Scouting, Volume 38, Number 10, December 1950 Page: 16
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<f> DEN MEETING NO. 1
Pre-Opening. Have several highway maps of
the United States and your state showing rivers.
Ask boys to mark the source and mouth of the
rivers. Mark important cities that depend on the
Business Items. Introduce the theme by asking
boys how a river begins. Ask boys how rivers are
useful. Discuss their importance in the discovery
and settling of new lands. Ask boys to name some
local rivers. Explore together the extent of their
knowledge of the famous rivers of America. Trace
courses of these rivers. Describe some event asso-
ciated with each river. Boys select a river to "ex-
plore" and around which they can build their Den
project. Guide this choice carefully.
Activities. Play one of the games on page 17.
Spread a large sheet of brown wrapping paper on
the floor. Rough out the river's course. Show the
natural terrain, cities, bridges, dams, etc. Ask boys
to make models for this. Develop as a papier-mache
model and paint, or as a flat map using colored
Closing. Encourage work on Achievements and
Electives as suggested on theme pages 12-13. Tell
boys to discuss the river's history with parents. Ask
parents for stunt ideas. Sing a song.
<f> DEN MEETING NO. 2
Pre-Opening. As boys arrive, Den Chief hands
each a pattern of a ship's lantern or life ring to be
cut from cardboard and painted. Den Chief helps
to arrange a corner of the basement to fit theme.
Business Items. Discuss and plan skit for Pack
meeting. Boys bring simple costumes and materials
to the next meeting. Two boys volunteer to work
with their dads on a wagon "stern or side wheeler."
Activities. Play one of the games on page 17.
Make some ticket invitations to distribute to parents
and friends for Pack meeting. Den works on build-
ing the model of the river and its surroundings. Do
some work on a model dam, bridge, locks, etc. Help
boys understand how locks work to raise and lower
boats past a dam.
Announcements. Bring a circular paper box and
3' broom handle.
Closing. Sing "Way Down Upon the Swanee
<f> DEN MEETING NO. 3
Pre-Opening. Game: See who can drop the most
pennies out of ten on target at bottom of water-filled
can. Make stanchions of broomsticks, using cement
(see illustration above) or wood for base.
Den Business. Check dues, attendance and
Achievements. Discuss idea of making up and sell-
ing snack packages between acts, each one to have
some simple comical Cub Scout-made prize, such as
a pendant pounded out of a soda pop cap after cork
has been removed.
Activities. Play a game from page 17. Paint
stanchion. Make some colored paper flags for them.
Make up the snack boxes or bags to sell at the Pack
meeting. Prepare for the Den act. Den Mother takes
time to review possible Achievements and Electives
each Cub Scout may have passed while working on
the month's theme. They may be happily surprised
at the number that only needs dad's signature.
Announcements. Bring all models for Den proj-
ect. Also the bonus package for Pack meeting.
Closing. Repeat revised Cub Scout Promise.
Trip With Den Dads
The Den Dad and other fathers take boys to some
interesting -place on a nearby river. It may be an old
fort, locks, dams, old mill, etc. Dads make it a real
adventure by describing items of boy appeal. Have
an outdoor roast.
<§> DEN MEETING NO. 4
Pre-Opening. Play one or two of the games on
page 17 outdoors as boys arrive.
Business Items. Check up on all Achievements
completed for awards. Take dues and attendance.
Activities. Using teams of two or three Cub
Scouts, see which team can place the most nails
in a full glass of water without the water spilling
over. Boys take turns adding a nail. Have a dress
rehearsal. Touch up all materials Den will contrib-
ute toward the Pack meeting. Practice the grand
Closing. Use the one suggested for the Pack
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