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Baloo's Bugle

December 2001 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 8, Issue 5
January Theme

Did You Get My Message
Webelos Fitness & Readyman




Flashlight Ceremony
Inland Northwest Council


Equipment needed: Four large flashlights, Adults in audience should bring flashlights, All lights are out.  Four leaders stand behind the Narrator.

Arrangement:  Narrator speaks:

To a Cub Scout it looks so very black
When there is no leader, no den, or Pack.

Wait here is a leader with a light.  (First leader lights his flashlight)
But, the job is hard for one to hold on tight.

He needs Den leaders and committee members, too because there is so much to do.

Now he has found one (Second leader lights flashlight) and now another.
Here’s a committee member (Third leader lights flashlight, fourth leader lights flashlight and one adult in each Den lights his flashlight).  Here’s a mother.

Now each to his neighbor, please pass a light.  (Narrator pauses while all adults light their flashlights).
For our Cub Scouts it is now getting bright.

Out of the blackness we now have hope.
Our Cub Scouts no more will grope.

To find his way along the road
That millions like him often strode.

To wear the uniform of the blue and gold.
The laws of his country and God to uphold.

You also can now see your way, too.
To help the boys find the way true.

So if all together we hold our light high,
Cub Scouting will never die.


Simon Kenton Council

Equipment: Seven pieces of construction paper with letters, Welcome written on them.


Cub #1: (W) 'We've come here tonight to communicate with you.

Cub #2: (E) Each boy showing and telling what he can do.

Cub #3: (L) Let's all lend an ear for the message.

Cub #4: (C) Come now and direct your attention this way.

Cub #5: (O) Opening this meeting we're doing right here.

Cub #6: (M) Making for you a message soon dear.

Cub #7: (E) Everybody welcome is what we wish to communicate now to you and to tell you this meeting has now started, too!


Messages are Important
York Adams Area Council

In everything we say, we should make sure the message gets through.  Tonight, let’s think about the message we are sending when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  Here is a striking interpretation of the Pledge, provided by Mr. Red Skeleton, many years ago:


I - Me, an individual, a committee of one.

Pledge - Dedicate all of my worldly goods to live without self-pity.

Allegiance My love and my devotion.

To the Flag Our standard, Old Glory, a symbol freedom.  Wherever she waves, there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity shouts freedom is everybody’s job.

Of The United That means we have all come together.

States of America, Individual communities that have

united into 50 great states.  Fifty individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries, united to a common purpose, that’s love for a country.

And to the Republic A state in which sovereign power invested in representatives chosen

by the people to govern.  And government is the people and from the people to the leaders, from the leaders to the people.

For which it stands,

One Nation under God Meaning, so blessed by God.

Indivisible, Incapable of being divided.

With liberty Which is freedom and the right of power to live one’s own life without threats or fear of some sort of retaliation.

And justice The principle of quality of dealing fairly with others.

For all. Which meant it’s as much your country as it is mine.


It Takes Work To Communicate
York Adams Area Council


Narrator: So often we have problems in our lives because we don’t “Get the message.”  Tonight our Cub Scouts will review some basic rules needed to communicate properly.

Cub 1: C stands for “Carefully” – Carefully listen when someone is telling you something.

Cub 2: O stands for “One” – One and only one person is “transmitting” at a time; other person should be “receiving.”

Cub 3: M stands for “Message” – Make sure you send the right Message when you communicate.

Cub 4: M stands for “Minute” – Give the message a minute to sink in before responding.

Cub 5: U stands for “Understand” – Make sure you understand the message before ending a conversation.

Cub 6: N stands for “Noise” – Noise is what keep you from getting the message—noise from outside and inside your head.  Avoid the noise!

Cub 7: I stands for “I” – I am responsible for getting the message straight.

Cub 8: C stands for “Carefully” – Carefully choose your words when you are sending a message

Cub 9: A stands for “Attention” – Pay attention when you are sending and receiving a message.

Cub 10: T stands for “Time” – Take your time to say things clearly and to hear things clearly.

Cub 11: E stands for “Everyone” – It is everyone’s job to make sure the message gets across.

Narrator: If we follow these rules, we will always

be able to Communicate!


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