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Baloo's Bugle

September 2005 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 2
October 2005 Theme

Theme: To The Rescue
Webelos: Citizen & Showman
  Tiger Cub


Closing Ceremony

Timucua District, North Florida Council

 (Light candle before starting ceremony)

A group of boys rush into the room, imitating a fire brigade, circles the room and rush toward the fire.

One or two boys might be sirens, another ring bells, several could carry a hose, one a bucket.

They all rush toward the candle and just before they get there, the Cubmaster blows the candle out.

The boys look disgusted and walk away.

The Cubmaster says, “Good night everyone!”

Top Ten Crime Prevention Tips

San Gabriel, Long Beach Area, Verdugo Hills Councils

  • Do NOT commit crimes or hang around with people who commit crimes.
  • Do NOT use illegal drugs or hang out with people who do.
  • Trust your gut instinct. If you get a weird “vibe,” you are probably right.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be rude if you have to. It’s better to be rude than to be a victim.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain view.
  • Vary your daily routine.
  • Know your neighbors and keep you neighborhood clean.
  • Use common sense (lock your doors, don’t leave keys in the car, etc.).

All           Think!

Have Cubmaster follow up with a Cubmaster’s Minute about being safe and then dismiss Pack

When Accidents Happen...

San Gabriel, Long Beach Area, Verdugo Hills Councils

A leader may do Cub #5’s part. 

Cub # 5:When accidents happen, we are told to call 911 using the telephone.  But what if there is no phone available? What if we are out in the woods or on a boat? There are other ways that we can communicate that we need help. Let's have some of our Cub Scouts show us what we could do in such an emergency.

  •  (carrying a flag upside down) One distress signal is to fly the flag upside down and others will know that you need help.
  •  (carrying a poster of 3 bonfires burning in a row) Build three fires equally spaced apart. Remember that a fire will be seen a long way during the night, but smoke is better for day.
  •  (carrying a horn or whistle) Remember the number three! Three blasts from a horn or a whistle at equal intervals should bring help. (Blow whistle three times)
  •  (carrying a flashlight or two sticks) Don't forget SOS. You can use a flashlight to signal 3 short, 3 long and 3 short; or you can beat out this Morse code with sticks or on a pipe.  (Make signal)
  • Knowing how to communicate can save lives, those we love and even our own.

HHHMMMmmm – the three fires signal for help made me wonder about Three Fires Council in Illinois. So I went to their website.  Their name pays tribute to the Native Americans of the Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Chippewa group of tribes which banded together to form "The Three Fires," and who once populated their territory.  It, also, takes inspiration from the idea of working together as a new council following a merger.  Check it out at http://www.threefirescouncil.org/  CD

Battery Check

Baltimore Area Council

Personnel: 6 Cub Scouts

Equipment: Smoke Detector and new Batteries

  • Brings out the smoke detector and places on a table
  • Checks for a sound, pushing button - nothing happens.
  • Comes out and takes out the old batteries.
  • Brings out the new batteries and put them in.
  • Checks for a sound, pushing button - the smoke detector works.
  •  “A message to our parents. Please remember to check the batteries in our home smoke detectors tonight. Goodnight.”

Smoky Closing

Baltimore Area Council

Each boy should hold up cards to spell “SMOKEY”

Words on back in LARGE print

  • Smokey the Bear has a message to tell.
  • Make it a point to hear him well.
  • Only you can prevent forest fires, Smokey says.
  • Keep yourself safe in being careful that way.
  • Everybody must do his part.
  • Yes, we can stop fires before they start

HERO Closing

Greater St. Louis Area Council

You will need large cards spelling out H-E-R-O, with lines on the back in LARGE print for boys to read

  • H is for Help. Help is on the way. A hero is someone who helps.
  • E is for Everyone.  Everyone can be a hero. You just have to be prepared and know that you can make a difference.
  • R is for Remember.  Remember that even brave people can be afraid. It is taking action even when you are scared that makes you brave.
  • O is for One Person  One Person can make a difference. One person who helps can change someone’s world

Halloween Good-Bye Closing

Baltimore Area Council

  • Thank you for coming to our Halloween party.
  • Aren’t you glad that you weren’t tardy?
  • We’ve played some games and had some fun.
  • We didn’t play tricks on anyone.
  • We’ve advanced in rank and received our awards.
  • From Bobcat (or Tiger) to Webelos—our due reward.
  • Now as you go on your way tonight,
  • Remember, goblins and ghosts are out of sight.

ALL:       Happy Halloween and good night.

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