Michelle wrote: Any theme ideas that I can run with? I'm drawing a blank.
"The Training Train" always works. Wooden train whistles and conductor caps
for all the staff.
"Cub/Boy Scout Magic" has been a favorite of mine over the years. Each
member of the staff did a magic trick during the training, then showed how
it was done. These made for good learning by participants, and gave them
something practical to take back to their units.
Themes that have to do with adventure always seem to work well. Space,
pirates, the Wild West, etc. These also give you a variety of morale
features and costuming possibilities.
We've done Wood Badge training with some of the following themes: "Get
Hooked on Wood Badge" (Peter Pan theme), "Last Train to Gilwell" (our last
'old' course), "Fire, Wind, and the Spirit Within" (Native American theme),
and this year will be "Turning Acorns into Mighty Oaks."
We've done BALOO training with a Jungle theme (which is kind of what
National suggests), a Hawaiian theme ("What's all the Hula-Baloo about
BALOO?", where we made Hawaiian 'uniform' shirts), and this year "The BALOOs
Brothers" during which we'll all dress like Jake, Elwood, and the Blues
Brothers band. Hey, it's an excuse for me to play some rockin' blues tunes
during the training, and throw a little chicken wire on the stage, OK?! (I'm
still working on putting the "Aims and Purposes" presentation to a karaoke
of "Minnie the Moocher...") Seriously, we're doing different areas with
names from the movie. Our main presentation area is Bob's Country Bunker,
the campfire takes place in the Palace Hotel Ballroom, games will be in
Daley Plaza, cooking is at the Soul Food Café, camping exhibits are at 1060
West Addison (Wrigley Field), and our Health and Safety discussion is in
Joliet State Prison.
Back in the days of Cub Leader Basic, I had the framework of a Monty Python
training in place, but National changed the training over to the new NLE and
PST, so it was never 'born.'