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Scouting (Boys) Are you a den or troop leader, or an involved parent? Looking for help with meetings, crafts, ideas for outings? Ask your questions here!

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Old 03-23-2007, 07:22 PM
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Need Ideas for Wolf Scouts

My son is 8 and in Wolf Cub Scouts. His den leader is a great guy but really does not know what he is doing. He will be the first to admit this. We are looking for fun things for the boys todo while earning thier arrow points also.
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Old 03-24-2007, 03:15 AM
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Kimmer, everyone has the Wolf handbook, right? Have them pick one of the topics and just jump in. They can do some of them as a troop and have the boys work on others with their families.

The activities in each handbook are selected with boys that age in mind. If you're in Scouts long enough you will see that Wolves do certain things that are for that age, Bears do other things that are for their age, and so on.

I hope some of the folks here who have boys in Cub Scouts right now can share specific activities that the boys have enjoyed.
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Old 03-24-2007, 05:05 AM
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Yes they all have books. They started with 9 boys in the den, and we are now down to 5. Of the 4 that are gone only one left because of transportation problems, and the other 3 left because it was boring. Of the 5 that are left 3 of the boys are really into earning their electives, just at the last pack meeting they earned a gold and 2 silver arrow heads. But these 3 do things with parents also. The other two only do things at meetings. What the den leaders wife and myself are trying to figure out is fun things for the boys todo also. They have a great time going outside of the meeting place. We went to the fire department for one meeting and loved that. One of the boys fathers was a fireman with that department and I also have 3 brothers that are in the same department. Next week we are taking the boys bowling just because it has been a hard winter. They are going to visit a nursery since they have just worked on the plant elective. We are also trying to figure out when to take them to a local place that has hiking and maple sugering.

I think that what my question is does anyone have any fun ways for them to earn their electives. So that they are not just sitting there doing them. Because these boys are great for being in a group at their age. They all sit there and listen and behave very well.
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Old 03-24-2007, 05:47 AM
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The trips you are planning sound great especially since you have a small group and they are well-behaved.

I remember my son went on a scout trip to the sewage treatment plant in town (ewwww). I don't remember what age that was--Wolf or Bear--but it was one of those younger years.

Can they do some kind of small community service projects as they earn their points? Our Cubs do some grounds-cleanup (with their parents) at the church that sponsors them.
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Here are a couple of web sites that might be helpful to you. They were for us.

http://spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov/en/ki...dex.shtml#bear

http://usscouts.org/start.asp
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Old 03-25-2007, 12:30 PM
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Hi--You can try calling your Distrect Executive or Unit Commisioner. They can help you .
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Old 03-31-2007, 09:18 AM
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Check with your sponsor. At the school we had our meetings at we would do a grounds clean up. Also check with your local newspaper office and the TV station in your area and see if you can take a tour. We also did craft projects like making different tie slides for their neckerchiefs.
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Old 03-31-2007, 11:54 AM
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Hi, I am a Bear Leader this yr! I have moved up with my son from Tigers, wolves, and now bears!!

I dont have alot of time right now..but Im subbed to this thread now so I will be back!!
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:59 AM
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Arts and crafts are always fun, and some of them count for more than one thing. Like if you make a pet rock, that should count towards an arrow point and I think the Geology academic pin as well. With our Wolves last year, we met at the community building of a civic association, and they had a park right outside. We'd play basketball, do hopscotch or obstacle courses, take mini "nature" walks and look for ants or bugs or birds, and a few times we picked up trash at the park- which counts for several things.

Here in Houston, we have Scout Fair this month at Reliant Arena. It is HUGE. Different packs and dens have booths where you can do fun things. At last year's Scout Fair, my son earned three belt loops, and he could have earned more than that. The Boy Scout Troops have bigger exhibits outside- mostly making campsite food and drinks. We took money to buy snacks, but we didn't need to- we were full from all the stew, biscuits, jerky, chicken noodle soup, bug juice, and homemade root beer the Boy Scouts made!!
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Old 04-10-2007, 07:18 PM
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I know alot of places in the community will do activitys with the boys!

We have went to the pet store and like Giant Eagle.
We have went swimming, bowling, candy factory, bakerys
there is sooo many places!!

PLEAE ASK Or let me know certain things you may need help with I can help!!
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