I’ve been giving a little thought to our next few Pack meetings. The transition away from monthly themes is one that is going to be very hard for me. I loved the monthly themes. In fact, I bought many themed flags to use during opening and flag ceremonies. It’s a fun collection to have, and I’m sure I will find a way to continue to use them with the Pack.


But Cub Scouts is making a transition to a new program, built around Cub Scouting’s 12 Core Values. And to be honest, although they have been in each rank book, I have to admit that they don’t yet just roll off my tongue. Perhaps it is a good idea to embrace the core values in a new way.


And from what I understand, that is pretty much what the Cub Scout 2010 program is about.


It’s a shame that BSA is taking so incredibly long to get training and materials out to units before our “old” program runs out. (Program helps don’t exist beyond August 2010 right now.) I’m sure that is going to create some degree of stress for us to get things out to busy volunteers who we just have less contact with in the summer time. But I’m optimistic that with strong support from one another, we’re going to do great with this new program!


Do you know the 12 Core Values of Cub Scouting?


Citizenship: Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national communities.

Compassion: Being kind and considerate, and showing concern for the well-being of others.

Cooperation: Being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal

Courage: Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences.

Faith: Having inner strength and confidence based on our trust in God.

Health and Fitness: Being personally committed to keeping our minds and bodies clean and fit.

Honesty: Telling the truth and being worthy of trust.

Perseverance: Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult.

Positive Attitude: Being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find the best in all situations.

Resourcefulness: Using human and other resources to their fullest.

Respect: Showing regard for the worth of something or someone.

Responsibility: Fulfilling our duty to God, country, other people, and ourselves.