December – Reverent


Reverent

                                                                                             

December1“A Scout Is Reverent” A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others. The word reverence refers to a profound respect for God. The wonders of the world remind us of our God’s creative power. We find it in the tiny lines of a leaf and the great mysteries of the universe. It exists in the kindness of people and in the teachings of our families and religious leaders. We show our reverence by living our lives according to the ideals of our beliefs. The Scout benediction is “May the Great Master of all Scouts be with us until we meet again.”

The U.S. Constitution gives each of us complete freedom to believe and worship as we wish without fear of punishment. All your life, you will encounter people who hold different religious beliefs or even none at all. It is your duty to respect and defend the rights of others whose beliefs may differ from yours.

Boy Scout Handbook, 10th Edition

Winter Wonderland

As winter comes, it brings with it a wonderland of snow, peace, beauty, and holidays. All of us come from different backgrounds and celebrate many traditions; each of our traditions gives us an identity and a sense of belonging. When we share those traditions and accept others’ traditions, we expand our circle so everyone feels like they belong. Whether we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or none of these, sharing valued traditions and holding true to what they stand for will help us understand others.

But no matter who we are or how we celebrate, we are all part of a great organization that has taught us to show reverence for others and their beliefs.

Opening

December2

Across                        Down

  1. man cookie                    1.   frozen drops of rain
  2. Jewish holiday                           2.   presents under
  3. African celebration                      3.   jolly elf
  4. helping others                          4.   Jewish toy
  5. away in a manger                      5.   glowing

Key

Across

  1. gingerbread
  2. Hanukkah
  3. Kwanzaa
  4. serving
  5. Christ

Down

  1. snowflake
  2. tree
  3. Santa Claus
  4. dreidel
  5. lights

Crossword puzzle found at http://tools.atozteacherstuff.com/free-printable-crossword-puzzle-maker

Opening Ceremony

A Scout Is Reverent

Take a Lincoln penny out of your pocket and look at it. What do you see on it? Just above Lincoln’s head are the words “In God we trust.” Twelve little letters on our humblest coin. Not only as individuals, but as a nation, too, we are committed to live and work in harmony with God and with His plan.

Most great men in history have been men of deep religious faith who have shown their convictions in deeds. Washington knelt in the snow to pray at Valley Forge. Lincoln always sought divine guidance before making an important decision. Eisenhower prayed to God before taking his oath of office as President of the United States. Kennedy asked for God’s blessing and help and challenged all Americans — young and old — to remember “that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” These men had many things in common: love of the out-of-doors, human kindness, and an earnest vigor in working with God in helping make a better world.

You are reverent as you serve God in your everyday actions and are faithful in your religious obligations as taught you by your parents and spiritual leaders.

All your life you will be associated with people of different faiths. In America we believe in religious freedom. That is why we respect others whose religion may differ from ours, although for reason of conscience we do not agree with them. Their customs may be different from ours, but their hearts are just as true, their faith just as sincere.

Boy Scout Handbook, 7th Edition

Flag Ceremony

Winter Wonderland

Setup: Have the boys who are presenting the opening prepare cards that describe what ‘Winter Wonderland’ means to them. They will read these before the Pack, so you will want to review them to make sure they’re sensible and appropriate.

Leader: Tonight we gather to celebrate the theme, Winter Wonderland. What does that mean, Winter Wonderland? To each of us it means something different, but to all of us something special. Let’s close our eyes and think about ‘Winter Wonderland’ and let our thoughts paint pictures of what it means to us. As we do this, let’s hear from the boys in Den ___ who have already given some thought to what this means.

(Boys read off ‘To me, Winter Wonderland means)

Leader: So many different ideas all from the same two words. It’s no different than when we say ‘United States.’ Again, two small words that mean many different things to many different people. But there is one way in which all of us are united. Let’s stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance that binds us all together.

http://www.retiredscouter.com/ceremonies

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Cheers

Snowball

Pick up snow, pack it into a ball, throw it and yell “Splaaaat””!

http://www.retiredscouter.com/applause

Ice Applause

Walk in place carefully. Then start saying “Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!” and moving your arms like you are slipping on a patch of ice.

http://scoutermom.com/9577/ice-applause-snowball-applause

Santa’s Workshop

Make a hammering motion while saying, “Bang, Bang. Ouch!” Then stick your thumb in your mouth.

http://www.retiredscouter.com/applause

Falling Christmas Tree

Hold up one arm bent at the elbow. Let it wiggle and fall, saying, “Oh, no! Crash!”

http://www.retiredscouter.com/applause

Santa Chimney

“Oooh; Ouch; Rattle; Bang; Craaaassshhh! Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!”

http://www.retiredscouter.com/applause

Sleigh

Bob up and down on chair like riding in a sleigh and say “ting-a-ling” three times.

http://www.retiredscouter.com/applause

Snowflake

Connect opposite pinky fingers to thumbs, wiggle your hands like a snowflake and say “Twinkle, twinkle, twinkle.”

http://www.retiredscouter.com/applause

Games

Right Family Christmas

Can be used for a full gift exchange or just one gift someone reads the story aloud. Everyone passes their gift(s) in the direction told in the story and change directions every time “Left” or “Right” is mentioned. The person keeps the gift they are holding at the end of the story.

Christmas was almost here, and Mother RIGHT was finishing the Christmas baking.

Father RIGHT, Sue RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT returned from their last-minute Christmas errands.

“There’s not much LEFT to be done,” said Father RIGHT as he came into the kitchen.

“Did you leave the basket of food at church?” asked Mother RIGHT.

“I LEFT it RIGHT where you told me to,” said Father RIGHT.

“I’m glad my shopping is done,” said Billy RIGHT. “I don’t have any money LEFT.”

The hall telephone rang, and Susan RIGHT LEFT to answer it.

She rushed back and told the family “Aunt Tillie RIGHT LEFT a package for us RIGHT on Grandma RIGHT’s porch.

I’ll go over there RIGHT now and get it.” she said as she LEFT in a rush.

Father RIGHT LEFT the kitchen and brought in the Christmas tree.

By the time Susan RIGHT returned, Mother RIGHT, Father RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT had begun trimming the tree.

The entire RIGHT family sang carols as they finished the decorating.

Then they LEFT all the presents arranged under the tree and went to bed, hoping they had selected the RIGHT gifts for their family.

Now I hope you have the RIGHT present for yourself, because that’s all that’s LEFT of our story…..

Except to wish you a Merry Christmas….Isn’t that RIGHT?

Cub Scouting Forever 2005 Pow Wow Book (Great Salt Lake Council)

Snowball Relay

Divide the boys into two teams.

Give each boy a plastic straw.

Give a team their own small box for their snowballs (cotton balls).

Place a large box about 8 to 10 feet in front of the boys full of cotton balls.

On the signal “Go”, have the first two players go to the box of cotton balls.

Using the straw to draw air through, pick up a cotton ball and take it back to his team box.

When he drops his cotton ball into the box the next players goes.

If a player drops his cotton ball on returning to his team box, he must pick it up with his straw and no hands, then continue on to his team box.

http://www.macscouter.com/games/Theme_Games_INPowwow.asp

Decorate the Tree

Cut a large Christmas tree from a sheet of green paper.

Cut ornaments of different shapes and sizes from wrapping paper.

Make two sets of ornaments. Have one set of ornaments arranged on the tree.

Let the boys study the tree and pick out an ornament to hang.

Blindfold the first person, turn him around a few times and then let him pin or tape his ornament as close to its matching ornament on the tree.

The one that is the closest wins.

http://www.macscouter.com/games/Theme_Games_INPowwow.asp

Songs

911 Song

Sing this to the tune of Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow
On a pair of broken skis
Over the fields we go
Crashing into trees (ha ha ha)

The snow is turning red
I think I’m almost dead
Will someone call an ambulance
I think I need a bed

Ohhhhh
911
911
Someone call the cops
Take me to the hospital
And feed me lollipops

Ohhhhh
911
911
Someone call the cops
Take me to the hospital
And feed me lollipops

http://scoutermom.com/9573/911-song

Tommy the Cub Scout

Tune: Frosty the Snowman

Tommy, the Cub Scout

Was a very happy boy.

With a uniform of blue and gold

And a Den that gave him joy.

Tommy, the Cub Scout

Earned his badges one by one.

He did his best and met the test.

A good citizen he’s become.

He helps out other people when

He sees they need a lot.

He does his chores around the house

And feeds his dog (named Spot).

Tommy, the Cub Scout

Does his duty willingly.

Someday he’ll join a Boy Scout Troop

And a fine man he will be.

www.cardinaldistrict.net

December4

Twelve days of Scouting Tune:

12 Days of Christmas

[Have people act out the parts]

On the 1st day of Scouting Akela Gave to me…

A Cub Master swinging from a tree…

Two Roaring Tigers…December5

Three Howling Wolves…

Four Hungry Bears…

Five We-Be-Los…

Six Bobbing Bobcats…

Seven Silly Songs…

Eight Shouting Cub Scouts…

Nine Den Chiefs Running…

Ten Derby Cars…

Eleven Funny Skits…

Twelve Wacky Cheers…

www.cardinaldistrict.net

Crafts

Christmas Candy Cane Poem about JesusDecember6

Look at the Candy Cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me
White is for my Savior
Who’s sinless and pure!
“J” is for Jesus My Lord, that’s for sure!
Turn it around
And a staff you will see

Jesus my shepherd
Was born for Me!

http://ministry-to-children.com/candy-cane-poem-about-jesus/

Beaded Candy Cane

You need:

Green pipe cleaners

Red & white pony beads

Very quick and easy ornaments for your Cub Scouts to make.

http://stayingclosetohome.com/diy-ornaments-kids-christmas-crafts/

Cub Scouts can make a winter decoration to hang in front of their windows with this craft. You don’t need a lot of fancy materials to make these and they can be put together pretty quickly, so these could be done at a pack meeting or den meeting.

Cotton Swab Snowflake Craft

Materials (per snowflake)December7

  • cotton swabs
  • wax paper
  • Silver Glitter glue or tacky glue (don’t use regular glue)
  • Clear beading cord

Instructions

  1. Arrange the cotton swabs on the wax paper in a geometric pattern. See the photo for examples.
  2. Use some glue to attach the end of the swabs together.
  3. Let dry. (If you make them at a meeting, you might need to have a piece of cardboard underneath so they can carry them home to dry.)
  4. Carefully lift from wax paper. If it sticks a little, just leave some bits of wax paper attached.
  5. Attach a piece of mono-filament line to hang the snowflake as a decoration.

http://scoutermom.com/9574/cotton-swab-snowflake-craft/

Activities

  • Take a trip to your local library. Have the boys each find a different book on holidays or holiday customs. Have each boy share what they have learned with the Den. (examples Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza)
  • Find books with holiday games or search online for different holiday games to play as a den.
  • Plan a visit with other local religious institutions to learn more about their religious customs.

Audience Participation Story

Audience participation activities inject a little interest and fun into Pack meetings. Too much sitting makes Cub Scouts fidgety. So get them (and their parents) to stand up and participate in this activity.

This is a story about the cold winter when Paul Bunyan found Babe the Blue Ox. A few words and names are repeated throughout the story. Your audience will be divided into groups and assigned a word or name. Whenever they hear it, they must say something – loudly and with enthusiasm – and do an action. Cub Scouts usually enjoy these “action stories”.

Audience Participation – The Story of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

Divide the audience into four sections and give them these instructions:

Group 1: When you hear the word “cold” say “BRRRRRRRR!” and shake like you are shivering
Group 2: When you hear the name “Paul Bunyan” say “Mighty!” and make strong man arms
Group 3: When you hear the name ”Babe the Blue Ox” say “Swish Swish” and move your arm like it is a swishing tail
Group 4: When you hear the word “ton” say “Heavy!” and pretend you are lifting something heavy

Now read the following story. When you get to a _____, pause so the group can do their sound and action.

One winter it was so cold _____ that the snow was blue. It was so cold _____ that if you talked, the words came out of your mouth frozen. To hear what somebody else said, you had to pick up the words and take them over to the fire so they would thaw.

During that cold _____ winter Paul Bunyan _____ went out walking. He heard a sound coming from the blue snow. He dug around a little and found a tiny ox. It was completely blue. So Paul Bunyan _____ took the little ox home with him and he named it Babe the Blue Ox _____ .

Just like everything else that Paul Bunyan _____ was with, the creature grew and grew and grew. If you watched him you could see him growing. Babe the Blue Ox _____ ate a ton _____ of hay for breakfast. He ate another ton _____ for lunch. And then he ate another ton _____ for dinner.

Paul Bunyan _____ used Babe the Blue Ox _____ to haul a load of logs. Babe the Blue Ox _____ loved the cold _____ winter because logs would slide easier on the icy road. The giant beast did not like summer as much. So Paul Bunyan _____ took a ton _____ of butter and smeared it all over the road. So then Babe the Blue Ox _____ like the summer as much as the cold _____ winter.

http://scoutermom.com/9622/audience-participation-story-paul-bunyan-babe-blue-ox/

Treats

Snowballs 0r Russian Tea Cakes

Ingredients

1 cup butter

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/4 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cups very finely chopped nuts (we like pecans)

Additional powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Mix the butter, sugar, and vanilla thoroughly.
  2. Stir in the flour and salt.
  3. Mix in the nuts.
  4. Chill the dough for about 1 hour.
  5. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Roll dough in one inch balls.
  7. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until set but not brown.
  1. While still warm, roll in additional powdered sugar.
  2. Cool.
  3. Roll in powdered sugar again.

http://scoutermom.com/9576/snowball-cookies/

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