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Den

Sailing, Swimming, and Challenges

My son wants to go to sailing camp this summer with his cousins in California, and approached my wife and I about it around Christmas time. When we talked about it we made a deal: I would sign him up for the camp when he passed the BSA swim test. For the last couple months … Continue reading »

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Building a Better Pack Meeting

As promised in the last post (long ago), I wanted to mention some of the things covered in the The Strictly for Cubmasters class during Week 7 at Philmont Training Center. I know it has been a while, but for some reason I never hit the “publish” button on this one. Hopefully there are some … Continue reading »

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…and now we resume our regularly scheduled program

On Independence Day I met up with a friend and Roundtable co-conspirator at the district’s recruiting booth. He reminded me that this blog is overdue for an update and I left him hanging with the end of the 100 Days of Scouting. So here you go Mike! To wrap up 100 days of scouting: Days … Continue reading »

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Days 72-79: Faith

I’ve mentioned that we started the God and Me program with the pastor of our church. During days 72-79 of the 100 Days of Scouting we had our 3rd and 4th meetings with the pastor. While the program is open to anyone, this go around we had two Cub Scouts in the class, both in … Continue reading »

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Days 69-71: Cub Scouts Outside

Campfires are always a great hit with Cub Scouts. What’s not to love? You combine the outdoors with singing songs, performing skits and being loud and having a good time. Also, don’t underestimate the power of the fire. It doesn’t take much to take a 7 year old back to his caveman roots. For April … Continue reading »

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Days 63-67: Skits and Recovery

So after the second weekend of Wood Badge, I was in need of recovery. Time spent with the family, some time processing the experience, and a little bit more sleep. We spent a den meeting working on the skit the boys in my son’s Wolf den were going to perform at the next week’s pack … Continue reading »

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Day 49-62: Gilwell

Thirteen days is a big spread to cover all at once, but the last two weeks has had one unifying theme: my Wood Badge course, W5-61-11-1. I have started, deleted, and re-started a blog post about my Wood Badge experience three times now. When asked about whether Wood Badge is worth the time and expense … Continue reading »

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Days 42, 43, and 44: Den Leadership

My son’s den met on Monday and finished up the last requirement for their Wolf badge, then they selected and practiced a skit for the upcoming pack meeting. Our den has had an interesting dynamic in leadership, and I think it has worked out well. As tigers, I was the den leader and as soon … Continue reading »

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Days 34, 35, and 36: You’re the next contestant

After the Wood Badge meeting, I spent the next three days getting ready for our pack meeting. Many months ago I thought it would be fun to do a scouts vs. parents trivia game for the pack meeting, and call it “Are You Smarter Than a Cub Scout?”. Originally it was just to provide a … Continue reading »

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Day 32: The Virtual Cubmaster

How did people run packs before e-mail? For that matter, how did they do it before text messages, cell phones, the internet, and social media? Case in point: a few days ago I got an e-mail (on my phone) from one of our Den Leaders. It said “I think the Tiger Picnic is scheduled for … Continue reading »

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