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Word on the street is that BSA is getting ready to release a supplemental theme for March called “Planting Seeds of Kindness”. It’s not difficult to guess how this theme with fit in with the Cub Scout Core Value of the month – compassion.
Here is what the old program helps said about this theme:
Let’s spread Seeds of Kindness in the form of multiple small service projects. Helping others encourages compassion and gives boys the opportunity to see the bounty produced by spreading many small seeds of kindness. The boys can discover that just as the large, strong oak tree came from the small acorn, big things can happen from spreading small seeds of kindness and charity. Conduct a food drive or collect coats and gloves for those in need; report your hours to Good Turn for America. Work on the Citizenship belt loop and pin.
I’ll be adding some ideas related to this theme to my Scouter Mom site in the coming month. The Citizenship Belt Loop and Pin is specifically mentioned, but this theme also brings to mind some other Cub Scout achievements and electives which fit in with the idea of kindness. You can unite your pack and den programs around this common theme by focusing on these achievements.
Tiger Elective 9 – A New Friend
- Help a new boy or girl get to know other people.
Tiger Elective 10 – Helping Hands
- Along with your adult partner, help an elderly or shut-in person with a chore.
Tiger Elective 11 – Helping the Needy
- Help collect food, clothing or toys for needy families with your den or pack.
Tiger Elective 12 – A Friendly Greeting
- Make at least two cards or decorations and take them to a hospital or long-term care facility.
Wolf Achievement 12 – Making Choices
- Requirement 12d. Justin is new to your school. He has braces on his legs and walks with a limp. Some of the kids at school tease him. They want you to tease him, too. What would you do?
- Requirement 12i. Mr. Palmer is blind. He has a guide dog. One day as he is crossing the street, some kids whistle and call to the dog. They want you and your friends to call the dog, too. What would you do?
Bear Achievement 24 – Be a Leader
- Requirement 24f. Complete the Character Connection for Compassion.
- Know. Tell why, as a leader, it is important to show kindness and concern for other people. List ways leaders show they care about the thoughts and feelings of others.
- Commit. Tell why a good leader must consider the ideas, abilities, and feelings of others. Tell why it might be hard for a leader to protect another person’s well-being. Tell ways you can be kind and compassionate.
- Practice. While you complete the requirements for this achievement, find ways to be kind and considerate of others.
Webelos Citizen Activity Badge
- Requirement 8. As a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Citizenship. At a Webelos den meeting, talk about the service project Good Turn that you did.
- Requirement 17. Name three organizations, not churches or other religious organizations, in your area that help people. Tell something about what one of these organizations does.
To add additional crafts and activities to this theme, incorporate some projects which tap in the “seed” idea.
Tiger Elective 30 – Plant a Seed
- Plant a seed, pit, or greens from something you have eaten.
Wolf Elective 15 – Grow Something
- Elective 15a Plant and raise a box garden.
- Elective 15b. Plant and raise a flower bed.
- Elective 15c. Grow a plant indoors.
- Elective 15d. Plant and raise vegetables.
Bear Elective 12 – Nature Crafts
- Elective 12e. Collect eight kinds of plant seeds and label them.
Naturalist Activity Badge
- Requirement 3. Set up an aquarium or terrarium. Keep it for at least a month. Share your experience with your Webelos den by showing them photos or drawings of your project, or having them visit to see your project.