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ATTITUDE - Accent the positive. Attitudes determine effectiveness.

BOYS - Remember that the program is for them. "If it's not for the boys, it's for the birds."

COMMUNICATION - Help keep the lines open.

DIPLOMACY - Be a diplomat, not a dictator

EFFORT - You'll get out as much as you put in.

FLEXIBILITY - Be able to bend

GUIDE - Guide, but don't force.

HARMONY - You can help maintain this in your Pack

INTEREST - Keep interest high by KIS-MIF

JOY - Spread it...Pass it on.

KNOWLEDGE - Den Leaders depend on you for this. Stay informed.

LISTEN - with understanding

MORALE - Provide moral support for Den Leaders. They need it.

NOBODY - is a nobody in Cub Scouting

ORGANIZED - Set goals and reach them.

PROBLEMS - There are none...just unresolved opportunities.

QUANDRY - Keep your Den Leaders out of this state.

RESOURCEFUL - Know where to get materials and ideas

SCOUT - Our goal is for every Cub to become a Scout

TRAINING - Provide this for your Den Leaders.

UNIFORM - Promote the uniform, and set a good example by wearing it.

VOLUNTEERS - Remember they are hard to come by. Use them, don't lose them.

WISDOM - This includes perseverance, tolerance, and tact.

XTRA SPECIAL - That is what each boy is.

YEAR - Cub Scouting is year 'round. Plan your program that way.

ZEST - Perform your job with zest.


A Den Leader's home can be the brightest and most attractive place in the heart of a Cub, simply because of the real warm feeling that his friends get inside. All a Den Leader needs to do is open up their heart and home and let the boys come in.

A Den Leader's home can be the home the boy learns responsibility by helping in the den's home duties to make the den go. Example, opening scripture, prayer, flag salute, den ceremonies, den equipment, room pickup after den meeting, etc.

A Den Leader's home is a place that never punishes in anger but only in love for disobedience and learning.

A Den Leader's home will encourage their Cubs to invite their friends, but if his friend wants to join, he joins the pack not the den.

A Den Leader's home is a place that listens to their Cub's ideas and talks frankly on the subjects that interest him.

A Den Leader's home will impress on the boys that service and honesty are important factors of life. From this will come honor so richly deserved by the boy.

A Den Leader's home is where the honor of a good name and reputation is fashioned upon the heart of the Cub and where he truly learns, "On my honor, I will do my best".

A Den Leader's home lives Godly before their boys, so they will be able to talk of God to them.

A Den Leader's home will be a living example, being faithful in service to God, to help influence character and spiritual growth of their boys.

A Den Leader's home develops habits of good citizenship and encourages good sportsmanship.

A Den Leader's home provides fun and exciting things for their boys to do.

A Den Leader's home is a very, very special place to develop America's best. In their hands, God has placed a special piece of living clay.

A Den Leader's home can be the center of a future man's affection, around which heartstrings become attached or entangled.

A Den Leader's home can sometimes be the home of two destinies - one is earthly, the other is eternal.

A Den Leader's home is a special place to be because you are a unique person. If you don't think so, just ask your Cubs!


Advancement! Does your pack receive its due return from the time and money expended on the program? Advancements are your return - your measurement of your overall success. If every pack analyzed its program with this in mind, there would probably be quite a few disappointments. Advancement in most packs could be greatly improved.

How do we achieve advancement? What can we do to insure our pack of a high percentage of advancement? There are not cut and dried solutions to this. Only by trial and error, using different methods, and then selecting the one best suited to your pack will get the job done. Most Cubmasters have faced the problem of a boy who has been in the pack two years and is old enough to be inducted into the Webelos den, but is still a Bobcat. Why? This same boy may earn almost every Webelos activity badge during the next year. Where did the pack fail? Probably the pack did not fail. It could easily have been "parent failure".

Parent failure...failure to have enough interest to find out why other boys are advancing when their son isn't. Failure to have enough interest to work with their son a short time each week to help him pass achievements. One solution to this problem is an up-to-date parent orientation program. Every new parent should be told their responsibilities as parents in the pack, with emphasis on working with their son at home on advancement. Most parents want their son to do well, and would help if they knew just what was expected of them. Show the Parent's Supplement to the parents, explain it, and ask them to read it.

Make a commitment about advancement. This is your goal - something to work towards. These are some ways that you can achieve that goal.:

  1. Provide a quality Cub program full of action, fun and boy-appeal.
  2. Insure parent involvement and participation, and understanding.
  3. Keep accurate advancement records. Keep an eye on those boys who are not advancing and find out why.
  4. Den leaders can provide incentives for advancement in den meetings by using the Instant Recognition badge and beads, den doodles and wall charts.
  5. Incentives for advancement can be provided in pack meetings by the use of impressive, colorful, meaningful ceremonies.

Make certain that the boys who have earned awards receive then at the next pack meeting. Don't let them be disappointed or discouraged.

It all boils down to the fact that if the boys aren't advancing on the average of one rank per year, they are really not getting the program as it is intended. Provide a good program, encourage the boys along the way and give them the proper recognition for their achievement.


Advancement is one of the methods we use to achieve Scouting's aims of character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Everything a Cub Scout does to advance is designed to achieve these aims and aid in his personal growth. Advancement is a process by which a boy progresses from badge to badge, learning new skills as he goes. We should remember that badges are simply a means to an end and not an end in themselves.

Cub Scout advancement is not competition among boys. Each Cub Scout is encouraged to do his "personal best" by advancing steadily and purposefully, setting his own goals with guidance from his family and leaders. The ranks and badges are outward recognition. The real benefit to the boy comes from doing and learning.

Parents should be aware of their duties as parents in the pack, with emphasis on working with their son's advancement. Most parents want their son to do well, and would help if they knew just what was expected of them. In the front of each of the handbooks is a parent's supplement. This explains what Cub Scouting is all about and what they (the parents) must do to make it happen.

Ranks

BOBCAT - The new Cub Scout, regardless of this age, earns the Bobcat badge soon after registering. This rank involves learning the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and some signs and symbols of Cub Scouting. After receiving the Bobcat badge, the boy works on the requirements based on his grade.

WOLF - A second grade Cub Scout works on the requirements for the Wolf badge. When he has completed all of these he receives his Wolf badge at the pack meeting. Then he works on elective projects in 20 different interest areas until he goes into the third grade.

BEAR - A third grade Cub Scout works on the requirements for the Bear badge. He works from a field of 24 achievements, when he completes 12 then he receives his Bear badge at the pack meeting. Upon completing these, he works on elective projects, in the Bear book.

WEBELOS - When a boy enters the fourth grade he transfers to a Webelos den. While working toward the Webelos rank and the Arrow of Light Award, the boy earns any or all of 20 activity badges that range from Aquanaut and Sportsman to Geologist and Forester. The Webelos den leader approves the boy's work or assigns someone else to approve it.

ARROW OF LIGHT - The Arrow of Light is the highest award in Cub Scouting and helps prepare the boy for transition into a Boy Scout troop. This badge is the only Cub Scout badge that may be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.

Immediate Recognition

As a Cub Scout completes his achievement for the Wolf or Bear rank, the den leader should make sure he is recognized at a simple ceremony in the den meeting, using the Cub Scout immediate recognition kit.

When he completes three of the 12 Wolf achievements, present him with the Progress Towards Ranks patch with a thong and yellow bead attached to it. Each time he completes three more achievements, present another yellow bead. When he completes all 12 achievements and earned four beads he is eligible to receive the Wolf badge at the pack meeting. This step-by-step recognition is an incentive for boys to earn their badges.

The same procedure is followed for recognizing Bear achievements, except the red beads are used. They are attached to the second thong on the Progress Towards Ranks patch. This patch may be worn along with the Wolf and Bear badges.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL RANKS ARE EARNED, NOT GIVEN.


  • What is it: An annual meeting of all pack leaders designed to establish the year’s program based on twelve monthly themes and Webelos activity badges, along with special activities, all tailored to the pack’s needs.
  • Why is it held? A program planned twelve months in advance allows leaders to look ahead. Advance preparation ensures a well-rounded program of fun, variety, action, and purpose.
  • Who attends? The pack committee chairman and Cubmaster are jointly responsible for seeing that this meeting occurs. The meeting is conducted by the pack committee chairman. All den and pack leaders, den chiefs, Tiger Cub coaches, and interested parents attend. The unit commissioner also should be invited.
  • When is it held? Each year, in July or August.
  • More information on this conference is in the Cub Scout Leader Book pages 7-5, 7-6.

  1. There is no limit
  2. Their parents or guardians
  3. The Webelos Den Leader, with the help of the assistant den leader, Webelos den chief and the parents.
  4. The family should get another parent or adult family member, neighbor or friend to take the boy.
  5. Parents can be asked to furnish it or borrow it from the local Scout troop.
  6. Parents and sons form buddy teams.
  7. Simple, such as heat and serve.
  8. They should be washed and taken home.
  9. They should be burned out in the fire and when burned, flattened then taken home.
  10. Webelos garbage should be dried beside the fire and burned with the trash. Nothing should be buried.
  11. Suggest that paper plates and cups and plastic utensils be used. Cooking utensils can be washed in hot water and detergent.
  12. A sanitary facility. A slit trench is dug away from the camp and screened for privacy. The dirt is piled to one side with a paddle stuck in the dirt pile. After each use of the latrine, the paddle is used to spread a layer of dirt in trench.
  13. Have each parent and son bring water from home in plastic jugs or other closed-top containers. About 3 gallons per team.
  14. Use private cars with parents driving. Don't overcrowd cars. Remember, one seat belt per passenger.
  15. Flag raising, lowering, campfire program, games and Sunday morning service, fishing, swimming or conservation projects.
  16. The Webelos den leader with parents.
  17. Local Tour Permit
  18. Safe Swim Defense
  19. Health and Safety
  20. Heavily traveled highways, private property, railroad tracks, natural hazards such as fast-moving streams, steep cliffs and loose rocks.

BLESSED is the leader who has not sought the high place, but who had been drafted into service because of his ability and willingness to serve.

BLESSED is the leader who knows where he is going, why he is going, and how to get there.

BLESSED is the leader who knows no discouragement, who presents no alibi.

BLESSED is the leader who knows how to lead without being dictatorial, true leaders are humble.

BLESSED is the leader who seeks the best for those he serves.

BLESSED is the leader who leads for the good of the most concerned, and not for the personal gratification of his own ideas.

BLESSED is the leader who develops leaders while leading.

BLESSED is the leader who marches with the group, interprets correctly the signs of the pathways that lead to success.

BLESSED is the leader who has his head in the clouds but his feet on the ground.

BLESSED is the leader who considers leadership an opportunity for service


You can give someone positive encouragement and positive feelings about themselves by using positive statements when talking to them. Try them on someone!

  1. I like you!
  2. I'm glad you're here today!
  3. I'm glad you're in my den!
  4. I thought of you during the week.
  5. I think you're neat!
  6. Nice job!
  7. I knew you could do it!
  8. Super!
  9. I'm proud of you!
  10. Fantastic!
  11. I like the way you did that.
  12. Thank you for helping.
  13. Wow!
  14. You must of been practicing.
  15. I can tell you really worked on this.
  16. Way to go!
  17. That was the best ever!
  18. Sensational!
  19. That's right!
  20. You figured that out fast.
  21. Now you've got the hang of it.
  22. Great!
  23. You're really sharp today!
  24. Outstanding!
  25. Good thinking!
  26. You really used your brain.
  27. Bravo!
  28. I'm glad you thought of that.
  29. You're on the right track now.
  30. You are a good listener.
  31. That's really interesting.
  32. We had a really good day!
  33. I was proud to be with you on the trip.
  34. Excellent!
  35. You are so creative!
  36. I like the way you handled that.
  37. You have really improved.
  38. Good idea!
  39. You are so creative!
  40. I would never have thought of that.
  41. You're a good team member.
  42. I like being with you.
  43. I couldn't have done better myself!
  44. You out did yourself today!
  45. You make it look so easy!
  46. Don't give up, you've almost got it!
  47. You're really working hard today.
  48. Keep on trying.
  49. You're learning a lot.
  50. You make my job fun!

How can you take 5-10 boys, between 1st and 4th grades, for one hour a week, teach them something, have them create something, express themselves, enjoy themselves, and still maintain your own sanity? That's a question den leaders have often asked themselves. This section hopes to offer some suggestions to help make it all possible. Trying to maintain control of a group of active cubs isn't easy--but it's not impossible either.

The first and most important thing you can do to maintain order in your den is to prepare yourself. Take advantage of all the resources available to you -- the Cub Scout Leader Book, the Den Leader How to Book and any other Scout literature you can get your hands on. Attend Basic Training, Roundtables, Pow Wow, and Workshops. Scouting has more than 75 years of resource to draw upon--take advantage of them! These sources will provide valuable information about what to expect from Cub Scout aged boys. The more you know and understand the Cub Scout program, the more confidence will be communicated to the boys. They will know that you are really in charge.

Be prepared for your den meetings, too. Plan your meetings in advance and make sure you have all the materials ready and waiting for the boys. They will find something to do while you are off looking for the scissors, and it may not be what you had in mind! Have an extra song or game planned, just in case things move along faster than you expected. Spare time can be a disaster! If you have something for the boys to do every minute they will be less likely to get into trouble.

 

Don't forget to make use of your Assistant Den Leader and/or Den Chief. They are valuable resources. They can occupy the boys with a game or a song while you record dues and advancement. An extra pair of helping hands are always welcome at the craft table, too.

Emotional Needs Of Boys

The emotional needs of boys between 1st and 4th grades are basically the same. All boys (in fact, all people) have:

  • The need to be loved.
  • The need to be accepted.
  • The need to be noticed.
  • The need to belong.
  • The need to be praised and encouraged.
  • The need to be safe and secure.
  • The need to let off steam.
  • The need to express themselves.
  • The need to experiment (and make some mistakes in the process).
  • The need to have fun.


How each boy tries to fulfill these needs is what really makes him unique. One boy may be very timid and quiet and another loud and rowdy, but both are afraid they won't be loved. We usually notice the rowdy one, but both need our care and attention. If a boy wants to be noticed and receives a lot of attention from you when he misbehaves, his need to be noticed is fulfilled. He will probably continue his inappropriate behavior because it best fulfills his need. Well then, what's a den leader to do? Boys will be boys and will probably get into trouble. How can you deal with misbehavior, build up their self-esteem and still maintain some kind of order in your den? You need a plan of discipline.

Discipline

Discipline is not punishment. Discipline is setting boundaries and sticking to them. Discipline is making the child responsible for his own behavior - - telling him that if he chooses a certain course of action, what the specific consequences of that action will be. Discipline is training given to a child to mold or correct his behavior.

Children need to realize they have choices. If they act one way, this will be the result. If they choose a different action, the result may be different, too. They can choose how things will go for them.

As a den leader, you need to spell out for the boys what is acceptable behavior and what is not. Also, let them know the consequences for acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

Den Code Of Conduct

At your first den meeting sit down with the boys and discuss what a den meeting will be like and what you hope to accomplish. Introduce the cubs to the Cub Scout sign. Let them know that you have no intention of wasting your time screaming or hollering at them (the boys will appreciate that too!) and you will only be using the sign to get their attention. (A whistle is nice to use for rowdy outdoor games)

Have the boys tell you what rules they think would be appropriate for den meetings. You will be surprised to learn that the boys will be harder on themselves than you would be. They'll be delighted when you decide to throw a rule or two out. Here's a sample Den Code of Conduct written by boys:

  • Don't interrupt.
  • No nasty jokes.
  • No punching or kicking.
  • Listen to Akela and don't talk back.
  • No cussing.
  • Don't stick your tongue out or spit.
  • No talking ugly about other people.

You might add a few things, like:

  • Wipe your feet at the door.
  • No running or yelling in the house.

Write all the rules on a poster board and display them at every meeting. You might find you need to add something later. You may also wish to review them from time to time.

Once the den rules are established, you will need to find a system to enforce it that will work for you. One system that works well is "THREE STRIKES - YOU'RE OUT". The first time a boy breaks a rule he gets a warning. The second time, the boy spends 5 minutes in Time Out. (Time Out is an interruption of a child's unacceptable behavior, by removing him from the scene of the action.) A chair off to the side, out of the activity of the den meeting, can serve as the Time Out area. After 5 minutes the boy is asked if he is ready to return to the group. If a boy doesn't control himself in Time Out, he moves on to his third strike. When a Cub commits his third infraction of the Code of Conduct, he is excused from the meeting and must call a parent to come and get him. Have a conference with the boy and at least one parent before he can return to the next den meeting. Be sure to explain the Den's Code of Conduct and the consequences of breaking the rules to the parents of boys in your den at each of our den parents meetings.

There are a variety of ways to keep track of each boy's conduct. The best ways to track individual conduct are the ones that accentuate positive behavior instead of the negative behavior.

TICKETS - Use carnival tickets or homemade ones. Give each boy three tickets when he arrives and have him sign his name on each ticket. When he breaks a rule, he has to give you a ticket. For each ticket lost, follow the procedure in the "Three Strikes--You're Out" format. The tickets he has left at the end of the meeting can be placed in a bank. At the end of each month, count how many tickets each boy has in the bank. Reward the boy with the best behavior (most tickets) with a special treat.

MARBLES JAR - Give each boy 3 marbles at the beginning of each meeting. Take marbles away for unacceptable behavior. At the meeting's end, the boys put their remaining marbles in a jar. When the jar is full, take a den field trip as a reward. Don't make the jar too big. The goal will be too hard and the boys will lose interest. A month is about the right amount of time to work toward a field trip. Adjust the size of the jar accordingly.

CARD PUNCHES - Give each boy an index card at the beginning of the den meeting. Have him sign it. If he breaks a rule, ask to see his card and punch a hole in it with a paper punch. If he has no punches at the end of the meeting, give him a special treat.

DEN CANDLE - Light a candle at the beginning of the den meeting. The goal is to keep the candle burning. If a boy misbehaves, the candle is blown out. When the candle has completely burned down, you can celebrate with a field trip or a special treat. The disadvantage with this method is that one boy's misbehavior can spoil it for the whole den. Also, it's hard to keep the candle lit if you are meeting outdoors.

COUP AND BEADS - An Indian coup and beads can be used in conjunction with any of the above methods. The boys can make their own coups out of leather or vinyl. They could be worn on their belts or around their necks. The boys can earn beads for:

  • Attending a den meeting
  • Coming in uniform with their books.
  • Advancement
  • Pack meeting attendance
  • Participation in pack events (Pinewood Derby, fund raisers)
  • Participation in district or council events
  • Having no "strikes" at the end of a den meeting

Den Methods

 

Here are some proven methods that you may want to try with your den:

  • Use the Cub Scout sign. Don't raise your voice! If you use the sign consistently, the boys will respond to it. If they seem to be becoming lax in their response, make a contest out of it. You could give a special treat at the end of the meeting to the boy who was first the most times.
  • Make den awards really special. Have a ceremony for Instant Recognition, Passing of the Denner Cord, etc. Just because these awards are made at a den meeting doesn't mean they aren't special and important.
  • Have a special opening and closing ceremony for each den meeting. This can set the tone for the meeting as well as signal to the boys that the meeting has started. Know your boys! Knowing them will help you understand him better. REMEMBER , every boy is different. LET BOYS BE BOYS! Let them be rowdy when appropriate. Be sure to give them a chance to let off some steam through songs and games (especially if you meet right after school).
  • Use a TALKING FEATHER (or stick). A talking feather is a large feather that the boys can pass around. Only the person with the feather may speak. The boys really respect this because they all want a turn.
  • Make sure your projects are suited to the age and ability of the boys in your den. Don't make it so easy that they could become bored. On the other hand, don't make it too hard.
  • Supervise ALL activities. Don't just send the boys outside to play. Utilize your assistant den leader and or den chief.
  • Deal calmly and reasonable with any problems that may arise. Give the boys a chance to tell their side of the story. Your example of fairness will carry over into other aspects of their lives.
  • Explain the reasons for your rules. Let the boys know there are choices that are made by the leaders and choices made by the boys. Be aware of your limitation. As a leader you may never know what an impact you could have in a boy's life. However, some things are beyond your control. Do whatever you can do to help a boy but realize that you can't do everything. He will be aware of and remember your kindness and caring.

Positive Statements

  • I like you!
  • I can tell you really worked on this.
  • I'm glad you're here today!
  • Way to go!
  • I'm glad you're in my den!
  • That was the best ever!
  • I thought of you during the week.
  • Sensational!!
  • I think you're neat!
  • That's right!
  • Nice job!
  • You figured that out fast.
  • I knew you could do it!
  • Now you've got the hang of it.
  • Super!
  • Great!
  • I'm proud of you!
  • You're really sharp today!
  • Fantastic!
  • Outstanding! 
  • I like the way you did that.
  • Good thinking!
  • Thank you for helping.
  • I'm glad you thought of that.
  • WOW!
  • You're on the right track now.
  • You must have been practicing.
  • You are a good listener.

Ceremonies should be an important part of Cub Scouting. Everyone likes to get attention and recognition. Having a den or pack ceremony helps to recognize the boy or boys in a positive way. Ceremonies provide meaningful and memorable highlights in a boy's Cub Scouting experience. They are important for recognition of leaders, for achievements, for special occasions and holidays. Ceremonies help to teach the ideals and goals of Scouting and citizenship. They focus attention on boys, parents, adult leaders and volunteers for their achievements, service projects, or special activities. They should be a regular part of pack meetings. They define the beginning, and the end of the meetings, in addition to presenting awards and advancements. Ceremonies help maintain order in meetings when properly used. They also develop the monthly theme for pack meeting. They increase the interest and anticipation of pack meeting

Outdoor Ceremonies - Cub Scout Leader Book

Ceremonies are important, even in the outdoors. Outdoor pack activities usually call for an opening and closing ceremony (or closing campfire). Outdoor pack activities that take the place of regular pack meetings should also include advancement ceremonies so awards can be presented promptly.

The outdoors is a good place to hold the Webelos Scout Crossing the Bridge Graduation Ceremony when the weather permits. (See Staging Den and Pack Ceremonies for more detail.)

More info on planning outdoor ceremonies can be found in the Cub Scout Leader Book available at your Scout Shop.


Child abuse is a fact in our society and matter of great concern for most parents throughout our country. The Boy Scouts of America shares in this concern.

One of the best strategies for child abuse prevention is for parents to have an ongoing communication with their children. Often this is difficult, especially for working parents and parents with adolescents. But it is worthwhile to talk to your children every day and take time to observe. Encourage your children to share their concerns and problems with you. BY doing this you are not an inquisitor, but a concerned parent.

The most obvious abuses in which we are able to detect in children are physical and sexual abuse.

Indicators To Be Watchful For Are

Bruises - Usually bruises are seen on the back, bock of legs, buttocks, eyes, cheeks or back of ears. Also there are bruises located to the back of the forearms sustained while children attempt to block the blows.

Extreme behavior changes - For example, an outgoing child becomes sullen or introverted. A well behaved child becomes aggressive.

Suicide threats or attempts - Very young children can become depressed and attempt suicide, and not just teen-agers. Do not treat suicide threats or attempts lightly.

Sexual Behaviors - Sexually abused children have problems with regressing developmentally achieved tasks. (Example: reverting to bedwetting) They also participate in excessive masturbation and exploratory sexual activity with other children.

Do not blame yourself. Sexual abuse is a fact in our society. Many individuals who molest children find work through employment and community activities which gives them access to children. The vast majority of abuse cases occur in situations where the child knows and trusts the adult. So do your homework well, but remember a community and national consciousness is needed before we can stop sexual molestation in our society.

All registered leaders are required to see a film related to child abuse, which is provided by the Boys Scouts of America. When you suspect a child has been abused or a child has told you they have been abused, you need to direct your call to Mr. Kent Caraway, Scouting Executive of Indian Nations Council. His phone number is 743-6125. The Scout office will in turn notify the Protective Services in your area. If you feel the child may be in immediate danger then you should contact the law enforcement at 911 or your local police department.

For More Information:

"Child Abuse" Let's talk about it - A statement by the Boy Scouts of America.

How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse

National Child Abuse Hotline, Child Help USA toll free 24 hour hotline 1-800-422-4453.

Ethics In Action

Ethics in Action is an activities program for Cub Scouts designed to reinforce the character-building goals that have always been part of the Scout program. These activities encourage Cub Scouts and their leaders to "think a little deeper" about values and about some of the decisions and consequences of decisions that are a normal part of growing up. The activities also try to enhance boys' respect and concern for others by having them see things from different points of view. But above all, Ethics in Action activities are FUN. They are part of the 'game with a purpose' that is Scouting.

Today's Cub Scouts are growing up in a very complicated world. They are faced with conflicting messages that are often hard to sort out. Some influences peer pressure, for example , may provide boys with the positive support they need to help them do the right thing. Or peer pressure may work the other way and urge boys to act in ways that sharply contradict the positive values that their parents are trying to encourage.

This program was created to answer parents' requests for help. Ethics in Action activities enhance character formation; that is, the development and reinforcement of the worthwhile qualities that are part of the Cub Scout Promise and Law of the Pack.

Each Ethics in Action activity is introduced in an easy-to-follow format so that leaders may fit them into the regular den schedule. Many of the activities require little preparation, and all can be managed by first-time as well as experienced leaders. Councils will provide leader training to introduce and explain the new materials. Various activities will be discussed in greater detail at roundtables throughout the year.

The Ethics In Action Program

There are 14 activity modules in the Ethics in Action program. Each is built around a single theme. The themes are:

BE A FRIEND. Promotes discussion of what friendship means, and how friends act toward each other.

BE AWARE AND CARE-1. Discusses physical handicaps with an emphasis on blindness.

BE AWARE AND CARE-2. Discusses other physical handicaps, suggests ways to prepare for getting to know elderly people.

CARING AND SHARING. A mock court scenario is used to deal with the issues of taking care of one's own things and showing respect for the property of others.

CONSUMER ALERT. Helps boys analyze commercial messages on television and in printed advertisement.

DIFFERENCES. Explores attitudes towards differences in people.

FIRE! FIRE!. Explores the responsible use of fire and deals with the kinds of decisions regarding fire that Cub Scouts and Webelos are likely to face.

HARD LESSONS. Show boys what it is like to have learning disabilities and underscores the need for understanding problems faced by children and adults with learning disabilities.

KINDNESS COUNTS. Stresses responsibility to animals, both at home and in the wild.

PEACE IS... Discusses ways to introduce the positive aspects of peace and suggests ways boys can contribute to worldwide understanding and peace.

SAYING HELLO. SAYING GOODBYE. Provides ways to help boys who are joining or leaving the group.

SAYING NO! Helps reinforce information that boys already know about personal safely, drug use, etc., through production of a public service announcement.

SHOPLIFTING IS JUST PLAIN WRONG. This activity involves a field trip to see a store security system and provides information that boys should know about the consequences of shoplifting.

WHAT WE SAY. Deals with name-calling and tale-bearing that, though typical behavior for boys of this age, can be disruptive and painful.

WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN. provides help for leaders in discussing special problems of an individual Scout of the group.

The above information was taken from BSA Publication No. 3015 and is available at your local Scout Service Center.



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