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  1. We have been going to our district day camp for 6 years. About 3 weeks before camp there is a training for all adult volunteers where they do Youth Protection training, safe swim, etc. They go over what the responsiblities of the den leader will be. They go over buddy system and schedules. We do have a theme each year. Our day camp is from 8:30 to 5:30 Monday through Friday. On Monday, every camper must go through the registration line to make sure that all paperwork is complete and medical forms are complete. You are told which den number you are with. It goes pretty quick if all pape
  2. When my older son's den was moving on to Boy Scouts, the boys and their families gave us a gift certificate to a local restaurant but the best gift was a plaque that had 5 group pictures on it - 1 from each year the kids were in Cub Scouts. That is proudly displayed in our living room.
  3. Mom : someone created a pattern. The only sewing was at the shoulders. They were able to cut it out in one piece. I don't know if they just made a pattern or used the actual vest to create the pattern. I know they got red felt cheap at Walmart or JoAnn Fabrics. Hope that helps.
  4. The boys in our den did not want to wear the patch vest so we took a binder and got the whole sheet plastic page protectors and slid colored cardstock in each protector. The boys then took velcro and attached it to the patch and then stuck it in their binder on any page they wanted to. They took markers and could write a little something about how they got the patch or when they got it. The velcor allowed them to take it out of the book and wear it on the uniform as many patches have the little button loop. Then they could change the patches as often as they wanted to. We got the bind
  5. Our PWD has Cub Scout divisions for each rank level and then the winners from each rank go for the Pack Cup. We also have a sibling division for any sibling in grades 5 and under, a Girl Scout division and then an 6th grade & up division. All divisions follow the same rules. It has worked very well for us. We charge the non-Cub Scouts $5 for the kit and then a $2 entry fee to help cover the cost of trophies or medals and patches. The families love it because everyone gets to participate in the fun. After the official racing, the track is open for free racing and you see famil
  6. In my son's Wolf den, we got Home Depot or Lowes to donate a bunch of wooden kits they had left over and the boys built it. Then they wrapped it with newspaper (recycle) and tied it with a knot (another requirement but don't know which one) and then gave it as a gift to whomever they wanted.(This message has been edited by tdk101)
  7. Eliza - they are not using glue this year. You just wrap the bands tightly and then as a new color is added it continues along the way until she is done with that color. When she is done with the color, she cuts it off a little longer so the next color will wind around it. The nameplates were printed on cardstock and had a hole punched in it. Then it was attached to the rawhide. Some of the arrows will take several hours of work but the kids were very excited to have them. The parents seemed to appreciate it as well.
  8. I tied each color off in knots and used a dot of glue. This years are being done by continuing the strand and then winding the next color over it. There are only 2 knots - 1 at the beginning and 1 at the end. This method uses a little more thread but the end result is much neater. We did Tiger(orange), Wolf(red), Gold arrow (gold), silver arrow (silver - however many they earned), religious emblem (purple - if they earned one), Bear (aqua), Gold arrow (gold), silver arrow (silver - however many they earned), Webelos (navy blue), Webelos activity pins (grey - one for each one), religi
  9. We made them for our boys last year - first time ever our Pack has done this. We used the colored threads that are used for cross-stitch and made bands for each rank that the boy earned. We had seen some that were painted but that was not working out as well. They were time consuming but came out awesome and the boys loved them. I am happy to see that the Pack is continuing the tradition this year as well. Also all of our boys did not earn the AOL at B&G. The ones that were done and wanted to move on did and the rest finished at the end of the school year. Some went to Boy Scout
  10. My sons Wolf den grew to 18. We got two ADL for the den and each week they split into 3 groups - the groups change weekly. The boys then rotate through the 3 leaders. It works for most activities. They are still one den but get into smaller groups for activities. May not be the perfect solution but it seems to work for us. We realize that down the road, the boys may need to be split into 2 dens. For whatever reason, this den saw a ton of new recruits (9 new scouts) this year. We have an awesome leader. The 2 dads that stepped up to be ADL had boys that were active last year. We a
  11. We broke tradition last year and had some scouts earn AOL and crossover at B&G in February. Our pack had always done it in May prior to that. There were some scouts that wanted to wait until May. All the boys in the den - including those that crossed over - were allowed to participate in all Cub events until the end of the year as a den. Our Pinewood Derby was in March and we also had a Space Derby in May. They were all kept in the loop with e-mails from the Pack and could participate in any of the events. We kept them on our e-mail list through the summer. We have a camping trip to
  12. We do them as desert for our Blue & Gold. Everyone present gets to vote on different categories and then we all dig in and enjoy! We gave out the golden wisk for the top voted cake. A wisk from the dollar store spray painted gold. Kids loved it.(This message has been edited by tdk101)
  13. We use scoutlander. It is free and meets our needs. It can be a little slow at times. Out troop is now using it too. We like that there is a public part of our site and also a private part to the site that only members can view. It has been a very valuable tool for us.
  14. This may not be by the book but this is how our Pack handles camping: The Council camp we use for our fall campout has 3 single room cabins. In the 6 years I have been involved in scouts, we have always taken all three buildings so none of them are filled to capacity. This also lets the boys graduate from the big cabin (usually tiger and wolf) cabins (although everyone is welcome in any of the cabins) to the other cabins. Funny how it works that way and it has been my experience the newer scouts like the main cabin because that's where we serve the meals and the experienced parents like the
  15. I am the new Cubmaster for an active pack and am looking to incorporate some new outdoor activies to our Scouting year. One of the activies is I was considering was Geocaching. I don't have any experience geocaching but it seemed like it might be an activity the boys might enjoy. Since I have not tried geocaching yet (its on my to-do list)my questions are: Has anyone done it at a cub level? Is locating one cache enough or would you need to plan for multiple caches? Would one GPS unit be sufficient or would it be better to break the boys up into small groups? Thanks for your inpu
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