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October's Core Value - RESPONSIBILITY

posted Nov 8, 2010, 7:16 PM by Rennell Pack 438
Greetings Pack 438 Scouts and Akelas!

Wow, it’s already October?  If the calendar doesn’t seem right, the weather sure is!   It’s been beautiful outside and I hope that everyone has been taking advantage of it and working on their achievements and electives in the great outdoors.

The Cub Scout Core Value for October is “Responsibility” Here’s a great overview of the subject from this month’s “Baloo’s Bugle” (

“Responsibility is always discussed in reference to something – to be responsible to or for something.  For example, the boys will learn to be more responsible with money and resources (conservation) later in the year.  Because the topic of responsibility is so broad, there are many directions leaders can go with it.

This month the boys are learning about responsibility through the achievements and activity pins they are working on.  The Tigers are learning to take more responsibility for their health by making better food choices.  The Wolves are also learning to take more responsibility for their health, and are tracking their progress on their health charts.  The Bears are learning to ride a bicycle responsibly, and to take care of their bicycles.  The Webelos are gaining a deeper appreciation for nature, which will hopefully translate into greater environmental responsibility.  And Arrow of Light Webelos are exercising (health & fitness responsibility) when they work on their Aquanaut.

Because responsibility is already built into this month’s activities, leaders can easily work in a quick discussion about responsibility as it relates to what they are doing in their dens.” Baloo's Bugle October 2010

Here are some topics you can discuss with your Scouts about Responsibility:

Responsibility is fulfilling our duty to take care of ourselves and others.  Someone who is responsible will:
  • Be Dependable, do what you say will do.
  • Finish your homework
  • Take care of chores at home
  • Be helpful
  • Accept the consequences for your actions
  • Take care of your personal possessions.
“Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.”  Booker T. Washington

“If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.”  Abigail Van Buren

“We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until... we have stopped saying "It got lost," and say "I lost it."“ Sidney J. Harris

Cub Master Corner

Pack 438 Akelas, we have quite a number of opportunities this month to demonstrate responsibility for our Scouts.  We can show them that we are responsible by helping them make sure they understand and have memorized the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack, and that they help other people and show goodwill.  We have a responsibility as akelas to be cognizant of our actions and words, to help our boys know right from wrong and to help them develop into leaders and visionaries.  If you've been following the Bobcat Trail, you know that our Scouts have been learning the Cub Scout Promise.  Parents, we have a promise of our own:

As a parent of a Cub Scout,
I will do my best
To help my boy
Live up to the Cub Scout Promise
And obey the Law of the Pack.
I will work with my boy 
On his achievements and projects.
I will attend the pack meetings
And help as needed
To make the pack go.
We’ve got plenty of Scouting activities coming up in October and November that we are responsible for in one way or another, starting with SHACJAM, Popcorn & Macy’s Fundraising (I hope you’ve been out there selling!) the October Pack meeting and camping in November!   We’ll also have more information about the Pushmobile Invitational Event being hosted by Pack 537 in November, and continue working on Rank and Den activities for the Fall and Winter.

Once again I applaud each and every one of you for introducing your boys to the world of Cub Scouts and hope that you get out, enjoy the weather and have fun!

Scout Salute!

Gene Manuel
Cubmaster - Pack 438 Rennell Elementary