July Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 7, Issue 12
Webelos Naturalist & Forester
largest spider ever caught, a member of the genus Ladiodora, was found in
Brazil in 1973. It measured 10.63
first gasoline-powered tractors were built in Iowa in 1902.
Weighing in at upward of 11 tons, they were so hard to start that some
farmers just left them running all night long.
first post offices in America were create d and organized by the British
Parliament in 1711.
1786, the Continental Congress adopted the dollar and decimal coinage still in
use in the U.S. today.
State of Liberty stands 151 feet, 1 inch from the feet to the top of the
torch. It weighs 225 tons.
have been cultivated in America since about 1835.
and Florida are the nation’s leading strawberry-producing areas.
1925, a Ford automobile cost $265.00
raspberry is a member of the rose family.
kangaroos can hop as fast as 40 miles an hour over short distaces and can leap
over obstacles as high as 6 feet.
this info online: you can write State
Farm and when your Scouts learn about how to care for their homes this info
can be passed along.
An average of a quarter-million families have their homes ruined and lives
disrupted each winter because of frozen-pipes damage.
Insurance companies pay an average of $450 million in claims due to
For a free brochure that includes additional tips for preventing frozen pipes,
see a State Farm agent or write:
Public Affairs Department (FP),
State Farm Insurance,
One State Farm Plaza,
Bloomington, IL 61710
I recently learned about those product registration cards.
I didn’t fill them out. I
wasn’t aware that they were used to inform buyers about product recalls.
This is another little fact you can share with your Cubs.
of us throw away product registration cards due to lack of time and
motivation. Here's a good reason to make time:
When products are recalled, manufacturers use product registration data
to alert customers.
Trapper Trails Council
feet of clear flexible tubing 5/8 to ¾ inch inside diameter, 8-inch funnel
Directions: Push one end of the
funnel into the piece of tubing and secure with tape.
With lips together, place free end of tubing to your mouth.
Force air between lips to make a buzzing sound.
Be sure to clean thoroughly after each music session.
Fiddle (Just like on the Beverly Hill Billies)
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can, mop or broom handle, string, and heavy tape
Directions: Punch a hole in the
bottom of the can, tread the string through the hole and secure it on the
inside. Tie the other end of the
string to the end of the broomstick and secure with tape so it does not slide
down. To play it, put one foot on
the can to hold it in place, rest the end of the broomstick without the string
on the coffee can or on the floor. And
tilt the dowel back until the string is tight.
Then pluck it.
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Different sizes of clay pots, rope, washer for each pot, 2 dowels,
rubber ball or foam rubber material.
Hang different sizes of clay pots upside down from wooden dowel, use either a
large knot at the end of the rope or else tie on a washer so that the rope
will be secure in the pot. Use a
dowel with either a rubber ball pushed on to it or else a piece of foam that
has been wrapped in material wrapped around one end to make a striker.
Attach a rope or heavy string tied onto either end of the dowel to hang
the bells. Or for a different
sound tie nails to a stick and hit them with a spoon.
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(a good sewing project too for Cubs)
kind of children’s glove and 5 little jingle bells
Directions: Take a child’s stretchy glove and ser s jingle bell to the
end of each finger
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Materials: Clean dry 16 oz. Plastic soda bottles, cans,
or 2 paper cups, rice, beans, or anything that will make a noise (colored
noodles, glitter, sequins), glue or tape, ribbon.
Directions: Put a small handful
of rice in bottle, can, or in one of the cups.
Glue on the lid or tape on the other cup.
Tie the ribbon around the neck of the bottle, decorate, and shake.
Excitement to Songs
Indian Nations Council
Add motions that fit the words.
Divide the audience into two groups and have one group
sing one line and the other sing the next line.
Make some of your own songs up for den songs, pack songs,
or any special occasion. Use well
known tunes like Yankee Doodle or Home On The Range for the melody.
Boys do a better job of singing if they practice songs at their Den
Leave words out and use handclaps in the space, for
examples, "The More We Get Together" clap every time the word
"together" should be sung.
Sing "contra songs". Two or more different
melodies can be sung together at times with a pleasing effect.
Add musical instruments or rhythm instruments.
Your Own Music
Music is an ancient art, which has been practiced by all
known primitive people. It ranges
from vocal signals to the crude noises of ancient instruments to the
complicated modern symphony played on the many delicately complicated modern
orchestra instruments. All of
today's many musical instruments can be divided into three basic types
invented by early man.
1. Wind instruments that through which air is blown to
2.The string instruments played by plucking with the
fingers or vibrating with a bow.
instruments played by striking with hands or hammers.
Cut a strip of corrugated cardboard with large
corrugations, 8" long and 1 1/2" wide.
Cut 8 straws into the following lengths-one of each length. 8
1/2", 7 3/4", 7", 6 3/4", 6", 5 1/4", 4
1/2", 4 1/4". Push
these straws between the corrugations of the cardboard beginning about 1
1/2" from one end and leaving four empty corrugations between straws.
The shorter the vibrations, the higher the pitch.
To play, blow over the straws.
Use 12 straight pins, a cigar box, a pencil with an
eraser, hammer and pliers. Drive
the pins into the cigar box cover in a straight line with each pin a bit
deeper that the preceding one. The
long pins will be the low notes. Mount
a pin in the pencil eraser to pluck the pins in the board.
Tune each pin to scale by pounding it in further if it's too low and
pulling it out slightly if it's too high in tone.
Flatten one end of a large soda strew about 3/34"
from end. Cut the corner of the
flat end off diagonally with scissors. Blow
gently through the flattened end. To
make a higher note, cut off the other end of the straw.
The more you cut off, the higher the note.
Blow across top of clean jug for "oompa" sound
Get a plastic bleach container (be sure and rinse it
well.) Saw if off just below the
handle. Use bottom for a
drumhead. Drum with fingers or
dowel stick. You can also use a
large oatmeal box.
Punch screw holes in the center of two tin pie plates.
Screw dowel stick handles to hold.
Get dad to bend an 8" piece of 1/4" steel
curtain rod into a triangle shape (it's easy with a vise).
Hold triangle by string. Strike
with dowel stick.
Paper or plastic plate banjo: Staple folded shirt
cardboard to paper plate. Attach rubber bands to paper clips at the bottom of
the plate and to the top of shirt cardboard.
Cut 8 lengths of 1/4" steel curtain rods with a
hacksaw starting at 6" for the top one and increasing the length of each
one as you go down 1/4". Make
one bar at a time and test its pitch to "Do-Re-Mi" Etc.
File a little off the end to true the pitch.
Notch a groove with hacksaw at each end of bars, then fasten to frame
with string. Make wood frame from
pieces of 1/2" x 2" wood. Screw ends together with 2 wood screws.
For handle use a length of broomstick.
Notch frame at both ends secure with glue and screws.
Striker: 8 inch dowel stick-wood ball on end.
This is made from eight soft drink bottles, five 12
ounces size, two 16 ounces, and one 10-ounce.
Make a hanging stand. Hang
bottles by their necks and tune by pouring water into them.
After tuning the bottles be sure to mark the water level for easy
refilling. Use a knife handle for
Tell each den
leader to have each scout bring a tool (such as a screwdriver, saw, or hammer)
or a kitchen pan or utensil. Divide
up in dens and give them each a song (one verse & chorus).
Give each den about 10 minutes to “practice” with their
instruments. They need to use
each item that was brought as a part of their band.
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Divide the room
into 3 separate groups. (All of these songs can be found in the Cub Scout
Songbook) Have one group start
and then start the other groups, go through the songs 2 or 3 times.
The first group will sing “Row Row Row Your Boat”
The second Group will sing “Down by the Station”
The Third group will sing “Are you Sleeping?”
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