Check out these Electives in Chapter 4:
4A: Pie-tin Washer toss
4B: Marble Sharpshooter
4C: Ring Toss
4D: Beanbag Toss
4F: Wide area game with your den or pack
Electives in Chapter 17 are about Tying it Right. Specifically Elective 17C: Wrap and Tie a Present. It's another easy Arrow Point to grab since you are probably having your scout help wrap a few gifts for brother and sister or grandma and grandpa. Snatch up this elective as your scout helps you prepare for Christmas or birthdays.
The other goor deal I found was the scratchable dinosaur stickers. Each pack came with 10 stickers and 1 scratching tool. You'll need more wooden tools for multiple boys. I can't wait for April!
- collecting food for a food bank or local family
- baking cookies for your local police and fire departments
- making cards for sick children or residents of a nursing home
- visiting a nursing home
- collecting toys or adopting a family at Christmas
- helping with Operation Christmas Child http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/
- serving food at a church sponsored event for those less fortunate this holiday season
These are just a few ideas for service projects. The holidays makes it easy to learn about serving and thinking about others first.
This month has so many possibilities! Thanksgiving brings opportunity to teach a grace song Elective 11E. We are learning the We Will Rock You grace (found at www.boyscouttrail.com). Also check out Requirements 8A-E all of the food and cooking requirements. There are also Citizenship Belt Loop requirements for participating in a service project.
We found Kindness Coins at www.orientaltrading.com and have had the boys give out kindness coins for the last couple of weeks to people who have been kind to them. Teachers, friends, people at the grocery store. They've had fun giving away their coins to those who have been helpful and kind to them.
In thinking about all the events that are going on this month, there are lots of ways to tie them into the Wolf den program.
Elective 6A~ Go to the Library and get a library card
Elective 6B~ Choose a book
Requirement 10D~ Read a book with your family
Elective 6C~ Make a book cover
Don't know what to use for your book cover paper? How about old wrapping paper that is turned backwards giving you a white cover? Or you can buy brown butcher paper rolls at your local office supply store. We plan on precutting the paper before the meeting.
I have to say, I was pretty impressed at the extent of their collection. Cars that were tiny, cars that raced, cars with 3 wheels, cars that went in the water. Yes, they had amphibian cars! Cars
made out of wood, fiberglass, stainless steel. Motorcycles with one wheel, motor cycles with rotary engines. Cars that were pedal powered, cars that looked like planes, cars with wings and planes that could fit in your garage. Fast cars, slow cars, old cars, new cars. This is beginning to sound like a Dr. Seuss story!
It really was very impressive. On this particular day, they had tours of the basement collection. More fun stuff going on down there. We really got to see some very cool, very unique vehicles. Although I do have to say that I certainly have an new appreciation from my more modern car. Safety items, good gas milage and a little more power!
Definately a fun place to look into for your collecting belt loop qualification of visiting a museum and seeing a collection.
To find a car museum near you, visit the National Association of Automobile Museums website http://www.naam.museum/
Here are a few of our favorites:
We had some Tiger cubs tagging along so we started singing the "We are Tigers" from the Frosted Flakes commercial with Tony the Tiger. They really seemed to think that was awesome. We sang that twice and added a growl at the end. The thing is, you can adapt that to Wolves just as easily..."We are Wolf cubs, mighty, mighty Wolf cubs."
Repeat after me songs seem to work best with my Wolves, and its something they can do as they walk to keep them up with the group and not falling behind.
*Fishing Belt Loop
Review local fishing regulations Wolf Elective 19D
Demonstrate how to bait a hook Wolf Elective 19B
Try to catch a fish Wolf Elective 19C
Sports Belt Loops… most can be done in Wolf Elective 20’s
*Collecting Belt Loop
Wolf Requirement 6B~ Make a Collection
Wolf Requirement 6C~ Share your Collection
*visit a museum to complete your Collecting Belt Loop!
*Computer Belt Loop
Explain CPU, Modem, Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor and Printer~ Wolf Elective 21C (Computer mouse/CD-ROM)
Show how to Start Up and Shut Down a computer
Wolf Elective 21B~ use a program to write a report
*Citizenship belt loop
Develop a list of things you can do at home (Wolf Requirement 4E)
Make a poster of things you can do to be a good citizen
Participate in a service related project (food drive)
To earn Citizenship Pin…
Go with parents to vote (Nov 4th)
Participate in a parade (December Christmas Parade)
List ways you can recycle (Wolf Requirement 7E)
Conduct a home energy audit (Wolf Requirement 7F)
Create a collage about America (American ABC’s theme in Feb)
- Discuss with your leader the importance of Leave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines
- On 3 seperate outings, practice frontcountry guidelines of Leave No Trace
- Complete Requirement 7 "Your Living World"
- Participate in a Leave No Trace related service project
- Promise to practice the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines by signing the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge
- Draw a poster to illustrate the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines and display it at a pack meeting.
All of our crafts will be done with a Pirate theme this month. We did a demonstration for the boys to show them how the stories had to include each of the items in the bag and they had a blast. Many of the parents stopped me on the way out and said that thier son's were already working on their stories in the car!
We included the following items to be included in the stories:
Gold and Silver or coins
Remember: To Err is Human, to Arr is Pirate!
I found an alternate invisible ink source. You can use baking soda and water as your "ink". 1 part baking soda to 2 parts water. The baking soda and water don't mix well, so you will need to stir with each dip in your "ink". To make your message appear, use concentrated grape juice. The grape juice reacts with the baking soda to create a chemical reaction and turns the secret message a different color. This works great and you don't have to worry about your cubs accidentally burning the house down.
You can use Q tips to apply both the secret message and the grape juice.
Note: Don't let the boys get carried away with the grape juice. The wetter it gets, the more the message smears. But if they do a quick swipe with the juice, the message appears with no problems.
Boy's Life is having it's annual Reading Contest. Details are below. This is a great way to incorporate the October theme of "Adventures in Books". You can also use this activity to work in the electives on Computers and also the Computer Belt Loop!
Wolf Elective 21B Write a Report
Computer Belt Loop:
- Explain these parts of a computer :CPU, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, modem and printer. Satisfies Wolf Elective 21C Tell what a mouse is and discribe how a CD ROM is used.
- Demonstrate how to start up and shut down a computer properly.
- Use your computer to print a report.
Say Yes to Reading Contest:
- Write a one page report no more than 500 words on the best book you read this year
- Fiction or non fiction
- Select your age group: ages 8 and under, ages 9-10, 11 years or older
Everyone who enters gets a free patch! First place winners in each catagory get a $100 gift certificate for the Boy Scouts official retail catalog, 2nd place winners get a $75 gift certificate and 3rd place winners get a $50 gift certificate.
Include your name, age and grade in school on your report.
Mail your report along with a business sized SASE to:
Boys Life Reading Contest
P.O. Box 152079
Irvine, TX 75015-2079
We added blue and gold feathers and our boys and parents have already started adding more embellishments to our flag and flag pole to make it their own! Our flag pole also carries our den doodle, so there are lots of strings and beads hanging off our flag! This was a super fun project and the kids love our flag.
On the back of our flag, we have a second flag with the Cub Scout Patch and foot prints of our Sprouts. We incorporate our Sprouts in all of our activities and they are thrilled to be included with thier own flag.
- Wolf Elective 7C make a pair of Buddy Racers
- Wolf Requirement 5C Screws and Screwdrivers
- Wolf Requirement 5D Hammer and Nails
I recently ran across a program that is perfect for the Collecting Belt Loop and the Wolf Den Collecting Requirements in section 6.
Topps, Upper Deck, Major League Baseball and others, have started an organization called Baseball Card Clubhouse. Participating stores will give your scouts a free Baseball Card Collectors kit with baseball cards and a baseball card collecting patch!
- Wolf Requirement 6B Make a collection of 10 things and put them together in a neat way.
- If they show and explain their collection to someone else, that satisfies the Wolf Requirement 6C.
Collecting Belt Loop:
- Begin a collection of at least 10 items, title and label your collection.
- Display your collection at a den or pack meeting.
- Visit a show or museum that displays different collections.
For more information or to find a participating store near you, visit www.baseballcardclubhouse.com
Password is SCOUTING (in all capital letters)
Supplies needed to make Slime:
Bowl number 1:
- 4 oz of Elmer's Glue
- 4 oz of water
- food coloring of your choice
Bowl number 2:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tsp of *Borax powder
Mix the Elmer's with the water. Then in a separate bowl mix the water and the Borax powder. When the Borax is dissolved, slowly add the Borax mixture to the glue mixture, stirring constantly. You will see the slime start to come together. Remove the slime from the remaining water and kneed the slime until it is firm and consistent. Throw away the remaining water.
Store your new slime in a tight container or zip lock bag. The fun of putting the slime in a container is that if the slime is the same size as the container, it will make farting sounds as you push it in with your fingers... what boy doesn't want that?
Be sure to refrigerate your slime when done. Do not eat of ingest your slime.
*Borax is a laundry booster. If you don't already have some at home, you'll find it in the laundry aisle at the supermarket.
- Complete a family service chartlisting all chores and the family member assigned to each job. The family decides how often to rotate jobs on the chart. Wolf Requirement 4E
- Get a plant or pet and teach your child how to take care of the of it. Discuss with your child how the plant or pet depends on its owner. It takes a lor of work to be responsible for living things. Wolf Elective 15C (plants) Wolf Elective 14A (pets)
- Let children pick their favorite meals or snacks and help prepare them and clean up. Wolf Requirement 8B (plan the meals that your family should have for one day), Wolf Requirement 8C (help fix at least one meal for your family), Wolf Requirement 8D (fix your own breakfast) and Wolf Requirement 8E (with an adult, help to plan, prepare, and cook and outdoor meal).
Most of these are requirements that you'll be doing already, so go ahead and work them into your BSA Family Award!
To earn the Citizenship Belt Loop:
- Develop a list of things that you can at home (Wolf Requirement 4E)
- Make a poster of things that you can do to be a good citizen.
- Participate in a service related project. (Pack Food Drive, etc)
To earn the Citizenship Pin:
- Go with parents to vote (November)
- Participate in a parade (Pack activity)
- List ways that you can recycle (Wolf Requirement 7E)
- Conduct a home energy audit (Wolf Requirement 7F)
- Create a collage about America (American ABC's in Feb)
From the BSA Family Workbook: The purpose is to help each family member cope with the pain and confusion of the death of a family member or loved one, and to understand that each person does not deal with grief in the same way.
- Plant a tree or perennial flower in memory of a deceased loved one. Wolf Elective 15B Plant and raise a flower bed, Beautification Scout Award
- Look through old family photographs. Look for pictures of relatives who have died and talk about them. How did they die? How old were they? How were they related to you? What do you remember about them? Heritage Pin
- Learn about Memorial Day. As a family, do an activity to commemorate Memorial Day. Flag Placement Ceremony
I would encourage you to work on the Master Angler Patch with your Cub Scout.
http://wolfden126.blogspot.com/search/label/Belt%20Loop%20Fishing for the qualifications. FLW has said that if they don't catch a fish that's ok. You can just provide a picture of them trying to fish. After all that's why it's called "Fishing" and not "Catching"!
1. Draw a poster that shows and explains the water cycle. There is a great resource on the KidZone website http://www.kidzone.ws/WATER/index.html
2. Set up a simple weather station to record rainfall, temperature, air pressure, or evaporation for one week. Check out the Franklin Institutes web site http://www.fi.edu/weather/todo/todo.html for instructions on how to make a weather journal, barometer, hygrometer, rain gauge, weather vane and compass.
3. Watch the weather forecast on your local news.
This was a fun activity for the boys and doing some of the experiments that are on these websites really helped demonstrate the water cycle.
Osprey Packs Sprint Series Kid's Reading and Writing ContestOsprey is proud to offer our legendary custom fit in packs specifically designed for kids, the Sprint Series. We consider the opportunity to offer great packs to kids much more than a sale; it is an opportunity to foster stewardship of and passion for the wild places left on our planet. With our children's help we can truly save our natural environment for generations to come.
In that spirit, Osprey is seeking great writing that highlights kid's very best adventures with a pack and demonstrates an understanding of the Principles of Leave No Trace - a key component in preserving our wild places. We are a proud partner of Leave No Trace and you'll find their seven principles screened inside all our packs - including the Sprint Series.
First, visit the Leave No Trace website and read-up on the seven principles of Leave no Trace.http://www.lnt.org/programs/principles.php
You must be 6 -16 years of age to enter. NO GROWN-UPS! In 250-500 words, tell us about a place you have hiked or backpacked that was especially memorable for you. Why is it special to you? Did you have a special encounter with an animal? Mother Nature? Was the area threatened? Was it well taken care of? Last but NOT least, pick one of the Leave No Trace principles and tell us how you applied it to your adventure. You are also welcome (but not required) to include a photo of yourself.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I WIN?!
Essays will be judged by a panel of wild animals with guidance by your friends at Osprey. All winners will be featured on our website and may be published in future Osprey catalogs.
AHEM - WHAT DO I GET IF I WIN?!
Your choice of any one Osprey backpack from the following series:
Argon & Xenon Series - Backpacking, Men's and Women's Deluxe Custom Fit
Aether & Ariel Series - Backpacking, Men's and Women's Lightweight Custom Fit
Sprint Series - Backpacking, Kid's Deluxe Custom fit
Atmos & Aura Series - Backpacking, Men's and Women's Fit, Ventilated
Kestrel Series - Backpacking and Day Hiking, torso adjustable fit
Stratos Series - Backpacking and Day Hiking, Ventilated
That means you can outfit yourself with a brand new Sprint or if you already have one, get your parents out on the trail with a great fitting Osprey of their own. We'll also throw in a Sprint Series pack towel. Send your entry to email@example.com with the subject "Reading and Writing".
You'll be notified within 30 days if you are a winner. The contest is open until we get every kid out there hiking and leaving no trace!
From the BSA Family Workbook: The purpose of the Trusting activities is to help parents and children understand the importance of others being able to trust them, and discover ways to develop tustworthiness.
1. Set up a simple obsticle course (chairs, tables, boxes, etc.) Wolf Elective 18D. Explain that each child is going to walk through the course while wearing a blindfold. Walk with each child and give directions to guide him throught the course without bumping into anything. "Walk 2 steps forward, take 3 steps to the right." When everyone has finished the course ask "Why did you follow my directions as you went through the obsticle course?" Help children understand that is was because they trusted you. Discuss trust.
2. Play "find the object" game. Have a child leave the room while another family member hides an obeject somewhere in the room. The child come backs and tries to find the object. When the child gets close to it, the family hums, getting louder as the child gets closer, until the object is found. Give everyone a turn to find the object. At the end of the game, make the point that the person looking for the object trusted the people humming to be able to find the object quickly.
3. To illustrate the different ways that children can prove thier trustworthiness, discuss the following situations:
- What if Mom said that you could have one cookie from a whole plate of cookies, and then she left the room. How many would you take?
- What if your friends mom invited you to his surprise birthday party? Would you keep the secret from him? What would happen if you told him?
- What if a neighbor mistakenly gave you a $5 bill instead of a $1 bill as promised for a job you did. What would you do?
- What if a teacher gave you a note to take to the principal during recess, and on the way some friends stopped you and said "we want you on our team. Come and play with us now. We have to hury before recess is over." What would you do?
- What if you accidentally broke a dish and Mom asked "who did it"? What would you do?
- What if Dad gave you money for milk at lunch. You saw a candy machine and wanted to buy a candy bar instead. What would you do?
- What if Dad told you to stay out of his den while he was at work, but you needed to use his pencil sharpener. What would you do?
These are great activities on trusting. Choose one, to complete the Trusting section.