Friday, July 17, 2015 Pow Wow Book Library

This is a collection of Pow Wow Books collected over the years. We welcome additions to the library. Please send them to Judy Harper


Thursday, July 16, 2015 COMMISSIONER’S CORNER


Are you ready for your Pack’s Annual Program Planning Conference?? Have you done all your homework and gathered all your references?? Check out the Training item for lots of good ideas on this important process.

Here is aCommissioner Dave Pet Peeve – Cub Scouts EARN awards and Awards are PRESENTED. Cub Scouts don’t just get awards. Billy earned his Bear Badge, not Billy got his Bear Badge. We don’t just give awards to Cub Scouts. They are not gifts. The Cubmaster didn’t give Dan his Belt Loop, he presented Dan his Belt Loop. Also, Rank Awards are entirely different from the others – Belt Loops and Pins, Special Awards, Leave No Trace Awards, … I was at a Pack Crossover the other week. Each Cub’s awards were neatly placed in an envelope. The content of the envelope was read and the envelope presented to the Cub (not the parent to present to the boy as we teach in Training). Now you tell me how that boy will know his Bear Badge is different from his Service Star for another year of membership. We need to think about the subliminal messages carried by our actions.

You often hear that the Arrow of light is the only badge a Cub Scout earned that he can wear on his Boy Scout uniform. Well, it is the only Cub Scout badge of rank he can wear permanently on his Boy Scout uniform. But in actuality there are several items a Cub may have earned that he can wear on his Boy Scout uniform - the Arrow of Light, of course, the youth religious award knot and ribbon, year pins denoting his time of service in Cub Scouting, and Special Awards for Lifesaving or Meritorious Service. Also, the new oval Webelos badge may be worn until he earns his Scout badge.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Annual Program Planning

Annual Program Planning
Circle Ten Council
Year Round Program
Program planning is a simple but critical part of your pack's success. Throughout the process remember your goal is to deliver a high quality program to each boy and his family. It should be fun, exciting and focused on the purposes of Cub Scouting.
Setting an annual program plan provides direction and sense of satisfaction and a feeling of accomplishment in a job well done. Planning also makes the best possible use of your valuable volunteer time.
Planning Steps:
One of the most important responsibilities of the pack committee is to keep the pack operating with a first-rate, year-round program. The quality of the program will depend largely on the pack committee giving the Cubmaster, the Cub Scout den leaders and Webelos den leaders the help they need.
Cub Scout program planning includes four steps, dependent upon one another, which usually guarantee a strong pack program. The steps are:
Annual Pack Program Planning Conference
Monthly Pack Leader's Meetings
Monthly Den Leader Meetings
Monthly meetings of each den leader with the den chief
Steps to having a great
Annual Program Planning Meeting
SET A DATE TO MEET - Set a date in August with the committee, including the Den Leaders and Webelos Leaders.
CHECK MEETING DATES - Before this time check with your chartering organization and school calendar to find available dates for pack meetings. They should be at the same time and date each month.
REVIEW LAST YEAR'S PROGRAM - Which activities worked and which did not? Decide what activities and special meetings you would like to do again. Also determine whether or not your budget was adequate for them.
REVIEW YOUR JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE STATUS - The JTE is a year round program of leading indicators to help you plot your course to a successful program (I hate it when my Cub Scout writing sounds like I am at work but it is true. And it is a GREAT tool!! CD) If you have not set up to monitor your progress on the dashboard go to the spreadsheet on National's website and you will get a great picture of your status. You fill in page 1 by answering questions and it completes your JTE form on page 2 (Kind of like when I do my income tax on Turbo Tax CD) Page 3 is a Unit Budget form, be sure to use that, also. The spreadsheet is at:
SET NEW MEETING DATES - Review the available pack meeting dates with the pack committee and set dates for the coming year. Write pack meeting dates in your council calendar (extra copies are available through the Service Center for your committee members and den leaders). Be careful to avoid holidays and school breaks.
SET COUNCIL AND DISTRICT DATES - Review the council and district calendar and mark dates on your program schedule for district and council activities: Webelos Woods, Pinewood Derby, training sessions, and important meetings like roundtable.
SET SPECIAL PACK DATES - Set the dates for special activities your pack will be doing during the year and put them in your program calendar. These may include:
Pack Fundraiser (Product Sale)
Blue and Gold Banquet
Pinewood Derby
Friends of Scouting
Summertime Activities
Webelos and Tiger Graduation
Since June 1, 2003, adults giving leadership to a pack campout MUST complete the Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO). Please check council calendar for upcoming BALOO training sessions. (This is not required for council-run programs)
SCHEDULE YOUR MONTHLY COMMITTEE MEETING - Select dates for and schedule monthly meetings of your committee to meet and plan out the next month's activities and meetings (i.e. in September you should be planning for October). You should have a committee meeting every month.
REVIEW THE MONTHLY CORE VALUES - Choose the Core Value (Scout Law) emphasis for the month from the literature (Best is to use what is being presented at Roundtable) or rearrange them based on your local activities or choose a theme (OOoops, there is that word) of your own. Write them in your annual calendar so everyone knows what the month's Core Value emphasis is for both Cubs and Webelos.
SET A BUDGET - Based on the meetings and activities you have planned for the year, number of boys who are likely to advance, and the number of youth and adult members of the pack, figure out what your approximate yearly expenses will be. You will need to plan enough fund raising activities to cover these expenses. The Budget Planning Worksheet will help you calculate and plan your annual expenses and income to create a budget.
There is an electronic budget planning worksheet
in the Excel spreadsheet on National's website to
help you do this more easily
DISTRIBUTE THE PLAN - Cub Scouts and their families will better participate in meetings and activities if they have a copy of the calendar. Every family should receive a copy of the annual calendar so they can plan accordingly.
These are the basic steps your committee will need to follow to have a complete annual program plan and calendar. This calendar will help insure that everyone in the pack knows exactly what is happening from month to month during the year. More important, it will help you plan in advance and avoid being caught off guard by rapidly approaching deadlines.
Remember that September brings *** Join Scouting Night*** and the start of a full year of activities. When you go to Join Scouting Night, if you have a well thought-out plan and distribute it to your members, new and old, you will find it is easier to recruit not only boys but also adult leaders.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015 The Cub Scout Core Values are now the 12 Points of the Scout Law

The core value highlighted in this months issue of Baloo's Bugle BB1507 is Trustworthy.

A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.

Why "Play Ball" for Trustworthy?

It is easy to forget how important it is to be honest when one is playing a game and really wanting to win; however, a Cub Scout is a person who always tells the truth and is worthy of trust (Therefore - Trustworthy). This month we reinforce how important it is to be honest, especially when playing baseball with friends.

Per our Founder, Lord Baden-Powell

A Scouts Honour is to be trusted. If a scout says "On my honour it is so", that means that it is so, just as if he had taken a most solemn oath. Similarly, if a scout officer says to a scout, "I trust you on your honour to do this", the scout is bound to carry out the order to the very best of his ability, and to let nothing interfere with his doing so. If a scout were to break his honour by telling a lie, or by not carrying out an order exactly when trusted on his honour to do so, he would cease to be a scout, and must hand over his scout badge.


Monday, July 13, 2015 PROGRAM UPDATES

Be sure to check out National's website for the latest on the
Adventure Program Changes -

What Has Happened / Is Happening -

The Boys' Books and the Den Leaders' Books have been available since before May 1. Get them and read them.

Position-Specific In-Person Training Guides Available Now! The training guides for Den Leader , Cubmaster/Assistant Cubmaster , and Pack Committee (Pack Committee Challenge) are now available on the adult training page of

The online training for Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Committee Chairs and members, and Chartered Organization Representatives has been totally updated with help from volunteers from around the country. The new training is divided into shorter, more targeted modules so leaders can get the training they need, in the order they want, any time they need it. The new training is organized around the learning needed prior to the first meeting, in the first 30 days, and to be position-specific trained. This new training was developed to be implemented in conjunction with the BSA’s new learning management system. The anticipated timing for launching this new tool is June 30, 2015. Keep an eye on MyScouting Tools (logging in through ) for more information.

Philmont Training Sessions Are Filling, but There Is Still Time to Register Cub Scout leaders have a chance to visit Scouting paradise and learn more about "Leading the New Cub Scout Adventure." Four sessions are offered by the volunteers who designed the program and authored the new handbook and leader training materials. Visit the Philmont Training Center site to learn more about the conference and registration dates.

New Pack Meeting Plans Available Now! Pack meeting plans for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Cub Scouting years are now available! From the Cubmaster’s Minute to resource lists, you’ll find everything you need to lead fun and engaging pack meetings! And they support the new Cub Scouting program, too! Check out the list and links from this issue of Baloo.

Updated Requirements for Cub Scout Awards The requirements for the

National Den Award,

National Summertime Pack Award,

Cub Scout World Conservation Award,

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

have been revised to reflect the new Cub Scouts program launching June 1, 2015. See Special opportunities section of Baloo.

Supplemental Roundtable Content

To help prepare unit leaders for the new Cub Scouting program launching June 1, supplemental roundtable content has been developed to replace or supplement the current sessions listed as "Cub Scout Interest Topics" for January–July 2015.

Available installments are posted below.
Most packets have presentation materials (e.g. slidshow), Topic Guide, and worksheet or Handout. and

Already on Program Updates page -

January – Program Support for Den Leaders

February – Advancement

March – Program Planning

April – New Pack Meeting Plans

May – Aquatic Adventures

June – Campfire Programs

Sunday, July 12, 2015 911 Safety Quiz

911 Safety Quiz

What phone number do you call in an emergency?
A. 411
B. 619
C. 911
Is it a good idea to practice calling 911 on a real telephone?
A. No, never.
B. Yes
Which of these is a good reason to call 911?
A. You see a bad car accident
B. Your friend is being mean to you
C. Your dog is lost
You should call 911 when you need to reach
A. Police
B. Ambulance
C. Fire Department
D. Any of the above
When someone is badly hurt and you don’t know what to do, is it ok to call 911?
A. Yes
B. No

Saturday, July 11, 2015 PACK MEETING THEMES

Pack Meeting Themes

If you are using a paper copy the link to all the
Pack Meeting Plans is:

Friday, July 10, 2015 “Coffee Can” Stew

“Coffee Can” Stew
Each Scout brings from home a l lb. Coffee can. Inside the can, all your ingredients for stew, meat and vegetables packed separately (you need to brown the meat). You can also prepare everything at home and just do the simmering on the campout.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 Whittling Chip Course

Whittling Chip Course
Whittling Chip Course
This Whittling Chip course is designed to be taught over two classes, lasting approximately 1 hour each. The length of the course may vary depending on how many Scouts are in the Den.
The first class of the course introduces Scouts to knives, knife safety and some basic principles. They will also have an opportunity to whittle a shape out of soap using a butter knife. Between the first and second class the Scouts will work with their parents at home to make a carving. The second course reviews what was learned in the first part of the course and allows Scouts to work with each other. At the end of the second class Scouts (with written permission) will be presented with their Whittling Chip cards. The Whittling Chip patch will be presented at a Pack meeting.
Class I
What is a Knife?
First, a knife is a tool not a toy. It is not something to use during playtime. It is not something to use to threaten other people with. Knives are to help you complete a task.
Knives come in many shapes and sizes. Some have only one blade. Others may many blades and tools. Some are small; some are big. Generally, a good Scouting knife will have blade, a punch, a can opener and a screwdriver blade in a foldable design. The blade is usually a little over 2” long. Such a knife is usually all that a resourceful Cub Scout will need.
Hands On Demonstration:
Display a variety of knives. Explain knife uses and which a Cub Scout can carry. Cub Scouts are only allowed to carry pocketknives on Scout activities. If other knives are needed, kitchen knives for example, they will be brought and used by adults. Display a fixed blade (sheath or hunting) knife. Explain that a pocketknife will do almost anything these knives do. Show how a sheath knife attached to the belt could injure someone by bending over with the sheath pointed against the leg and/or the sheath pointed up toward the stomach. Demonstrate that if someone was to grab the knife from its sheath, the natural reaction is to grab the knife, which could result in severe cuts. Cub Scouts should not need to carry a fixed blade (sheath) knife.
Display a variety of pocketknives. Display straight edge and serrated blades. Show that some have only a few blades and some have many. Explain that many of the extra blades are seldom used or don’t work well. Example: Having fork and spoon blades on the knife would mainly be useful when backpacking, at other times you usually have better silverware available. They should learn the proper way to use each blade on their knife. Display a pair of scissors. Show how these are two knife blades that cut against each other. Explain that they should be treated with the same respect and safety rules as any other knife.
Display various kitchen knives like a table knife, paring knife, bread knife, and a butcher knife. Explain what they are used for. Explain that since they will probably use these in a kitchen in the future, they should be treated with the same respect and safety rules. Display a lock blade knife. Explain that the lock is a safety feature that keeps the blade from accidentally closing on the fingers. These may be better for the boys if they can release the lock easily enough. Some locks are hard to release and could result in an injury if the knife slips while trying to release the lock.
Getting started using a knife
If an accident happens
· Always tell an adult ¬¬especially if someone was injured and is bleeding.
· If the cut is minor, clean and treat it according to First Aid rules. If the cut is serious, get help quick. If you get “stabbed” by more than about ¼” of the knife blade, do not pull it out unless you have too. The knife blade will help keep pressure on the wound and prevent heavy bleeding.
Safe Zone
Before you open or use your knife, you need to be sure that the area around you is safe and secure. Establish a “safe zone” or "blood circle" around you to protect yourself and other people and animals.
Do this:
· Choose a spot with fairly level ground
· Make sure that there are no small children or pets close by, even if they are outside of your safe zone
· Stand up with one arm out by your side, holding your CLOSED knife
· Slowly rotate yourself around
· If you hit something or someone, move until you can do this without interference
· Make sure that nothing or no one is in the imaginary circle that creates
· If you are going to sit, make sure that you have something steady and secure ¬¬the ground works really good for this
· If you are going to stand, make sure that your feet and secure and that the area is not slippery or contains items that may trip you if you move
Once you can do this, you have established your safe zone. At any time after you begin using your knife, the safe zone becomes unsafe, immediately stop and close your knife until it is safe again.
Hands on Demonstration:
Explain to the boys that anytime they are using a knife they should have a “safety zone” around them. Demonstrate holding your arm out as far as possible holding an object like a ruler and turning around. The boys should learn that whenever they are using a knife, they should be the only person in their safety zone. If someone else enters their circle for any reason they should close their knife and lay it down.
Explain to them that they are also responsible for anyone entering the circle, even from behind, so unless they have eyes in the back of their head, suggest that they always work with a wall behind them. Show them how someone could surprise them from behind and if they turn quickly holding a knife, they could hurt someone.
How to safely open a knife
Be sure that you establish your “safe zone” before you open your knife. Hold the knife in one hand, with the blade side facing away from you, and open the blade with your other hand. Most blades have a small semi¬circle cut into the blade near the top to give you better hold on the blade while opening it. You can use your fingernail or grab that edge with your fingers to pull the blade open. Be sure to hold the sides of the knife firmly as you open the blade. It is often easier to open if you pull both the blade and the knife apart at the same time ¬¬use a motion similar to those of bird wings flapping up.
Never sling the knife to “pop open” the blade. Be sure that the blade opens all the way; some will “click” when the blade is fully opened. If necessary, immediately turn the knife so that the point and blade edge face away from you.
Before you use it
Before you use your knife, do a quick inspection. If the knife handle or blade is loose, do not use it until it can be repaired. If the knife blade is cracked, broken or chipped, do not use the knife.
If the knife is too small for your hands or too heavy to easily control, do not use the knife.
How to safely handle a knife
It is important that you learn how to correctly and properly handle a knife.
Do’s Remember to keep the knife closed when not being used Remember to keep the knife in your pocket Always hold the knife in the same hand that you would hold a pencil in Always keep the blade point and edge away from you ¬¬and anyone else who may be near Hold the knife tightly, but not so tight that you knuckles turn white If you have to carry an open knife (or scissors), always walk carefully with the blade pointed away from you and to the side Always cut or carve by moving the knife blade away from you
Don’ts When a knife blade is opened, never hold the knife by the blade, but always by the handle Never run or jump with the knife blade open Never use a knife to dig in the dirt Never cut the bark from a live tree Never carve on anything that does not belong to you Never throw your knife Never pry with your knife Never use the blade as a screwdriver Never leave your knife lying where a younger child could get it
If you drop a knife
If you accidentally drop an open knife, never try to catch it. Quickly step back and wait until it fails to pick it up. Before you use it again, always inspect the knife and blade for any damage.
Passing a knife
Whenever you need to pass the knife to another person, always close the knife first. Never throw the knife. While holding one end of the knife, allow the person to get hold of the other end of the knife. Do not release your hold on the knife until the person taking it from you says “Thank You”. This indicates that the other person realizes that they are receiving the knife and are ready to accept responsibility for it. After hearing the “Thank You”, say “You’re Welcome” as you release the knife. This indicates that you have released the responsibility for the knife to the other person.
If you must pass a “fixed” or non¬closing knife, firmly hold the dull side of the knife blade while extending the knife handle to the other person. Never throw the knife. Allow that person to grasp the knife blade and say “Thank You” before releasing the blade. The other person should hold the knife steady until you have released your hold on the knife.
Hands on Exercise:
Use a plastic silverware knife. Apply a small amount of bright red lipstick along the cutting edge. Show the boys how to hold the knife by the back (dull) side of the blade and pass it to another person, handle first using the same “thank you – you’re welcome”. After passing the knife around to everyone, including parents, check for lipstick on everyone’s hands. Any lipstick marks indicate that the person could have been cut by a sharp blade.
How to safely close a knife
Wipe the blade clean. Hold the knife handle so that the point and edge of the blade are facing away from you and your fingers are not under the blade. If the blade has a lock, disengage the lock with your other hand. Slowly close the blade with the palm of your hand against the back of the blade. Once closed, place the knife back into your pocket for added safety.
How to cut
Hold the knife in the hand that you use to write with. This is your dominate hand and you will be able to better control the knife with this hand. Grasp the handle with your whole hand. Position the blade at a slant, pointing away from you. To cut, begin the cut then move the blade away from your body. If this is not possible, position yourself to the side of the object you are cutting. If you are cutting completely thru something, be aware of what is under the object you are cutting. Cutting on rock, dirt, metal, some plastics, etc. can dull the knife blade as the cut is made. Always use something that ‘gives’ under the object (such as cardboard or a cutting board).
If you are carving or whittling, always hold the object you are cutting securely in front of you, place the blade against the object and apply slight pressure while moving the blade away from your body. It is better to make several cuts using light pressure than one cut by forcing the blade.
Hands on Exercise:
Let the boys practice carving on soft bar of soap with wooden craft stick knives or plastic tableware knives. This will allow them to start getting the feel of using a knife. Show the boys how to cut long thin shavings by cutting at the proper angle. Also show them how to carve out chips by making the first cut down into the soap and making a second angled cut until it reaches the first cut. Watch to see that they are cutting off the thin shavings and small chips like they should. This will also let you catch some possible safety problems early and with less chance of a serious cut.
After the Scout has demonstrated good aptitude with the soap carving project, you can let them try their hands at carving and whittling wood. A good choice is balsa as it is lightweight and not too “tough”. It is a good idea to have some simple shapes (such as ice cream cones, cowboy hats or boots, etc) that can be traced onto the wood for a pattern. If you choose to do smaller patterns, you can mount the finished carvings onto a small piece of PVC and make neckerchief slides.
Please work with your Scout at home in making a carving with his pocketknife and bring the carving to Class II to share with his fellow Scouts.
Class II
How to care for a knife
Keep the knife clean and dry. Keeping the knife clean and dry will help prevent rust and keep the knife from getting “tight”. Rust will cause the knife to become dull and can make the blade weak. If a knife has become wet, be sure that it is completely dried. If possible, rub a thin coat of oil on the metal parts to help prevent rust and ensure that the knife opens smoothly. Never clean the knife is a dishwasher, always clean by hand. It is OK to use dish soap on the blade, but be sure that it gets completely rinsed and dried.
If you will be using the blade to cut food, be sure that the knife gets cleaned both before and after use. Knives can become dirty from being carried in your pocket. Also, be sure that the knife is properly cleaned to prevent cross contamination of food items. Keep the knife sharp
Be sure your knife is sharp. A sharp knife is safer to use than a dull knife because it does not require as much force to cut. Using too much force can cause the blade to slip, possibly resulting in an injury. The tip of the blade is often the part that dulls the quickest. This is because it is often in contact with other surface materials as you cut. When sharpening, be sure that you remember to sharpen the tip.
Sharpen the knife using stones usually called whetstones. These stones come in many sizes and “grits”, which describe the size of the stone’s particles. Rougher grits have smaller numbers and mean that their stones are made of large particles. These stones are used for grinding and repairing the edge of the blade, not for fine sharpening. Smoother grits have larger numbers, meaning that the stones are made of smaller particles. The larger the number, the finer the edge the stone will produce. These are the sharpening stones. Whetstones require some type of lubricant. Some use oil and some use water. Water stones are more practical because water is more easily obtained in most places.
Sharpening Steps 1. Place the stones on a level surface. 2. Wet the stone with a little water or oil. 3. Place the blade of the knife flat on the stone, then raise the back edge about the width of the blade itself, keeping the cutting edge on the stone. 4. Draw the knife straight back toward you, or move it straight back and forth putting pressure on it only when you pull it toward you. This is always better than moving it in a circular fashion. 5. Turn the blade over and repeat on the other side an equal number of times. 6. Repeat steps 1 thru 5 on a finer grit stone until the knife has a smooth, sharp edge. 7. If you have some leather available, you can use this to finish the edge by dragging the blade edge along the leather. Repeat the same number of strokes on each side of the blade.
Hands on Practice
Allow the Scouts to “practice” knife sharpening using a home¬made stone and knife. Use a wood block with sandpaper glued to it and sharpen a craft stick into a knife shape. Show the boys how to angle the blade against the stone (or stick against the sanding block) to produce a sharp edge. Explain the importance of sharpening equally on both sides of the blade to prevent an uneven edge.
Cleaning your knife
Cleaning your knife is very important, if you let too much grime, grease, and grit build up, then it will be harder to clean your knife. Keep it as clean as you can while out in the field and do a more thorough job when you get home. Additionally, always keep the hinges of your knife lubricated either with light cooking oil, sewing oil or WD-40. Regularly check your knife for trouble spots. Inspect the blade for areas of rust. As soon as you see any rust spots you should immediately clean them. Inspect the handle. You are looking for any build up of dust, dirt or grime. Especially inspect along the inside of the blade bed as well as around any pivot points.
To clean your knife, unfold all the blades. Using either a cotton swab, corner of a towel or a toothbrush, apply lubricant to the knife. The lubricant helps loosen any gunk or buildup on the knife. Use the toothbrush to scrub any hard-to-get places. Wipe off the excess (now dirty) oil with a towel and apply a drop of clean lubricant to the hinges. Apply a layer of oil to the blades and wipe of the excess oil.
Knife Safety Quiz
As a check to ensure that all Scouts understand the topics discussed as part of this course, have them complete a knife safety quiz. You can choose to have each Scout take the test individually or complete the quiz as a group. If you choose the group option, it may be good to have a completed copy of the quiz to send home with each Scout for later review.
Whittling Chip Pledge
Now that you have completed the knife safety course, you are eligible to be awarded the Whittling Chip. The final requirement in the course is that you agree to abide by the safe knife policy by signing the “Safe Knife Pledge”.
After the course
Now that your Scout has earned his Whittling Chip, he can bring his pocket knife to Scouting functions when the leadership deems it appropriate.
· Campout
Not Appropriate
· It is never appropriate to bring the knife to school for a Pack or Den function.
If you will be buying your Scout a knife, here are a couple of suggestions. Please take the time to find a knife that you feel will be appropriate for your Scout.
· A single blade, lock back knife may be a good knife for your Scout. However, if they are not strong enough to release the lock it may make the knife dangerous.
· Stay away from the Swiss Army style knives, the simpler the better and these large knifes might not properly fit the hand of younger Scouts.
· Serrated knives are harder to sharpen thank non-serrated.
· No fixed blades.
· It is a good idea to purchase a sharpening stone to keep the knife sharp.
Additional Materials
Knife Safety Quiz
Part I: Circle the correct answer
· True / False 1. A knife is NOT a toy.
· True / False 2. A dull knife is safer than a sharp knife.
· True / False 3. Dirt on a knife blade helps keep it sharp.
· True / False 4. Never carve your initials on anything that does NOT belong to you.
· True / False 5. When someone hands you a knife you say “Thank You” to show good manners.
· True / False 6. A knife is handy for cutting bark off trees.
· True / False 7. A pocketknife should always be closed when it is not in use.
· True / False 8. It's okay to keep your knife wet.
· True / False 9. A Cub Scout can take his knife to a pack meeting at the school if school is out.
· True / False 10. You should carry your open knife in your pocket.
· True / False 11. You should close the blade with the palm of your hand
· True / False 12. A Cub Scout should carry a fixed blade knife if it is kept in a sheath.
Part II: Fill in the blank
· Close the blade with the ________________ of your hand.
· A __________________ should never be used on something that will dull or break it.
· People watching you work with your knife should not enter your __________ __________.
· Your knife should always be kept ___________ and _________.
· Scissors should be handled with the same safety rules as a ____________.
· Always ________ when carrying a knife or scissors.
Part III: Circle the correct answer
· Always keep your knife ( dry / wet ) so it will not rust.
· When using a knife, do not make ( big / little ) shavings or chips.
· A ( dull / sharp ) knife is more likely to cut you.
· A Cub Scout ( can / cannot ) take his knife to a den meeting at school if it is held outside.
· A knife should be cleaned ( before / after ) cutting food.
· A fixed blade knife or scissors should be passed to another person ( blade / handle ) first.
The Pocketknife Pledge (fill in the blanks)
· I understand the reason for ________________________________________ rules.
· I will treat my pocketknife with the ______________________________ due a useful tool.
· I will always __________________________ my pocketknife and put it away when not in use.
· I will not use my pocketknife when it might _______________________ someone near me.
· I ______________________________ never to throw my pocketknife for any reason.
· I will use my pocketknife in a safe manner at ________________________times.
Choices: Close Respect Injure Promise All Safety
Knife Safety Quiz Answers
Part I: Circle the correct answer
· True 1. A knife is NOT a toy.
· False 2. A dull knife is safer than a sharp knife.
· False 3. Dirt on a knife blade helps keep it sharp.
· True 4. Never carve your initials on anything that does NOT belong to you.
· False 5. When someone hands you a knife you say “Thank You” to show good manners.
· False 6. A knife is handy for cutting bark off trees.
· True 7. A pocketknife should always be closed when it is not in use.
· False 8. It's okay to keep your knife wet.
· False 9. A Cub Scout can take his knife to a pack meeting at the school if school is out.
· False 10. You should carry your open knife in your pocket.
· True 11. You should close the blade with the palm of your hand
· False 12. A Cub Scout should carry a fixed blade knife if it is kept in a sheath.
Part II: Fill in the blank
· Close the blade with the __PALM__ of your hand.
· A __POCKETKNIFE__ should never be used on something that will dull or break it.
· People watching you work with your knife should not enter your __SAFE__ __ZONE__.
· Your knife should always be kept __CLEAN__ and __DRY__.
· Scissors should be handled with the same safety rules as a __KNIFE__.
· Always __WALK__ when carrying a knife or scissors.
Part III: Circle the correct answer
· Always keep your knife ( dry ) so it will not rust.
· When using a knife, do not make ( big ) shavings or chips.
· A ( sharp ) knife is more likely to cut you.
· A Cub Scout ( cannot ) take his knife to a den meeting at school if it is held outside.
· A knife should be cleaned ( before / after ) cutting food.
· A fixed blade knife or scissors should be passed to another person ( handle ) first.
The Pocketknife Pledge (fill in the blanks)
· I understand the reason for __SAFETY__ rules.
· I will treat my pocketknife with the __RESPECT__ due a useful tool.
· I will always __CLOSE__ my pocketknife and put it away when not in use.
· I will not use my pocketknife when it might __INJURE__ someone near me.
· I __PROMISE__ never to throw my pocketknife for any reason.
· I will use my pocketknife in a safe manner at __ALL__ times.


Jim Jones, Great Salt Lake Council
1. Thou shalt not quit.
2. Thou shalt not alibi.
3. Thou shalt not gloat over winning.
4. Thou shalt not be a rotten loser.
5. Thou shalt not take unfair advantage.
6. Thou shalt not ask odds thou art unwilling to give.
7. Thou shouldst always be ready to give thine opponents the shake.
8. Thou shouldst not under-estimate an opponent, or over-estimate thyself.
9. Remember that the game is the thing, and that he who thinks otherwise is a mucker and not a true sportsman.
10. Honor the game thou playest, for he who playeth the game straight and hard wins even when he loses.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 TEACHING THE SCOUT LAW

After last month's suggestions we received a nice note from Jennifer, a Webelos leader suggesting singing the Scout Law to the tune of "Ten Little Indians."
A Scout is
Trustworthy, Loyal,
Helpful, Friendly,
Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful,
Thrifty, Brave,
Clean and Reverent
This is the Scout Law.

It took me a few tries but I got it down, and so can you!! Try it.
And a Big Heap How to Jennifer!!

Here is a Karaoke version that show the original words but plays only music
And a sung version -
I would not try and fit it to this version:
(It is the Beach Boys version!!!!)

Other new ideas welcome – Just write Judy and I the address shown on Baloo's Bugle's Home Page!!! CD


Monday, July 6, 2015 Tigers – Safe & Smart

Tigers – Safe & Smart
Tiger Elective Adventure: Tiger: Safe and Smart
1. Do the following:
a. Memorize your address, and say it to your den leader or adult partner.
b. Memorize an emergency contact’s phone number, and say it to your den leader or adult partner.
c. Take the 911 safety quiz.
2. Do the following:
a. Show you can “Stop, Drop, and Roll.”
b. Show you know how to safely roll someone else in a blanket to put out a fire.
3. Make a fire escape map with your adult partner.
4. Explain your fire escape map, and try a practice fire drill at home.
5. Find the smoke detectors in your home. With the help of your adult partner, check the batteries.
6. Visit an emergency responder station, or have an emergency responder visit you.


Tracking Spreadsheets will be posted on USScouts webpage ( on June 1, 2015. They will be in the Advancement Section. There will be links to them from other places on the site. These spreadsheets are similar in construction and user interface as the existing spreadsheets. The spreadsheets have be tested by the developer of the current spreadsheets and he said they are so good he sees no reason to develop others!!
Utah National Parks Council has Excel spreadsheets posted for all the new Adventure Plan requirements on their Akelas Council Blogspot. . Check them out.
The Advancement Excel Spreadsheet workbooks are distributed to Scouters for FREE.
PLEASE do not download the National Park Council files to email or send them digitally to others. They are for your personal / pack use only. If you would like to share these files with others, please copy / send the link to them and send them to our site so they can print off their own. We would love to have everyone that would like a copy to come here to get their own copy absolutely free. Utah National Parks Council receives money to keep our website open where we store all of our documents and PDF files by people visiting our blog. Please don't take money out of our pockets by bypassing our blog.

Saturday, July 4, 2015 UPCOMING MONTHS

« August's Core Value, Trustworthy,
will use the theme, Play Ball
Based on the theme intent and the write up in the Cub Scout Roundtable Planning Guide – Judy and I substituted TRUSTWORTHY for HONESTY. CD
Previous Month's that have themes that might have material you can us with TRUSTWORTY and "Play Ball" are:

Month Year Theme
January 1943 Do Your Bit
December 1958 The Golden Rule
November 2001 Hometown Heroes
November 2002 Kids Against Crime
January 2004 Home Alone
November 2009 Scout Salute
August 2011 Honesty
August 2012 Honesty
August 2013 Kids Against Crime
August 2014 Heroes of History

Month Year Theme
Play Ball
August 1945 Sports
August 1953 Sports Carnival
August 1956 Cub Scout Field Day
June 1966 Sports Carnival
August 1970 Cub Scout Field Day
June 1975 Sports Carnival
June 1979 Learn a Sport
June 1990 Sports Arena
August 2002 Sports Extravaganza
July 2005 Play Ball!
June 2008 Go For The Gold
July 2009 Cub Scout Sports
June 2010 Hoop-De-Doo


« September's Core Value, Clean,
will use the theme, Cubservation
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit. He helps keep his home and community clean.
Everything we do impacts the world around us.
When a Scout is clean, he is choosing to make sure that the legacy he leaves is a positive one. He makes moral choices and through an active lifestyle he keeps his body healthy. He also is conscious of the impact that he can have on nature and the responsibility he has to keep the world clean for those who come behind him.
Previous Month's that have themes that might have material you can us with CLEAN and "Cubservation" are:

Month Year Theme
Cubservation Months
August 1952 Conservation
April 1955 Cub Scout Foresters
November 1955 America Beautiful
April 1958 Keep America Beautiful
April 1968 Keep America Beautiful
September 1971 Conservation
May 1972 Beautiful America
May 1974 Keep America Beautiful
May 1976 SOAR
July 1987 America The Beautiful
April 1999 Pollution Solution
April 2001 Save It For Us
April 2004 Cubservation
May 2009 Leave Nothing But Footprints
April 2010 Spring into Action
Health & Fitness formerly addressed Clean
October 1939 Health and Safety
January 1982 Adventure in Good Health
May 2011 Health & Fitness
May 2012 Health & Fitness
May 2013 Cub Café


Friday, July 3, 2015 TRAINING TOPIC

“A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance (and it is) shared with all families in the form of a calendar.”
BSA Annual Program Planning Conference Guide, 2012

One thing that has not changed with the Cub Scout Adventure Program, is the need to hold an Annual Program Planning Conference for your Pack. The results will be different because of the Adventure Program but the need to do it remains unchanged.
The first thing –
Do Your Homework –
A month or two before the scheduled face-to-face conference, the Committee Chair and Cubmaster gather the following information:
Key school dates
Community event dates
Your chartered organization's dates
Personal dates that may affect your pack's activities such as the Cubmaster's anniversary cruise, the Chair's birthday
Dates of District and Council events
Collected Family Talent Survey sheets from all parents
Last year's pack annual plan if you have one
They, also, get (or consider) the following:

How can STEM activities be worked into this year's plan. For ideas you can go to Bryan's Blog on STEM and Annual Plan at

Download the video on the Pack's Annual Program Planning Conference from
They should review it and study it to make sure they are ready for the big day/night/event. You can use this power point ( or to be fancy - electronic program planning conference guide) to add some color to the Annual Program Planning Conference process. This narrated PowerPoint presentation, takes will take your pack leaders step-by-step through the planning process

Review and establish JTE Goals for the Pack. Determine what activities are needed to have the Pack do better than this year. Anticipate changes to the JTE requirements for the next calendar year.
The JTE is a year round program of leading indicators to help you plot your course to a successful program (I hate it when my Cub Scout writing sounds like I am at work but it is true. And it is a GREAT tool!! CD) If you have not set up to monitor your progress on the dashboard go to the spreadsheet on National's website and you will get a great picture of your status. You fill in page 1 by answering questions and it completes your JTE form on page 2 (Kind of like when I do my income tax on Turbo Tax CD) Page 3 is a Unit Budget form, be sure to use that, also. The spreadsheet is at:

They should obtain the Boys' Life Annual program Planning materials. Some councils supply these, some do not. They are available directly from national at Things to order –
Important Material available here include –

CS Leader Program Notebook (No. 331-014 $1.00)
The pocket-sized 4-inch x 6-inch 2015–2016 BOYS’ LIFE Cub Scout Leader Program Notebook is designed for Cubmasters and den leaders but is useful for all Cub Scout leaders. Its 100 pages include a guide to effective Cub Scout program planning; individual pages for each monthly core value; the pack’s annual PROGRAM PLANNING STEPS; 12 monthly calendars to write in important notes; full-page, fill-in-theblank outlines for each weekly den meeting; planning outlines for the monthly pack leaders’ meeting; the monthly pack meeting; requirements for the National Den Award; and a description of Journey to Excellence. The Cub Scout Leader Program Notebook is a valuable aid for all Cub Scout leaders. You can download the file at BUT it is well worth the $1.50 to get the booklet as intended as a pocket notebook!!!

Pack Program Planning Chart (No. 331-017 75¢)
The poster-sized 17-inch x 22-inch BOYS’ LIFE Pack Program Planning Chart (English and Spanish) helps Cub Scout leaders plan the pack’s 2015–2016 annual program. The chart provides information for each month’s recommended Cub Scout core value and Webelos/Arrow of Light activity badges. Space is provided to write in den-home projects, pack program planning dates and special projects, Webelos activities, and dates for monthly meetings (roundtable, pack leader, den chief, and pack). Experienced pack leaders use the Pack Program Planning Chart to effectively plan the pack’s annual program. You can, also, download this chart at . But you really need at least 17X22 paper. Poster sizes will work even better if you have a source.

2015–2016 BOYS’ LIFE Council Planning Calendar
(No. 331-011 $1.50) - The popular BOYS’ LIFE Council Planning Calendar measures 8.5 inches x 11 inches. The fill-in-the-box calendar dates begin September 2015 and extend through December 2016. Additional calendar dates noting selected holidays and religious dates run through December 2020! Planning ahead? This is your calendar. You can, aslo, download this calendar at
AND it all comes with
Pedro's Seal of Approval!!

Second –
Plan for success by selecting the right people to attend and picking the best possible date.
Inviting all the following:
All pack committee members
All den leaders and assistants
All pack/den aids and den chiefs (optional)
Chartered organization representative
Your unit commissioner (optional)
Anyone else you think might be helpful, (e.g. selected parents).
Selecting a date for the conference.
See when you can have the most people attend. My pack used to do a picnic. The leaders would meet and the parents not in the conference would watch the boys at a pool, or in a park. We could get the local troop to help, too. The more people, the better the result. The less people to complain about what was chosen and what was not chosen.
This is a Unit specific decision.
Sending out your invites early. This should help people keep from booking a date they told you they were available. Make the invite official. Have them know they are part of one of the most important Pack Events of the year.
Prepping your unit calendar with fixed dates – Just take the dates you collected and put them into your pack's master calendar—including den meeting dates, Roundtables, District Cuborees, Webelos Overnights, Your Pack and Committee Meeting nights, Town Celebrations in which you participate, Scouting for Food, everything you have uncovered while doing your homework. The date of Easter varies from year to year and we used to miss that one in our planning – so please make sure you look it up.
This can be done either on a hard copy or by plugging the information into an electronic calendar on a computer.
Third –
Hold your meeting
Let the power point you down loaded drive the agenda. Or copy it, and go through the steps manually.
Or, Use the agenda on National's site for a Pack Annual Program Planning Conference. -
Or, Follow the agenda in the Circle Ten Council article (that follows this one) on Annual Pack Planning Conferences.
Or write your own using parts from all the above and your experience.
Fourth –
Tell everyone
A research project done by Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, Indiana, showed that 1 of the 3 common elements of strong packs is (I will share the other two common elements in a bit. You try and guess them, please.):
They all have a good annual pack program planned a year in advance that is then shared with all families in the form of a calendar.
The important result of a shared annual program calendar is that your pack will attract more families, and Cub Scouts will stay for a long time.
Get it in your newsletter. Don’t have a newsletter?? START ONE, NOW!!! BSA has a template available at
Create a poster. Don’t know what to put on a poster. Try this sample from BSA –

This poster is found at
Fifth –
Monitor Implantation and Update the Plan as needed
Annual program planning is an ongoing process. Review the plan each month at your pack leaders' meeting to make sure you are still on track, to recruit chairs and other help, you participate in important meetings, or to make assignments or changes as needed.
Quarterly, do a three month look ahead to make sure all your great events will happen!!
Oh, those other two common elements of successful Packs???
Having the right person in the position (Not just picking the first warm body)

Thursday, July 2, 2015 STEM SCOUTS

What are those?
STEM Scouts are boys and girls in third through 12th grade. They’re split into three divisions:
Elementary school (third through fifth grade)
Middle school (sixth through eighth grade)
High school (ninth through 12th grade)
Instead of packs or troops, STEM Scouts are grouped into “laboratories,” which can be shortened to “labs.”
They meet weekly, after school, for hands-on, fun activities organized into four- to six-week modules that cover a ton of fun STEM topics.

Inside the Vortex,
the STEM Scouts Mobile Lab

Don't know what STEM Scouts is?
Want to learn more about STEM Scouts??
(STEM = Science-Technology-

STEM Scouts was successfully piloted in East Tennessee for several years. Recently, the BSA’s National Executive Board approved a plan to expand the STEM Scouts pilot to these 12 additional councils. (Pending the councils' boards' approval):
Capitol Area Council (Austin, TX)
Catalina Council (Tucson, AZ.)
Circle Ten Council (Dallas, TX)
Connecticut Rivers Council (E Hartford, CT)
Crossroads of America Council (Indianapolis, IN)
Denver Area Council (Denver, CO)
Garden State Council (Westampton Township, NJ) (Commisioner Dave's Council!!!)
Greater St. Louis Area Council (St Louis, MO)
Middle Tennessee Council (Nashville, TN)
Pathway to Adventure Council (Chicago, IL)
Sam Houston Area Council (Houston, TX)
Samoset Council (Weston, WI)
The success of the East Tennessee pilot confirms the BSA’s hypothesis that young people are excited to experience STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in a fun setting. The STEM Scouts program blends Scouting’s time-tested character-building traits with hands-on STEM modules that’ll prepare boys and girls for careers in STEM fields.

April McMillan and Trent Nichols (pictured) serve as national directors of STEM programs. On the STEM Scouts site, ( )they shared their vision for this new BSA program. A few highlights:
The key for the entire offered curriculum is that it will be fast-paced, thought-provoking and fun. Adult volunteers and STEM professionals will have the opportunity to engage interested girls and boys with hands-on activities in the labs divided by the age divisions. Throughout the year, students will be involved in experiential activities that encourage natural curiosity and insights in STEM fields.
This new program represents a bit of a paradigm shift for parents from the traditional outdoor-oriented Scouting. The children will receive important character building and learning through field trips and weekly interactions with STEM professionals as well as learning citizenship. This up close and personal insight into how STEM skills are used in business and industry is critical to enable girls and boys to visualize themselves succeeding in STEM fields

More Info on STEM Scouts??
« Go to
« Go Bryans Blog -( and read the following articles
STEM Scouts pilot expanding to 12 more councils
The BSA's National Executive Board approved a plan to expand STEM Scouts, a new program of the Boy Scouts of America, to 12 additional councils.  
STEM Scouts ready for prime time with NASCAR Truck Series debut
The STEM Scouts logo will feature prominently on Scott Lagasse Jr.'s #31 truck in tonight's Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS.
Understanding the difference between STEM in Scouting and STEM Scouts
Read about the difference between STEM activities in traditional Scout units and STEM Scouts, the new BSA program expanding to 12 councils this fall.  
Video: Inside the Vortex, the STEM Scouts mobile lab
I got to check out the Vortex, the STEM Scouts mobile lab. It's a whole lot of awesomeness on four wheels.  

(NOTE from Commissioner Dave – I had a great time with the VORTEX at BSA's National Annual Meeting. And I am very excited Garden State Council was selected for a pilot!!)



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