Hello Lion Cubs!
First let me say welcome to the Pack. I think we are going to be able to have a great time this year with our boys and all the activities we’ll do together.
Here’s how Lion’s generally works. This program is run by the parents. Typically there is a leader but that leader really only helps facilitate the organization of meeting times. Each parent will take a turn planning the month’s activities. The Adult handbook has a lot of suggestions to choose from, or you can choose your own activities you feel demonstrate the monthly theme. I will help with leadership as needed but the hope is that over the Lion and Tiger years someone will step up to become the Den Leader to plan and lead the kids the rest of the way through Cub Scouts.
Each month has generally three activities: 1 Den Meeting, 1 Grand Adventure, and 1 Pack Meeting. The Pack meeting is run by the pack committee so you are off the hook for that. The Den meeting is generally planning some kind of socializing activity like a game or a coloring sheet or something and then working through the handbook chapter for that month. The Grand Adventure is just planning an outing or field trip. So each month isn’t too bad, but some Grand Adventures take some thinking ahead.
Now at this point we only have Two lion cubs – a small Den. Hopefully the Den will grow this year which is unlikely unless you invite some friends. There is a good chance the Den will grow next year as Tigers because that is a very common time for kids to join scouts since Lion Cubs is such a new program. But since we have such a small Den the Tiger Den leader Danith has suggested that we team up together so the boys have more interaction with other kids and hopefully more fun.
We will have to work with Danith some to try and coordinate our activities but I think it is a great idea. We will most likely do our Grand Adventures together. Then at Den meetings we will share in a group activity and then during Workbook time we will split off. If our Workbook times coincide with each other then we will by all means work together in those cases.
Here is the plan for October:
For the Grand Adventure we plan to utilize the Pack Activity of going to the Corn Maze at Zywiec’s on Saturday, October 6. The plan is to meet at Zywiec’s at 12:00pm. The cost is $8.50/Adult and $6.50 for kids. If you know you are coming please let Me, Danith, or Rick Fryar know because we might be able to get a discount if enough people are going. If you have friends who might want to come it may be a great way to get them interested in Cub Scouts as well. Matthew, my Lion, will not be able to make it to this outing but please come and meet the other Scouts.
For the Den Meeting we are going to meet at St. Luke’s Church on Monday, October 15th. I am not sure about the time yet be we will let you know closer to that date (probably 6:30pm). We will do some activities with the Tigers and then work on our workbooks. Karen has volunteered to lead this meeting so she will make sure we have what we need. You need to bring your son’s Lion Handbook, a Baby Photo (not required but good) and I think that is it. We will review the workbook closer to the 15th to make sure.
The Pack Meeting is then on October 29th at St. Luke’s Church at 6:30pm. Feel free to dress in your Halloween Costume.
SO, that is all I have for now. If you have questions please let me know and I will be happy to answer them. Hopefully you can come to the Corn Maze, otherwise we will see you October 15th.