Has this happened to you? You enroll your son into the local Cub Scout pack. You volunteer to bring snacks to one meeting, then help with crafts the next, then you’re helping run the next meeting when all of a sudden, before you know it… you’re the Cubmaster! Welcome to Cubmaster 101. This familiar tale happened to Matt Janchar of Weston, Massachusetts. He’s been serving as Cubmaster of Pack 157 since 2013 and shares with us how, as a new Cubmaster, you can go from being overwhelmed to overjoyed. This particular podcast is a little longer than usual, but every minute is filled with valuable information.
The National Den Award requirements include action items such as having the den complete a service project and participate in patriotic activities. But “it seems like a lot of work,” said Cubmaster and CubCast host Aaron Derr. And CubCast, listener Aaron Talbott wanted some specific examples of the required activities. So we invited Cub Scouting Committee member Justin Dettman onto the show to give us his tips for earning the National Den Award. And, as Aaron soon found out, it’s not as difficult as he imagined.
Have you heard? The Cub Scouting program has a new pilot available. Mark Logemann, director of membership growth at the National Service Center, sat down with us to share all the particulars of this new pilot called Lions, designed for kindergarten-age boys, including how it fits with the rest of the Cub Scouting program. So now we have Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, oh, my! (Come on, you knew that was coming.)
You had a great spring recruiting effort, right? But why wait until the fall to have the boys begin the adventure? An active summertime Cub Scout den and pack will get those boys into all the fun and excitement of Cub Scouting right now. Georgia Caulkins, Cubmaster of Pack 3317 in Galesburg, Illinois, shares with us some wonderful Cub Scout summer activities, and you’ll be surprised to find out that, as a bonus, most of them require very little effort on your part.
There are lots of Cub Scouting events and activities, like pack meetings, where the whole family is encouraged to attend. But what if all the sisters and non-Cub Scout brothers want to race in the Pinewood Derby? How do you preserve the Cub Scout family program and still say “no” to the siblings who cannot participate in Cub Scout-only activities? Steve Hoskins, who works with the BSA National Service Center on claims administration for incidents that occur within packs, troops, teams, and crews, shares with us how to properly and effectively incorporate your family into your Cub Scouting program.
As CubCast co-host Aaron Derr says, “There’s nothing like the first time you take your son to the shooting range, and after you hear them say, ‘Always point the gun toward the target,’ your kid is the first one who spins around and the gun spins around with him and everybody has to duck.” So we thought it might be a good idea to have Dennis Kampa, author of the BALOO training, join us to explain how shooting sports can teach Cub Scouts valuable life lessons incorporating the Scout Oath and Law.
The Webelos-to-Scout graduation ceremony is the pinnacle of a boys’ journey through the Cub Scout program. But first, as leaders, we need to ‘do our best’ to get him excited about his new adventure as well as work with local Boy Scout troop leaders to ensure a smooth transition. Cub Scout Experience Manager, and Assistant Cubmaster of Pack 910 in Allen, Texas, Darin Kinn shares with us how we can prepare our Webelos to get ready for their transition into the Boy Scout program.
So, you’re a new den leader. Thanks for joining us! You’re probably wondering about now what you got yourself into. But relax – just click the Download button as Steve Yackel, Instructional Design team leader for Scouting U, explains how the new online training modules, will enable you to know exactly what to do when that group of 8-year olds comes to the house on Thursday.
Teresa Colletti of the Greater St. Louis Council joined us for the May 2014 CubCast to share with us all the really cool and exciting activities your Cub Scouts can do while secretly learning about science. Changes to the Cub Scout program, however, mean changes to the requirements for the Nova and Super Nova awards. Teresa is back with us to share these updates. Join us, won’t you?
Blue and gold banquets, camping trips, field trips, fundraising -the list of all the things your Cub Scouts should be doing seems endless. However, everyone getting together to plan the Cub Scout year makes everything that much easier. But how do you get everyone gathered to put together a Cub Scout calendar, and who is “everyone”? Click the Download button to find out.
If you’re a regular CubCast listener, as you should be, you know we always mention getting parents or others in the community involved with your den or pack. Yet some of us are still hesitant to ask. We don’t expect you to run a high- quality program all by yourself, so we asked self-proclaimed “unlikeliest den leader” and reporter Danny Heitman from the Istrouma Council in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, how he was able to acquire assistants and make den meetings a whole lot more fun!
So you say you’ve never been camping before? Feeling a bit nervous and apprehensive? Don’t worry! The lovely Jennifer Mooney, camping director with the Cascade Pacific Council in Portland, Oregon, joins us to help calm any anxiety you may be feeling about camping … in the woods … with a group of 8-year-old boys. Scout’s Honor.
The Scout Oath begins with Duty to God. The Scout Law ends with reverence. So it should be no surprise that Duty to God is such an integral part of Scouting. But what may be an eyebrow raiser is that the Duty to God element of the Cub Scouting program has been updated. Why change it? Fifteen-year Cub Scout volunteer, Kee Ostler tells us it’s, “like tending a garden.” Find out what that means by clicking the Download button.
Robert Baden Powell, the founder of Boy Scouting, said, "The uniform makes for brotherhood, since when universally adopted it covers up all the differences of class and country." But what exactly do we mean by “uniform”? Is it the official blue or maybe the same T-shirt? Northern Star Council Scout Executive, John Andrews joins us for the answers and shares a great tip on how to be sure all the boys in your pack are dressed for success.