2009 CubCast

December

Power Up
Knowledge is power so get ready for the January theme of Power Up! In part 1 of the December Cubcast, we spoke with John Carlton, Cubmaster for Pack 66 in Austin, Texas who tells us Power Up is more than just science and energy; it's teaching your Cubs how to use their physical and spiritual energy, too!

100th Anniversary
The Boy Scouts of America turns 100 years old on February 8, 2010. What can your Cubs do to celebrate this historic occasion, you ask? Well, we spoke to Bob Mersereau, the National Council's 100th Anniversary Project Director with the Marketing Media Services and Public Relations Department. Bob shares with us all the fun and exciting things to do to participate in this event.

November

Works of Art
Michelle Gee, a longtime Cub Scout volunteer, returns to Cubcast to look outside the "paint on paper" box for art ideas that go way beyond program helps.

 

Chartered Organization Good Turn
Whether it be a church or the PTA, there are a lot of things you can do to partner with your chartered organization. Linda Goff, a 26-year Scouter, has some great ideas on opportunities for Cub Scouts to work with the chartered organization to benefit the community.

 
Ocotober

Cub Scout Salute
Learn some great ways to implement the November theme of Cub Scout Salute in part 1 of the October Cubcast. We spoke with Angela Elliott, a longtime Cub Scout volunteer and National Council employee, for ideas that go beyond Program Helps.

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Webelos-to-Scout Transition and MyScouting Interviews
One of the most important Scouting experiences occurs when a Cub Scout bridges over into Boy Scouts. Listen to part 2 of the October Cubcast to hear insights on how you can make this vital transition as smooth as possible for your boys. Then we jump into the benefits of the online MyScouting application with Sara Lacobee, the training specialist for the National Council's Information Systems Department.

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September

Jungle Safari
Lions and tigers and bears are roaming in part 1 of the September 2009 Cubcast, as we talk with Jamie Niss Dunn about October's Jungle Safari theme. Get great ideas for how to implement the theme, work on advancement, and teach the core values of resourcefulness and cooperation, as well as the monthly purposes of spiritual growth and preparation for Boy Scouts.

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Family Friends of Scouting
Family Friends of Scouting is the annual fundraising effort by the Boy Scouts of America to help local councils succeed financially. In part 2 of the September Cubcast, we'll visit with Alex Behrend, district director for the Iron Horse District in Milwaukee. Alex has some tips on how the Iron Horse District has met or exceeded its Family Friends of Scouting for the last 3 years.

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August

Cub Scout Pockets
Pockets are in play for part 1 of the August 2009 Cubcast. Play the podcast to hear ideas on ways to implement the September theme of "Cub Scout Pockets," as well as thoughts on how to use the theme for advancement, support the monthly core purposes of character development and fun and adventure, and instill the monthly values of compassion and honesty.

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Popcorn Sales
In this segment, we'll talk about what's new in popcorn sales and great tactics for selling lots of product to fund your pack's activities, as well as develop self-confidence in your boys. We'll visit with Doug Dent, vice president of marketing for Trail's End popcorn. Doug serves as an assistant den leader with Pack 303 in Yorktown, Indiana, where his son is a Bear.

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July

Fun in the Sun
Join us as we discover great ways to implement the August 2009 monthly theme, Fun in the Sun. Ray Alverson, the assistant council commissioner for Cub Scout roundtables in the Houston area, is our featured guest, and he brings a wealth of tips and insights for executing a really enjoyable theme.

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Cub Scout Fall Recruiting
In part 2 of the July Cubcast, we explore ideas and strategies for effective fall Cub Scout recruiting. Brian Skalski, Cubmaster for Pack 204 at the Jersey Shore Council, joins us to share the inside story on how the council improved its fall recruiting by leaps and bounds.

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June

Be a Sport
Summer's here, and the time is right for athletic activities of all kinds. In part 1 of the June Cubcast, we explore July's theme of "Be a Sport," including tips on great ways to involve your den and pack in a variety of sports, as well as teaching Scouts the ways of good sportsmanship.

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Fall Program Planning
In part 2 of the June Cubcast, we visit with a lifetime Scouting couple on ways to make your fall program planning efficient. Hear some great insights on everything from putting together your annual calendar to getting parents more involved.

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May

A-Camping We Will Go
Summer is just around the corner, which means it's time to go "a-camping." Tune in to part one of the May Cubcast, and hear about different ways to execute the Cub Scout theme for May, "A-Camping We Will Go, with tips from Dennis Kampa, the vice president of program for the Rocky Mountain Council in Pueblo, Colorado, and a member of the National Camping task force.

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ScoutParents
In part two of the May Cubcast, you'll hear about the "ScoutParents" initiative from the BSA. Learn how this new volunteer position is contributing to retention, and how you can get your unit involved as we visit with Chris Smith, a Program Administration Specialist with the national office Council Solutions Group.

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April

Leave Nothing But Footprints
With spring upon us, Cubcast takes to the outdoors as Eric Hiser, chair of the BSA's Leave No Trace Task Force, provides some great examples of how to make May's theme of "Leave Nothing But Footprints" fun and rewarding. Help your Cub Scouts treat the environment responsibly, and learn how the "Impact Monster" skit can make a big impression on the little guys. This is part one of a two-part podcast.

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Spring Recruiting
Learn helpful tactics for the critical Cub Scout spring recruiting effort as we visit with Darlene Sprague, Area 3 commissioner for the Northeast Region and the 100th Anniversary vice president for the Greater Niagara Frontier Council. This is part two of a two-part podcast.

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March

Jurassic Pack, Special Needs Scouts
Experience the Jurassic period with your Cub Scouts on this month's Cubcast! Hear how to make the theme for April come alive for your boys. And we'll talk about how to work with special needs Scouts, with valuable insights regardless of whether you have any special needs youth in your den.

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February

When I Grow Up, Song Leading
Join us for a discussion about When I Grow Up, the Cub Scout theme for March, with insights on how to make the theme resonate for the boys in your den. And song leading is on the agenda as well. Even if you can't carry a tune in the proverbial bucket, you'll hear some great suggestions on how to share the universal language of music.

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January

American ABCs, Webelos-to-Scout Transition
The January Cubcast features ideas for activities related to February's American ABCs theme, and we'll also take an in-depth look at Webelos-to-Scout transition with our national commissioner, Tico Perez.

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