BSA Cubcast

December 2018 - Get Ready for the Pinewood Derby®!

You’re probably busy with end-of-year and holiday preparations, but, pinewood derby time will be here before you know it. If you haven’t started planning yet, we’ve got you covered. We were lucky enough to get Matt Gaor, the event chair of New York’s Pinewood Derby World Championship for the last four years. With his leadership, the event went from only 125 participants for the first year up to 350 racers and 2,000 attendees this year. Even if you have started your planning, we bet you’ll pick up an extra tip or two.

November 2018 - The Lions Program

Loyal listener, @Howard_Chalmers had some questions about changes to the Lions program, now that it’s no longer a pilot program, but a bona fide, real-life program of the BSA. Christine McDanal the Council Lion Champion for the National Capital Area Council in Washington, DC. Will assist us with everything we need to know about the new Lions program. So, if you’re a Lions’ Den Leader or Cubmaster who now has Lion dens in your pack meeting, joins us for all the updates now that Lions have moved from pilot program to a full-fledged BSA program.

September 2018 - Conflict Resolution

An email came into the CubCast mailbox from Katherine Drahmann who asked for an episode on resolving conflicts between den members. She points out that sometimes events occur outside the Den or Pack meeting and are then continued in the meeting. Joining us for this discussion on resolving conflict is Grace Davidson. Grace has been a very active volunteer with the Circle 10 Council in Dallas, Texas, serving as everything from den leader, Director of Day Camp, and Den Chief Trainer to Merit Badge Counselor and Troop Chaplain, and everything in between. We are so happy that she found time to join us for what is sure to be a fascinating discussion on conflict resolution in a den and pack.

July 2018 - All-Girl Dens: Challenges and Success Stories

We’re now about six months into having all-girl dens in the Cub Scouting program and you’re probably wondering – hmm, how’s that working out? We were curious about that ourselves, so, we invited Jenny Hickey, the Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 4 in Portland, Oregon, to share her challenges and how she overcame them as well as her success stories. (A tip for listening to the successes – you might want to have a tissue handy.)

June 2018 - Preparing for School Night

So, you might think that preparing for School Night for Scouting simply means handing out some fliers and you’ll get a big turnout. Host Aaron Derr tells us he did that his rookie year as Cubmaster and the results were less than stellar. Tune in to find out what he and guest Chris Jones did to get successful attendance results for this specific recruiting opportunity.

May 2018 - A Deeper Discussion on STEM Awards

So, listeners, you may remember an episode from a few years ago about STEM program. Tinia Graham remembered and contacted the CubCast mailbox with some pretty specific follow-up questions. So, we invited Supernova Mentor, Teresa Colletti, back to the show to discuss Tinia’s questions on the Nova and Supernova awards and the use of counselors and mentors. (And yes, there is a difference between the two.)

April 2018 - Youth Protection Training

April is Youth Protection Month and the Boy Scouts of America takes that very seriously. True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. In this special crossover CubCast/ScoutCast episode, BSA Director of Youth Protection, Michael Johnson, explains how the revised Youth Protection training helps volunteers and professionals maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.

March 2018 - The Webelos Den and Your Scout Troop

In this special CubCast/ScoutCast episode, Amy and Bryan chat with Linda Baker, Program Vice President of the Northeast Region, about preparing both your Webelos Den and your Scout troop for the Webelos-to-Scout transition plan. Linda is currently working on the task force updating the Cub Scout handbooks and is a local Troop Committee Chair, so she has a great perspective from both sides of the transition process.

February 2018 - Family Program: Camping and Outdoor Activities

So, your pack has decided to adopt the Family Program and now you have either an all-girl or a coed pack. Congratulations on embracing this new chapter of Scouting! Now comes the fun part of planning the activities, especially camping and outdoor activities. Can you simply repeat the things you did last year? Dianna Marsh, Cub Scout Camping Director for the Michigan Crossroads Council in Lansing, Michigan, shares with us how it’s going to be easier than you imagine.

January 2018 - What Does the Cub Scout Family Program Look Like?

It's 2018 and the Boy Scouts of America is introducing the new Family Program! You probably know that means girls will now be allowed into the Cub Scouting program, but you might be wondering how it’s all going to work. As National Alliances Team Lead, Lee Shaw has had to work closely with all the various Chartered Organizations on ensuring a smooth transition into Scouting’s new Family Program. He joins us to answer questions about what this new program looks like.

November 2017 - Participating Parents

A loyal listener contacted the CubCast mailbox and wanted to know if we could devote to entire episode on clever ways to get every parent involved in Den and Pack meetings. Well, we aim to please, so we invited the National Director of Cub Scouting Anthony Berger who was also a Cubmaster. His pack started with 8 boys and within a few short years grew to 35 with lots of parent participation (although it didn’t start out that way). Amy and Aaron discuss with Anthony the clever methods that he used to get almost every parent involved in the pack.

October 2017 - I Love a Parade

The colorful floats, the sounds of the marching bands, the banners and flags; there’s lots to love about parades. Having your dens and packs participate in a parade is not only fun for the boys but also a good way to get noticed in the community. Join us as we discuss with Carrie Wetzel, the Committee Chair for Pack 45 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, how you can get your dens and packs from being mere spectators and into the parade!

September 2017 - Family Camping

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.

August 2017 - Handling Temper Tantrums In The Den/Pack

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!

July 2017 - Cub Scouts and Outdoor Ethics

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.

June 2017 - Presenting the New Member Coordinator

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).

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