As Scouting’s National Honor Society, part of our mission is to serve as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America. In Part 2 of our Play-by-Play Guide on supporting “the boys in blue”, we highlight opportunities to support Cub Scout programming in your district and council:
Cub Scout Program Involvement
Facilitate adult leader training sessions
Arrowmen in Nguttitehen Lodge of the Lincoln Heritage Council recognize that the OA brings together some of the most experienced and tenured leaders in Scouting. Therefore, the lodge hosts training sessions for new Cub Scout leaders and parents. These sessions, led by youth Arrowmen and facilitated by adult advisers, help orient leaders and parents as they get involved in Scouting.
Host a fun fall event
Halloween is a great time to engage new Cub Scouts and get them excited about a whole year of Scouting adventures. Arrowmen in lodges throughout the country work alongside Cub Scouts at annual “Pumpkin’ Chunkin'” events, teaching Scout skills like lashing and knot tying while building a catapult. Then the real fun ensues – for both Arrowmen and Cub Scouts: using the catapults to “chunk” pumpkins as far as they can. Other lodges host a “Spookoree”, a Halloween themed event where Cub Scouts participate in a haunted house, crafts, and spooky games.
Support the pinewood derby
District and council Pinewood Derby races are some of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Work with the event organizers and offer the support of your chapter or lodge at this year’s event. Arrowmen can help in all capacities of the race: at check-in, pit stop maintenance, track setting, and awards. Consider having Arrowmen build a chapter or lodge car or bring their old Cub Scout pinewood derby cars for a “big Scout race”.