Humorist Dave Barry once said, “Camping is nature’s way of promoting the motel business.” But Scouts know better. And Cub Scouts know that camping can be fun for the whole family! Sara Banks, Cubmaster for Pack 555 in Midland, Georgia, tells us that Family Camping, is a wonderful time for families to come together and learn more about each other. Having organized family camping outings for her pack of more than100 Cub Scouts, Sara shares her secrets for planning, preparation and the reveals the keys to a successful family camping outing.
The principles and concepts of outdoor ethics are not just for the campsite. They should apply to school grounds, parking lots, even your own backyard. So, how do you explain this to your group of 7- to- 10-year-old boys? Hosts Amy and Aaron share their dens’ experiences as they chat with Dennis Kampa, the National Camping School Task Force Chair and author of the BALOO Training as he shares his words of outdoor wisdom.
It’s one thing to figure out what to do when your own child is having a temper tantrum and being disruptive, but what if one of the other Cub Scouts is having that tantrum? We know you have this question because real-life Cub Scout Leaders and CubCast hosts Amy and Aaron have come across this situation. So, we reached out all the way to Sweden to chat with Tina Wiman, the author of the book Sulky, Rowdy, Rude?: Why Kids Really Act Out and What to Do About It. Such an interesting discussion … you should join us!
It’s a topic so big it cannot be contained in one podcast! Ellie Morrison, assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 308 in Waco, Texas, joins CubCast’s Amy Hutcherson and ScoutCast’s Bryan Wendell in a special CubCast/ScoutCast crossover episode to share with us everything you need to know about the New Member Coordinator (meaning a coordinator for new members, even though, yes, it is a new position … well, you get it).
One good reason should be enough to get your Cub Scouts to day camp, but Jennifer Mooney, the Camping Director for the Cascade-Pacific Council in Portland, Oregon, shares with us 10, that’s right, 10 reasons why day camp strengthens the Cub Scouting experience.
@cubcast follower Joe@bosshoss1031 sent us this tweet: I would like to hear about Wood Badge. I hear it's a great course, but what is the course? Well, Joe, we had a chat with Wood Badge expert Mark Nelson, who shares with us everything (the who, what, when, where, and why) you need to know about this advanced leadership training course. We bet you’ll be registered for a course before the show is over.
Last month, we discovered that one of the keys to keeping boys in the Cub Scouting program is advancement. Both Amy and Aaron know first-hand that this can sometimes be a daunting task, so we invited Scoutbook inventor, Shawn Jackson, to the show to talk with us about the importance of advancement and how the Scoutbook app may be the perfect solution for keeping up with everyone’s achievements and awards.
So you (hopefully) recruited lots of boys last fall into your den. Liz Bullock is the advancement chair for Pack 130 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and she joins us for a spirited discussion on figuring out how to keep them coming back week after week. Spoiler alert: Listen for a tip Liz provides that made Aaron do a happy dance during the interview!
@cubcast follower Jake@getbackupagain1 sent us a tweet asking if a new den leader can write-off the supplies he purchases as tax deductions. Because there is not a simple “yes” or “no” answer, we invited tax expert and legal counsel for the BSA, Russ McNamer, to the show to help us navigate this complicated topic and make it sound, well, less complicated.
Cub Scouters love awards! CubCast listener Chris Allen asked if we could do a show all about Cub Scouting awards. Well, Chris, not only do we love getting awards - we love talking about them! April Borge, den leader for Pack 62 in Lewisville, Texas, joins us for a fun discussion!
Here in Texas it’s 102 degrees in the shade in the summer, and that’s not very good for outdoor adventures. Or what if that historical site your den is supposed to visit is 200 miles away? There are many examples of when your Den Leader Guide suggests an outdoor adventure, but what do you do when common sense tells you to stay inside or stay closer to home? Katie Dettmann, Cubmaster for Pack 9111 in Lakeville, Minnesota, joins us to help us figure that out. Katie led a fabulous conference at Philmont on how to facilitate a high-performing Cub Scout pack. Now she’s going to share all that great information with us right here on CubCast.
Besides the fact that Webelos Scouts get to wear the khaki and green uniform, there are differences between your Webelos Den and the other Cub Scout dens. For instance, do you know when to start having your Webelos Scouts use the Boy Scout salute and handshake? And there’s a bit of a shift for the parent’s role as well. So, joining us is Erica Smalls, who has served as Den Leader for all four ranks and is currently a Webelos Den Leader in Pack 387 and Scoutmaster for Troop 253 in the Longhorn Council in Ft. Worth, Texas to answer all of our Webelos Den questions.
So have you heard there’s a new Cub Scout Roundtable Planning Guide? Are you confused that the guide no longer reflects the monthly pack meeting plan? Are you asking yourself, “What’s a roundtable?” Well, be confused no more as Cub Scout Adventure Program task force member Jamie Greene delights us with the joys of participating in roundtable.
So, Cub Scout leaders, you’re probably getting ready for your big Rally Night or First-Nighter with balloons and props and the list of all the new and exciting adventures the boys will have, like fishing and camping and learning to use a bow and arrow. The boys are very excited and eager to start these new adventures! Then, you’ll awake the next morning to realize …. I’ve got to get these boys fishing and camping and teach them how to use a bow and arrow. Join us as unit commissioner John Erickson shares his secret to keeping those promises. Spoiler alert – Aaron Derr was surprised to learn he had actually just completed one of the tips.
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 Jancar 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.