Cub Scout Pow Wow Book
Dewitte A. Baisch (dbaisch@DATASYS.NET)
Fri, 13 Jun 1997 18:20:06 -0400
That time of year is rapidly approaching when the grizzled, old veterans
(and grizzled, young veterans) of Scouting go into training mode and
pass on their vast knowledge to the adult leadership newbies. The focus
of this post is the extremely popular Cub Scout Pow Wow.
I am my district's training chairman and have volunteered (love that
word) to assist with compiling the council's Pow Wow book for this year.
I won't be on the instructor staff this year (sorry, Melissa!) because
of a commitment to go to Commissioner's College in Atlanta on the same
weekend as Pow Wow. I have been on the staff in the past and had a great
time, plus learned a lot. I have amassed a sizeable collection (okay,
two dozen) of old Pow Wow books, both from our council and from around
the country. Today I picked up my first copy of the Cub Scout Pow Wow
Guide, No. 33840 ($3.00, not bad), and YIKES! it turns out I am already
4 months behind the recommended timetable for putting our book together!
Alrighty, then, time to start using my resources (..used to be a
Bobwhite, Wood Badge, SR-94). One item in the Pow Wow Guide states,
"There is no need to include material from any Cub Scout literature.
This is a waste of time and space, since that material is already
available to leaders. However, it is a good idea to include references
to other literature to direct leaders to additional resources."
Now I understand the "WOW" in "Pow Wow." I am faced with a challenge
that seems overwhelming. Can I put together a good, fun, useful, and
indepth (oh, 200 to 400 or so pages) Pow Wow book containing new,
refreshing, un-plagarized material to include pictures, artwork, and
diagrams; edit it; and get it printed in time for our local Pow Wow? Our
Pow Wow will be held on November 2 (sort of a tradition, I believe).
We're shooting for between 50 to 100 new Cub Scout leaders to attend,
possibly more. A Pow Wow book is just one of the many handouts all
participants will receive. Will they get a Pow Wow book they will be
I've assembled a research staff of several HUNDRED Scouters with a few
thousand years of Scouting, particularly Cub Scouting, experience
(that's YOU GUYS!) Our first task is to brainstorm ideas. What sort of
new Cub Scouting ideas, tied to the coming monthly themes, if at all
possible, can we come up with. Suggestions are welcome from everybody
of where to look for stories, songs, skits, crafts, games, ceremonies,
and other activities. I'd love to see new material that hasn't already
been published to death. Submit your own material, you will be properly
acknowledged for your contributions. I've got a scanner so pictures,
drawings, etc. will not be a problem to include with any or all entires
in the book.
Point me in the right direction, folks, so I can help make our Pow Wow
one of the best we've ever had. Send your ideas to me privately, if you
wish, or put them on Scouts-L for those other poor Pow Wow book staff
"volunteers" to use. Unless informed not to do so, I'll re-post
articles, art, etc., to the rec.scouting.usa news group. I'll gladly
take inputs from now until doomsday, but I'd appreciate getting most of
them within the next six weeks or so.
Once our book is compiled and printed, we'll try to make copies
available for purchase by everybody (the price will be reasonable and
will include the state sales tax as well as shipping cost) who is
Let me thank all of you staffers and potential contributors in advance
from the bottom of my heart. And let me inform anyone wishing to
"flame" me for tying up Scouts-L with Cub Scouting stuff when there are
more important Scouting issues out there to discuss (aren't they ALL
important?): I am both flame- and bullet-resistant, so take your best
Yours in Scouting,
Dewitte A. Baisch (Sandy)
Scoutmaster, Troop 411, Circle 7 District, Alapaha Area Council, Georgia
"..if it ain't raining, we ain't camping!"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City