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Elk River District Roundtables February Roundtable Date Change
First Christian Church First Thursday, February 7th, 7:00 PM
120 West Grundy Street, Tullahoma First Christian Church, Tullahoma
2nd Thursday each month – 7:00 PM In order to give scouters the opportunity to spend
June Picnic, Dark July, Preview August time with their special someone, Roundtable is
being moved up from February 14th to the 7th.
Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Elk River District Banquet
and District Training Chairman Saturday, February 2, 2008, 6:00 PM
Regina Harrison First Methodist Church, Tullahoma,
931-967-9499 Family Activities Center, $5.00 each at the door
email@example.com RSVP with names and numbers for food count to
District Commissioner, Bill Morgan Dr. John Petty at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
931-723-1667 Meat, vegetable, and bread will be provided
email@example.com Bring a two-liter drink (tea, lemonade, or cola) or
District Chairman - Vacant dessert. Help recognize our district successes.
District Executive, Dale Turner Theme: “Scouting: Strong Trees Need Deep Roots.”
firstname.lastname@example.org 2008 Centennial Quality Unit Award
District Webmaster, Tom Gillard 2008 Centennial Quality Unit Commitment Forms
email@example.com are due by February 15th. Under the new quality
District Website program, now run on a calendar basis (no longer
www.bsa-troop402.org/elk_river/index.html processed at charter time), units are required to
review their year-end results and estimate new goals
Cub Scout New Leader Essentials for the coming year. With a filed Commitment
Form, the unit can then review and potentially claim
and Spring Basic Training their quality unit award at the end of the year.
Saturday, March 1, 2008 Forms available at: www.scouting.org
First Christian Church, Tullahoma Commissioners, Centennial Quality Awards.
Registration required – Courses will be
held only if minimum registration met. New Roundtable Adult Recognition
New Leader Essentials 8:00 AM While Roundtable presenters will still be looking to
Required only once for all leaders. award all units that are represented in the coming
Cub Leader Specific Classes 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM 2008 year, individual leaders deserve incentives too.
For other available training dates in the area Now, look forward to instant recognition for your
or special arrangements for training contact: leadership and unit involvement by sporting an Elk
Regina Harrison, 931-967-9499 or River District Roundtable Rounder. Find out more
firstname.lastname@example.org at your next Roundtable and spread the word.
On-Line Training Available On-Line Uniform Insignia Guide
Fast Start, Youth Protection and Water Safety The BSA Uniform Insignia Guide
No Cub Leader Basic Courses available on-line is now available on-line.
Theme for February: Opening Ceremony:
Chinese New Year Chinese New Year Welcome
Webelos Activity Badges: Materials: Rolled-up paper banner that says
Scholar, Engineer “Happy Birthday, Cub Scouts!”
CUB SCOUT 1: Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New
Purposes of Cub Scouting: Year!
Respectful relationships, family CUB SCOUT 2: Our calendar year is 2008, but the
understanding, and fun and adventure Chinese calendar year is 4706.
CUB SCOUT 3: Chinese New Year is actually a
Core Values: Cooperation 15-day celebration, this year starting on February 7.
CUB SCOUT 4: The Chinese are celebrating the
Preopening Activity: start of a new year, but at our blue and gold
Fortune Cookie Matchup banquet, we are also celebrating the start of a new
Materials: Preprinted strips of proverbs or sayings, Cub Scouting year.
decorated container or box CUB SCOUT 5; Cub Scouting is 78 years old this
Collect or create a series of proverbs or year.
sayings that might be found inside a fortune cookie. CUB SCOUT 6 and 7: (roll out banner): Join us in
Write half of each proverb on one strip of paper and saying “Happy Birthday” to Cub Scouts
the second half on another strip of paper. Place all everywhere.
the strips in a box decorated with Chinese symbols. ALL: Happy Birthday, Cub Scouts!
As people arrive, have each person pull a strip from
the box, then try to find another person whose strip Song: “Happy New Year”
would appropriately complete their own phrase. Tune: “Farmer in the Dell”
Examples of proverbs (Actions in parentheses)
focusing on the core
value of cooperation Happy New Year,
include these: Happy New Year,
Alone we can do so little … Together we can do so Gung Hay Fat Choy!
much. Happy New Year.
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door … Dragons dance ‘n’ prance (dance and prance)
And the whole world will be clean. Firecrackers go “Bang!” (shout “Bang!”)
We may have all come on different ships … But Gung Hay Fat Choy!
we’re in the same boat now. Happy New Year.
We should use not only the brains we have … But Need a Theme Cheer?
also all that we can borrow.
Gung Hay Fat Choy
Teamwork is working together … Even when Pretend to open a fortune cookie and read the
apart. fortune. Yell out “Gung Hay Fat Choy! And Best
He who does good to another … Does good to Wishes!”
Prayer: Prayer for the Coming Yell “YUCH PHOO, YUCH PHOO, YUCH,
PHOO!! RICE BOWL FULL, YUCH PHOO,
Year YUCH PHOO.”
“We give thanks for our family and
friends. May we continue to have good
fortune, happiness, and many blessings to our Cub
“Fooey! Fooey! Fooey!”
Scout families for the coming year. Amen.”
Advancement Ceremony: Project: Hong Bao (Gift Money Envelope)
Fortune Cookie Materials:
Preparation: Make fortune Red
cookies from felt or craft foam. construction
Cut a circle, fold in half, insert paper or copy
message, and glue top together. Bend in the paper, gold or
middle and glue two ends together. Use messages yellow paint or
like “Congratulations—You are a Wolf!” or “You paint pens,
are a hard worker—You have earned a Bear scissors, glue
badge!” or “We’ll be loyal Scouts and you show it’s When the Chinese people give money at a
true!” have fun making messages. happy occasion, it is usually placed in a red
Materials: Finished fortune cookies with messages envelope, often decorated in gold with lucky letters.
appropriate for advancement and badges pinned on Cub Scouts can create their own envelopes to hold
the outside. Keep cookies for different ranks thank-you notes to their parents or leaders. One side
separate. of the note could be a piece of pretend money
CUBMASTER: We have had a wonderful year full saying, “Thanks a million!” Cub Scouts can write a
of hard work and good fortune. Will (name of personal thank-you on the other side.
Scout) please come forward with your parents? You Create a template for boys to trace and cut
have made many wise choices as a Cub Scout that out using the pattern shown. Fold flaps 1, 2, and 3
brought you here tonight. Please choose your new in order by number, gluing them in place. Decorate
fortune and read it to the audience. the front with a Chinese symbol or letter. Insert
thank-you note, fold flap 4 down, and glue to close.
Game: Catch the Dragon’s Tail
All players stand in line, their hands on one Closing Ceremony: New Year Traditions
another’s shoulders. The first in line is the head of CUBSCOUT 1: Many traditions are associated with
the dragon, and the last is the tail. The head tries to the Chinese New Year, a time of new beginnings.
catch the tail by maneuvering the line around so that CUB SCOUT 2: Fruits are displayed in homes and
he can tag the end player. The line must not break. stores. Tangerines and oranges represent good luck
All other players do their best to keep the head from and wealth, and apples symbolize peace and safety.
catching the dragon’s tail. When the head catches CUB SCOUT 3: If a flower bud opens exactly on
the tail, the end player becomes the head. new Year’s Day, it is believed that a year of good
fortune is ahead.
Game: Chopstick Challenge CUB SCOUT 4: Dragon dances bring good luck,
Materials: and firecrackers keep evil spirits away.
One pair of CUB SCOUT 5: Grown-ups give children red
chopsticks and one envelopes. What’s inside? Lucky money!
bowl for each player; one CUB SCOUT 6; As Chinese people wish for good
large bowl per team fortune for the new Year, we wish good fortune and
containing marbles and beans. bright futures for all of our Cub Scout families!
Divide participants into teams of four to six
players. The object of the game is to transfer as
many items as possible from the large bowl into
Cubmaster’s Minute: Everything
your smaller bowl in a given time. Award 10 points Has Beauty
for each marble transferred and 5 points for each “Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher, once
bean. The players must pick up items one at a time, said: ‘Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees
and hands are not allowed to touch the items. At the it.’ As you go back to your families, your homes,
end of a set time, each team adds up all the points and your schools, look for beauty and good things
its players earned. in everything and everyone you meet. Give
goodwill as a Cub Scout should, and be a friend to
Audience Participation Story: Scholar: Chinese Number Cards
“The Chinese Calendar” Materials: 10 index cards and
Divide audience into three groups. Assign each a black marker for each
group a part to perform when the designated word is Webelos Scout. Using the
read in the story. chart, write one number on
each of the index cards.
Cat: “Meow!” Uses of the cards:
Rat: “Cheese, please.” One or more players: Shuffle
Ox: Lift arms like lifting weights and say “Strong!” cards well. Place them
Animals: Everyone makes sounds together. facedown. As you draw a
card, say the number in
Many, many years ago the emperor of China Chinese.
decided to have a race among the Animals. He Two players: Use two sets of
declared that the first 12 Animals to cross the finish cards, numbered on through five in each set. Place
line would have a year named after them. The cards facedown. Each player turns his top card. The
Animals were all very excited—especially Cat and first player who can correctly add the numbers and
Rat, who were best friends. say the sum in Chinese wins.
Cat and Rat woke up really early to get a Even number of players, four or more:
head start. They were doing very well until they got Mix the players’ sets and play a game of
to a river. The finish line was just on the other side. Concentration.
Cat and Rat were trying to figure out how to get Think of your own game.
across when Ox arrived. When they asked for Ox’s
help to get across the river, he agreed to carry them. Engineer:
Cat sat on Ox’s back and Rat sat on his Chopstick Catapult
head. As soon as Ox began to climb the bank of the Materials: Three sets of
river, Rat jumped off and crossed the finish line disposable chopsticks,
first. When Rat jumped, Ox was startled, causing two rubber bands, bottle
Cat to fall into the river. The other Animals quickly cap, tape, tacky glue or
followed Ox across the finish line—Tiger, then low-temperature glue,
Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, knife
Rooster, Dog, and finally Pig. When Cat finally Cut one set of
pulled himself out of the river, he was too late. Cat chopsticks in half and
was number 13 across the finish line. And that is tape the halves together. Fasten together the
why Cat is not part of the Chinese calendar with his remaining two sets of chopsticks with a rubber band
best friend Rat. on the narrow ends. Insert the taped piece between
the two and secure in place with a rubber band.
Webelos Activity Badge Projects Glue the bottle cap to the end of the top chopstick.
Place a small object in the cap, hold down the
Scholar: Chinese Characters catapult b the crossbar, and fire!
for the New Year
These two lucky Orange
characters are Blossom
commonly used for the
New Year. Fu means
blessings, good luck,
and fortune. Chun is
orange into a
spring, which means a
basket shape. Scoop out the inside and fill with
new beginning. Write on each on red paper. Make
orange gelatin and chunks of the scooped-out
the characters large to almost fill the sheet.
orange. Refrigerate and serve when set.