2015 CubCast

December - Are You a Happy Camper?

So you say you’ve never been camping before? Feeling a bit nervous and apprehensive? Don’t worry! The lovely Jennifer Mooney, camping director with the Cascade Pacific Council in Portland, Oregon, joins us to help calm any anxiety you may be feeling about camping … in the woods … with a group of 8-year-old boys. Scout’s Honor.

November - Duty to God and Cub Scouts

The Scout Oath begins with Duty to God. The Scout Law ends with reverence. So it should be no surprise that Duty to God is such an integral part of Scouting. But what may be an eyebrow raiser is that the Duty to God element of the Cub Scouting program has been updated. Why change it? Fifteen-year Cub Scout volunteer, Kee Ostler tells us it’s, “like tending a garden.” Find out what that means by clicking the Download button.

October - Putting the Uniform in Uniformity

Robert Baden Powell, the founder of Boy Scouting, said, "The uniform makes for brotherhood, since when universally adopted it covers up all the differences of class and country." But what exactly do we mean by “uniform”? Is it the official blue or maybe the same T-shirt? Northern Star Council Scout Executive, John Andrews joins us for the answers and shares a great tip on how to be sure all the boys in your pack are dressed for success.

September - Asking for Help

If you’re a regular CubCast listener, as you should be, you know we always mention getting parents or others in the community involved with your den or pack. Yet some of us are still hesitant to ask. We don’t expect you to run a high- quality program all by yourself, so we asked self-proclaimed “unlikeliest den leader” and reporter Danny Heitman from the Istrouma Council in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, how he was able to acquire assistants and make den meetings a whole lot more fun!

August - New Online Training

So, you’re a new den leader. Thanks for joining us! You’re probably wondering about now what you got yourself into. But relax – just click the Download button as Steve Yackel, Instructional Design team leader for Scouting U, explains how the new online training modules, will enable you to know exactly what to do when that group of 8-year olds comes to the house on Thursday.

July - New STEM Awards Requirements

Teresa Colletti of the Greater St. Louis Council joined us for the May 2014 CubCast to share with us all the really cool and exciting activities your Cub Scouts can do while secretly learning about science. Changes to the Cub Scout program, however, mean changes to the requirements for the Nova and Super Nova awards. Teresa is back with us to share these updates. Join us, won’t you?

June - Planning the Cub Scout Year

Blue and gold banquets, camping trips, field trips, fundraising -the list of all the things your Cub Scouts should be doing seems endless. However, everyone getting together to plan the Cub Scout year makes everything that much easier. But how do you get everyone gathered to put together a Cub Scout calendar, and who is “everyone”? Click the Download button to find out.

May - The New Cub Scouting Materials and How to Use Them

If you’re a regular CubCast listener, as you should be, you know we’ve had quite a few episodes about getting ready for the new Cub Scouting program. In those shows, we mentioned the materials that were created for the new program and now we’ve invited Cub Scout online training task force member Nancy Farrell to have an in-depth discussion with us about those materials and how they’ll make your life as a Cub Scout leader so much easier.

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April - Cultivating New and Future Leaders

By the title of this episode, one might get the impression that Cub Scout leaders grow on trees - if only that were true! But it isn’t, so even if you have all the positions in your unit filled, do you know what will you do if, for some unexpected reason, one of your volunteers can’t fulfill his or her responsibilities? Before you panic at that thought, join us for an engaging discussion with Lucia Cronin and Greg Lawless on how to find, nurture, and cultivate new and future leaders.

March - Adopting the New Cub Scout Program

Time waits for no one and the new Cub Scout adventures program will be here soon it so CubCast wants to know – are you prepared? Probably not, because we received a lot of requests for an episode on how to transition into the new program. Join us as Ken King, Cub Scout Adventure Team Task Force member, enlightens us as to what you need to be doing right now to get ready.

February - Gathering the Boys for a Productive Meeting / Activity

Cub Scouting is fun! Cub Scouting is adventure! Cub Scouting is lots of 8-to-10 year- old boys! So how does one get these rambunctious Scouts settled down so that the meeting or activity can be enjoyed by everyone – including you? Bobby Lester, winner of the Driving Force Award in the Longhorn council in Fort. Worth, Texas, shares some magic tricks and tips you need for a productive activity.

January - The Science of Character Building

Have you ever found yourself asking, "What does Scouting mean by 'building character'?" Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, is conducting a study on how the Cub Scouting program instills kids with positive characteristics that may differ from other youth programs. This study is seeking to understand the impact that Scouting has on the development of character in the Cradle of Liberty Council in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dan Warren, a doctoral student of child study and human development at Tufts University and one of the researchers on that study, joins us for an enlightening discussion. Join us, won't you?