Den Doodles

On Thursday's, I tend to look at ideas that have worked in the past.  Den doodles have been around as long as there has been the organization of the dens in Cub Scouts. It is the one tool, besides the back of their book, which the scouts are able to measure up their progress.  This great visual aid sometimes creates a desire within the scout to complete more achievements to build up his own cord on the doodle.  Also, in some circumstances, it may create some competition between the scouts to see who’s cord has more bling on the doodle (didn’t someone important once say that scouting is a game with a purpose… oh yah, Baden Powell said that).  When creating your den doodle, do not do all the work. This is for the boys, so naturally it should be them who designs the doodle.  You as the leaders are the ones who keep it updated and you may be surprised at how proud your Cub Scouts are as they slip something as little as a pony bead onto their own cord of accomplishments.   

Cubmaster’s Packbook, 1973 printing Pg 329

A den doodle can proudly take its place beside the den flag at the pack meeting. If it’s a good den doodle, it’s distinctive. No two doodles should look alike, but every doodle should have the dens number and totem, a place for each member’s name, and a cord or thong for each Cub Scouts string of achievements. Spools, bottle tops, and Popsicle sticks are a few of the usual trophies used to show the completion of an achievement. Whatever the den chooses from then on, all members use the same trophy to mark their triumphs – each one should be marked with the achievement number and date.

The Law of the Pack

This last weekend we went to the theater and watched the new Disney live action movie The Jungle Book.  During multiple scenes involving Mowgli and the wolf pack, they remind each other what their duty to the pack is and how the pack protects the individual by reciting "The Law of the Jungle" led by Akela. 

"Now this is the Law of the Jungle. As old and true as the sky; And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die... For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack..."

 During the first scene that this happens, my wife leaned over and whispered, "It's just like Cub Scouts!"  Cub Scouting was created based off of this wonderful story told by Rudyard Kipling. The Law of the Pack was recently replaced by the Scout Law, but still rings true throughout the dens and packs even though we do not recite it anymore.

Law of the Pack - The Cub Scout follows Akela. The Cub Scout helps the Pack go. The Pack helps the Cub Scout Grow. The Cub Scout gives goodwill.

Just like Mowgli, each Cub Scout is going through their own "jungles" and challenges. Along the journey each man cub comes in contact with some strange creatures (leaders) who help the young man cub become the best that he can. Let us as leaders, choose to be those individuals that help our man cubs grow and become the great leaders of the future when they eventually leave the pack in life's journey.