August Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 8, Issue 1
Webelos Communicator & Citizen
Tiger Cub Big Idea #1
& DEN ACTIVITIES
Early this Spring I bought a mesh bag a WalMart that is
filled with thistle seed. The
bag is about 3 ½ inches wide and 6 or 7 inches long with a drawstring sewn into
the top. The little mesh holes are
kind of tiny. This little bag,
which is refillable, hangs on our maple tree.
I watch goldfinches cling onto the mesh and eat seed. To me, this is so fascinating.
Understand though, growing up I never thought much about birds and how or
what they ate. Mostly, I threw out
pieces of bread for birds way back then or when I saw birds eating they were
picking up their food from the ground.
Another good buy was a suet feeder for the birds.
I bought a green kind of like a cage which hold a non-melting suet cake,
again this is refillable. Throughout
the summer I have watched blue jays hanging on this basket like cage eating.
Just yesterday I bought suet cake that is berry flavored in hopes of
attracting more songbirds instead of bluejays.
This fall I am having a friend over to make a batch of suet cakes to feed
the birds over the winter. When I
do that I will be providing the recipes that I use. In turn, your den could help feed birds over the winter with
suet cakes. In the meantime you
could be saving those little green baskets that cherry tomatoes come in to use
as a holder for suet cakes. Another
item I plan on using for my homemade suet cakes is a very old 9x13 inch cake
pan. If you don’t have one look
around at thrift stores or garage sales.
Hobo's from the mid 1910's
to the 1940's would carve various
images into a Buffalo Nickel. The obverse was usually carved with the image of a
friend, an acquaintance, a self portrait, a clown, a famous figure, etc.
Occasionally the bison on the reverse would be transformed into an animal such
as a donkey or an elephant. These coins would then be traded for a meal or
money. Some of the hobos were extremely talented and their works are eagerly
sought after today.
is the time to dazzle your Cubs with some useless facts
7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected because
the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of
Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's
sensors so they don't know you're there.
Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
Every day more money is printed for monopoly than the US Treasury.
Men can read smaller print than women, women can hear better than men.
Bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all
invented by women.
A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 m.p.h.
Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning!
Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different
Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying
Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete
The first product to have a bar code was Wrigleys gum
State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:
A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs have only
The average ear of corn has eight hundred kernels arranged in
The volume of the earth's moon is the same as the volume of
the Pacific Ocean.
Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza everyday.
1961 was the most recent year that could be written
upside-down and right side-up and appear the same. The next year that this will
be possible will be 6009!
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
Twelve new moons of Saturn
have been discovered. . The new discovery brings the planet's total to 30, the
most in the Solar System. All of
the new moons are small -- between 6 and 30 kilometers in diameter -- and all
are moving in irregular, tilted orbits.
Bath Tissue (aka toilet paper) trivia
than its intended use, consumers report using bath tissue for a myriad of tasks:
nose care 60%
wiping small spills 17%
removing make-up 8%
cleaning mirrors 7%
cleaning child’s hands/face 3%
York Adams Area Council
an idea from Mike Hicks that he put in his council’s powwow book.
about a trip on a plane, train, or boat? September
is a great season for traveling. How many of the boys have ever been on a train ride?
I checked the Amtrak website (www.amtrak.com)
and they have half-price tickets for children under 15 and additional group rates for 20 or more people.
With our proximity to Baltimore, DC, and Philadelphia, it
would be pretty easy to arrange for a Saturday or Sunday train excursion.
Also, check out this website for some charter boat points of contact
I’m never one to shy away from cold calls to see if someone would help out the
It’s worked wonders for our group.
Give it a try. Call someone
and ask if they have a spare hour or two to give a tour on their boat and maybe
a trip around the dock for
the Cub Scouts. As for planes, have
you been to the Observation Gallery at BWI?
an extract from the BWI website
Gallery Worth Observing
you're in the Terminal, you really owe it to
yourself (and to anyone traveling with you) to visit the BWI Observation
Gallery. It's an awesome 12,300 square feet of aeronautical curiosities and
educational exhibits. Check out the
cockpit of a real Boeing 737 or learn something about the many
systems in use in a state-of-the-art international
airfield. You can even
eavesdrop on conversations between the tower and pilots as aircraft come and go. Kids will find much to do (and learn) and everyone from 4 to
104 will love the massive windows overlooking the field. There is even a
children's play area on the lower level of the Gallery.
Best of all, it's free.
York Adams Council
a small piece of coal in a bowl. Sprinkle
one tablespoon of salt over the coal and then carefully pour two tablespoons of
water over the salt. Now add two
tablespoons of laundering “bluing”, three drops of mercurochrome, and three
or four drops of food coloring. Take
this concoction home carefully. After
several days, there should appear a colorful, moss-like growth covering the
Make A Recycled Train!!
Circle 10 Council
Cereal boxes and
other small boxes like Jello boxes
gallon milk or juice cartons
Old thread spools
plates (dessert size) (also can use frozen juice can lids)
Cotton balls or
Twine or yarn
or craft sticks
If you have
enough stuff, each boy can make his own train or get a large piece of cardboard
and have each boy make a ‘car’ for the train.
Lay out the “track” with tongue depressors/craft sticks and straws.
The Oatmeal round
boxes make wonderful “engines”. Use
the used thread spool as the smoke stack, with a small box for the engineer’s
cab with the wheels of juice can lids or paper plates.
Have the boys use construction paper to cover the boxes and make the
front apron. Then use the yarn or
twine for the bars on the wheels. Gluing
some polyester stuffing or stretched cotton balls on top of the thread spool
gives the look like a working steam engine.
The rest of the
cars can be made out of the cereal boxes. Cut
one in half and make an ore car. Using
the juice/milk cartons just flatten the top down and tape it down for another
type of car. Follow the same
procedure with construction paper and plates/lids for the wheels.
Have the boys
decorate each car with the markers.
Connect the cars
with the twine or yarn and place it on your track. Be sure to take one on Pack
Night and show the rest of the pack.
Train Car Activity
Materials – Large
Cardboard boxes, paint, string, glue, wide ribbon (or rope), box cutters, paper
plates, markers, construction paper, buttons and any other decorations.
Have each Den Leader be the “conductor”.
Use one large cardboard box per child. Cut top and bottom off. Make
shoulder straps from heavy ribbon or string. Let them paint or decorate their
own train cars. Use small painted paper plates for the wheels.
Give each family about 20 minutes to decorate their boxes (this can be
done at a den meeting and then brought in.
den then “hooks” up and then proceeds to parade around the track singing
“I’ve been working on the Railroad” at least 2 or 3 times.
The “judge” then gives out awards for the best looking, best
decorated, best design, etc. certificates to the dens.
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