Every picture tells a story, don’t it? And as a parent of one Cub Scout or leader of many, how do you take those fabulous pictures you have of your Cub Scouts doing really fun activities and then use them to recruit new boys into the program? Not only might you be developing a new skill, but you’ll also have lots of fun in the process. Click the download button to hear more about this fascinating new initiative.
September is Emergency Preparedness Month, and Cubcast wants to know – are you prepared for an emergency? We invited Richard Bourlon, team lead of the Health and Safety Service Team for the BSA National Council, to lead us in an informative conversation on making sure you and your Cub Scouts are armed with everything you need.
Hopefully all of your recruiting efforts have paid off and you have lots of new boys in your dens and packs. Having new Scouts also means having lots of new parents, and you need to let them know what’s expected of them…soon. So don’t wait any longer! Join us as we talk with Dr. Geoff Zoeller, a Cubmaster for the local pack and the vice president of membership and relations for the Patriots Path Council in New Jersey. He will share everything we need to know to create a successful new parent orientation.
With all the YouTube videos, smartphone games, and other technological wonders, how do you get your Cub Scouts to read a Boys’ Life magazine? And how can you, as a leader, use Boys’ Life as a recruiting and retention tool? For the answers to these and other “How can I use Boy’s Life for my den and pack?” questions click the download button for a lively discussion with Aaron Derr, senior writer for Boys’ Life magazine and brand new Cubmaster of Pack 282 in Frisco, Texas.
Why would the BSA change a great program like Cub Scouting? To make it even better! Forget building bird houses; the new Cub Scout adventure program makes Scouting a lot more fun and active for the boys and believe, it or not, a lot simpler for the leaders. You’re probably so excited by this news that you’re asking yourself, “when, why, how?” Just click the download button and Bob Scott, Cub Scout Experience Manager, will share everything you need to know!
Is your den or pack stuck in a rut, making the same old arts and crafts year after year? How about putting a mint in a bottle of soda and watching it explode into foam (and helping your Scouts figure out why) or making a catapult out of popsicle sticks and rubber bands and send things flying through the air (while secretly measuring velocity and distance?) Teresa Colletti of the Greater St. Louis Council shares her secrets for incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in your den and pack Meetings. Your Scouts will have a blast…literally!
Imagine yourself in room with a dozen other Cub Scout leaders from all over the country. You’re enjoying a breathtaking view of blue skies, mountains, and plenty of sunshine. Perhaps you and the other Cub Scout leaders are actually outside in that sunshine as you take one of the many new training courses at the training utopia that is the Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, New Mexico. Dennis Kampa, author of the BALOO Training Book and instructor at PTC, is here to give us a sneak peek at the new courses coming up. He will also give us a tantalizing preview of what awaits you when you get to Philmont.
Doesn’t it feel good when someone acknowledges or notices something you’ve done? It’s ok! Admit it! It does feel good to get that “pat on the back.” So when that parent sets up the chairs or that volunteer builds a set for the pack skits, go ahead – express that gratitude! How do you go about doing that, you ask? Just click any of the buttons below as Sara Seaborne, a 40-year volunteer with Hoosier Trails Council in Bloomington, Indiana, shares her expertise, not only in some fun ways to show your appreciation, but also why it’s so important to do so.
February 8th is the BSA’s birthday and there are usually lots of ways to celebrate: pinewood derbies, rain gutter regattas and other events that, well, let’s be honest, take a whole lot of time and energy to make happen. Joining us this month to share his secrets on how to make it a whole lot easier to plan a big event is Rodney Beckwith, Cubmaster for Pack 315 in Pinckney, Michigan. How does he do it? Click any of the buttons below to learn more.
Did you know MyScouting Tools has been available for over a year now? It’s ok if you didn’t – most people don’t. And that’s exactly the reason why we thought we should have IT Change Management Specialist, Alma Redmond, join us this month. Alma is responsible for all communication pertaining to this “new” tool and will share with everything you need to know to help make it a useful tool for you.
Whether it is a school, church, or fraternal organization, we’re sure your chartered organization is planning some kind of event or two for the holidays. Maybe it’s a food or clothing drive or maybe it’s a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Whatever is it, your Cub Scout pack can probably help. Cub Scout program trainer Linda Goff of Oakridge, Tennessee, joins us for an in-depth discussion on not only how your Cub Scouts can help, but, more importantly, why they should and the benefits to all involved.
Simply stated, Journey to Excellence is the BSA’s council performance recognition program that measures and rewards the success for our units, districts, and councils. But, seriously, what does that mean? What does that entail? Perhaps you’re already performing at the Gold level and wonder why you need to listen to this episode. Because Kevin Steffy, Director of Field Service with the Longhorn Council in Ft. Worth, Texas and JTE expert, clarifies it all (and even shares the changes coming in 2014) to make sure you’re reaping all the benefits of a great Scouting experience as you travel on this journey.
Why do I need a den chief, you ask? Here to help us answer that question is Sherry Herzog, a terrific volunteer who set up a den chief training course with the Three Fires Council in St. Charles, Ill. Not only will you be surprised by the answer (because it’s so much more than you think), but you’ll wonder why you didn’t get a den chief sooner.
If you’re a regular CubCast listener, you know this is the month to talk about popcorn selling. But our new hosts have raised the bar as they bring back the vice president for district operations for the Rocky Mountain Council in Pueblo, Colorado, and CubCast favorite Dennis Kampa to talk about how and why to be on the lookout for other fundraising opportunities. Spoiler alert: It’s not just about raising money.
Matt Jordan, Cubmaster of Pack 1 in Flower Mound, Texas, has a pack that can boast having 95 members, and 41 new boys have signed up already this year! We asked Matt to join us and share his secrets for recruiting; and p.s., it’s more than just fliers!
It’s the summer and, hopefully, you’re out and about doing fun activities with your Cub Scouts, but have you found yourself wondering, “Gee, how can I get the parents more involved?” We thought you might, so Linda Case, committee chair for Pack 459 in Whitehouse, Tennessee, joins us to explore opportunities to engage parents in the Cub Scout program.
If you only listen to one Cubcast this year (although we hope you catch them all), make this the one. Hilda Blaine, a 5-year Cub Scout volunteer extraordinaire with the Grand Canyon Council in Phoenix, AZ, chats with us about everything you need to plan your Cub Scout year and how it will make your Cub Scout Leader experience a whole lot easier.
In this episode, Peter Self, member of the Youth Development Team and executive producer of Cubcast, tells us it’s not enough to recruit boys into Cub Scouting. Your Cub Scouts are getting older, so Peter shares with us some really good ideas on keeping boys in the program.
Fishing, sleeping under the stars, toasting marshmallows; camping can be so much fun if you do it right. Joining us is Jennifer Mooney, the camping director for the Cascade Pacific Council in Portland, Oregon. Jennifer has been working at Cub Worlds since she was in high school. She definitely knows the importance of camping for our young members and how it impacts retention.
You’ve got a group of 8-year-olds coming to the house on Thursday; now what? Well, you probably already know that training is the secret to a successful den or pack meeting, but you probably think you have no time for training or the training will be boring. Fear not, Cub Scout leader! Mark Griffin, the team leader for volunteer development at the National Council in Irving, Texas, is here to dispel those myths and explain the importance of being trained.