March Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 7, Issue 8
Save It For Us
Webelos Sportsman & Family Member
Tiger Big Ideas 14 & 15
Sandy from various resources
Glass jar, Aluminum foil, Ice, Paper, Matches or lighter
a large jar and wash it out with water. Don’t dry the jar though, you want it to be slightly damp.
a piece of aluminum foil slightly larger than the top of the jar.
Put some ice cubes onto the foil.
a small piece of paper. Fold it
a couple of times then twist it.
adult should light the paper and drop it in the jar. Quickly seal the jar with the foil (which has the ice on top)
and watch what happens.
The smoke from the burning paper rises up in
the warm air. When it reaches
the cold air around the ice, it sinks back down to the middle where it mixes
with the humidity (water) in the air to form smog.
When the weather is damp and warm, the same thing happens over cities
that produce a lot of smoke and pollution.
Does this happen in your town?
Pollution From Car Engines
Sandy from various resources
THE CAR MUST BE OUTDOORS – NOT IN A GARAGE!!!
Square of fine cotton, Strong rubber band, Car
a square of fine cotton (an old handkerchief will do) and wrap it over the
end of a cold exhaust pipe. Hold
it in place with a strong rubber band.
an adult turn the engine on for two minutes.
Stand away from the car because the exhaust fumes are lethal.
the engine is turned off, ask an adult to remove the cotton.
What does it look like?
The dirt on the cotton is soot, which normally
goes into the air. When we
breathe in, we take this soot, together with car fumes, into our lungs.
All new cars have a catalytic converter.
This is a device that is fitted into the exhaust system to filter out
harmful gases and some of the soot in the exhaust fumes.
These cars can only use lead-free gasoline and are generally less
Sandy from various resources
Have the Cubs bring several common household
trash items to the meeting. With
a stapler, hammer and nail, or duct tape, attach the trash to a board and
expose it to the elements for a month.
Make sure that the board is set up in a clear area where it will get
the full force of the sun, wind and rain.
At the end of the month examine each item and compare their relative
GROCERY BAG KEEPER
2-liter soda bottles
Knife and scissors
Plastic grocery bags
and dry bottles thoroughly.
off about 3 inches off the top of the bottle and about 2 inches off the
bottom of the bottle.
the bottles with plastic grocery bags.
Roll-on deodorant bottles (Ban works best)
the deodorant bottles apart and wash and dry well.
tempera or poster paint. Get
out all the lumps. It should be
as thick as cream.
the paint into the bottle.
the roll-on cap back on. Use
your markers as you would any other kind of marker.
Don’t forget to put the outer cap back on when you are finished
using your markers. Collect
lots of bottles and put different colored paint in each.
Small clear plastic pill bottles
Clear 35 mm film containers
Lids for containers
Yarn and scissors
the cotton ball thoroughly then squeeze the excess moisture out.
Put the wet cotton inside the bottle.
Slip two or three seeds between the cotton and the wall of the
bottle. Put on the lid.
a piece of yarn around the lid then tie the two ends together to form a
your necklace until the seeds have sprouted.
Then, plant them in a flowerpot or in your garden.
Yellow and brown construction paper
Old jigsaw pieces
Scissors and glue
a tree shape from the brown construction paper. Glue the tree on the yellow paper.
the puzzle pieces on the tree for leaves. If your puzzle pieces have lots of red, orange, and brown
on them you can make an autumn tree and glue
some of the pieces at the base of the tree, to make leaves on the
pieces mixed with light green pieces make pretty spring trees.
Green pieces are just right for a summer tree.
Why not make all three to show the different trees during the
If your puzzle pieces are not the right color
for the tree just turn them over and paint them the color you want.
RECYCLED WIND SOCK
Plastic margarine, Cool Whip, or similar tubs
Scissors and knife
Crepe paper party streams, plastic bags,
ribbon, nylon fabric, or yarn
the bottom out of the plastic tub. Cut
the center out of the lid, leaving the outer ring.
2-foot streamers from the crepe paper, ribbon, or plastic bags.
Arrange them around the rim of the tub so that they hang down over
the edge. Put a small bead of
glue all the way around the inside of the lid and snap it over the rim of
the tub to hold the streamers in place.
the bells onto a 1-foot length of yarn.
Tuck the two ends of the yarn under the lid so that it forms a
outside where the wind will blow it.
Old white socks
Green poster paint or green spray paint
Large detergent bottle cap, hair spray cap, or
similar can top
the foot off of a sock just after the heel.
Stuff the part of the sock you cut off into the foot to make the
may need to put in part of another sock or pillow stuffing to make it full
enough. Close the sock
with a rubber band. Trim off some of the extra sock if you need to, but be sure
to leave about 3 in. for “planting”
Paint the cactus green and let it dry.
several toothpicks in half, dip them in glue, and pole them into the cactus
to make the spines. Let
the glue dry.
4. To plant the cactus, mix glue into the sand
so that it moistens it completely. Use
enough sand to almost fill the cap. Stand
the cactus in the cap and pack the sand into the cap around the cactus.
Let the sand and glue dry overnight.
Old panty hose or knee-highs
Red paint marker
Small black pom pom
Lo-temp hot glue gun
using panty hose cut off the foot end so that it is about a six inches long.
place a scant teaspoon of grass seed in the tip end of the hose.
Place enough potting soil on top of the seed so that you form a 3 to
4 inch ball. Secure the loose end of the panty hose with a rubber band.
glue the wiggle eyes below the seeds. Hot
glue the pom pom in place for a nose and use the marker to draw a mouth.
glue the soil filled panty hose ball to the flowerpot, seed side up.
and keep moist and in a few days “Harry” will grow “hair”.
Baden Powell Council
This year, give your bald Easter eggs a head of
Eggs and carton, small nail, soil, grass seed, permanent
markers, film canisters.
Use a small nail to make a hole about the size
of a quarter in one end of an egg, the drain the egg and rinse out the
shell. Draw funny faces on
shells and put them back in carton.
the shells with soil (using spoon makes it easier), then plant with grass
Moisten the soil, cover with plastic
wrap, and place in a sunny window until the seeds sprouts - generally
less than a week. When the
eggheads have a thick, green mane, remover the covering and place them on a
stand (empty film canisters work for this.)
Style the hair into pigtails, buzz cuts, or
Mohawks and water every day.
Circle 10 Council
It is time for out of door activities. We need
to be aware of out environment and what we can do to help preserve
our natural resources. This is an excellent
month to work on the World Conservation Award.
1. Each person in the United States throws out
about four pounds of garbage every day.
2. New York City alone throws out enough
garbage each day to fill the Empire State building.
3. In one day, Americans get rid of 20,000 cars
and 4,000 trucks and buses.
4. Fourteen billion pounds of trash is dumped
into ocean every year.
5. Forty-three thousand tons of food is thrown
out in the United States each day.
6. Each hour, people in the United States use
two and a half million plastic bottles.
7. People in the United States throw out about
200 million tires every year.
8. All the people in the United States make
enough garbage each day to fill 100,000 garbage trucks.
9. In only one day, people in the United States
toss 15,000 tons of packing material.
10. It takes 90 percent less energy to recycle
an aluminum can than to make a new one.
11. Sixty-five billion aluminum soda cans are
used each year.
12. The energy saved by recycling a glass
bottle instead of making a new one would light a light bulb for four hours.
13. Every ton of paper that is recycles saves
14. Only about one-tenth of all solid garbage
in the United States gets recycled.
You Can Do!
1. Begin your own home recycling center.
2. Organize your den to take a field trip to a
park or beach to clean up litter.
3. Instead of using paper towels, use cloth
towels, which can be washed and reused again and again.
4. Before you toss soda rings into the garbage,
cut all the circles with scissors so animals and birds can’t get caught in
5. Instead of throwing out some things that you
don’t want anymore, see if someone else could use them. Try having a yard
6. Keep a ragbag. Put old torn clothes in it
and have a supply of rags to help cleans the house or use for messy
7. When you go shopping, bring a cloth bag or
recycle old brown paper bags by taking them with you.
8. Bring old books you don’t want to your
library. Maybe the library could use them.
9. Save paper. Use both sides of every sheet.
Use recycle paper. If more of us use recycled paper, there will be a bigger
demand for it.
Circle 10 Council
Before a soda can gets to the store, before it
has soda in it before it’s even a can, it is part of the earth!
As a conservation project for your den, recycle
the aluminum cans your family uses. These
cans can also be used for crafts.
needed: Aluminum cans – empty, paint that will hold
on aluminum, Hot glue or 6000 glue, materials needed for decorating the cans
1. Wash the can thoroughly of all soda.
2. Crush the can so that the can top is on one
side and the can bottom is on the other side.
This may take several cans in order to get them
3. Make the can as flat as you can.
4. Paint the can any way you choose.
An example: make a Cub Scout
5. Glue on any accessories needed.
6. A magnet could be attached on the back.
Of Environmental Groups:
The National Resources Defense Council
40 West 20 th Street
New York, NY 10011
They’re starting kids’ environmental organization – ask them about it!
The Environmental Defense Fund
1616 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
1400 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
They’ve got an interesting collection of environmental “success
stories” – true stories about kids who made a difference.
1436 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Turn It On! -- Turn It Off!
Circle 10 Council
You can save up to 20,000 gallons of water a
year by not letting the water run. That’s enough to fill a swimming pool.
Imagine pumping water or hauling it from a well every time you wanted
to brush your teeth, like they used to the old days. It was hard work! Life
is easier now. We can just turn
on a faucet and presto water! In fact, it’s so easy to get water that we let gallons of
it go down the drain without thinking!
We need a little water-saving magic: Presto, on!
Presto, off! Don’t go with the flow!
Practice conservation – keep track for a week how much water you
Here are a few suggestions of what you can do:
When you brush your teeth: Just wet your brush,
then turn off the water … and then turn it on again when you need to rinse
your brush off. You’ll save
up to nine gallons of water each time!
That’s enough to give your pet a bath.
When you wash dishes: If you just fill up the
basin and rinse dishes in it, instead of letting the water run, you can save
up to 25 gallons each time. That’s enough to take a five-minute shower.
When you’re going to take a bath: Plug the
tub before you let the water run, so you don’t waste any.
When you’re thirsty: If you like cool water,
why not leave bottles of it in the refrigerator instead of letting the water
run! You’ll save water, and still have a cool drink. After you have tracked the water usage in your home, bring
your notes to the den meeting and share with your fellow Cub Scouts their
Stop The Drip
Circle 10 Council
An Overnight Project
If there is a leaky faucet in your home, put a
container under it to catch the drip. Leave
it overnight. You may be
surprised to see how much water collects overnight from even a slow drip.
It is definitely worth fixing every leaky faucet.
You’ll save water and you’ll save money.
If you don’t know how to fix a faucet, you can learn how from a
book. Find one in the library.
Check The Flow
A One-Minute Project
How much water runs out of your sink faucet in
All you have to do to find out is put a pail in
the sink. Turn the water on and let it run while you time it:
Stop! What you see in the pail
is the water that would have run down the sink in just one minute, while you
were rinsing off a dish or washing a potato. This time you saved it. (Use
the water you have just saved to water the houseplants.)
Next time, you can save water by rinsing or scrubbing in a small pan
Catch A Shower
Circle 10 Council
A Five-Minute Project
uses more water, a bath or a shower?
To find out, plug the drain of the tub and take
a five-minute shower. Then
check the water level in the tub. Is it as deep as the water you usually run
for a bath? If you can convince
your family to get a water-saver shower head, you should try the experiment
after you’ve installed it to see how much lower the water level is.
Approximately 97% of the earth’s water is in
the oceans, and 2% is ice. All
the fresh water that people use comes from the last 1%.
More that 90% of the world’s drinkable water
comes from a source under the surface of the earth (groundwater).
A person can live for weeks without food, but
cannot live for more than a few days without water.
A faucet dripping at the rate of one drop per
second wastes 880 gallons of water a year.
Every ton of recycled paper saves 7,000 gallons
of water that would be used in paper production.
Pack Meeting Ideas
Trapper Trails Council
Plan a pack activity in a nature setting, an
arboretum or an open field, a National Park or other natural setting. A park
would do, but you may need to adjust a few activities. Try a blind-folded
nature walk where families walk with their hand on the shoulder of the
person ahead of them. The leader would be the Cub master and he of course
would not be blind-folded. You could have a quiet moment where they listen
to music about nature. "Sharing
Nature with Children" is an excellent book of ideas and activities to
do with boys and families. Check your local library.
That's Not Supposed To Be The Hike
Trapper Trails Council
All the cubs are to make a list of all things
along the trail, that weren't supposed to be there. Some things such as a
glass, a pot, saw, extension cord, tennis ball, etc. can be pre-planted.
When the boys return they will probably have found more than you put
The treasure hunt layout depends upon your
meeting site. The committee should lay it out several hours before the
meeting. Make sure the course is challenging enough to test the Cub Scout's
knowledge. The sample course given here would be appropriate for a small
park with some trees, picnic area, and a playground.
Dens start at intervals of 5 minutes. All dens
are given scorecards on which they write their findings for each station.
Tell them this is not a speed contest.
At each station they look under a rock to find a note telling them
what to do and where to go next. A
dad should be in vicinity of each station to provide minimum help, if
needed, and to make sure the notes with directions are replaced by each den.
Station 1: You are standing under a tree. Is it
an elm, oak, maple, pine, or crabapple? Write down your answer. Go northwest
to 4th Street entrance to the park and look around a bush on the right side.
Station 2: Within 5 paces of this spot, there
is an insect's home. Find it and write name of the insect. (Could be an ant
colony beehive, wasps' nest, etc.) Go south
50 paces to the park bench and look around the northeast side.
Station 3: Five paces west of this spot is a
yellow flower. What is it? Is it edible?
(Plant is a dandelion.) Go west to the tallest tree you see in that
direction and look around it's base.
Station 4: Within 10 paces of this spot is a
plaster cast of an animal track. Find it. Is of a squirrel, bear, dog,
horse, deer or skunk? (Use cast of a dog track.)
Go 40 paces northwest to the playground swings and look around the
post on the southeast side.
Station 5: To your right, a Square Foot Claim
is staked out. Write down all the nature things you see within it. Don't dig
it. Go south to the charcoal grill.
Station 6: Within 5 paces of here, there are
scattered 10 pictures of birds. Write down the names of the ones you can
identify. Go east to the twin
oak trees and look around the base of the one on the right.
Station 7: Pick up a leaf or bit of grass, and
toss it into the air. From which direction is the wind coming? Write it
down. Go back to Station land turn in your scorecard.
The den with the best scorecard should be
awarded a small prize--perhaps an inexpensive field guide to birds and a
blue ribbon for each member. All
treasure hunters might be given candy at the end of the hunt.
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