Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Blue & Gold Banquet printable placemat

 I made a printable puzzle you could use for the Blue and Gold banquet as a placemat.  I put it on the Akela's Council blog.  Click here to check it out...

   Or to print it this way, click here

Friday, November 30, 2012

Glass Stones Blue and Gold Neckerchief Slide

This fun neckerchief slide would be a good one to do for the boys for the Blue and Gold Banquet.  I found these cute "bottle cap images" on the site below for sale.  I bought them, and printed them on a size 4x6 on glossy photo paper.  Looking back, I wish I would have printed them on a nice regular paper.  I think having it on glossy photo paper made it hard for the modge podge to dry.

To make these cute neckerchief slides, buy the images below, and print the set of 12 out on a 4x6 paper, cut them out and add a little modge podge to the back of the glass stone, put the paper image on that and then add another small layer of modge podge to the back of the paper.  Let dry and put a back on them made out of 1/2" PVC pipe.  They did not cost much, and are a cute and easy neckerchief slide.  The company stopped selling these bottlecaps, so I made some of my own.  Click here to go to the page where I have them ready to download.

The first time I printed them I did it a size 5x7, but that made them a little too large to do them with the glass stones, so I just put a back on them.  I really quite like them.  They are cute and cheap!  You can see the difference in size above and below.

If you want to learn how to do the neckerchief slides that way, I have put that tutorial on our Akela's Council blog.  Click here.
Bottle Cap Image Sheet (No.103) - Cub Scouts - 4x6 bottlecap 1 inch round bottle cap digital collage images

The company stopped selling these bottlecaps, so I made some of my own.  Click here to go to the page where I have them ready to download.

Thanksgiving Pilgrim and Indian Neckerchief Slide

I found these cute foam stickers at Hobby Lobby.  I cut out oval shapes in foam a little bigger than the stickers, and put the stickers on them.  Then I added a back and they were done.  Cute, fast, and easy!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

How To Ideas for Teaching Cub Scouts and Kids About Fingerprinting - Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?

This idea came from Jill Ball... thanks Jill!

Bear Scouts Achievement 7a, Law Enforcement is a Big Job - Practice one way police gather evidence: taking fingerprints, taking shoe prints, or taking tire track casts.

We started the activity with talking about the importance of helping our Law Enforcers by being good citizens and helping other.

I gave each boy their own notebook and pencil.   I then "swore" them in as "Honorary Akela Detectives".  We started by fingerprinting each boy.  I first had them wipe their hands with wet wipes and we used a stamp pad to finger print each boy in his note book.  We then looked at the finger prints though a magnifying glass to try and determine the type of their finger prints (loops, whorls, etc).

I then made up a fun finger print game for them to play.  Ahead of time I took pictures of people from our neighborhood that each boy knew and would recognize, one of them was our Den Chief.  I took two sets of finger prints from each person.  I taped one set of prints along with their picture to a poster board along with the words, "Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?"  On a second poster I taped the other set of prints with the location where they were found (ice cream carton, candy bar wrapper, etc with one being on the cookie jar).  The boys then had to match up the finger prints to figure out who's matched with the cookie jar.  I was a great activity and the boys loved it.

After the activity, I also let them play around with making animals out of their fingerprints using the book Ed Emberley's Fingerprint Drawing Book.  They LOVED this activity!





Christmas Lights neckerchief slide idea - Core Value Respect - Theme Holiday Lights

The Theme for December is Holiday Lights and the Core Value is Respect.  The neckerchief slide idea we made at Roundtable this month has been posted on the Akela's Council blog.  This month we made Christmas Lights out of fun foam. Click here to print out the pattern and to find out more.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Elephant neckerchief slide idea - Core Value Responsibility - Jungle of Fun

We made this fun elephant neckerchief at Roundtable.  It fits in perfectly with the Cub Scout theme for October - Jungle of Fun.  You can find the instructions at

Halloween Pumpkin neckerchief slide idea

We made this Halloween Pumpkin neckerchief slide at Roundtable this month.  Instructions are posted at

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Halloween Neckerchief Slide idea


I found these small metal pins or buttons at Oriental Trading on clearance.  They were super cheap, and I realized that I could turn them into neckerchief slides by just glueing on a back.  With the pin already on them, it helped hold the glue tight.  They are kind of small - only 1", but I think they are just perfect.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

50 Great States Neckerchief Slides - Core Value Citizenship - Theme 50 Great States

The Cub Scout Theme in November is 50 Great States and the Core Value is Citizenship.  I had fun making up these neckerchief slides.  I hope you enjoy them. To make them:
  • Print out the color PDF with the colored United States with the "50 Great States" logo.  It was prepared to be printed on business cards and cut in half, but you can also print it on cardstock.
  • Print the Instructions PDF on Cardstock, and cut out the state of Utah.  Turn it over and trace it backwards onto fun foam.  (If you turn it over before tracing, you won't see pen marks on the finished slide)
  • Cut out the foam pieces.
  • Turn the foam piece over and glue it to the colored "50 Great States" colored picture with a glue gun making sure the pen marks are on the back of the state of Utah
  • Attach a back to the neckerchief slide.  I like to use 1/2" PVC pipe cut into small strips.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Cub Scout Themes 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

 Cub Scout Themes 2012-2018


Core Value

Supplemental Pack Meeting Themes to Enhance the Meaning of the Core Values

Set A

Set B

Set C






Hometown Heroes

Amazing Games

Under the Big Top



Jungle of Fun

Down on the Farm

Dollars and Sense



50 Great States

Your Vote Counts

Give Goodwill



Holiday Lights

Passport to Other Lands

Stars and Stripes


Positive Attitude


Lights, Camera, Action

Yes, I Can



Turn Back the Clock

Invention Convention

Litter to Glitter



Planting Seeds of Kindness

Pet Pals

Aware and Care



Cub Scouts Give Thanks

My Family Tree

Soaring the Skies


Health and Fitness

Cub Café

Destination Parks

Backyard Fun



Head West, Young Man

Over the Horizon

Go for the Gold



Cubs in Shining Armor

Space - The New Frontier

Under the Sea



Kids Against Crime

Heroes of History

Play Ball

To see & print the new themes for 2015-2017, CLICK HERE

Theme: 50 Great States ideas for the Wolf Den and Bear Den - Skits, Game, Song, Crafts and Activities

Theme: 50 Great States

 Have a large map of the United States out and have everyone mark where they are from – supply yarn and colored pins so each family can mark where family members have lived

Den Meeting Idea:
Have the families ask relatives and friends to send postcards from where they live.  See if as a group, your boys can collect all 50 states!

Skit, Joke or Run on:
Q: What kind of perfume did Americans use 300 years ago?
A: Cologne-ial

Q: What was on the bottom of America’s foot?
A: The Civil Wart

Q: Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
A: On the bottom
Utah National Parks Council Pow Wow Book 2012-2013 pg 61

Game:The Fifty Stars Relay Game
Divide the group into equal teams lined up a few feet away from a table.  Place a bowl on the table for each team. Lay 50 cutout paper stares approximately 2 inches in diameter on the table beside each bowl.  Give each player his own straw.  On a signal, the first player in each team runs forward and picks up one star (or as many as he can with one breath) by sucking on the straw, thus holding the star to the end of the straw.  No hands!  He releases the stars into the bowl, and then funs to tag the next player and goes to the end of the line.  He may need to run again.  The first team to have all 50 stars in the bowl is the winner.  The game could be varied by using the original 13 stars for a smaller group of boys.
Hint: If you use tissue paper, it is easier to pick up.
Utah National Parks Council Pow Wow Book 2012-2013 pg 57

Song:God Bless America:
God bless America, land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam.
God Bless America, my home sweet home,
God Bless America, my home sweet home,

Craft or Activity:
·         Know your Home and Community Wolf Achievements 4 Be Safe at home and on the Street Wolf Achievement 9
·         Build a toolbox - Bear Achievement 20b - this makes a great gift for the boys to give their dads.  Plan on at least 2 weeks to complete the project.
·         Law Enforcement Bear Achievement 7
·         Ways we worship Bear Achievement 1

Belt Loop: Family Travel, Geography, Geology, Map and Compass, and Photography

Neckerchief Slide: Click here