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Baloo's Bugle

May Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 7, Issue 10

Wet &Wild
Webelos Traveler & Artist
Tiger Big Ideas 17


The Weatherman
Northwest Suburban Council

This is performed on a stage.  Hang a large map or a sheet with some outlines drawn on it, across the back of the stage.  Since the skit involves water, it is a good idea to use a waterproof ground cloth to protect the stage. Plan the skit, assemble the materials, and assign responsibilities ahead of time.

Everybody except the Scapegoat knows what will happen.  (My own opinion varies, let the scapegoat know in advance)  Let the Scouts decide what kind of weather to use, and what props are needed to represent it.

The Weatherman stands in front of the map, and presents a parody of the television evening news report.  He reads from a script in his hand.  As he announces each kind of weather, it appears, aimed straight at him from off-stage.  He announces that the South will have wind.  The backdrop shakes and a large fan blows the papers in his hand.

The Weatherman reports that there will be snow in the North.  White confetti drops from the sky, or over the map.  He reports hail in the Midwest, and small white objects pelt him. (Plastic packing makes good hail.)

Each time the weather reacts to his report, the Weatherman acts more scared.  Finally, he turns the page, stops, and protests that he can't do this any more.  He needs a brave person to read the last forecast for him, and asks for a volunteer from the audience.  With the help of the audience, the 'volunteer' is selected and pushed forward.  The Scapegoat is handed the script, and reads, "And tomorrow this area will have heavy rains."  Instantly, he is hit by a bucket of water from offstage.


What Can You See?

Simon Kenton Council

(Boys enter wearing different paraphernalia to with and they climb into a boat.)

1st Cub: (wearing big glasses)
My big glasses help me to see
The world is a wonderful place to be!

2nd Cub: (with binoculars)
That speck that is so far away
My binoculars make it plain as day.

3rd Cub:  (1ooking over the side of boat with a magnifying glass)
Do bugs really live in the sea'?
There's a purple bug looking back at me!

4th Cub: (wearing goggles, looks over side of boat)
There's lots of strange things in the sea
(lifts goggles off eyes) Is that a mermaid I see?

5th Cub: What is that that I can see?
A submarine coming to rescue me!


New Canoe

Simon Kenton Council

Teacher: (Steps up to the chalkboard and writes N-E-W in big letters.  What does that spell?

Students: (Several students sit in chairs.  All raise their hands.)

Teacher: Okay, Johnny.

Johnny: New

Teacher: Very good.  (Next the teacher takes the chalk and puts the letter K in front of the N.)  Now what does it spell.

Students: (All raise hands and wave arms trying to get the teacher's attention except Billy).

Teacher: Okay, Billy.

Billy: (Smiles and says) Canoe!


Gone Fishin'
Heart of America Council


Personnel: Dad, Mom, Jimmy, Johnny and Jerry.

Equipment: A large box containing: fishing gear, tackle box, waders, etc.

Dad: (coming in from work) Oh boy! My new fishing gear is here! Did I get everything I ordered?

Mom: I think so, but you’d better check and make sure.

Dad: Let’s see, my new waders, my new casting rod and reel.  And my new lures, 500 assorted lures.  I now own the most advanced technology for catching fish that money can buy!

(Jimmy and Johnny enter)

Jimmy: You got your new fishing gear!  When are you going fishing Dad?

Dad: Just as soon as I put on my jeans and my new fishing sweater.

Johnny: Can we go, Dad?  Can we?

Dad: Why sure, boys.  I can teach you fellahs all about fishing in the great outdoors.  By the way, where’s your brother?

Mom: I haven’t seen him in awhile.

(Jerry enters carrying an extremely long string of cardboard fish)

Jerry: Dad!  Look what I caught!

Dad: Where did you get those?

Jerry: Fishing.

Dad: With what?

Jerry: With a stick and a bent safety pin for hook.

Dad: A safety pin? (Looks at his pile of equipment.)

Get me a stick! I’m going fishing with you!


Facts of Water
Heart of America Council

Personnel: Six Cub Scouts

Equipment: Buckets of water the Scouts can hold while speaking.

Cub 1: Did you know that watermelon isn’t called that for nothing?  It’s 97% water.

Cub 2: Did you know that during a lifetime, you will drink about 16,000 gallons of water?

Cub 3: Did you know if all the valleys and mountains on land and on sea were leveled, water would cover the entire earth two miles deep?

Cub 4: Did you know that waterpower is no idle phrase?  Water flowing at 10 miles an hour can move a rock 10 feet thick.

Cub 5: Did you know that water helps regulate climate:  It absorbs heat in summer and releases it in the winter.

Cub 6: Did you know that a birch tree releases about 70 gallons of water into the atmosphere each day, almost the amount person uses in his home each day?


Heart of America Council

Personnel: Policeman; three boys; police chief.  (Policeman hustles scuffed-looking boys up to a boy sitting at table marked Chief.)

Chief: Okay, constable.  I’ll deal with this.  (Dismisses officer, turns sternly to Cub 1)  Well, now. Why are you here?

Cub 1: (embarrassed) I threw peanuts into the lake. (Chief looks puzzled)

Chief: (sternly to Boy 2) And why, then, were you brought in?

Cub 2: (defensively) I threw peanuts into the lake. (Chief scowls angrily)

Chief: (bellows at Boy 3)  And you!  What have you got to say for yourself?

Cub 3: I’m Peanuts, sir! (Exit all)


The Fisherman
Heart of America Council

Personnel: 2 Cubs

Setting: A fish market, customer and merchant

Customer: I want you to do me a favor.

Merchant: What is it Mr. Bigwig?

Customer: I just got back from a fishing trip.

Merchant: Did you catch anything?

Customer:  No, and that’s the catch. My wife said I wouldn’t and I’m in the doghouse.  I said I would catch six fish.

Merchant: Well, how can I help you.

Customer: Let me have six of those medium size trout there.

Merchant: Wrap ‘em up?

Customer:  No, don’t make a liar out of me.  Pitch ‘em to me one at a time.

Merchant: Well, I don’t understand but here goes.  (Tosses the fish to the Customer)  What was that for?

Customer: Very simple.  I caught them, didn’t I?

Merchant: (Grinning) You’re right Mr. Bigwig.  Good Luck. (Customer leaves)


The Fishin  Trip
Heart of America Council


Personnel: 4 to 8 Cub Scouts.

Equipment: Fishing gear, a small rowboat or cardboard silhouette of a boat, and a sign that says “boat dock”.

Setting: The scene starts with the boat about 10 feet away from the boat dock.  The Cub Scouts and their Den Chief are on their way to go fishing.  The first Cub stops at the dock then walks out across the water and gets in the boat.

Cub 1: Hey wait for me!  (he walks out to the boat)

Den Chief: Oh well, (steps into the water and pretends to fall in and drags himself back to shore)

Cub 2: Hey wait up.  Here I come (walks out to the boat)

(The Den Chief tries and fails again. The sequence continues until all the boys are in the boat and only the Den Chief remains on shore.)

Cub 3: Should we tell him where the rocks are?


“Water Safety Seals”
Circle 10 Council


Characters: Ringmaster and six seals

Scene: A cardboard ring, about 2 – 4 feet in diameter, large enough for seals to stand inside.  Paint it to resemble a pool.  As the curtain opens, all seals are in the pool, flapping their arms.


Ringmaster: Ladies and gentlemen, we are now presenting those barking aquanauts, those super swimmers of the deep, our very own, “Safety Seals!”

Seals: (To the tune of Clementine)

In the Ocean, in a home pool,

In a lake or in a tub;

Where there’s water there is danger                                                        

Even in a shower scrub.

If you plunge down to the bottom,

Of the ocean, cool and green,

You must take some swimming lessons,

For you’re not a submarine!

Seal 1: (Flapping flippers)  Arf!  Arf!  Arf!  You’ll get a glad hand from us seals if you’ll only swim where there is a lifeguard on duty.

Seal 2: Arf!  Arf!  Arf!  We’ll appaud you if you always swim with a buddy.  Never swim alone!  (Claps flippers)

Seal 3: Arf!  Arf!  Arf!  Encore!  Encore!  Learn to swim well, then learn some simple reaching rescues.  Learn to give rescue breathing.  You don’t have to be a Webelos to be a ready man.

Seal 4: We seals say, by all means enjoy your swim!

Seal 5: But be a smart seal!  Stay away and out of the water during thunderstorms!

Seal 6: Avoid heavy meals before going into the water.  Save the grub for after your swim!

All: When you’re in trouble, call for help, but only if you really need it.  (Seals flap arms and sing:)

If you plunge down to the bottom

Of the Ocean, cool and green,

You must take some swimming lessons,

For you’re not a submarine!



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