2012 CubCast

December - How to Hold a Blue and Gold

Oh sure, you're probably thinking about the upcoming holidays, but believe it or not, December is not too early to be planning your blue and gold banquet as February will be here before you know it! Join Sam and Janet as they find out from Darlene Sprague, national Commissioner Support Team and board member of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, the secrets to having a successful, stress-free blue and gold banquet.

November - Unit Charter Renewal

Welcome to the new Cubcast! It that's time of year to renew your unit charter so join your new hosts, Regional Operations Manager (and past Cub Scout Division Leader), Sam Thompson and Cub Scout Volunteer extraordinaire, Janet Griffin as they discuss with Terrie Wilder, assistant council commissioner for charter renewal for the Mount Baker Area Council, everything you've always wanted to know about the unit charter renewal process so you don't miss a thing.

 
Ocotober

Citizenship
Enjoy this vintage Cubcast while we're working on the new and improved Cubcast. Come back in November for its debut! Citizenship should mean more to a 7-year-old than simply reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. A parent of a new Cub Scout, Randy Doucet of Lynden, Washington, has served on the Cub Scout pack committee and as a den leader at Cub Scout Summer Twilight Camps. He tells us his secrets to teaching the boys about this November Core Value.

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BeAScout
Enjoy this vintage Cubcast while we're working on the new and improved Cubcast. Come back in November for its debut! Marty Walsh, department manager for the Membership Impact Department at the national office in Irving, Texas, drops by the Cubcast to share all the exciting details about this cool new recruiting tool

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September

Responsibility
Sigmund Freud believed that most people are afraid of responsibility. Of course, that doesn't apply to you because, as a Cub Scout leader, you're up to the challenge! But how do we empower the boys to take on this Core Value? Well, we asked Bob Mazzuca, recently retired Chief Scout Executive who knows a thing or two about responsibility, to share his insights with us.

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The Cyber Chip
The internet, Facebook, texting, apps—today's kids are using technology for everything from help with their homework to socializing with friends. But sometimes kids don't realize that the cyber world can be a little scary and they need to protect themselves.
Joining us is Scott Berger, a 40-year Scouter with Patriots' Path Council in Florham Park, New Jersey. Scott is chairman of the Cyber Chip Task Force and will introduce the BSA's new Cyber Chip.

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August

Cooperation
J.C. Penney (you know him; maybe you bought your uniform at one of his stores), once said that "Cooperation proves the quality of leadership." So let us ask you this: Are your Cub Scouts cooperating as well as they could be? Join us as Caren Tamkin, 20-year volunteer and member of the Cub Scout Pack Meeting Task Force, gives some new and creative ways to explore this Core Value.

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Popcorn Selling!
That's right, folks; it's that time of year to sell popcorn! Why do we do it? What's the secret to selling the most popcorn? Oh – what about new flavors!? The Scout Executive of the Greater Alabama Council JT Dabbs, who also happens to be the Product Sales Task Force Chairman, is going to reveal all the answers to these and other popcorn selling question right here…right now!

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July

Honesty
Honesty defines the moral character of a person perhaps more than any other attribute. We here at the BSA are all about character building, so Michelle Gee, council supplemental training chairman for the Last Frontier Council in Oklahoma City, is bringing us great ideas on giving our Cub Scouts the perfect foundation for building their own character with this monthly Core Value.

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ScoutParents Revisited
Scouting is dependent on interested leaders and interested parents. John Copley, leader of the National Council Volunteer Development Committee's ScoutParents task force, joins us to explain how we can use the ScoutParents program to help keep that interest to recruit and retain leaders, parents, and ultimately Cub Scouts.

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June

Courage
Winston Churchill once said, "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." So with those words of wisdom, sit back, relax, and join us as we discuss teaching courage to 8-year-olds with the author of the BALOO manual, Cubcast favorite Dennis Kampa.

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STEM and the NOVA Award
The BSA has partnered with Exxon/Mobil to create a brand new award called the NOVA Award! This new initiative goes hand-in-hand with the new STEM initiative. What's STEM, you ask? The sooner you click the download button, the sooner Matt Myers, development specialist on the Youth Development Team at the national office in Irving, Texas, can tell us all about it.

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May

Perseverance
If you're a regular Cubcast listener (as you should be), you may remember Amy Von Culin from last year's segment on Compassion. This time, the five-year Cub Scout day camp and Webleos resident camp program director joins us for a delightful discussion about how to engage the boys in fun activities to illustrate the June Core Value: Perseverance.

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All Markets Delivery Method - Year A
Does this title pique your interest? Do you have any idea what it means? Well, Lee Shaw, senior business development specialist on the Community Alliances Team at the national office in Irving, Texas, will guide you through this relatively new delivery method the instant you click "download."

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April

Health and Fitness
The Cub Scout motto is "Do your best," and the best way to accomplish that is to be healthy and fit. BSA National Commissioner Tico Perez joins us to explain the importance of this Core Value and how essential it is for our Cub Scouts to learn that early (without realizing that they are learning at all).

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Spring Tiger Recruiting
Lucia Cronin is an executive committee member of the Bay Lakes Council in Appleton, Wisconsin. She has been successful in both recruiting and, more importantly, retention. We've asked her to share her recipe for success right here on Cubcast.

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March

Faith
There's a line from an old movie that says, "Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not too." Sounds simple enough, right? Maybe. But to help us give our Cub Scouts a deeper understanding of the April core value is council commissioner for the San Diego Imperial Council, Caren Tamkin.

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Cub Scout Planning Tools
Sssshhhh. If you promise to tell all the Cub leaders you know, Bill Evans will share with us the secret to Cub Leader success. It will make your Cub Leader experience a little easier, too. Bill is a Program Specialist on the Youth Development team at the National Office in Irving, TX and the secret will be revealed right here….on Cubcast.

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February

Compassion
You have a group of 8-year-old boys coming to the house next week for a den meeting—now what? It will be OK; we understand, and we're here to help. Joining us to explore the Core Value of compassion is Nancy Ferrell, a Cub Scout leader for over 28 years who had held many volunteer leadership positions in councils all over the country. She currently serves on the Pack Meeting Plan Task Force.

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Special Needs Youth
This segment is the perfect companion topic for the Part 1 segment of Compassion. Even if you don't have any special-needs boys in your den or pack, we are certain you'll find it enlightening. Joining us is Carla Bigelow, a 30-year volunteer with the Mount Baker Council in Everett, Wash. Over the past 17 years, Carla has been a foster parent to more than 150 children, most of whom had special needs.

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January

Resourcefullness
By now you all know that Cubcast is great resource for picking up new ideas for your Den and Pack Meetings, and this month Janet Griffin of Grapevine, TX joins us. With her many years as a Den leader, Webelos Den Leader, and Den Leader Coach, just to name a few of her many Cub leader roles, she's the prefect resource for us to learn new and exciting ways to teach the boys all about this Core Value.

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New Cub Delivery Method
We heard from many Cub Scout Leaders who expressed a desire to return to the old Theme-based meeting plan. Well, we responded… sort of. To help us understand this new Core Value / Theme Pack Meeting Plan is none other than the Chairman of the Pack meeting Task Force, Kim Barker, a 15 year volunteer with the Bay Area Council in Galveston, TX.

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