Wednesday, July 22, 2015

PTA Reflections Program is coming up!

Here is this year's theme:

Here is my best attempt at explaining how to enter:

Monday, July 6, 2015

6 year old Mario and Yoshi Birthday Party

Pirahna Plants


Snacks: Fire Power puffs, Bob-Ohm balls, Toad marshmallows, and Yoshi Egg sugar cookies.

Yoshi ball toss

 Gold Coins with Mario & Yoshi Gummi Snacks inside

  Eggs for Yoshi egg hunt and Bob-Ohm decorations

 Firepower throw at the pirahna plants.

 Birthday Boy

 Singing Happy Birthday with snacks in lieu of cake

 Snacks and Sliders for lunch

Mystery Block Piñata

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pokemon Party


 Poke Ball Hunt

 Poke Pizza, Popsicles, and Oreo Poke Balls
 taste better than they look...

Pin the tail on Pikachu
 charmander targets for the squirtle game

 squirtle water balloons, should have been blue I guess
 the hunt

 making poke ball launchers with popsicle sticks and rubber bands

 water balloon targets on the birthday boy's back...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Is your Cub Scout Pack too small for three separate dens? Mine is too!

Three ideas below:
Idea #1 Ask your stake leaders to organize something at the stake level combining more than one ward into one pack.  

Idea #2 Become a Super-Scheduled Pack that combines wolf, bear, and webelos requirements into one den meeting each week. (see sample below or click on tab above  for the super schedule)

Idea #3 Simplify the order that adventures are delivered in so it is simpler for den leaders to teach all three levels at once. (click on the tab above for the simple combined dens)

My ward has been discussing what to do for six months and currently we are still holding three different den meetings with 1 or 2 boys per den.  Hopefully we'll be able to implement one of these ideas soon to improve how boys and leaders are experiencing Cub Scouts.

Super-Schedule for Cub Scouts Sample

Program Year Starting mid-August (LDS Version)

Instructions:  Both den leaders will need all three books for reference.

Meeting 1 Flag Care & Den Spirit Activity
Learn about our flag.  Say the Pledge of Allegiance and learn its meaning, Explain the history of the United States flag. Show how to properly display the flag in public, and help lead a flag ceremony. use patrol method during den meeting, elect a leader, assign den duties, Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that might be part of a Boy Scout troop.  Hold an election to choose the patrol leader. Develop a patrol/den name and emblem (if your den does not already have one), as well as a patrol/den flag and yell. Explain how a name, emblem, flag, and yell create patrol/den spirit.  Make a patrol/den flag
Ø  Wolf Council Fire#1( partial),2(partial)
Ø  Bear Paws for Action #1c
Ø  Arrow of Light Building a Better World #1
Ø  Arrow of Light Scouting Adventure#3a,b,c
Bear homework: display flag 1 month at home
1.     Wolf homework : Participate in a flag ceremony wcf1
Homework: (all boys) earn cyber chip at home
Reminder: Start gathering supplies to make a barometer or assign boys to bring supplies.

Meeting 2 Menu Activity
Plan a balanced dinner to cook for the pack campfire, make a shopping list, have a budget and make a plan for what items the Bears and Webelos will shop for and bring, plan for them to help cook and clean up at the pack campfire.
Plan a sack lunch that would be good for a hike, Webelos will actually prepare and bring this lunch on their hike or something similar they plan at home.  Demonstrate what it means to eat a balanced diet by helping to plan a healthy menu for a meal for your family. Make a shopping list of the food used to prepare the meal.  Continue Den Duties.  Optionally have wolves (Demonstrate what it means to eat a balanced diet by helping to plan a healthy menu for a meal for your family. Make a shopping list of the food used to prepare the meal. )
Ø  Wolf Running with the Pack #6 (optional)
Ø  Bear Necessitites#5 
Ø  Webelos Cast Iron Chef #3
Ø  Webelos Walkabout #4
Homework: Assign Bears and Webelos the shopping for the meal they have planned.
Bear Homework: Help cook a second meal outdoors. (Bear Necessities #6)
Webelos Homework: set a goal to eat healthy food.  Keep a food journal for one week and bring to den meeting next week. (Webelos Cast Iron Chef #2, Faith in God Developing Talents #9)

August Pack Meeting
Webelos help lead a flag ceremony, Wolves participate Arrow of Light Building a Better World #1

Meeting 3 Weather Activity
Recite Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles. Show you are prepared to hike safely by putting together the Cub Scout Six Essentials to take along on your hike.  Discuss the upcoming hike location, how to prepare/how weather might affect preparations by time of year how to prepare for each, what to bring, what will be in the first aid kid, and from photos discuss poisonous plants and animals that might be in the area.
Discuss thermometer, make a barometer. Continue Den Duties. 
Ø  Wolf Call of the Wild #5,7
Ø  Bear Fellowship & Duty to God (Faith in God Serving Others #9, religious knot)
Ø  Bear Necessities #9(part)
Ø  Webelos Cast Iron Chef #2
Ø  Webelos Walkabout #1,2,3
Bear Homework: Take home barometers and keep weather logs 1 week at the same time each day, Bear Necessities #9(part)
Reminder: Webelos turn in food journals from last week.

Meeting 4 Campfire Program Preparation Activity
Discuss two possible ways of communication, using a template-plan a campfire program for the pack campfire.
Plan an original skit to be performed at the pack campfire (topic should be a gospel principle related to the theme for the month).  (Wolves specifically need the original skit, Bear and Webelos can do any additional song or skit if they want to.)
Check the Bear weather logs, Webelos food journals if not already done.
Ø  Wolf Call of the Wild #6
Ø  Wolf Council Fire #2
Ø  Wolf Howl at the Moon#1,2,3
Ø  Bear Fellowship & Duty to God (Developing Talents #3, religious knot)
Ø  Faith in God Serving Others #7
Homework: Webelos memorize Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles and pass off with a parent, In your own words, explain what the Outdoor Code means to you.  report back next week. Webelos Walkabout #5 Arrow of Light Scouting Adventure#1e
Reminder: One month of den duties completed this week
Reminder: Have Committee Chair purchase Whittling Chip Cards

Meeting 5 Skit Preparation Activity
Continue working on skit(s)
Check Bear weather logs if needed, check Webelos memorization.
Ø  Arrow of Light Camper #7
Ø  Faith in God Developing Talents #3
Ø  Wolf Howl at the Moon #3
Ø  Bear Fellowship & Duty to God (work on religious knot)
Ø  Faith in God Serving Others #7

Meeting 6  Primary Program & Practice
After the primary program discuss what you learned from the program and how this helps you do your duty to God, (this can be done on Sunday in primary.)
Ø  Webelos Duty to God and You #2a,b,c
Reminder: boys bring pocket knife to next meeting if they have one.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fun Ways To Learn/Memorize the Scout Law

Below are labels to fold in half and staple on a snack bag full of either trail mix or M&M's.  These can be given as treats to new cub scouts at their orientation, it can be given at a den meeting, on a hike, or at a pack night.  If it is on a hike, the entire law can be memorized during the hike.  Just pick a treat and keep reciting that line until you get to say... the tall tree leaning sideways, or the mossy rock, or the bridge, etc.  Then choose another one.  If they like singing, the points fit to the tunes of Macarena or three blind mice.

Learning and memorizing aren't the same.  I really like the Trustworthy Tommy song which is on the back of these labels because it uses each point of the law in a simple sentence that can be discussed with even the very youngest scouter.  It can explain the meaning of the Scout Law in a basic way that won't be overwhelming to young new boys.  I would go over it once before starting to memorize the law.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

Cub Scout Adventure Requirements and Faith in God

Faith in God Tracking Sheet for Cub scouts
Scout's name:                                                         
See booklet for details on each activity
Earns Religious knot as a Bear
Learning and Living the Gospel                                          Age:
FHE sacrament renewing baptismal covenants

Wolf Duty to God 2.1
Joseph Smith FHE, answers to our prayers

Bear Adventure 1a
Learn to mark scriptures, Holy Ghost

A pack night on reverence
Read Prophets talk, decide how to follow

Webelos Duty to God and You 2.d
Give an opening and closing prayer

Wolf Duty to God 2.4
Tell about faith (Nephi building boat, Jaredites)

Wolf Duty to God 2.2
Read and Discuss the Word of Wisdom

Webelos Cast Iron Chef 2
Prepare a Pedigree chart, tell family history story

Bear Duty to God 1.1
Learn to sing "Choose the Right"

Wolf Duty to God 2.3
Create own learning and living the gospel activity

Visit a temple Wolf Duty to God 1.a
Serving Others
Good Samaritan, plan & complete service proj.

Wolf Council Fire 2.2
Write letter of appreciation to parent or teacher

Bear Grin and Bear it 5
List qualities you like in a person

A pack night on kindness
Plan, prepare, and serve a nutritious meal

Bear Picnic Basket
Entertain young children

Bear Grin and Bear it 3, Webelos Str, F, H 5
Learn/practice manners and courtesy

Pack night on courtesy
Plan and hold a parent child activity

Bear Necessities 6
12th article of faith- good citizen

Bear Paws 2a, more with AOL Building Better World 2
Help with a quarterly primary activity (pack night)

Bear Grin and Bear it 2 and AOL 9
Create your own service activity

Bear Paws for Action 3.2
Developing Talents
Learn to budget and save money

(Tithing) Wolf Coins (budget) AOL Bldng Btr Wrld 5
Sing, play, or lead a song from the Children's Songbook

Bear Necessities 2
Write a poem or short story about gospel creation

Wolf Howling at the moon 2
Bear Nec. 2
Create a piece of art (draw, sculpt, paint, etc.)

Wolf Duty to God 1.b
Bear Claws 3
Visit an art museum or a concert or play

Wolf Collections and hobbies 3
Read about improving study habits

Helping around home/obeying parents

A pack night on obedience
Plan and participate in a month long fitness program

Webelos Stronger, Faster, Higher
Learn/Practice good nutrition, health, grooming

Wolf running with the pack, 6 especially
or a pack night on a scout is clean.
Create your own activity to develop talents

Wolf Paws on the Path 1-6, Wolf Grow
Something, Bear Baloo the Builder
Preparing for the Priesthood
Do as a Webelos/AOL as part of Duty to God and You
Learn about the restoration of the Aaronic priesthood

Learn the purposes of the Aaronic priesthood

Talk with the Deacons quorum presidency

Learn about good education

Read the Family Proclamation to the world

Record your testimony

Memorize and recite the Articles of Faith

12 13

Primary Program for Webelos Duty to God 2 a,b,c?
Memorize Article of faith for Webelos Duty to God and you 2.d?
Record Testimony, read scriptures, pray daily, live My Gospel Standards AOL Duty to God in Action