Re: Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Tue, 11 Jun 1996 14:59:04 EST
I was on the GW District RT cub staff for two years, and we used to
give out beads to wear on totems. A first-timer would get called to
the front, and presented with a totem which he would hang around his
neck on a red string, the ends of which would dangle below the totem
(a small piece of leather through which the two ends of the string
Attendance would get you two yellow beads one month and two blue beads
the following month. You'd get an orange bead if you participated in
a song, skit, ceremony, etc. A tan bead would be awarded if you went
to basic training during the previous month, or some other training
event. A green bead would be awarded for showing up at a district
event like pinewood derby. if you served on staff for the event,
you'd also get a red bead. If you were declared an "Outstanding" DL
or CM or whatever at the end of the year (a local, district award)
you'd get a gold bead to go on your totem. There were lots of other
I invented one to go on the totem as well--a really pretty, large
ceramic bead, which we would give to anyone who BRINGS a first-timer.
This encourages the regulars to bring along newbies.
At the beginning of each new year, a new string of a different color
is awarded, and the next year's beads are strung on this. Thus, some
of the regulars who attend faithfully for 4 or more years have a
couple of hundred beads worn around their neck on several different
colored strings on their totems.
Guess what? THIS WORKS!!!! It's not only the boys that'll do
anything for a bead, let me tell you. A lot of leaders will, too,
take it from me.
I also made a "CRT Showup Stick," similar to a Native American coup
stick--stained alder, leather wrapping, feathers, etc.--and the pack
which brings the most people to RT in a given month gets to take the
show-up stick home and decorate it with a pack symbol.
Just a few ideas to boost attendance. Good luck on the job. I
greatly enjoyed my time on the RT staff, and look forward to doing it
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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