CUB bars Re: cub scout beads
Ted Mahler (ted@SH-GPL.TI.COM)
Mon, 21 Sep 1998 06:31:07 -0500
> My wife has recently started as the Wolf Den Leader. Although the basic
> adult training mentioned awarding beads, she is trying to get an idea as to
> how many other Den Leaders award on average per week. Seems my oldest son
> used to get as many as 30 beads sometimes. The initial plan she worked out
> was running about 10/boy/meeting. Your ideas on what you award them for and
> an "average" number awarded each meeting?
> Thanks in advance
> Mike Vogel
Here is what we did as a reward system. Our plan was called CUB bars. A CUB
bar is a wooded rectangle 1 X 3 inches in size. It is worn lengthwise on
the uniform (above the right pocket). It has a pin assembly hot-glued on
the back (you can find them at craft stores) to pin it with.
This bar has the letters CUB on it. We used the 3/4 wooded letters (also
available at craft stores), but you could paint them on. Under each letter
is a 1/4 inch hole in the wood. A loop of string is threaded through each hole.
You do this by takeing 6 inches of string and holding the ends side by side
then tying them together. Thread the other end (the loop end) through the hole.
Now pass the knotted end through the loop and pull tight. CUB bar
construction makes a very good first meetng project.
Now then, to use the CUB bar. CUB stands for Conduct, Uniform, Book. Each
meeting that the scout is not a conduct problem, wears his uniform, and
brings his book, he receives a bead in each catagory. You can reverse the
method of putting the string through the hole (except don't untie them) and
put a bead on the string. The knot holds them on. Once the bead is on, thread
the loop back through the hole.
To keep the number of beads from getting out of hand, I used green, blue, and
white beads for the C, U, and B. When they had ten of a color, they would trade
those in for a silver bead. Ten silvers would be traded for a gold bead.
THIS WORKED GREAT! Wolf and Bears ate it up and loved wearing the bars
during pack meetings with all their beads. For Webelos we did not
put on the CUB letters but had a graphic of their patrol. It is less effective
for Webelos 1 and pretty much is useless for Webelos 2's.
Give it a try.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City