Since our Pack Meeting was shortly after the start of Chinese New Year, we used that theme to go with our Positive Attitude Character Connection. I shared my plans in our Cub Committee Meeting. Not only did the dens take care of their assignments, the Bears and Webelos also made some really cool paper dragons to display at Pack Meeting.
The Webelos were in charge of the gathering activity this month. They deciphered a few Chinese sayings. We introduced our theme and Character Connection with a brief history of the Chinese New Year and some qualities of people born in the Year of the Dragon. I named a few famous “Dragons”; for some reason Chuck Norris got the biggest response from the audience. Part of the Chinese New Year celebration includes positive wishes for family and friends, and casting away grudges. Just like our New Year celebration, it is a fresh start full of hope and possibilities.
Our parent training focused on the purposes of advancement.
- Build your son’s self-esteem
- Build his self –reliance
- Give positive recognition
- Bring a boy closer to his family
Advancing through Cub Scouts creates stronger Boy Scouts and increases the likelihood of boys earning their Eagle Scout rank. The statistics are staggering on the ratio of Eagle Scouts to missionaries, astronauts and Navy Seals! Most of all we want to give our sons the tools to be good men.
The Bears tickled our funny bone with their digging to China skit. Note to self: have boys hand their noise makers to their parents at the end of the skit.
We were fortunate to have a bunch of awards, including four Wolf advancements, a Webelos advancement and crossover ceremony.
After all that, we spent a few minutes playing Catch the Dragon’s Tail while the parents met with the Den Leaders to review the advancement requirements for their specific den.
We finished up the evening with fortune cookies for everyone.