2013 CubCast

December - Good Turns and Your Chartered Organization

Whether it is a school, church, or fraternal organization, we’re sure your chartered organization is planning some kind of event or two for the holidays.  Maybe it's a food or clothing drive or maybe it's a spaghetti dinner fundraiser.  Whatever is it, your Cub Scout pack can probably help. Cub Scout program trainer Linda Goff of Oakridge, Tennessee, joins us for an in-depth discussion on not only how your Cub Scouts can help, but, more importantly, why they should and the benefits to all involved.

November - Your Journey to Excellence

Simply stated, Journey to Excellence is the BSA's council performance recognition program that measures and rewards the success for our units, districts, and councils. But, seriously, what does that mean? What does that entail? Perhaps you're already performing at the Gold level and wonder why you need to listen to this episode. Because Kevin Steffy, Director of Field Service with the Longhorn Council in Ft. Worth, Texas and JTE expert, clarifies it all (and even shares the changes coming in 2014) to make sure you're reaping all the benefits of a great Scouting experience as you travel on this journey.

October - The Joy of Den Chiefs

If you're a regular CubCast listener, you know this is the month to talk about popcorn selling. But our new hosts have raised the bar as they bring back the vice president for district operations for the Rocky Mountain Council in Pueblo, Colorado, and CubCast favorite Dennis Kampa to talk about how and why to be on the lookout for other fundraising opportunities. Spoiler alert: It's not just about raising money.

September - Putting the FUN in Fundraising

If you're a regular CubCast listener, you know this is the month to talk about popcorn selling. But our new hosts have raised the bar as they bring back the vice president for district operations for the Rocky Mountain Council in Pueblo, Colorado, and CubCast favorite Dennis Kampa to talk about how and why to be on the lookout for other fundraising opportunities. Spoiler alert: It's not just about raising money.

August - Fun Ways to Recruit

Matt Jordan, Cubmaster of Pack 1 in Flower Mound, Texas, has a pack that can boast having 95 members, and 41 new boys have signed up already this year! We asked Matt to join us and share his secrets for recruiting; and p.s., it's more than just fliers!

July - Engaging Parents

It's the summer and, hopefully, you're out and about doing fun activities with your Cub Scouts, but have you found yourself wondering, "Gee, how can I get the parents more involved?" We thought you might, so Linda Case, committee chair for Pack 459 in Whitehouse, Tennessee, joins us to explore opportunities to engage parents in the Cub Scout program.

June - Planning the Cub Scout Year

If you only listen to one Cubcast this year (although we hope you catch them all), make this the one. Hilda Blaine, a 5-year Cub Scout volunteer extraordinaire with the Grand Canyon Council in Phoenix, AZ, chats with us about everything you need to plan your Cub Scout year and how it will make your Cub Scout Leader experience a whole lot easier.

May - Cub Scout Retention

In this episode, Peter Self, member of the Youth Development Team and executive producer of Cubcast, tells us it's not enough to recruit boys into Cub Scouting. Your Cub Scouts are getting older, so Peter shares with us some really good ideas on keeping boys in the program.

April - The Cub Scout Outdoor Program

Fishing, sleeping under the stars, toasting marshmallows; camping can be so much fun if you do it right. Joining us is Jennifer Mooney, the camping director for the Cascade Pacific Council in Portland, Oregon. Jennifer has been working at Cub Worlds since she was in high school. She definitely knows the importance of camping for our young members and how it impacts retention.

March - The Importance of Being Trained

You've got a group of 8-year-olds coming to the house on Thursday; now what? Well, you probably already know that training is the secret to a successful den or pack meeting, but you probably think you have no time for training or the training will be boring. Fear not, Cub Scout leader! Mark Griffin, the team leader for volunteer development at the National Council in Irving, Texas, is here to dispel those myths and explain the importance of being trained.

February - Scout Sunday / Scout Sabbath and Religious Emblems

Happy birthday, BSA!   Our birthday is Feb. 8, but did you know there's a whole week to celebrate Scouting?  It starts on Scout Sunday, Feb. 3 and ends on Scout Sabbath, Feb. 9.   Download this episode and you'll hear some great ideas on ways to celebrate.  We'll also be talking about changes to the religious emblems program and the connection between a Scouts faith and the values of Scouting.   Joining us this month is Mark Hazelwood, who teaches a course on religious emblems at Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, New Mexico, and has been the CEO of P.R.A.Y. for 26 years. He currently serves on the Program Impact Department's Religious Emblems Task Force.

January - Working With Core Values/Monthly Themes and Your District Roundtable

As a den leader or pack committee member, are you confused by many different monthly Core Values and themes? Look for help at your roundtable, but what's a roundtable? Well, be confused no more as Assistant Council Commissioner Cheri Pepka of the Chief Seattle Council explains implementing the Core Values and monthly themes fun and the joys of participating in roundtable.

 

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