Re: flag favors
DeLane Unruh (unruh@SOUTHWIND.NET)
Thu, 25 Jul 1996 13:58:44 -0500
>i was just curious as to how many packs use flag favors. the cubmaster that
>we had when my son was a tiger, gave each den/lair a flag favor for their
>den flag if they had it and a cheer at our pack meetings. it was stopped
>for a while, but when i became cubmaster, i put it back in place.
I am a assistan Cubmaster in our pack and my wife holds a position we call
Recognition Leader. She is in charge of tracking and awarding what you call
flag favors. We called them dingle dangles(dont ask me why:) ) These were
given out for several catagories that were voted on in the beginning of the
year by the pack council. This served as additional recognition for the
dens and help create some inter-den competition. It went very well except
the Webelos dens did not participate as actively as we had hoped. Alot of
this was due to being under the gun to complete requirements to move into
Boy Scouts. However this year I am also the new Webelos den leader and we
will be participating heavily, I believe it is the Webelos responsiblity to
set the example of all other scouts and leader to follow. The catagories
that we had set each had a unique favor signifying the completed task to
hang on their den flages. My wife and I spent several hours early in the
year getting prepared, we had eight dens at that time including Tigers. The
Tigers were incourage to participate as well, giving them more recognition
at Pack meetings.
The list is:
Den Flag - Creating den flag unique to the den showing the dens
totem(discribe below in catagory for totem)
Totem - a symbol the scouts in each den choose to represent them and their
den.(ex. arrowheads, tomahawks, Knights ect.)
Den Cheer - a den cheer created or copied that the boys use to represent
Den Doodle - a den doodle showing progress for the boys advancements
Nature Hike - If the scouts completed a nature hike during the year.
Ethics in Action - If the den completed a section out of the Ethics in
Action work book.
The following catagories were created to bring more participation in the
Pack meetings by each den. Our Pack meeting last on average a hour and
sometimes ran a little longer because of the activities. During the year
each den was to preform the following three activities during a pack meeting
and were rewarded with a favor for doing so.
Service - This was composed of setting up for the pack meeting. Setting up
tables, chairs or other necessary equipment and then also cleaning up
Ceremony - The performing of opening flag ceremony and closing ceremonies.
This did not always have to be the Pledge of Allegiance but was left up to
the dens. We had several unique ceremonies. During the month when a den
was assigned ceremony they were also responsible for any other flag
ceremonies needed such as at church and school that might be asked of the pack.
Program - The den performed at the pack meeting some type of entertainment.
This was often just singing songs for the pack, but also had several dens
The assigning of the three areas above was planned out for the year.
However the announcing was done during the pack meeting under the guise of
Indian ceremony were the Great Spirit guided the hand of a scout to draw
from the medicine bag the number bead of the next den to take over their
task for the next month.
In addition to the favors the den assign the above tasks were given for the
month the symbol representing the task. It was their responsiblity to
maintain the symbol for the month and at the end bring it to the pack
meeting with it decorated by their den with something representing them.
Ceremony was a Indian style drum, Program was a Staff and Service was a hand
I think this program went well for us and had several parents commented on
how they enjoyed the meetings more because they saw their sons involved in
more than just receiving their advancements. We hope to continue the
program again for the new year.
Assistant Cub Master and Webelos Den Leader
Pack 123, Quivira Council, Santa Fe District
Was not in scouting as a youth, I'am now and reliving my Youth. Thank You B.P.!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City