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February 2016 - Cub Scouts and Shooting Sports

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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.

January 2016 - Preparing for the Webelos-to-Scout Transition

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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.

August 2015 - New Online Training

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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.

July 2015 - New STEM Awards Requirements

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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?

June 2015 - Planning the Cub Scout Year

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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.

September 2015 - Asking for Help

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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!

November 2015 - Duty to God and Cub Scouts

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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.

October 2015 - Putting the Uniform in Uniformity

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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.

May 2015 - The New Cub Scouting Materials and How to Use Them

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If you’re a regular CubCast listener, as you should be, you know we’ve had quite a few episodes about getting ready for the new Cub Scouting program. In those shows, we mentioned the materials that were created for the new program and now we’ve invited Cub Scout online training task force member Nancy Farrell to have an in-depth discussion with us about those materials and how they’ll make your life as a Cub Scout leader so much easier.

April 2015 - Cultivating New and Future Leaders

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By the title of this episode, one might get the impression that Cub Scout leaders grow on trees - if only that were true! But it isn’t, so even if you have all the positions in your unit filled, do you know what will you do if, for some unexpected reason, one of your volunteers can’t fulfill his or her responsibilities? Before you panic at that thought, join us for an engaging discussion with Lucia Cronin and Greg Lawless on how to find, nurture, and cultivate new and future leaders.

March 2015 - Adopting the New Cub Scout Program

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Time waits for no one and the new Cub Scout adventures program will be here soon it so CubCast wants to know – are you prepared? Probably not, because we received a lot of requests for an episode on how to transition into the new program. Join us as Ken King, Cub Scout Adventure Team Task Force member, enlightens us as to what you need to be doing right now to get ready.

January 2015 - The Science of Character Building

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Have you ever found yourself asking, “What does Scouting mean by ‘building character’?” Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, is conducting a study on how the Cub Scouting program instills kids with positive characteristics that may differ from other youth programs. This study is seeking to understand the impact that Scouting has on the development of character in the Cradle of Liberty Council in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dan Warren, a doctoral student of child study and human development at Tufts University and one of the researchers on that study, joins us for an enlightening discussion. Join us, won’t you?

February 2015 - Gathering the Boys for a Productive Meeting / Activity

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Cub Scouting is fun! Cub Scouting is adventure! Cub Scouting is lots of 8-to-10 year- old boys! So how does one get these rambunctious Scouts settled down so that the meeting or activity can be enjoyed by everyone – including you? Bobby Lester, winner of the Driving Force Award in the Longhorn council in Fort. Worth, Texas, shares some magic tricks and tips you need for a productive activity.

December 2014 - How to Handle Fundraising Dollars

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If you’ve never listened to a CubCast before, this is the one you don’t want to miss! There’s been a change to the IRS compliance environment with regard to nonprofit fundraising efforts. What does this mean for popcorn and camp card sales? How will this affect fundraising in your den or pack? Steve McGowan, general counsel for the Boy Scouts of America, helps us make sense of all the fundraising rules and regulations. (Thanks, Steve!)

November 2014 - Fun Activities for Your Dens and Packs

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We’ll be honest: This Cubcast is a little longer than previous ones, but that’s because the 15 minutes are chock full of new and retro activities that we know your dens and packs will love! Volunteer extraordinaire Linda Vaughn, who sits on the Cub Adventure Committee and is tasked with re-writing the den leader guides, joins us for this spirited discussion.

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