Wednesday, April 27, 2016

May 2016 My Animal Friends (Kind) * - * June 2016 It's a Hit (Obedient)

The following is posted from the San Tan District Cub Scout Roundtable blog.  You can find it here.


For April's Round Table We Shared Ideas For
May's & June's Scout Law Points and Themes
May Scout Law Point: Kind

May Theme: My Animal Friends
June Scout Law Point: Obedient
June Theme: It's a Hit

Opening Brain Teaser - This would be a great thing to write on the chalk or white board for boys and parents to have something to think about while they wait for everyone to arrive at a Pack or Den Meeting. (An idea you could use would be to reward the cub scouts a piece of candy if they get it right).
 
How many squares can you count in the diagram below?Picture 
 *Answer is at the end of this section. (scroll down)
(Brain Teaser taken from: The Little Black Book of Mindbenders by John Samson and Elsie Samson; pg. 71)


Gathering Activity
Make copies of the following clues to see if people can guess the ball game.  During the meeting tell everyone the answers.1.  The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter and 10 feet (3.048 m) high mounted to a backboard at each end.Basketball
2.  You can kick the ball though a goal post to earn an extra point. Football
3. A sport that involves hitting plastic or wooden balls with a mallet through hoops embedded in the grass.  Croquet
4.  This sport can be played by two (as in singles) or four (as in doubles) indoors or outdoors. Tennis
5.  This fictional game uses 4 balls, two of which are bludgers. Quidditch
6.  In this game, you roll a large heavy ball down an lane. Bowling
7.  Each team takes a turn at bat, and the goal is to score runs by moving around the four bases.Baseball
8.  Players in this game try to keep the ball from hitting the lines or going out of bounds in their square . Two or Four Square
9.  A sport in which players use their hands to hit a small rubber ball against a wall. Handball
10.  A popular sport that is played professionally, in recreational leagues, on school teams, in backyards, sandlots, or beachesVolleyball


Flag Ceremony

AN EAGLE OPENING
Materials: prepared posters showing different species of eagles; each Cub Scout’s lines written in large print on the back of his poster
Cub #1: The eagle is one of the largest and most powerful birds in the world, with a wingspan of up to 7 feet.
Cub #2: They look fierce and proud, and gracefully soar high in the air in search of prey. Because of this, eagles have long been symbols of freedom and power.
Cub #3: The United States chose the bald eagle as the national bird in 1782. Our country’s insignia and many of our coins have the eagle on them.
Cub #4: Eagles are very strong. They weigh 8 to 13 pounds and are 30- to 35-feet long. When the wind is favorable, golden eagles have been known to carry prey weighing as much as they do.
Cub #5: Eagles have very keen eyesight. Most birds have better eyesight than humans, but eagles and hawks are said to have the keenest eyesight of all. They sight their prey while flying thousands of feet above the ground.
Cub #6: Eagles have long, broad wings and tails. They can glide long distances by holding their wings out stiffly.
Cub #7: Since the eagle is on so many of our historical documents and since the eagle is usually perched upon the top of the flagpole, let us present the United States flag. Will you join us in the Pledge of Allegiance?
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Refer to the requirements listed under "Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder"


Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder



Materials: Brand Name Peanut Butter (I read on line that the brand name peanut butters go through processing which helps to get rid of the fungus in raw peanuts that makes birds sick. Also it is good to know and share with the cub scouts that avocado, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol and onions should not be fed to birds.), TP Roll, Bird Seed, table knife, peanut butter, sandwich plastic bag, black marker, yarn, cookie sheet, scissors, ruler (not shown)


Directions:

1) Write each cub scout's name on their own sandwich bag. 


2) Then cut two slits in the toilet paper roll directly across from each other.


3) Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on the TP Roll. 


4) Pour some bird seed onto a cookie sheet. 


5) Roll the TP roll in the bird seed.  Be sure to cover the TP Roll well with the bird seed.
 * Just to give you an idea of how much bird seed I used, I probably could have done 4 to 5 TP Roll Feeders with the small bag shown in the picture above.


6) Cut a 4 ft piece of yard.


7) Thread the yarn through the TP Roll and slip the ends through the slits you cut into the TP Roll earlier. You will need to help the cub scout find the slits since they will be hidden from all the peanut butter and bird seeds.  If you pass your finger, applying slight pressure, to the inside of the TP Roll, it will help you find the slits.(These slits will help keep the TP Roll from turning when the birds try to eat from it).


8) Even out the yarn on both sides so they are equal.  Then tie a knot about 4 inches from the ends.  This will allow you to have enough yarn left for the cub scouts to tie it to a tree.


9) Tell the boys to go home and tie it to a tree and watch the birds.  Maybe suggest they put it on a tree next to a window so they can watch without scaring the birds away.  

POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Tiger Adventure Backyard Jungle - Requirement 2 Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area.
Tiger Adventure - Backyard Jungle - Requirement 4 
Build and hang a birdhouse.
Wolf Adventure - Paws on the Path - Requirement 7 Name two birds, two insects, and two other animals that live in your area.  Explain how you identified them.
Bear Adventure - Fur, Feathers, and Ferns - Requirement 1 
While hiking or walking for one mile, identify six signs that any mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, or plants are living nearby the place where you choose to hike.
Bear Adventure - Fur, Feathers, and Ferns - Requirement 2 Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years and one animal that is currently endangered.  Explain what caused their declines.
Bear Adventure - Fur, Feathers, and Ferns - Requirement 4 
Observe wildlife from a distance.  Describe what you saw.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Into the Wild - Requirement 3 
Watch for birds in your yard, neighborhood, or town for one week.  Identify the birds you see, and write down where and when you saw them.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Into the Wild - Requirement 4 Learn about the bird flyways closest to your home.  Find out which birds use these flyways.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Into the Wild - Requirement 9b Create a video of a wild creature doing something interesting, and share it with your family and den.

Mother's Day Plaque


*Note: This project is a three week project which allows it to dry in between steps.  You can shorten it to two weeks if you think the boys can do the following: Paint the decorative topping piece and not the stem part of it.  Paint the plaque without getting get paint in the hole where the stem will be glued. If you choose to do this, reverse steps 4 and 3.
Materials Needed: one 2x4 cut in pieces 5 inches long, sand paper, A wooden decorative piece (found at Hobby Lobby), white paint, letter stickers, heart stickers, Modge Podge, sponge paint brush, wood glue
Directions (1st Week):
1) Cut the 2x4 into pieces 5 inches long.



2) Sand the wooden pieces.


3) Drill a hole for the wooden decorative piece.


4) Using wood glue, glue the wooden decorative piece into the hole you drilled.

Directions (2nd Week):

5) Paint the plaque. Then let it dry.
Directions (3rd Week):
6) Have the boys put the letter stickers on and the heart sticker.  (*Note if the boys lift up the letters more than once after putting them on the wood, the letters will not secure to the wood and will move around when they apply the Modge Podge.  A good idea is to cut the letters out with the plastic backing so they can get the placement of the letters down first.  Then pull off the letter sticker from its plastic backing and put it in its intended spot on the plaque one by one). Press hard on the stickers so they have a firm grip on the wood.  Then using Modge Podge and a sponge brush, spread a thin coat on top.  (*Note, applying Modge Podge looks easier than it is for boys.  demonstrating the technique of dipping the sponge brush into the glue just enough and then using as few strokes as possible, will help them understand how to do it effectively; hopefully. :)  On the other hand, handing them the Modge Podge and saying "Have at it!" would be fun if you videotaped them and then showed it at Pack Meeting.

7) This is what is should look like when you are done.

POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF.
Tiger Elective Adventure - Stories in Shapes - Requirement 1bCreate an art piece.
Bear Elective Adventure -Baloo the Builder - Requirement 1Discover which hand tools are the best ones to have in your toolbox.  Learn the rules for using these tools safely.  Practice with at least four of these tools before beginning a project. (Father's & Mother's Day gift).
Bear Elective Adventure -Baloo the Builder - Requirement 2
Select, plan, and define the materials for the projects you will complete in requirement 3. (Father's & Mother's Day gift).
Bear Elective Adventure -Baloo the Builder - Requirement 3
Assemble your materials, and build one useful project and one fun project using wood. (Father's & Mother's Day gift).
Bear Elective Adventure -Baloo the Builder - Requirement 4
Apply a finish to one of your wood projects.. (Father's & Mother's Day gift).
Webelos/AOL  Elective - Art Explosion - Requirement 3d
Create a freestanding sculpture or mobile using wood, metal, papier-mache, or found or recycled objects. (Gift for mom or Dad)Webelos/AOL  Elective - Art Explosion - Requirement 3g Create an original logo or design.  Transfer the design onto a T-shirt, hat, or other object.. (Gift for mom or Dad)

Obedient Paper Ball

*Making this obedient paper ball helps the boys become INVOLVED in learning the rules rather than just listening to an adult tell them the rules.
Materials Needed: Print out a copy of the Strips Pattern for each boy on cardstock, Two craft brad fasteners for each boy, scissors, round hole punch.
Here is the Link to print off the pattern of strips with/without rules (Strips Pattern). 
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0revQcSgs4OMlpGem9WbmsyNWcDirections:
1) Print off the Strips Pattern onto to cardstock paper.  *Note you do not have to use white cardstock paper it can be a different color to add interest.
2) Make up and write down your own rules on the blank strips (optional)

3) Cut the strips. I used 10 strips to make the Obedient Paper Ball.
4) Using a round hole punch, punch holes at both ends of each strip.

5) Stack the strips and put a Craft Brat Fastener through all the holes on one end of the stack of strips.  Repeat for the other end of the stack of strips.

 

 

 
6) Carefully pull the strips one by one away from each other until the ends bow in and it starts to form a ball.

7) This is what is should look like when you are done.

POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF.
Tiger Adventure - Games Tigers Play - Requirement 1b
Listen carefully to your leader while the rules are being explained, and follow directions when playing.
Tiger Elective Adventure - Tiger Tag - Requirement 3With your adult partner, select an active outside game that you could play with the members of your den.  Talk about your game at the den meeting.  With your den, decide on a game to play.
Tiger Elective Adventure - Tiger Tag - Requirement 4
Play the game that your den has chosen.  After the game, discuss with your den leader the meaning of being a good sport.
Wolf Adventure - Running With the Pack - Requirement 4Play a sport or game with your den or family, and show good sportsmanship.
Wolf Elective Adventure - Paws of Skill - Requirement 4
With your family or your den, talk about what it means to be a member of a team. Working together, make a list of team sports, and talk about how the team works together to be successful.  Choose one and play for 30 minutes.
 Wolf Elective Adventure - Paws of Skill - Requirement 5With your den, talk about sportsmanship and what it means to be a good sport while playing a game or a sport.  Share with your den how you were a good sport or demonstrated good sportsmanship in requirement 4.
Bear Adventure: - Grin and Bear it - Requirement 1
Play a challenge game or initiative game with the members of your den.  Take part in a reflection after the game.
Bear Elective Adventure: - Marble Madness - Requirement 6Create your own game using marbles, and design rules for playing the game.  Share the game you created with your den, family, or friends.  Explain the rules and how to play the game.
Dodge Ball With Lots of Small Bouncy Balls

Dodge Ball - The perfect TIME FILLER!  Buy 6 to 10 SMALL bouncy balls; the more the merry, plus the games go quicker giving everyone more opportunity to play. (You can purchase the balls in grocery stores (toy section) and discount department stores isles. They cost anywhere from $1 to $2).  They are light, easy to throw, and usually do not hurt when they hit their intended target.TEAM DODGE BALL RULES: Split the boys into two teams and draw a line, using rope, tape or whatever down the middle of the room.  Have them try to hit the team members of the opposing team. Once someone is hit, they walk to the sidelines and sit down(You want them out of the way so they do not get tripped on).  Play until all of the members of one team are out. The team that has players still standing wins.  You can also play DODGE BALL ELIMINATION.  Everyone is for them self, following the same rules.  Last person, standing, wins. 

POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF.
Tiger Adventure - Games Tigers Play - Requirement 1aPlay two initiative or team building games with the members of your den.
Tiger Adventure - Games Tigers Play - Requirement 1b

Listen carefully to your leader while the rules are being explained, and follow directions when playing.
Tiger Adventure - Games Tigers Play - Requirement 2
Make up a game with the members of your den.
Tiger Elective Adventure - Tiger-iffic! - Requirement 5With other members of your den, invent a game, OR change the rules of a game you know, and play the game.
Tiger Elective Adventure - Tiger-iffic! - Requirement 6
Play a team game with your den.
Tiger Elective Adventure - Tiger Tag - Requirement 3With your adult partner, select an active outside game that you could play with the members of your den.  Talk about your game at the den meeting.  With your den, decide on a game to play.
Tiger Elective Adventure - Tiger Tag - Requirement 4
Play the game that your den has chosen.  After the game, discuss with your den leader the meaning of being a good sport.
Wolf Adventure - Running With the Pack - Requirement 4Play a sport or game with your den or family, and show good sportsmanship.
Wolf Elective Adventure - Air of the Wolf - Requirement 1ciii
Bounce a basketball that doesn't have enough air in it.  Then bounce it when it has the right amount of air in it.  Do each one 10 times.  Describe how the ball bounces differently when the amount of air changes.
Wolf Elective Adventure - Paws of Skill - Requirement 4
With your family or your den, talk about what it means to be a member of a team. Working together, make a list of team sports, and talk about how the team works together to be successful.  Choose one and play for 30 minutes.
 Wolf Elective Adventure - Paws of Skill - Requirement 5With your den, talk about sportsmanship and what it means to be a good sport while playing a game or a sport.  Share with your den how you were a good sport or demonstrated good sportsmanship in requirement 4.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Castaway - Requirement 2c
With your den, invent a game that can be played without using electricity and using minimal equipment or simple items.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Castaway - Requirement 2d
Name your game, write down the rules once you have decided on them, then play the game at two different den meetings or outings. Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Castaway - Requirement 2eTeach your game to the members of your pack or other Scouts.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Sportsman - Requirement 2
While you are a Webelos Scout, participate in two individual sports.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Sportsman - Requirement 3
While you are a Webelos Scout, play two team sports.

Audience Participation/Game Idea
LINE 'EM UP
Materials: Ball to toss or, if outside, water balloons. Divide the group into two teams of equal ability. Line up each team parallel to the other, with each player standing 2 feet from the player beside him. A player on one side tosses a ball to the matching player on the other side, who then tosses it to the next player in line on the first side. Continue until a player misses. That player retires from the game, and the game continues.
*For an added challenge, when one round is complete, both teams move back one step and start the game again.
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Tiger Adventure - Games Tigers Play - Requirement 1aPlay two initiative or team building games with the members of your den.
Tiger Adventure - Games Tigers Play - Requirement 1b

Listen carefully to your leader while the rules are being explained, and follow directions when playing.
Tiger Adventure - Games Tigers Play - Requirement 1c
At the end of the game, talk with the leader about what you learned when you played the game.  Tell how you helped the den by playing your part.
Tiger Elective Adventure - Tiger-iffic! - Requirement 6
Play a team game with your den.
Tiger Elective Adventure - Tiger Tag - Requirement 3With your adult partner, select an active outside game that you could play with the members of your den.  Talk about your game at the den meeting.  With your den, decide on a game to play. (You could used water balloons when passing off this requirement)
Tiger Elective Adventure - Tiger Tag - Requirement 4
Play the game that your den has chosen.  After the game, discuss with your den leader the meaning of being a good sport.
Wolf Adventure - Running With the Pack - Requirement 1Play catch with someone in your den or family who is standing 10 steps away from you.  Play until you can throw and catch successfully at this distance.  Take a step back, and see if you can improve your throwing and catching ability.
Bear Adventure: - Grin and Bear it - Requirement 1Play a challenge game or initiative game with the members of your den.  Take part in a reflection after the game.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Castaway - Requirement 2cWith your den, invent a game that can be played without using electricity and using minimal equipment or simple items.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Castaway - Requirement 2d
Name your game, write down the rules once you have decided on them, then play the game at two different den meetings or outings. Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure - Castaway - Requirement 2eTeach your game to the members of your pack or other Scouts.


 'Thank You' Treat Ideas for Leaders Shared at AM Round Table
  


AW: Your work is AWsome!
Gummy Bears:
 You are Beary helpful!
Drinking cup:
 I sip from the cup of your knowledge!
Bag of Nuts: We're nuts about you!
Fish Crackers:
 You're o-fish-ally the best!
100 Grand Candy Bar:
You're worth 100 Grand!
Mr. Goodbar: You always do such a Good job!
Mounds Candy Bar:
 You're mounds of help!
Skor Candy Bar:
 We skored when we got you as a leader!

Cheers for May 2016  Bear Applause: Growl like a bear and turn a quarter turn.  Repeat the growl, turning a quarter turn each time until you come full circle.
Moose Cheer:
 Put your thumbs in your ears and wiggle your fingers.
Bobcat Applause:
 Stand and give a loud roar three times.

Cheers for June 2016 Relay Applause: Start at one end of each row or section. The leader claps the hand of the person next to him and so on.Bowling: Pretend to hold a ball, start swing while taking three steps, roll ball down the lane, and wait for a count of five.  Jump and cheer for a strike. Yell, "Strike!"Baseball Cheer: "Hey, batter-batter-batter! Hey, batter-batter-batter! Swwwwiiiiinggggg, batter!"

Opening Brain Teaser Answer: 19 Squares

This article is posted from the San Tan District Cub Scout Roundtable blog.  You can find it here.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Akela's Council Helped Fix My Pack

This blog post is on "The Voice of Scouting" and can be found here... 
https://voiceofscouting.org/akelas-council-helped-fix-pack


My son entered Cub Scouts through a Tiger Den in 2010. The Pack is a traditional pack chartered at his elementary school. Long before his enrollment, I had been leading a small Girl Scout troop and struggling. I had my own daughter, who is on the Autism spectrum, and only 3 other girls, only one of whom showed up on a regular basis. I had remembered Scouts as being the best thing I had done in my youth, but the program had changed, and direction and training was lacking.
From the beginning, my son asked if I would be his den leader. Because of the stress of the Girl Scout troop, my husband said no. So I left them to attend Scouts on their own. In March of 2011, my husband came home from the den meeting and announced that he signed us up to be leaders for the Tiger den as no one had stepped up to do it. I joke that it was pretty much the last time I saw him. I had never been to a meeting, never had brothers and was quite the fish out of water. Cub Scouting was completely different than Girl Scouts!

We had a nice pack, but over the years lack of parent involvement had really dragged on a lot of the leadership. The Committee composition was just den leaders…everyone carried more than one job. On top of that, it didn’t function as it should. Our first Committee Chair quit suddenly and moved to a different school. Several people quickly rotated through the Cubmaster position. Enrollment dropped. Those who were enrolled, were made up of very high energy children. Pack meetings became very stressful and chaotic.
The Pack had a habit of planning meetings only one week before, and frankly, they were boring. Parents sat in the back on their phones and let their kids run amuck. When the next Cubmaster and Committee Chair resigned, I jumped into the position. I had wanted to do more and try to get the pack back on track. We had lousy popcorn sales (we were 100% self-funded), lousy attendance and a dull program.




Akela’s Council Cubmaster at opening ceremony

I had done a lot of google searches and came across the Akela’s Council blog. At first, I just liked the ideas. When our Council held their first PowWow training after many years, I enrolled. A few of the classes were helpful, but the Council also had issues with volunteering and had to cut and condense a few of the classes that I wanted to take. This is when I first heard of LDS programming and realized that there were some differences.
I went searching for more information on things that were mentioned. This is when I found the Article about Akela’s Council Training. I was determined to go. I attended AC 30 in July of 2014. It was a quite the drive from Lincoln, NE to Tifie Scout Camp in Utah, but I was up for the challenge.

I was nervous attending this training with no one I knew. What happened, though, was a deep kinship with those who attended. We attended classes, watched skits presenting material, prepared special projects, and participated like any cub scout would in the numerous activities. Although lack of sleep was common, lack of warmth and community was not. Even though I was the only non-LDS member and didn’t work in an LDS unit, this was not an issue. There were very few segments that didn’t pertain to my traditional unit.


Sadly, the days flew by. I cannot remember a time when I had more fun or developed deeper friendships in such a short span of time. I left teary, but with a new energy for leading.
My Committee supported me, but was doubtful one training could make any difference. I laid out what I was going to be doing at Pack meetings. My husband thought most were hokey, but I was determined. I had some fear of standing in front of people making a fool out of myself, but the boys ate it up! I had to be creative in how to decorate with our space, but I’ve made it work. There is still a lot of things presented at AC30 that I want to implement and am slowly adding to the Pack. At my last Boy Talk in the fall, I not only had a large interest from boys, but the girls wanted to join as well!
Our enrollment since AC30 has doubled, as has our Committee size. Parent involvement is improving. The majority of boys attend every meeting, every outing, every Council sponsored event. Our Popcorn sales have been phenomenal. We still have a ways to go, but instead of “we can’t” the attitude is “how can we”. I believe this is all a result of my attending AC and finding my passion. In fact, when my son crossed over to Boy Scouts, I stayed on as Cubmaster.
Recently, I became the Registrar through my Council. The training has helped me tremendously in that respect as well. I see many newly appointed leaders come in bewildered. I have great working knowledge of how an LDS Pack functions, and have great resources to direct new leaders to. Of course, I also direct them to Akela’s Council!
Do your boys a favor, do not hesitate to attend Akela’s Council. I wish I had done it years ago!


Jamalee Scaggs
Jamalee is a Cubmaster in Lincoln, Nebraska and is registrar for the Cornhusker Council. She is the proud mother of 2; Tahlia, a Cadette Girl Scout, and Julian, a Boy Scout about to complete his Tenderfoot Rank. She says: "Akela's Council is definitely the highlight of my Scouting career thus far!"

Monday, February 29, 2016

Generations of Cub Scouting and Akela’s Council



This post was copied from the Blog of the Utah National Parks Council. 
To see the blog post, CLICK HERE 

Cub Scouting has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. I watched my mother lead my younger brother’s den, train countless other leaders in our district and council, and travel all over the state while on council business. We even took a family vacation to Philmont Scout Ranch one summer so she could attend training there. She believed that every boy deserved a well-trained leader and took the time to attend Wood Badge and earn her beads. Because of her hard work and years of service, she has received several awards, including the Silver Beaver, and was recognized as one of the Influential Women in Scouting in the Utah National Park Council.
Akelas Council LogoNot long after I began my own Cub Scouting adventures as an assistant Cubmaster, my mom strongly recommended that I go to Akela’s Council. She was a participant in 1992 and loved it. She knew that any Cub Scout leader, new or experienced, would come away from Akela’s Council with new ideas and a recharged attitude towards the program.
I finally decided to go in the summer of 2011 for Course 27 and it seemed like the universe was against me. I was nervous about leaving my 22 month old daughter for a week, my husband was going to be overseas with the military, and just after I registered and paid I found out that my stake was not going to be reimbursing me for part of the cost. I almost gave up on going to Akela’s Council.
Thankfully, my mom, my prime example in Cub Scouts, came to my rescue. She reaffirmed that my daughter would have an amazing time staying with Grandma and Grandpa and even offered to help pay. My husband, who supports my work in Cub Scouts without blinking an eye, told me that I needed to go and that everything would be okay, even if he was so far away. I was also blessed that two staff members for my course worked to get me a scholarship to help pay for the course.

The morning that I drove up the mountain to Tifie Scout Camp, I was so nervous, but I knew that I needed to be at Akela’s Council. When I arrived I was given a bag, a binder, and told I would be in the Cheyenne Den and our color was purple. I looked down at my wrist and smiled at my new purple watch that I had purchased just for Akela’s Council. Before heading to the opening ceremony with the other participants I called my mom to let her know I was there safely. When I told her what den I was in, she gave an excited gasp and told me that she was a Cheyenne too!
That week was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. The presentations and activities were fun and informative. I picked up some great ideas to bring back to my Pack and set some goals to improve my own work as an assistant Cubmaster. I saw and experienced first-hand what my mom had talked about for years. She was on my mind a lot that week and I was thrilled to be able to share those experiences with her. I finally started to see why she loved the Cub Scout program so much and did all she could to make sure her boys had an excited, enthusiastic, and trained leader.

A few years later I had the chance to be on staff for Akela’s Council 31 in 2015 and found another connection for my mom and me. The year I was a participant, my den leader explained that he had made one of the displays that is used as part of the course every year. While going through the supplies and other things needed for course that year, I found the original display that my den leader had fashioned his after. Stamped on the back was a note that it had been handmade by my mother’s den leader many years before.
I am now the Cubmaster of my Pack and have been on Akela’s Council staff twice and am looking forward to my third experience this fall, this time as the Cheyenne Den Leader. I know that I could not have been as successful as I have been without the amazing example of my mother and the invaluable experiences gained as an Akela’s Council participant and staff member. I would encourage any Cub Scout leader who wants to feel more prepared for Den Meeting, Pack Meeting or as a Committee Member to take advantage of the amazing resources available at Akela’s Council. You will come away with countless new ideas for your boys to enjoy and be more able to help your Pack grow in whatever capacity you serve.

For more information, go to AkelasCouncil.com

Online Registration Is Now Open!!  


Christa Adjusted PicAuthor: Christa Twitchell | serves as Cubmaster in Pack 922 chartered by the LDS Spring Creek Eighth Ward, Springville Spring Creek Stake. She is serving on staff for Akela’s Council this year

Monday, February 22, 2016

We're All In - Stephen W. Owen, YM General President, Inspires Scouters


This blog post is on "The Blog of the Utah National Parks Council" and can be found here... 
http://blog.utahscouts.org/venturing/lds-general-ym-pres-on-scouting-were-all-in/

Stephen W. Owen, General Young Men President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke Saturday at the 2016 University of Scouting, telling attendees that having young men and mentors come together is what Scouting is all about.
Brother Owen gave the keynote address at the event held February 18 at the Utah Valley University Institute Building and addressed his comments to Scouters in the Utah National Parks Council. He spoke fondly of his own Scouting experiences and said the thing that mattered most to him as a Scout were the associations he had with other boys and his leaders.
Brother Owen went on to encourage leaders to keep the real purpose of Scouting in mind:
In the Book of Mormon, Nephi is commanded to build a ship. There’s a lot that went into it and I’m not going to go into the whole story, but if we are not thinking clearly and not looking at the right purpose, we may think that building the ship was the goal.
Do you know what it really was? The real goal was to build the ship to get to the Promise Land. I want you to think of Scouting in that regard. When we think of Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Scouting is not ‘it’, Scouting is not ‘the goal’, it’s not ‘the purpose’, it’s only part of the vehicle that helps us to the, so called, Promise Land.
We understand the purpose of the Aaronic Priesthood, we understand the purpose of the Church and the need in trying to help our young men. We look at it as between the ages of eight and eighteen, what does a boy need to be when he turns eighteen? What does he need to become? We know that we want them to become a Melchizedek Priesthood holder, not just to stay as an Aaronic Priesthood holder. Become a Melchizedek Priesthood holder, endowed in the temple, serve a mission and become a husband and a father. All these wonderful things that come their way in the future are for them, the promise land.
He also addressed the 103-year relationship between the Church and the Boy Scouts of America, referring to the new adult leadership resolution passed by the BSA and statements given from the Church in the past few months that caused concern among many members of both organizations.
Many have expressed concern at the phrase “At this time” in the Church’s statement. Brother Owen said, “‘At this time…,’ that’s a fair and accurate statement. At this time, we as the Young Men General Presidency are in. We need to understand that President Thomas S. Monson is our prophet and when he makes a statement, that’s what we do and we are grateful for that.”
“I love Scouting and I know all of you do. Let’s move forward. Let’s not sit in idle, let’s not sit on the sidelines and worry about it. Let’s move forward and keep going.”

Author: Stephen W. Owen | General Young Men President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.