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Cub Scout Theme for April is Faith, Thank You

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Cub Scouts Give Thanks Theme for April

Posted on 20 March 2012 by Scouter Mom

Cub Scout Theme for April is Faith, Thank You

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Each month, the Cub Scout program focuses on a core value. The Cub Scout April theme is Faith. BSA has started releasing theme based pack meeting plans for each of these core values. I hear that the new April theme will be Cub Scouts Give Thanks. So this month, I’ll be highlighting some ways that thankfulness can be incorporated into the Cub Scout program on my site ScouterMom.com.

This April theme for Cub Scouts brings to mind both thankfulness to the Creator and remembering to show appreciation to each other. This thankfulness theme also presents a good opportunity for your Cub Scouts to thank everyone who helps them with the program – their parents, their leaders, and the chartering organization. Have your Cub Scouts spend some time writing thank you notes to them, or come up with a creative way for the Cubs to show their appreciation.

Related Cub Scout Achievements and Recognitions

Bear Achievement 18 – Jot It Down

  • Requirement e: Write a thank you note.

Good Manners Belt Loop

  • Requirement 3: Write a thank-you note to someone who has given you something or done something nice for you.

Computers Pin

  • Requirement 6: Use a computer to prepare a thank-you letter to someone.


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Planting Seeds of Kindness Theme for Cub Scouts

Posted on 21 February 2012 by Scouter Mom

The following is a Guest Article by Scouter Mom.  Scouter Mom Blogs and writes informative articles on all aspects of Scouting at ScouterMom.com. 

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.

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Turn Back the Clock Program Theme for Cub Scouts


Turn Back the Clock Program Theme for Cub Scouts

Posted on 26 January 2012 by Scouter Mom

The following is a Guest Article by Scouter Mom.  Scouter Mom Blogs and writes informative articles on all aspects of Scouting at ScouterMom.com. 

You might have heard that BSA is once again providing theme based Pack meeting plans for Cub Scout leaders. I think this is a great move. While I didn’t use the theme based material much as a den leader, when my husband was Cubmaster we often just went straight to the theme based Pack meeting for our material. I understand that BSA plans to eventurally provide three supplemental themes to go with the core value for each month. This makes sense, because you can’t run the same Pack meeting plan in February year after year.

I’ve heard it through the grapevine that one of the supplemental plans for February will be a Turn Back the Clock theme. This one was the program theme at least a couple of times in the past. I’ll be adding some ideas related to this theme to my Scouter Mom site in the coming month. Here is what the old program helps said about this theme:

“Turn Back the Clock” and see what the world was like in the past. Learn about an era of your choice with songs, games, and transportation from the time that you choose. Whether it is the Space Age, the Wild West, rock-n-roll, or the Ice Age, each time period had something special about it. Construct a pack “time machine” to help introduce the den’s era skits or demonstrations at the blue and gold banquet. Whatever you choose, find the “best” in your time period and share it with others. The boys can work on the Heritages belt loop and pin this month.

The helps specifically mention the Heritages Belt Loop and Pin, but this history based theme also fits in well with a number of Cub Scout achievements and electives. I’ve listed them below. This should give you some ideas of how you can tie your Pack program and your Den program together this month.

Related Cub Scout Achievements and Recognitions

Tiger Achievement 1 – Making My Family Special

  • 1G (Go See It): Go to a library, historical society, museum, old farm, or historical building, or visit an older person in your community. Discover how family life was the same and how it was different many years ago.

Wolf Achievement 4 – Know Your Home and Community

  • 4F: Visit an important place in your community, such as a historic or government location. Explain why it is important.

Bear Achievement 3 – What Makes America Special?

  • 3C: Find out something about the old homes near where you live. Go and see two of them.
  • 3D: Find out where places of historical interest are located in or near your town or city. Go and visit one of them with your family or den.

Bear Achievement 8 – The Past Is Exciting and Important

  • 8A: Visit your library or newspaper office. Ask to see back issues of newspapers or an almanac.
  • 8B: Find someone who was a Cub Scout a long time ago. Talk with him about what Cub Scouting was like then.
  • 8C: Start or add to an existing den or pack scrapbook.
  • 8D: Trace your family back through your grandparents or great-grandparents; or, talk to a grandparent about what it was like when he or she was younger.
  • 8E: Find out some history about your community.
  • 8F: Start your own history: keep a journal for 2 weeks.
  • 8G: Complete the Character Connection for Respect.

Webelos Family Member Activity Badge

  • 12: While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Academics belt loop for Heritages

Heritages Belt Loop and Pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program

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