Friday, May 11, 2018

Dedicated Leaders

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday May 8th, that in December 2019, it will end the long standing relationship with the Boy Scouts of America.  This article is in response to that announcement.

I arrived at my District Roundtable last night looking for allies, and I knew who to talk to. Becca referred to the big breakup: the recent announcement that the LDS church will stop chartering scout units after 2019.

“You’re going on into 2020 with me, though, right?” I said. “Transition team for 2020: from Calling to Elective. We’re going to establish some good community packs right here in Orem.”

“I think I might take a break,” she said. My inner jaw dropped. “It’s still a year and a half away, so we’ll see what it looks like then, but I’m kind of looking forward to something else by then.” Becca said.

I was surprised. This is my scouting nerd friend, the one who is on staff for Akela’s Council this summer, who collects silicone ice trays to make neckerchief slides. This is my scouting buddy who is on roundtable committee and who knows the intricacies of Scoutbook, and who was registering people at the University of Scouting. Becca went and got a job at the Scout Shop. Her people are scout people. Becca is dedicated.

My brain and my heart processed this over night, and I woke up with even more respect for scouters like Becca. A couple years back, a member of Becca’s bishopric asked her to serve on the Cub Scout committee, and she took the assignment.

She did her best and she tried to figure out how to use the online records tracker. Eventually she discovered monthly roundtable meetings. She felt like she still didn’t get the vision, so Becca took the recommendation to go to an extensive two-weekend overnight training: Akela’s Council. Becca got the Cub Scout vision and she used her vision and skills to magnify her calling. It took time to develop her skills; but she did all she could to help her pack and provide great experiences for the boys in her ward. She made scout friends and she started making plaster neckerchief slides. She took a job at the scout office and got super specifically particular about sewing patches on straight and correct. She ramped up the quality of the pre-sewn shirts in a significant way.

Becca became an eager, enthusiastic, educated scouter. Her guilty pleasure is scout stuff. She magnified her calling, and she is still doing it. She’ll see how she feels in 19 months; and in those 19 months she is going to continue to deliver the best she can.

I was honestly surprised. I thought she had transcended her calling to become dedicated to scouting for the sake of scouting.

Turns out she does love Scouting. She throws herself into the calling that she has. She magnifies her callings. She learns and she grows and she loves those that she serves, and she’ll give the same to her next calling.

Is Becca perfect? Probably not. I’ve painted a pretty saintly picture of someone that I really do respect… and the Church has a big contingent of people that serve like Becca. There are many LDS people who will continue to throw their hearts and souls into Scouting because they love the boys and because they love their savior. When released, some will quietly hang up their Wood Badge beads and maybe even resell or donate their scout shirts, never to return. They will be the people who will make the new LDS youth program work after 2019.

I am thoroughly grateful for those dedicated people who are disguised as lifelong scouters. They have carried a big, complicated program that hasn’t been easy. They have seen the value, they have caught the vision, and they have taught it. They have impacted lives for over a century and will continue to do so.

I am also really grateful for the friends at roundtable who fist bumped and said, “Oh yeah, 2020 and beyond,” and “I get to be Webelos leader,” and “My husband is ready to be scoutmaster,” and “Whatever you need, I am ready to help.” Utah scouts will need those folks, as will the entire BSA.

Some of our LDS boys will continue to January, 2020, and transition from scouting. Other good and worthy things will fill their time and space. Many will go on to magnify callings admirably without scouts.

Some of our LDS boys and girls will love scouting, though. Some will respond well to the adventures, the belt loops, the ranks, and the badges. Some will seek the enriching values of the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the methods and purposes of Scouts.

In the next eighteen months, and for years after, we need both the lifelong scouters and also the scouters that have been disguised as lifelong scouters. Among them, we find dedicated disciples of Christ.

 ~ By Merinda Reeder who is a Cubmaster from Pack 466 in the Orem District, Utah National Parks Council.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Raisin Racer - a Fun Treat and Activity for the Pinewood Derby

Something that would be a lot of fun to use as a treat for the Pinewood Derby would be Raisin Racers.

Turn a small raisin box into a racer! Step one print this PDF.  Step two is to eat all the raisins from a 1 1/2 oz raisin carton.  Next, or while you're doing that, color in the racer and cut along the outside dotted line.  Then fold where indicated and glue to the raisin box as shown in the picture.  Raisins have lots of iron in them.  This is an iron-powered race car!

 Click here for a PDF you can print and have the kids color.

Click here to find more ideas for Pinewood Derbies...

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Cub Scouts Give Thanks - November Theme - LDS Religious Square Knot info - LDS Activity Days - Writing a Thank You note

Cub Scouts Give Thanks - November Theme

Thanks to Mary Halvorson for donating this idea. She is a Webelos Den Leader from Pack 68 of the Hobble Creek District, Utah National Parks Council.  

One of the requirements in the LDS Faith in God booklet that counts towards the BSA Religious Square Knot reads: "Write a letter to a teacher, your parents, or your grandparents telling them what you appreciate and respect about them." If you want to take this a step further by teaching boys how to address an envelope it's an experience you won't forget. Do they know their own address for a return address? Do they know where to write both the mailing address and the return address? Do they know where the stamp goes? Do they know their city and state? The first time I did this I thought it was a no brainer but truly the first experience for most of them. It will take longer than you think but the recipient will have a wonderful surprise!  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Abracadabra - Magic Neckerchief Slide - Cub Scout Neckerchief Slide

Thanks to Mary Halvorson for donating this idea. She is a Webelos Den Leader from Pack 68 of the Hobble Creek District, Utah National Parks Council.
  • To print a PDF with patterns and instructions, CLICK HERE

Mary made this neckerchief slide using:
-Heavy Felt
-Mini Playing Cards - 1" tall
-Red glitter paper
-Bunny Rabbit Button (shank cut off)
-Blue milk lid
-Canned food- ring from lid
-Plaster of Paris

To see the original post that made Mary come up with this amazing upgrade, CLICK HERE
To see other posts that have the theme Magic & Abracadabra, CLICK HERE

To the Rescue & Halloween - UNPC Pow Wow Book October 2005 - Pack Meeting Helps

Utah National Parks Council put out Pow Wow books for many years.  Here is a section from one of them.  "To the Rescue" was published for the October 2005 theme.  It also has information that is fun to use for Halloween.

Some of the sections in this PDF are:
  • An invitation to give out
  • Websites that would be of use
  • Days in October that are "official" dates - National Nut Day, United Nations Day...
  • Pre-Openers - a word search for the theme "To the Rescue", and how to rescue an ice cube.
  • Opening Ceremonies - A-M-E-R-I-C-A & Cub Scout Fire Detectives
  • Closing Ceremonies - H-A-L-L-O-W-E-E-N & SOS
  • Advancement Ceremonies - Rescue Advancement & Halloween Advancement
  • Audience Participation - Let's Go On A Ghost Hunt
  • Skits - The Doctor is In, The Good Samaritan, & Spooks
  • Games - House A Fire Relay; Rock, Paper, Scissors Tag; Detectives; & Morse Relay
  • Songs - To the Rescue, 9-1-1 Help
  • Sparklers - Cheers & Run-ons to go with the theme
  • Crafts - Egg Carton Fire Trucks, Life Preserver Neckerchief Slides, Fire Extinguishers, Band-aid Neckerchief Slide, Film Canister First Aid Kit Neckerchief Slide, Cereal Box Gravestones, Egg Carton Spiders, Cool Whip Lid / Grocery Sack Ghost, Milk Container Pumpkins, & Pumpkin Neckerchief Slide
  • Food Fun - Fire Hose, Burning Biscuits, Witches' Brew, Monster Toes, Tricky Treat, Creepy Spiders, Candy Corn Crispy Rice Treats, & Squashed Frogs

Monday, October 16, 2017


This skit was published in the September 2011 issue of Baloo’s Bugle.

The great thing about this Cub Scout skit is its flexibility with the number of participants. You need a narrator, a ghost, and a Cub Scout. You can use as many of the following characters as you want. If you only have 4 or 5 boys, use only that many. If you have more than 12, pair them up so that you have 2 pumpkins, 2 spiders, etc.

Black Cat

Narrator: One night a ghost was out walking, and he met a jack-o-lantern.
Ghost: “I am the ghost with the bloody finger!”
Jack-o-lantern: Screams, and runs away.
Narrator: “Next the ghost met a spider.”
Ghost: “I am the ghost with the bloody finger!”
Spider: Screams, and runs away.
Narrator: “Next the ghost met vampire.”
Ghost: “I am the ghost with the bloody finger!”
Vampire: Screams, and runs away.

Continue for as many characters as you need.

Narrator: “Then the ghost met a Cub Scout.”
Ghost: “I am the ghost with the bloody finger!”
Cub Scout: “Well, put a band-aid on it!”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ORIGINAL Cub Scout Webelos and Arrow of Light PRINTABLE Record Tracking and Organization Work Sheet for the New Program - Free - Arrow of Light requirements to help Leaders and Parents

Thank you to Annaleis for updating this tracking sheet on Sept 18, 2017.  Tracking, planning, and recognition are so important in Cub Scouts.  This new tracking sheet will help you be able to keep track of where each boy is at towards the Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements.  I like to print this tracking sheet on cardstock, and I print one sheet for each boy to be kept in my leader binder next to their tracking sheet for their Religious Award.  I keep a different tab for every boy with all the tracking sheets (Age Group & Religious Award).  Then I have complete information on each boy.  It helps to do it this way if you do one requirement one week and a different one other weeks.  Not every boy is there every week.  By doing this, I can always know where each boy is at, and it is all in one place.  I keep a roll, and next to the roll I write down what we did that week, and then every couple of weeks I update all the tracking sheets for every boy.  If the parents ever have questions, I always have a place to look back at on the roll, and I can always copy each tracking sheet to show them where their boy is.  Thanks to Annaleis Smith from the Utah National Parks Council who shared this tracking sheet with us.

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  • To print this NEW for 2017 - Original Webelos Tracking Sheet, CLICK HERE   (updated 9-18-17)

  •  print the NEW - Original Tiger Tracking Sheet, CLICK HERE
  • To print the NEW - Original Wolf Tracking Sheet, CLICK HERE
  • To print the NEW - Original Bear Tracking Sheet, CLICK HERE

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