August 27, 2015
Dear Cub Scouters,
I was talking with my children about questions we have and how, as a family, we could help each other. My question was about sharing what I love with those around me, especially if they don't love it as much as I do. My nine year old, in her wisdom, told me that I need to invite people to come and participate in the event that I love so they could see how great it is.
So I am inviting you to find some time in the next few weeks to come and enjoy the adventures known as Cub Scouting. Some of you are actively involved in Cub Scouting either as Den Leaders or other Pack leaders. For you I say, see the next adventure through the eyes of the boy. Participate as though you are the boy and see the wonder and excitement that is found in these adventures.
For those of you, who are farther removed from the Pack, attend a den meeting or a pack meeting and play. Immerse yourself in the adventure. Come to learn for yourself why this program made such a profound change. Come and see why I'm so excited about this new program and training the Cub Scout Leaders in the Great Salt Lake Council.
Come and feel the excitement of a Webelos learning to use a box oven for the first time and then trying to invent a better one with hinges and a window. Or share in the fun of racing a self propelled car with the Wolves, trying not to run into each other. Lastly teaching the power of a pocket knife to the Bears and watch in wonder at what they can carve and you can't. I invite you to come and see why these are Adventures for Life.
After you have caught the vision of Cub Scouting, I invite you to share your vision with friends and invite them to register for College of Cub Scouting too. They can begin the registration process at www.saltlakescouts.org/cub-ccs. They will need to login in order to register.
Thank you for taking your time and talents to catch the vision of Cub Scouting and sharing it with leaders of the Great Salt Lake Council. Your efforts are valued. We look forward to reading class resource pages, attending classes and sharing our vision of Cub Scouting with those we hold dear. We look forward to enjoying the Adventures, one boy at a time, each time, because these really are Adventures for Life.
Bring on the Adventures
Dean Jody Harrison
Adventures for Life
UPDATED - New Basic Training outlines are available online for Position-Specific Training for Den Leaders, Cubmasters, and Committees. Also, new Pack Meeting Plans, and New Award Requirements are available. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE NEW PROGRAM PAGE.
Big changes ARE HERE! Effective June 1, 2015, Cub Scouting adopted a new "adventure" based advancement program as well as the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The Cub Promise and Law of the Pack were retired. Details here. Click here for the official BSA page on the changes. For a PowerPoint presentation on the new program, click here. Also, see the College of Cub Scouting page for more information from the Cub Scout 411 class.
HELP NEEDED! I recently received a message from a scouter who volunteers for the LDS sponsored pack that aids Burmese refugees in the Salt Lake area. Did you know they have a pack? They recently lost their Wolf Den Leader and their Bear Den Leader and are looking for someone to fill those positions. Because the unit is sponsored by an LDS church unit, they would love to have these volunteers serve as missionaries to this unit also.
Here's what he says: "My wife and I are volunteering with the Webelos Scouts of the Columbus branch with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The members are refugees from the country of Myanmar (Burma). Their ethnicity is 1-Karen and 2-Karinni, and yes they are different languages from each other. The boys all speak English. The boys were born in the refugee camps in Thailand, they have been here about 5 years. Their families had to leave Myanmar because the government troops were killing the people. When the families came to Utah, the teenagers were starting to join gangs. Then, the LDS Church got involved and started a boy scout troop, boys started to come and and from that a branch of the church was started. The branch has sent out 5 missionaries. The cub scouts were started a few years later. Some one was doing the Wolves and Bears but now there are not any leaders for the Wolves or Bears. The boys keep asking when are they going to get to go to scouts again.It would be great if you can ask around and see if one or two couples could volunteer to help. When we volunteered and showed up to meet the branch president he said great now you can also apply to be inner city missionaries, which we did.
We do our scout night on Thursday, but it could be done on other nights if needed. The pack meetings are done on a stake basis."
Contact me for more information and I can connect you with this scouter.