub 2: Okay, the dog is allowed in the house ,...

Home > Resources > Activities > Songs

Do Lord
ChorusDo Lord, Oh do Lord, Oh do remember me, Oh Lord [Repeat twice more.] Look away beyond the blue.I've got a home in glory land that outshines the sun [Repeat twice more.] Look away beyond the blue. ...

Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Rope Golf
This is really a water rescue practice game. First teach the scouts how to loosely but neatly coil the rope and throw with a long flat sidearm throw. Each patrol is given a long heavy rope, 1/2 inch ropes or bigger 30 to 40 ft. long work best. A target like a tree or dumpster is chosen about 100 feet away as the "hole" and is declared a "par 4". The first scout from each patrol coils his rope and...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag

I Promise
(One boy steps forward and recites each line of the Cub Scout Promise. Another boy recites the accompanying verse)I promise: An assurance I make, a pledge to do right. I keep it before me, a bright shining light.To do my best: I promise to try, then folks will believe in me.To do my duty to God: To God, the creator, I'm sure you will agree. So let's keep it always, the Land of the Free.To help other people: If I...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout

BadenPowell Had A Vision
The following closing could be done by a Den of boys standing up front and reciting together the first eight lines or have one of them as narrator, take a few steps forward and say:Baden Powell had a vision, That he made come true, So now we can enjoy Scouting, And have fun while we do. While he wasn't an American, He's become famous to us, Earning though America, Our admiration and trust.An adult leader dressed as Baden Powell comes...

Home > Resources > Activities > Skits

Star Gazing
A scout walks to the center of the campfire looking up at the sky, keeping his head and neck very still. Soon he is joined by another scout and then another and so on. Each scout looks around and then begins to look toward the sky. The last scout enters and asked the scout next to him, "what are we looking at. He answers "I don't know." and then that scout asked the next until the question and get to...

Home > Resources > Activities > Skits

Out Where Men Are Men
Assign the following characters to different groups, then read or tell the story. As each character is mentioned, the proper group rises, makes the appropriate sounds and sits down. CHARACTERS:COWBOY                     raises right fist and shouts “Yippee”                    HORSE clap hands on knees                    CHIEF RED JACKET             taps palms on lips, says “Ki Yill”                              then puts hands over brow and peers all around.                    MULE “Hee Haw!”                    RATTLESNAKE                  “Rattle, Rattle!”                    TIMBER WOLFwolf whistle                    SHERIFF            “Bang! Bang! Bang!”...

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Dinner

French Onion Soup
1/4 cups margarine 1/4 cups olive oil 6 onions, thinly sliced 2 can beef broth 3/4 cups Coca-Cola 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp vinegar 1/8 tsp pepper French bread, cut into thick slices Parmesan cheese, gratedIn a large skillet, melt the margarine and add olive oil and onions. Cook until golden, not brown. Move to Dutch oven and add beef broth, Coca-Cola, salt, vinegar, and pepper. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes. Serve....

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout

Ludwig Von Beethoven
CUBMASTER: Ludwig von Beethoven was a great composer. Music was his life. So, when he found he was going deaf, it seemed so cruel a fate to him that he nearly ended his life.But an inner voice told him that the Lord knows what he does. He began to hear sounds in his head. He wrote most of his songs when he was already deaf. His music glorifies man's freedom and dignity.Had Beethoven yielded to despair and taken his life,...

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Streaker
Active, outdoors/indoors. Equipment: Per team: sweatpants; jacket; hockey mask; 2 garbage bags. Formation: relay. Divide the group into two or more teams. Line teams up at one end of the playing area, with 1) sweatpants and jacket in front of each team and 2) hockey mask and garbage bags at other end of the area, in front of each team. On 'Go', the first player of each team puts on the sweatpants and jacket, and runs to the other end of the playing area....

Home > Resources > Cub Scouts > Webelos

Naturalist Nature Quiz
Circle the best answer for each question. 1. All birds have: a. feathers b. two legs c. teeth 2. An annual flower blooms: a. every year b. twice a year c. only once 3. A monsoon is a: a. flower b. animal c. wind 4. In a hive, the worker bees are called: a. drones b. workers c. queen bees 5. A starfish has: a. five or more arms b. three arms c. four arms 6. A salamander is: a....

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Model
Pretend to honk your horn and say "Ooooga, Ooooga, Ooooga"....

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout

Family Circle Bobcat Induction
Personnel: Cubmaster, Bobcat Candidate and Parents, all Cub Scouts and Parents.Equipment: Imitation council fire, Bobcat pins, certificates.Arrangement: Bobcat candidates and Parents to be inducted are placed within circle of Cub Scouts and parents. The Cubmaster. Standing at side faces them over the fire.Cubmaster: You have come tonight seeking admission to the friendship and fun of Cub Scouting. You have attended a meeting of the den you expect to join. You have learned, along with your parents who are here with...
Recipes

Ranchers Bread

1 Envelope Yeast
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 Cups warm water (not hot)
5 Cups flour
1 Cup sourdough starter
3 tbsp cooking oil
2 tsp salt 

Dissolve yeast in warm water; mix with other ingredients. Set to rise in oiled or floured container until double in volume, about 1-2 hours. Punch down, divide into number of loaves desired; place in greased pans or on bottom of oven. Allow loaves to rise 1 hour. Bake about 30-40 minutes in covered oven. Serves 8 to 12.


Easy Meat Loaf
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small can evaporated milk or 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 packages dried onion soup mix

Mix all ingredients together and form loaf in Dutch oven. Bake approximately 50 to 60 minutes.

 
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A Scout Is Friendly

What's the fourth point of the Scout Law? That's right - "A Scout is friendly."

Do you have as many friends as you'd like to have? Real friends, I mean? The kind of guys you're glad to see, and who are glad to see you?

Well maybe not. Lots of us would like to make more friends, but somehow it doesn't seem to happen. Well the secret of making friends is simple - being friendly. If you're a put down artist, or if you're always trying to rip off everybody or get the better of them in some way you're not going to have many friends. Nobody like to be put down or ripped off.

The Bible gives the key to making friends. It's called the Golden Rule - "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. " That's a great rule to remember in everything you do. And it's a perfect prescription for making friends.

 



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