2017 CubCast

December 2017 - Religious Emblems

Joining us for this reverent topic is Jason Nolan, 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 a little over a year. He currently serves on the National Religious Relationships Support Committee.

November 2017 - Participating Parents

A loyal listener contacted the CubCast mailbox and wanted to know if we could devote to entire episode on clever ways to get every parent involved in Den and Pack meetings. Well, we aim to please, so we invited the National Director of Cub Scouting Anthony Berger who was also a Cubmaster. His pack started with 8 boys and within a few short years grew to 35 with lots of parent participation (although it didn’t start out that way). Amy and Aaron discuss with Anthony the clever methods that he used to get almost every parent involved in the pack.

October 2017 - I Love a Parade

The colorful floats, the sounds of the marching bands, the banners and flags; there’s lots to love about parades. Having your dens and packs participate in a parade is not only fun for the boys but also a good way to get noticed in the community. Join us as we discuss with Carrie Wetzel, the Committee Chair for Pack 45 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, how you can get your dens and packs from being mere spectators and into the parade!

September 2017 - Family Camping

Humorist Dave Barry once said, “Camping is nature’s way of promoting the motel business.” But Scouts know better. And Cub Scouts know that camping can be fun for the whole family! Sara Banks, Cubmaster for Pack 555 in Midland, Georgia, tells us that Family Camping, is a wonderful time for families to come together and learn more about each other. Having organized family camping outings for her pack of more than100 Cub Scouts, Sara shares her secrets for planning, preparation and the reveals the keys to a successful family camping outing.

August 2017 - Handling Temper Tantrums In The Den/Pack

It’s one thing to figure out what to do when your own child is having a temper tantrum and being disruptive, but what if one of the other Cub Scouts is having that tantrum? We know you have this question because real-life Cub Scout Leaders and CubCast hosts Amy and Aaron have come across this situation. So, we reached out all the way to Sweden to chat with Tina Wiman, the author of the book Sulky, Rowdy, Rude?: Why Kids Really Act Out and What to Do About It. Such an interesting discussion … you should join us!

July 2017 - Cub Scouts and Outdoor Ethics

The principles and concepts of outdoor ethics are not just for the campsite. They should apply to school grounds, parking lots, even your own backyard. So, how do you explain this to your group of 7- to- 10-year-old boys? Hosts Amy and Aaron share their dens’ experiences as they chat with Dennis Kampa, the National Camping School Task Force Chair and author of the BALOO Training as he shares his words of outdoor wisdom.

June 2017 - Presenting the New Member Coordinator

It’s a topic so big it cannot be contained in one podcast! Ellie Morrison, assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 308 in Waco, Texas, joins CubCast’s Amy Hutcherson and ScoutCast’s Bryan Wendell in a special CubCast/ScoutCast crossover episode to share with us everything you need to know about the New Member Coordinator (meaning a coordinator for new members, even though, yes, it is a new position … well, you get it).

May 2017 - 10 Reasons for Day Camp

One good reason should be enough to get your Cub Scouts to day camp, but Jennifer Mooney, the Camping Director for the Cascade-Pacific Council in Portland, Oregon, shares with us 10, that’s right, 10 reasons why day camp strengthens the Cub Scouting experience.

April 2017 - Tell Us More About Wood Badge

@cubcast follower Joe@bosshoss1031 sent us this tweet: I would like to hear about Wood Badge. I hear it's a great course, but what is the course? Well, Joe, we had a chat with Wood Badge expert Mark Nelson, who shares with us everything (the who, what, when, where, and why) you need to know about this advanced leadership training course. We bet you’ll be registered for a course before the show is over.

March 2017 - Tracking Advancement

Last month, we discovered that one of the keys to keeping boys in the Cub Scouting program is advancement. Both Amy and Aaron know first-hand that this can sometimes be a daunting task, so we invited Scoutbook inventor, Shawn Jackson, to the show to talk with us about the importance of advancement and how the Scoutbook app may be the perfect solution for keeping up with everyone’s achievements and awards.

February 2017 - Cub Scout Retention

So you (hopefully) recruited lots of boys last fall into your den. Liz Bullock is the advancement chair for Pack 130 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and she joins us for a spirited discussion on figuring out how to keep them coming back week after week. Spoiler alert: Listen for a tip Liz provides that made Aaron do a happy dance during the interview!

January 2017 - Tax Exemptions and the Den Leader

@cubcast follower Jake@getbackupagain1 sent us a tweet asking if a new den leader can write-off the supplies he purchases as tax deductions. Because there is not a simple “yes” or “no” answer, we invited tax expert and legal counsel for the BSA, Russ McNamer, to the show to help us navigate this complicated topic and make it sound, well, less complicated.

 

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