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Den doodles can be either floor or table models.  The floor models are usually fastened to some type of pole, such as a broomstick or dowel rod.  The base can be a bucket or large can filled with plaster.  If you wrap the stick with foil or grease it with petroleum jelly and insert it when the plaster is soft, then you can remove the stick after the plaster is hard making it easier to handle and transport from place to place.

Any number of things can be used to recognize advancements on the doodle.  Examples:  Colored beads, spools, wood cutouts, peanuts, walnut shells, etc.

When additions are made to the doodle, it is nice to use a short ceremony in the den.  You may wish to give each boy the opportunity to color or paint or add his own addition to the doodle.  Be sure to take your den doodle to pack meetings for display, this will give the parents an idea of where their son stands advancement-wise in the den and pack.

In addition to advancement, include any special accomplishement such as the Environmental Award, Oxley Nature Center patch recipient, etc.  Don't forget to display den awards like the Summertime Award.

Ethics In Action

Teaching values has always been a part of the mission of the Boy Scouts of America, but parents of Cub Scouts told us they wanted even greater emphasis on values education.

Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts are growing up in a complicated world.  Ideas -- good and bad -- come at them from all directions. Many of these are in conflict with what their parents want them to learn, yet parents are not always around to help them choose.

Ethics in Action provides a series of activities and experiences designed to help boys learn to make good choices.  The activities are designed to help boys understand such Scouting values as honesty, fairness and respect for themselves and others.  Then, they learn to use these values to make choices in their daily lives.

Ethics in Action activities may be scheduled into the yearly plan for den meetings, or they may be used when a specific situation arises.  One set of activities, for example, deals with "name calling."  This can cause bad feelings in a den at any time and needs to be dealt with when it happens.

There are 14 sets of activities, each built around a single theme.  They are:

BE A FRIEND.  Discusses what friendship means, and how friends act toward each other.

BE AWARE AND CARE #1.  Discusses physical handicaps with an emphasis on blindness.

BE AWARE AND CARE #2.  Discusses other physical handicaps; suggests ways to prepare for getting to know elderly people.

CARING AND SHARING.  Uses a mock court to deal with taking care of one's own things and showing respect for the property of others.

CONSUMER ALERT.  Helps boys analyze TV commercial messages and print advertisements.

DIFFERENCES.  Explores attitudes towards differences in people.

FIRE! FIRE!  Explores the responsible use of fire; deals with the kinds of decisions regarding fire that Cub Scouts  and Webelos Scouts are likely to face.

HARD LESSONS.  Shows boys what it is like to have learning disabilities and underscores the need for understanding problems faced by those with such conditions.

KINDNESS COUNTS.  Stresses responsibility to animals, both at home and in the wild.

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