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Home > Resources > Cub Scouts > Webelos

Below are the main rules for fire safety, of course we will only build a fire when a responsible adult is present. Before doing anything, be sure your fire site is in an area where campfire building is allowed. Dig a small pit way from overhanging branches. (Most parks have campfire pits ready and...
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Before den meeting, gather up as many old magazines and catalogs as possible, the more variety the better. Have each boy then go through the magazines and cut out pictures that remind them of their siblings, parents, grandparents, and other extended family members. Once they have all of these articles they can arrange them on a poster board and write the name of the family...
Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Desserts

Ingredients: Favorite sugar cookie recipe 2 tbsp cocoa 2 tbsp water Make your favorite sugar cookie recipe. Put ¼ cup of dough in small bowl add cocoa and water blend well. Drop white dough by rounded teaspoonfuls on greased cookie sheet. Grease bottom of glass, dip in sugar, and press quickly to flatten into rounds. With a toothpick make eyes, nose, and mouths out of chocolate...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag

“The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should bedestroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” (The United States Flag Code)I always get asked how to decommission a flag properly, so here is a simple and dignified way inwhich to decommission the flag.1. Gather the Den or Pack to...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games

For this relay race, divide the boys up into teams. You can have however many teams you want, but 2 to 4 is probably best. Everyone starts at certain point, and each team is lined up in their own line. At the go signal, the first person runs to the first station area, makes the Cub Scout sign and repeats the Cub Scout Promise....
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Let the boys guess which notable person is a Scout. Note: All listed below were Scouts. Henry “Hank” Aaron (Baseball Player) Neil Armstrong (First Man on Moon) Philo t. Farnsworth (TV Inventor) Gerald Ford (US President) JW Marriott J. (Marriott Hotels) Steven Spielberg (Movie Director/Producer) Walter Cronkite (Journalist) Harrison Ford (Actor) Richard Gere (Actor) Willaim Sessions (Former FBI Director) Bill Gates (Computer Company CEO) John F. Kennedy (US President) Sandra Day O’Connor -...
Home > Resources > Activities > Games

You need enough chairs for everyone in the group except for one person. Put the chairs in a circle. Then go around the circle and tell each person a Scout name like “Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos.” The person in the center can then call out one of the names of the Scouts (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos) or “Mixed Cubs.” The object of the...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag

Setting: The Colors advance in the normal manner. A spotlight is shined on the flag while the narrator speaks. Narrator: Heroes, with help from God, have kept me flying in the face of threat and challenge to the democratic way of life I represent. I symbolize all the achievements of a great nation founded for freedom. I am the last hope of peace...
Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Heroes do many different things for us. Match-up the hero with what they have done to help others ___ Clara Barton ___ Martin Luther King Jr. ___ Benjamin Franklin ___ George Washington ___ George Washington Carver ___ John Glenn ___ Jackie Robinson ___ Philo T Farnsworth A. Astronaut B. Athlete C. Civil Rights Advocate D. Inventor –Peanut Butter E. Inventor - TV F. Red Cross G. US Founding Father H. US President Answers: _F_ Clara Barton _C_ Martin Luther...
Home > Resources > Crafts

Decorate plastic Easter eggs with ribbon, lace, sequins, glitter, small buttons,foam shapes, or fabric. The eggs can be sealed closed with a thin line of glue, ordecorated so they can be opened again. Leave the eggs empty, fill with candy, or putthe awards for the month inside....
Home > Resources > Crafts

Materials Needed: 2 pieces of paper (1 for the cover and 1 for the inside), scissors, and stapler.This book can be with a spiritual theme, or with a secular theme.Pictures can be collected, or each boy can draw his own pictures.Fold the inside piece in half the short way. The piece of paper shouldgo from 8 ½” x 11” to...
Home > Resources > Crafts

Materials Needed: 1 washcloth, rubber band or pipe cleaner, wiggle eyes, 2 small pompoms (1 for the nose and 1 for the tail), foam strip for the whiskers, glue.Fold the washcloth in half diagonally. The new shape should be a triangle. Roll the trianglefrom the point to the large side so you have a long roll. Fold in half and...
Home > Resources > Crafts

Materials Needed: ¾” PVC pipe (cut in to ¼” length pieces), or plastic rings, hot glue.Find an object, such as small plastic toys, dinosaurs, farm animals,insects, or balls and glue them onto the PVC piece. Place the neckerchiefthrough the ring wrapping one side around the ring to secure the slide andneckerchief....
Home > Resources > Crafts

Anyone can fold simple origami, which is theJapanese art of paper folding. The dinosaurlooks like it takes special skills to make – onlyyou will know how easy it is. Use differentsizes and colors of paper for your origamidinosaurs.What you’ll need:Squares of lightweight paper (letter paper orgift wrap will do)1. Fold a paper square from corner to cornerin both directions. Unfold...
Home > Resources > Crafts

Make up a batch of dough and create a fossilimprint.What you’ll need:• 2 cups flour• ½ cup salt• ¾ cup water• bowl• measuring cup• objects for making fossils(leaves, shells, twigs, toy dinosaur, animal footprints, stamps)1. Measure and mix together the flour, salt,and water to make a batch of dough. Knead thedough for about five minutes, and form it intosmall balls....
Home > Resources > Crafts

Materials Needed: Smooth flat rocks about the size of a business card, acrylic paints, a sealer (spray or brush on).Draw the design on with lightpencil then outline in blacksharpie and paint. Outline againif needed. Spray or paint ona sealer coat. If desired, coverthe bottom of the rock with felt to keep fromscratching surfaces.Variation: use larger rocks and place in outsideplanters,...
Home > Resources > Crafts

Make block letters of each boy’s name and have them decorate the letters with markers orother craft items. The letters can also be made out felt or fabric and sewn or glued with hot glueor tacky glue. The letters can also be stuffed with batting or fiber-fill. The boys can put them ontheir wall, or if it is fabric/felt they...
Home > Resources > Crafts

Materials needed: blank wall, black construction paper, pencil and a lamp/light to use as a spotlight, scissors.Have a boy sit in a chair or stand sideways to the wall about 1 footaway works well. Have the lamp about 1-2 feet away from the boy. Tracetheir silhouette on the black paper. Have each boy cut out his silhouette.(If it is too...
Home > Resources > Activities > Skits

Setup: Narrator, 4 boys to be Wide-mouthed frog, Elephant, Hippo, LionWhen you do this, you have to do the frog’s lines while stretching your mouth reallywide.Narrator: A wide-mouthed frog went to the zoo to see what the other animals feedtheir offspring.Wide-mouthed frog: Elephant, what do you feed your babies?Elephant: We give them elephant milk.Wide-mouthed frog: Oh, that’s nice.Narrator: He walks...
Home > Resources > Activities > Skits

Have the audience give the correct response or sound to the following words as theyare read in the story.Mowgli: Laugh Baloo: GrowlWolf Cubs: Howl Pack: Say ‘Do Your Best’Jungle: Scratch under arm pit make a sound like a monkey.Once upon a time there was a young man cub named MOWGLI. He lived in theJUNGLE with his animal friends, the WOLF...
Home > Resources > Crafts

Materials needed: Red and white construction paper - 9” x 11”, markers, tape or brass brads.Take red construction paper and cut out a large heart shape. Take the white construction paperand cut the paper into 4 -1” strips (the long way on the paper). Save the rest for later. Accordionfold the white strips. Attach the 4 folded white strips to...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Opening

Cub Scout: “What are you looking for?”Den leader: (Wearing a safari hat and looking through binoculars)“I’m on a safari and looking for cubs.”Cub Scout: “What kind of cubs?”Den leader: (Still looking around) “Oh, I don’t know, but I’ll know when I see them.”Cub Scout: “Are you looking for lion cubs?”Den leader: “No.”Cub Scout: “Are you looking for bear cubs?”Den leader:...
Home > Resources > Activities > Skits

Doodads: Clickety-clack, clickety clackDingford: Whiz, bang, boomFreedistant: Whoosh, whooshHigoricky: Snap, crackle, popScatereekus: All sounds togetherVery few families these days can get by without a thingamajig. Sure you can buy one at the localhardware and appliance store, in all sorts of colors, sizes, shapes, makes and models, but as easyas they are to build yourself, you should just get a kit...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Closing

Equipment: Small wading pool filled with water.Cubmaster and Cubs make a circle around the pool.Cubmaster: Have you ever dropped a pebble into a quiet lake or pool?If you have, you probably noticed how each wave started by each pebbleinfluenced the waves started by other pebbles. Through the CharacterConnections, the Cub Scouts learn core values each month that willhelp them have...
Home > Resources > Activities > Songs

Tune: Take Me Out To The Ball gameTake me out to the forest.Let me hike in the wild.Show me a skunk and a few bear tracks.I won’t care if I never come back.But it’s look, look, look at your compass.If it rains, then you’re wet.And it’s ouch, slap, sting and you’re bitIn the great outdoors.     ...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Opening

Make cardboard pennies (18- 20” in diameter). Spray with copper colored paint, trace Lincolnsilhouette on black paper and glue onto pennies. Tape verse on back of each penny.Narrator: Pennies in my pocket remind me of Abraham Lincoln. Maybe they can helpme remember some things about him.Penny #1: Lincoln was a poor boy, but in the American way.He rose to be...
Home > Resources > Activities > Skits

Boys enter with magnifying glasses as if following a trail.Cub # 1. Look at those tracks!Cub # 2. Wow! They look like wolf tracks!Cub # 3. No, they look like bobcat tracks!Cub # 4. I think you’re both wrong. I think they’re bear tracks!Cub # 5. No, wolf tracks!Cub # 6. Bobcat tracks!Cub # 7. I told you, bear tracks!They...
Home > Resources > Activities > Songs

Tune: ClementineI’ve tried bug balm, lemon air scentEven spray that smells like pine,Rotten Reeboks, dirty sweat socks,Must be something that can cut itGenerating toxic fumes,Something strong like turpentine.I’ve seen flies dead struck in mid-airFatal venture into his room“Not to worry,” says my fatherIn my brother’s bedroom closet“Could be money after all,Stinkarooning like refuse”Pentagon might pay a bundleDwelt a size 10...
Home > Resources > Activities > Skits

Personnel:Any number of boysOpening: All start out walking:1st Boy: (stops) I’m thirsty. (All get a drink.) (Continue Walking.)2nd Boy: (stops) I’m hot (All wipe off face.) (Continue Walking.)3rd Boy: (stops) I’m hungry (All get something to eat) (Continue Walking)4th Boy: (stops) My shoestring is undone (All tie shoestrings) (Continue Walking)Make up as many more things as you need so that...
Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Opening

Every living thing needs sun, water and nutrients to grow.What do Cub Scouts need to grow?(Pull items out of a bag.)1. Food (Apple or Granola Bar)2. Water (Bottle)3. Exercise (Baseball)4. A Family (picture) for love and protection.5. A Pack (Cub Scout handbook) to receive awards.Will all Cub Scouts please stand and say the Law of the Pack....
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Thoughts to Ponder

This is a Scoutmaster's minute that I used recently that still has the Scouts talking. It starts with the following story told in the first person. You have to keep a straight face. I have had several ask me if I really did work at the zoo :). Here it is -

When I was 16 I discovered that having a job would be of great value to me. It would be of value because I could buy gas for my car, pay for my clothes, etc. The problem with being 16 and wanting a job is finding one. Luckily my dad knew the caretaker at the zoo and he asked him if they needed any help. He said to send me down for an interview. The very next day I went to the zoo and met him in his office. There we talked for a while and finally he told me he had a job that he thought I could do. He told me to follow him and we went through a series of tunnels and alleys (employee entrance) until we emerged by the gorilla cage. I noticed that the cage was empty. He pointed to the cage and begin to explain that the gorilla Mabel was getting very old and had just yesterday gotten sick and had to be taken to the vet. Mabel was one of>the feature attractions at the zoo and the kids just loved to see her. Mabel never did much but sit on the branch of that big tree and held onto the rope that was hanging down. He went on to say that he had a gorilla suit I could wear if I would be interested in sitting on the branch for 4 hours at a time. It sounded good to me so I told him I would.

The next day I went to the zoo, put on the gorilla suit and climbed into the cage. I sat on the branch holding the rope and soon there was a crowd of children pressing their faces to the bars. About an hour passed and I began to get into this gorilla stuff. I would grab the rope and swing across the cage. The kids thought it was great so I started swinging higher and higher. In the next cage there was a lion and he was becoming irritated by my antics and began to pace his cage and roar. I kept swinging and started to swing to the lion's side of the cage and would use my feet to push off of his bars. I could really swing out far and he roared even louder. All of a sudden I missed the bars and flew through and dropped into the lion's cage. I landed on my back and was stunned but immediately got up and ran to the front of the cage screaming "help me, help me, I am not who you think I am". Just as I got that out the lion jumped on my back and knocked me to the ground. His head was at my neck and he said, "shut up stupid or you will get us both fired".

The point to the story is that I took the job because it had a value to me. You will hear on TV news reporters say that we have a valueless society. This is incorrect. Even gang members have values, they value things like money & drugs. Everyone has values, it is the principles that determine what your values will be. The Scout Law sets a foundation of solid moral principles, from these come good values. Goodnight Scouts!

-- Thanks to Greg Gough, SM Troop 201, Ozark, MO.


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