- Did some last-minute work for tonight’s den meeting activities
- Typed up the Scout Oath and meanings for the Webelos to help them learn it better as we begin our journey in the Arrow of Light requirements
- Created a sheet that relates activity badge requirements the boys have already completed to the corresponding Boy Scout requirements for the Scout badge, Tenderfoot, Second and First Class ranks.
- Worked with the one boy and his family who was unable to make it to the planetarium last week to be able to visit it this week to earn his Science belt loop
So it’s the third Tuesday of the month and that means it is Webelos den meeting night. Tonight we continued working on the Showman activity badge, with tonight’s focus on the music portion of the requirements. At our last meeting, we completed the Puppetry requirements (2 & 3). For the music portion we would be working on requirements 9, 12 & 14).
The first one we tackled was #12 (Name three American composers. Name a famous work by each). As a home assignment, the boys were to look up either in their handbook or on the Internet (with parent’s permission) the names and works of three composers. As we went around the table and each boy shared who they picked and what piece of work I pulled up snippets of the various songs/compositions on iTunes. Talk about using technology to move things along!! I was able to quickly pull up the exact piece of music as the boys mentioned allowing them to immediately hear what they had chosen. Some of the composers named were Stevie Wonder (“Superstition”), Woody Guthrie (“This Land is You Land”, Danny Elfman (Theme from The Simpsons), Steve Jablonsky (Transformers movie score and John Williams. Ironically all of the boys listed Williams but each one picked a different piece (one had Star Wars, one selected Indiana Jones and the other –my son– Harry Potter).
We then went to #14 (Show the difference between 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time by beating time…). We looked at some choral music I brought home from church with the different time signatures and then the boys tapped the beat to some various songs I had in my iTunes library to give them a feel for the difference in beat structures. We even threw in a song in 6/8 time from Harry Potter – “Hedwig’s Theme.”
The boys completed part of #9 (Sing one song indoors and one song outdoors, either alone or with a group. Tell what you need to do differently when singing outdoors.) last summer at camp by singing outside. Tonight we discussed the difference between outdoor and indoor singing. Then in honor of my birthday (ironic how we “planned” this meeting for this particular day :)) the boys sang “Happy Birthday” to me. My wife even made a cookie cake for the boys and I to share. They then learned a new song that they will sing at next week’s pack meeting — “Road Kill Stew.”
We finished up by practicing their paper bag puppet skit for the pack meeting and reciting the Scout Oath and meaning I typed up earlier. I decided to type up the Oath, Scout Law and Outdoor Code along with their meanings in an attempt to give the boys as much a chance to learn these for requirement sign off but also begin to learn and understand the meanings behind the words they will memorize that will serve them well in Boy Scouts and life. My plan is to use these as part of the opening and/or closing of all our den meetings from now until they cross over to Boy Scouts next year.