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Baloo's Bugle

February Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 7, Issue 7

Man's Best Friend
Webelos Athlete & Engineer
Tiger Big Ideas 12 & 13



Circle 10 Council


Part of the Physical Skills group.  An activity where a boy can really “Do His Best”.




·         To encourage pride in growing strong in mind and body.

·         To foster a sense of personal achievement by developing new skills and interests.

·         To convince boys that fitness is essential to good health.


Where To Go And What To Do


·         Attend high school track and field meets, football games, etc.

·         Use a local gymnasium for a den or pack Olympics

·         Attend a professional sports event.

·         Invite a high school athlete to discuss his training, including the importance of diet and rest.

·         Set up and run a physical fitness obstacle course and run it as a race.


What is an athlete?


An athlete is one who keeps his body physically fit, strong, graceful, coordinated and agile…a desire of practically every boy.  Tell your boys about the athlete and what it takes to become one.  Impress them with the fact that the body is a priceless gift and only a few minutes of exercise each day are required to keep it physically fit.  By adequate exercise, getting the proper food each day – adequate servings from the food groups – and taking care of himself, a boy can become an athlete.

The activities of the Athlete Activity Badge can help a boy measure up to the standards of strength, agility, endurance and coordination necessary for good active Boy Scouting and activities in later life.


Many Webelos leaders use Athlete as the first badge a boy earns upon joining the den.  This starts off their year in Webelos with an early badge to inspire them onward.   By laying out a permanent, accurately measured 50-yard dash and 600 yard run near your meeting place, you can easily test your new Webelos in less than half an hour.  Use a stopwatch when timing these sprint and distance runs.


As a boy completes the requirements, fill in Column 1 of his Fitness Progress Chart (pg. 53) in his Webelos book.


For fun and to stimulate interest in improving their physical abilities, use some of the dual contest found in the "Webelos Book and Program Helps."


To be an athlete, a person must be physically fit.  This means he can rise to each task with bounce and enthusiasm and enjoy life more than anyone who is physically unfit enjoys.  If he is fit as a boy, he can be fit as a man.



When putting boys to any test, the important thing is that they do their best!  While some in physical feats do excel, some others in mental abilities do well.  So don’t compare and expect the same of all; let each set his Personal Best goal.  “Give them encouragement and praise their skill, and you’ll find they will strive their best to fulfill.”

Obstacle Course


These are some suggestions on how to layout an obstacle course, depending on the abilities of the boys.  Missed obstacles have to be repeated.


1.        For hand-over–hand-crossing obstacle, use a 12 foot ladder raised 6 foot above the ground.

2.        Old tires from a service station placed flat on the ground for broken field running obstacles.

3.        Three sawhorses to jump over and under.

4.        Tarp, 6X8 (or larger) on ground for somersaults.

5.        Curved 2-foot wide path marked by string or by other means.  Runner must stay in bounds.

6.        Wooded 2X4, 10 foot long, laid on the ground with narrow side up to cross without losing balance.  Peg the board at intervals to prevent it from wobbling.

7.        Large carton or crate to crawl through.

8.        For hand-over-hand climb, use 9-foot knotted rope or broomstick rope ladder.

9.        Series of 2-foot and 4-foot high boxes to dive over head first, landing on hands.

10.     Ladder laid on bricks or boards about 6-inches off of the ground.  Run fast through the ladder rungs.

11.     Marked path to the finish line.


Being Physically Healthy


Good Health Habits

Circle the correct answer(s).


1.        Bathe/shower (every/day OR 1/week) and especially after exercise.

2.        Wash your hair (1/month OR 2+ times/week).


3.        Wash hands (before eating OR after using the restroom) and when they’re dirty.


4.        Eat right (3 OR 4 OR 6) regular meals each day at regular times!


5.        Eat (just some OR a variety of) food from each food group.


6.        The average 10-year-old should get (6 OR 9 OR 12) hours of sleep each night.


Muscle Building Champs

CAST: 6 boys in uniform holding props as described below.

Setting: All boys come on stage and one at a time step forward and speak their lines.

All Together: We all excel in building muscles
We’re champs at that, you see;
Just listen to our stories
And we re sure you will agree.

1st Boy: I hold the title of strongest in my den, do you suppose it’s because of my friend?  (Holds up toy skunk. Other boys hold their noses.)

2nd Boy: I’m known as the den’s muscle man this year, Most of my muscle is between my ears.  (Pulls out small hat from behind his back and tries desperately to fit it on his head.)

3rd Boy: I hold the title of fastest of all, I’m first in line for the chow basket call.  (Pulls out bag of cookies and begins eating.)

4th Boy: I’m known as the champion of the high jump, One time I missed and got a big lump.  (Rubs head, with painful expression on face.)

5th Boy: To keep in shape, I exercise each day, I wonder why my muscles turned out this way.  (Removes sweatshirt to show colorful padding on arms and legs.)

6th Boy: I’m the champ at making things disappear, you see,  watch us all disappear, as I count to three.
(He counts slowly 1-2-3 as curtain closes.)

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