Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Monthly Theme: Happy Birthday BSA!

It's time to celebrate with a big birthday bash: the Boy Scouts of America is 100 years old this year. Learn the history of how Scouting came to the United States. Find out about those who have given us this great Scouting legacy, such as Daniel Carter Beard, James W. West, Ernest Thompson Seton, Waite Phillips and W.D.Boyce. Let's play birthday games, make party decorations, and have birthday cake for our Blue & Gold Banquet.

Some of the purposes of Cub Scouting through this month's theme include:
Preparation for Boy Scouting. Learning about the history of Scouting helps Cub Scouts prepare for their next adventures as Boy Scouts.
Citizenship. Boys learn about the character of those who started the Scouting movement.
The core values highlighted this month are:

Honesty. Cub Scouts learn that when they are true and honest with themselves, being true and honest with others will quickly follow.
Faith. With family guidance Cub Scouts develop in their own faith.

Character Connections - Honesty

In the Pack: Explain Honesty and the activity. Do the same activity with 3-5 family members. Encourage families to continue activity at home to instill value at home.

In the Den: Know: Webster says: (noun) Integrity; truthfulness; sincerity; free from deception; trustworthy.

Practice: At beginning of each meeting this month, ask: “who had a situation this week where it was a challenge to be honest?” Boys share what happened. Have “Honesty Under Pressure” awards ready to hand out to all boys in den. Each week will probably increase. Boys will want to earn the award.

Commit: Boys fill out journaling page, committing to what they have learned about being honest.

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