Doing A Good Turn

On this WebelosWednesday we take a look at the Arrow of Light Adventure, Scouting Adventure.  We are charged to live by the Scout Slogan and "Do A Good Turn Daily".  As challenging as this may sound, in reality it is an extremely easy and meaningful activity.  Your "good turn" could be something as simple as pouring a bowl of cereal for your brother or sister, folding the towels when the laundry is done without being asked, or simply giving a loved one a hug to start their day off right.  Sometimes its the small and simple things that really help out others when they are in need of assistance.  Just think of the impact that one scout doing his good turn had on William D. Boyce. 

William Boyce was lost on a foggy street in London in 1909 when an unknown Scout came to his aid, guiding him to his destination. The boy then refused Boyce's tip, explaining that he was a Boy Scout and was merely doing his daily good turn. Soon thereafter, Boyce met with General Baden-Powell, who was Chief Scout at the time. Boyce returned to America, and, four months later, founded the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910.

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.

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

With summer in full swing, this is a great time of the year to work on the outdoor activity award. The following is the requirements form all ages of Cub Scouts.

Tigers, Wolfs, Bears Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts have the opportunity to earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award. Boys may earn the award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. The first time the award is earned, the boy will receive the pocket flap award, which is to be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt. Each successive year the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap. Leaders should encourage boys to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year.

Tiger

  •  Complete the Backyard Jungle adventure, and complete four of the outdoor activities listed below 

Wolf

  • Complete the Paws on the Path adventure, and complete five of the outdoor activities listed below.

Bear

  • Complete the Bear Necessities adventure, and complete six of the outdoor activities listed below.

Webelos

  • Complete the Webelos Walkabout adventure, and complete seven of the outdoor activities listed below.

Outdoor Activities

With your den, pack, or family:

  1. Participate in a nature hike in your local area. This can be on an organized, marked trail, or just a hike to observe nature in your area.

  2. Participate in an outdoor activity such as a picnic or fun day in a park.

  3. Explain the buddy system and tell what to do if lost. Explain the importance of cooperation.

  4. Attend a pack overnighter. Be responsible by being prepared for the event.

  5. Complete an outdoor service project in your community.

  6. Complete a nature/conservation project in your area. This project should involve improving, beautifying, or supporting natural habitats. Discuss how this project helped you to respect nature.

  7. Participate in your pack's earning the Summertime Pack Award.

  8. Participate in a nature observation activity. Describe or illustrate and display your observations at a den or pack meeting.

  9. Participate in an outdoor aquatics activity. This can be an organized swim meet or just a den, pack, or family swim.

  10. Participate in an outdoor campfire program. Perform in a skit, sing a song, or take part in a ceremony.

  11. Participate in an outdoor sporting event.

  12. Participate in an outdoor Scout's Own or other worship service.

  13. Explore a local city, county, state, or national park. Discuss with your den how a good citizen obeys park rules.

  14. As of June 1st, there is a new option, "Invent an outside game, and play it outside with friends for 30 minutes.

Webelos Moviemaking Storyboard

Requirement 1. 

Write a story outline describing a real or imaginary Scouting adventure. Create a pictured storyboard that shows your story.

This storyboard was created by my Webelos aged son for his movie making elective adventure.  In his movie, he plans on sharing the story of how exciting it is to go camping, the reality of wildlife, and the rule of no food in tents.

Created by Dylan

Created by Dylan

A storyboard is a graphic organizer in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence. Storyboards can be as simple as a piece of printer paper and as complex as a whole side of the wall.  One animator that implemented the use of storyboards very well was a man by the name of Walt Disney.  Even to this day, Walt Disney Animation uses this process for the production process of movies.

Simple Floor Plan

Engineer Activity Badge Req. 2
Draw a floor plan of your house. Include doors, windows, and stairways.

You can use a computer or simply sketch out your floor plan on a piece of paper.  We recommend using a ruler to make your lines straight.

Here is our quick sketch of our floor plan.  Make sure to include your windows and doors!


Here are what the symbols would look like if you unrolled a set of blueprints: