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 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.