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Baloo's Bugle

May 2002 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 8, Issue 10
June Theme

Critters, Cubs and Campfires
Webelos Traveler and Artist



A Compass Lesson
National Capital Area Council

Cast: 1 leader and 2 or more scouts.

Props: A good compass and a map

Announcer: In this scene, we see a Scoutmaster teaching a Patrol about maps and compass.

Scoutmaster: Now fellows, if you take a bearing from the map this way you can now stand up and, keeping the compass away from your belt buckle, walk along the bearing until you reach your destination. John, you try that.  (John does as instructed, exits, re-enters)

Scoutmaster: (Standing) In the same way you can take a bearing on a distant object, and use that to find where you are on the map.  Now, each of you take a bearing on that big tree on the hill top.  (Other boys do as instructed, passing compass around, making suitable comments.)

Scoutmaster: (After a few moments) All right, let's all gather around. That wraps up tonight's compass lesson. There is just one more important point! Never, never buy a TATES compass.

Tom: Scouter, why should we never buy a TATES compass ?

Scoutmaster: You know the old saying: "He who “has-a-TATES” is lost!"


Bee Sting
National Capital Area Council


1st scout: "OOOOOUCH , OOOOOH , OOOUCH."
2nd scout: "What's the matter with you?"
1st scout: "A bee's stung my thumb."
2nd scout: "Try putting some cream on it then."
1st scout: "But the bee will be miles away by this time."


Campers and Bears
National Capital Area Council


Two campers are walking through the forest when they suddenly encounter a grizzly bear! The bear rears up on his hind legs and lets out a terrifying roar. They're both frozen in their tracks.

The first camper whispers, "I'm sure glad I wore my running shoes today."

"It doesn't matter what kind of shoes you're wearing, you're not gonna outrun that bear," replies the second.

"I don't have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun YOU," he answers.



“Gathering of the Nuts”
Crossroads of America


Select a cast and have them enact the following dramatic roles and then read the play script allowing time for each character to play the part.

Horns-“Toot Toot”
Drum-“Boom Boom”
Cymbals-“Clang, Clang”
Curtains- Two People Stand Together in the Middle of the Stage and then Part to the side of the stage on cue.
Moon-Gets up off the floor on cue, and put arms together in the shape of the moon.
Trees- (Have several, 4 or 5) Stand and waive arms on cue.
Sun-Stands and on cue sits down.
Wolf-Enters from stage right howling.


Announcer- Reads the following script: The orchestra plays (horn, drum and cymbals begin playing), and the Curtains part, the trees wave in the breeze, The sun sets and the moon rises, a wolf enters howling. The announcer then asks the gathering if they have ever seen such a gathering of nuts. Have the curtains close and give all participants a “Round of Applause!”






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