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Baloo's Bugle

September Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 8, Issue 2

Down on the Farm
Webelos Citizen & Showman
 Tiger Cub Big Ideas 1 & 2





The Right Man For The Job
York Adams Council


Pretend for a few minutes that before George Washington could be our first President he had to fill out a job application.  Fill out this job application on his behalf.


Name Of Applicant


What job experience have you had which qualifies you for this position?

What other talents, abilities, and characteristics do you have which will help you be a good President?

Put any additional information you think is important on the reverse side of this sheet.


Although you are not yet old enough to vote, someone in your family probably is.  Show this sheet to the voters in your family, and ask them this question: “What personal qualities do you think is important for a President to have?”  On the back of this sheet, write down what they say.  Talk over your results with the rest of your class.  If George Washington were running for President today, what would American voters like about him?


Block Flag Slide
St. Louis Area Council


3"X4" block of wood, Glue, Pipe Cleaner, Paint


Paint stripes and stars on block of wood.  With pen, write U.S.A.  Glue pipe cleaner on back.


Newspaper Hunt
St. Louis Area Council

Divide the Webelos into several teams.  Give each team one complete newspaper (different days are okay) and a time limit of 30 minutes to answer the following  questions based on the news they read.


o        Name three agencies that help people.

o        The name of the State governor.

o        A story about someone who broke a law.

o        The name of an American who is a good citizen.

o        The name of a person in another country who is a good citizen.

o        Two story headlines about natural disasters.

o        Three stories where our country helps other nations.

o        A story including police.

o        The temperature in Washington, DC that day.

o        A cartoon that shows someone is doing a good deed.


The Citizen activity badge is important since the work involved relates directly to developing responsible citizens, one of the primary aims of the Boy Scouts of America.  The Citizen activity badge is a requirement for the Arrow of Light Award.  It is the first of several citizenship requirements on the trail to Eagle Scout.  By completing this activity badge, all of the requirements for the Boy Scout Citizenship skill award can also be met.


Webelos Scouts get a feeling for the real meaning of citizenship in two ways. First by getting a closer look at local government by going to see it in action. Second. and most effective, by practicing good citizenship through Good Turns. The Good Turn is one of the optional requirements for the activity badge, but it should be a way of life for all Scouts.


Den Meeting Activities
York Adams Council


Select a Good Turn for school, church, or community and carry it out.


Plan a special Good Turn for the next pack meeting, such as setting up chairs, acting as welcoming committee, ushering, cleaning up.

Make logbooks to record work on the actzvity badge.

Learn flag courtesy. (See the booklet, Your Flag.) Use the flag courtesy kit described later in this section to learn proper procedures.  Then demonstrate to a group of younger Cub Scouts.

Plan an anti-litter campaign.  This could include making and displaying posters, picking up litter, making litter bags, etc.

Discuss the community organizations that help people.  How are they run and financed? Do they use volunteer help?

Invite a new U.S. citizen to speak to the den on what becoming an American means to him or her.

Discuss the rights and the responsibilities of good citizens.

If an election is coming up, make "Get-Out-The-Vote" posters and display them.

Discuss the history of the national anthem.

Invite a local public official to talk with the den about government. This might be a city council member or clerk.


Places To Go
York Adams Council


Attend a naturalization ceremony for new citizens.

Visit one of the community organizations you discussed during den meeting.

Visit a court.  Ask the judge to speak to the boys about good citizenship.

Attend a meeting of your city council, zoning board, or school board.

Tour a police or fire station.

Visit a historic site or museum.

Tour a water (or sewage) treatment plant.

Spend an hour with the mayor or other official as they attend to city business: then talk with them.

Visit the state capitol building, city hall, or a local congressman.

Visit a local political campaign headquarters or polling place.  Observe the voting process, if possible.

Visit a local government agency.  Find out how it works, what services it provides, and how it affects boys and their families.


Some Qualities Of A Good Citizen
Greater St. Louis Area Council

Obeys the laws where ever he is.

Respects the rights of others.

Is fair and honest.

Tries to make community a better place to live.

Learns as much as possible about leaders of Nation, state, community.

Practices rules of health and safety.

Is honest and dependable.

Is patriotic and loyal.

Practices thrift.

Respects authority.


Citizenship Pledge
York Adams Council


“As future citizens, we will do our best to be prepared in body and will, in spirit and skill.  We accept our obligation to God and will show by our actions we are willing to serve others and be good members of the Scouting team.


Opening Ceremony
York Adams Council


Have two Webelos hold the U.S. flag.

Narrator: The 13 stripes of alternating red and white remind us of the original 13 founding colonies and of the brave people who have courageously risked their lives—and sometimes lost them—to make the United States of America a democracy of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Each of the 50 stars represents one of our sovereign states and the opportunity and freedom we enjoy.  Let us join now in singing “God Bless America.”  (Song leader leads song.)

York Adams Council


Our National Anthem was written by Francis Scott Key, a lawyer from Georgetown, D.D., in 1814.

The inspiration came to him as he witnessed the fierce bombardment of Fort McHenry at Baltimore, M.D., by the British Fleet under the command of Admiral Cockburn.

After the battle he completed the poem at the Fountain Inn, Baltimore.  The Flag that he saw during the fight can be seen today at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.

The song was made our official Anthem by an Jact of Congress, March 3, 1931.

Q – Is it necessary for a person to stand and salute when the National Anthem is played or sung?

A – During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present, except those in uniform, should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.

People not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.

Persons in uniform should render the military salute at the first note of the anthem and retain theis position until the last note.

When the flag is not displayed, those present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed here.



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