Themes / Core Values
- Passports to Other Lands
- Man's Best Friend
- Save It For Us
- Happy Trails
- Wet and Wild
- American ABC's
- Summer Songfest
- All Aboard!
- Down on the Farm
- Hometown Heroes
- Works of Art
- Did You Get My Message?
Each den will adopt a foreign Scouting country to learn about as the boys prepare decorations and skits for the blue and gold banquet. Emphasize the World Brotherhood of Scouting at the banquet. Dens may work on the International Activity Patch in preparation for the banquet.
Man's best friend isn't always a dog! Cub Scout Pet Day and learning about other types of pets can lead to a lifetime of kindness to animals.
Emphaize den and pack conservation projects. Most boys have advanced in rank by April, and with the spring comes the opportunity to be outdoors. Earn the World Conservation Award while recycling and developing environmental awareness.
Warm weather is a perfect time for outdoor adventure, complete with den hikes in the neighborhood, through parks, or on local trails. The end of the month brings graduation time, with all dens moving up the Cub Scout trail.
Cub Scouts love to get wet. What could be better than a water carnival complete with games, competition, and safe swim demonstrations.
Conduct a personalized tour of the United States by the "letters": Anchorage, Boca Raton, and Chancellorsville to Xena, Yellowstone, and Zuni. Celebrate Independence Day with "local" foods from your choice of the ABC's and a new awareness of the diversity of our country.
Cub Scouts make musical instruments, or practice new songs and old favorites, in preparation for a pack sing-a-long -- perhaps in front of a campfire! -- to celebrate the end of summer.
With your new Cub Scouts on board the "Cub Scout Express", you are on the right track for fun. Fun activities can be a den trip to your local train station, a model railroader sharing his working display, or boys investigating some of the rich history of railroading in our country. Staying on track, Cub Scouts can work on achievements and electives this month, riding the rails to adventure! Celebrate their achievements at the pack meeting by having a cardboard version of the "Cub Scout Express" stop at each "Den Depot" to deliver awards or watch a den demonstration. Welcome new families aboard with an induction ceremony. Be sure to also recognize your new leaders who have completed training!
It's harvest time in farming country. Cub Scouts learn about growing crops this month while they live the life of a hard-working farmer. Dens might visit a farm, local dairy, or petting zoo to learn first-hand about farm animals. Boys can build a miniature green house to start their own vegetables for spring planting in the family garden or patio pots. Dens could take a field trip to a pumpkin patch and pick their own for the pumpkin decorating contest at the pack meeting "Harvest Fair". Fair activities might include contest booths, a rubber-glove cow for milking, and a good old-fashioned hayride.
Can only adults be heroes? Of course not! Heroes are often ordinary kids who did something out of the ordinary! As a den decide what makes a hero and who the heroes of tomorrow might be by looking at the people they know today. Learn about heroes in your own community, as well as Scouting heroes who have earned BSA heroism awards. Have your Cub Scouts invite their hometown hero to a den meeting. Take a den or pack field trip to an historic site commemorating a local hero. Boys can investigate who settled the town they live in and when was it done. Who is their school named for? Veteran's Day offers many opportunities to remember and honor hometown heroes.
December is a time of celebration and giving. Cub Scouts use their artistic abilities to create holiday decorations, gifts, or cards. This artwork might be put on display at the pack meeting or at a meeting of the chartered organization. Boys can take cards and ornaments they have made and share them with residents of a local nursing home. Other "works of art" can become gifts for family members. The academic belt loop or pin in Art could be worked on in conjunction with these projects.
How will we communicate with others in the future? This month Cub Scouts explore ways of communication that are currently used and those that the boys think may be used in the future. Cub Scouts can become pen pals with other Scouts, in the USA or around the world. Use of and safety on the Internet can be included. Use secret codes to develop den or pack games and activities. Boys create communication devices during den meetings, to be shared at the pack meeting. An introduction to American Sign Language can have boys signing the Cub Scout promise or a Cub Scout song at the pack meeting.