Friday, February 5, 2021

Hold A Summer Olympics



Sam Houston Area Council

Hold a fun mini-Olympics. This can involve many of the usual Olympic sports with enjoyable twists added to them.

Examples of sport events might include

Water Balloon Shot Put,

100-foot Crab- Walk Dash,

Low Jump (under a pole without knocking it from its holder),

Balloon Javelin Throw,

50-foot 3-Legged (Potato Sack) Hurdles,

25-Yard One-Footed Relay, etc.

Make sure to have Olympic Gold/Silver/Bronze “medals” for all of the participants and the winners.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Song - Cub Scout Garden

Song - Cub Scout Garden
Commissioner Dave
Tune:  She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain.
Gardening is a great example of reverence and faith in God.  I wrote this one a few years ago.  It has many more verses.  (Too many for Cub Scout attention spans!!)
Be sure to create some really good motions for the verses!
We will plant our Cub Scout Garden in the spring
We will plant our Cub Scout Garden in the spring
We will plant our Cub Scout Garden
We will plant our Cub Scout Garden
We will plant our Cub Scout Garden in the spring
We will pray to God to watch our crop each day
We will pray to God to watch our crop each day
We will pray to God to watch
We will pray to God to watch
We will pray to God to watch our crop each day
We will reap our harvest early in the fall
We will reap our harvest early in the fall
We will reap our harvest early
We will reap our harvest early
We will reap our harvest early in the fall
Then we’ll Thank God for his help with our garden
Then we’ll Thank God for his help with our garden
Then we’ll Thank God for his help
Then we’ll Thank God for his help
Then we’ll Thank God for his help with our garden

Thursday, April 18, 2019


Cubmaster: Would all Tiger Cubs and their parents please come forward?
Many years ago in the village of akela there grew a mighty oak. She, who is Mother Earth, had given
the tree to Akela’s grandfather. Akela, the wisest wolf, cherished this tree and held council beneath It’s outstretched branches. The beautiful tree was home and playground to any bird or animal who
respected and cared for it. Mother Earth provided abundant sunshine and rain to nurture and patience
would be needed to insure that the tree would grow to it’s fullest potential.
Who presents these Tiger Cubs for their Tiger Patch?

Tiger Cub Coach: I do, Akela. They have Searched, Discovered, and Shared. They are also learning
the way of the Pack.

Cubmaster: Let them speak the Promise of the Tiger Cub.

Tiger Cub Coach: Tigers and Parents, repeat after me.
I promise to love God,

Tiger Cubs: I promise to love God,

Tiger Cub Coach: My family,

Tiger Cub: My family,

Tiger Cub Coach: and my country

Tiger Cub: and my country

Tiger Cub Coach: and to learn about the world.

Tiger Cub: and to learn about the world.

Cubmaster: This tree represents our Tiger Cub program. In order for it to flourish, much time and
effort must be spent by the Tiger Cubs and their parents. (Look towards Tiger Cubs)
As each of you receive your award, please replace the patch with a leaf, and you will see how much
more vital the tree will become.
(Boys are called by name, take patch, place leaf, get awards.)
You have each helped nurture this tree, and it has become a part of you. Just as Mother Earth’s trees
endure for many years, you have gained values through the Tiger Cub program which will last you a
lifetime. May you always stand tall and straight like a tree... and be a beautiful resource of our land.
Will the audience please join me in congratulating these scouts.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Master of the Universe Prayer

Master of the Universe Prayer

Master of the universe Grant me the ability to be alone;
May it be my custom to go outdoors each day
Among the trees and grass, among all living things.
And there may I be alone, and enter into prayer,
To talk with the one to whom I belong.
May I express there everything in my heart,
And may all the foliage of the field (All grasses, trees and plants)
May they all awake at my coming,
To send the powers of their life into the words of my prayer
So that my prayer and speech are made whole
Through the life and the spirit of all growing things,
Which are made as one by their transcendent source.
--Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav (1772-1811)

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Circle Ten Council
Personnel:  6 Cubs and a narrator
Equipment: Each Cub hold a picture or drawing of a tree with his section of text on the back.
Cub # 1              Did you ever pause to think about how helpful a tree is?
Cub # 2              It provides a nesting place for birds, shade from the sun, and protection from the rain.
Cub # 3              It discards its dead branches, thus providing wood for building fires and for cooking food.
Cub # 4              A tree adds beauty to the countryside and to camping areas.
Cub # 5              We must admit that a tree gives a lot more than it receives.
Cub # 6              We can learn a lesson from the tree, by doing our best to always be helpful to others and by putting our fellow Scouts first and ourselves second.
Narrator:     Remember the lesson we learn from the tree - To give to others more than we receive.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Arbor Day/Earth Day Ideas

Plan a special service project for Earth Day –
Check for local opportunities on community web sites or at your local library.  You can also find great activity ideas at  or at

Invite a garden expert to help pack families get started on a simple garden – if you don’t have a resource in your pack family, check with the local Extension Service for a Master Gardener.  Nothing teaches Faith better than planting and nourishing a seed – and you will be helping your pack families to eat better and save money!

Plant a tree or trees, to celebrate Arbor Day – The date varies from state to state, based on optimum planting time, but many have chosen a date in April.  Check the list in Value Related Ideas.
Trees are available from several sources.  In Sacramento and many other places, a local Tree Foundation will provide trees and planting tips.  Also Disney has a program to provide trees to plant for Earth Day, and check out the Family Activity Program with all kinds of great ideas – they can also be used with your den!  Go to:

Have some fun with tree “cookies” – Cut slices from small tree branches – these cross-sections are great to explore the history of a tree.  Discuss tree rings in general, then give each boy or person their own “cookie” to explore.  Challenge them to find: a time when the tree was stressed; several years when sun, water and nutrients were just right, an example of some damage from fire, insects or other factor.  Note:  You can connect the changes in the tree rings with ways in which a boy’s faith is strengthened or tested, such as temptations, falling out with friends, or when faith is nourished by religious teachers or family service projects.
Play Hug A Tree Game – Learn to recognize “your” tree - In an area with many trees,  boys  take turns being blindfolded, led to a tree (for touch and feel) and then lead away.  After removing the blindfold, the tree hugger tries to locate his tree.  Talk about the differences in trees, and how those differences affect where they grow, how much water, sun, etc. they need, how animals and people (and even other plants) make use of different trees.


Sunday, March 25, 2018

World Crest

World Crest This patch has been worn by Scouts since Scouting was founded in 1907. Lord Baden-Powell gave the Scouters on Brownsea Island in the U.K. an early version of this badge. The World Crest is worn by Scouters around the world. Lord Baden-Powell said, “Our badge we took from the ‘North Point’ used on maps for orienteering.” Lady Baden-Powell said, “It shows the true way to go” reminding Scouts to be as true and reliable as the compass. The crest is the fleur-de-lis, the symbol of scouting with the three points of the Scout Oath. The two stars stand for truth and knowledge. The crest is white on a purple background. White represents purity and purple represents leadership and help given to other people. The rope encircling the crest symbolizes unity and brotherhood of Scouters around the world. The rope is tied in a reef, or square knot to represent the strength of being united together and service. The “bond” was added by tying the three parts of the fleur-de-lis together to symbolize the family of Scouting. Every scout wears this patch to remind us Scouting is a world organization. It is a permanent patch worn centered above the left pocket. The BSA donates a small portion of the proceeds from the patch to the World Scout Foundation to help with the development of Scouting in emerging nations. (; Wikipedia; Bryan on Scouting, February 25, 2015)
FAQ - If the World Crest may be worn by all youth and adults in the BSA, why isn’t the World Crest pre-sewn on BSA uniforms? In summary, Bryan's Blog's ( answer to the question said: The fee paid by the BSA to WOSM for use of the emblem is based on the cost of the item sold. By selling the patches separately, the fee is a based on the cost of the patch. If it were presewn on a shirt, the fee would be a percentage of the cost of the shirt. Doing that would essentially double the cost of the patch to Scouts and Scouters.

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