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Baloo's Bugle

June 2002 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 8, Issue 11
July Theme

Inside, Out and Backwards
Webelos Aquanaut & Geologist



Focus:  !EMEHT TAERG A TAHW  Don’t you think?!  This monthly theme allows the boys to “think outside the box” and to maybe discover some things in the process.  It’s also an opportunity for us, as leaders, to shake off some of our “grown up” thinking and have some fun and discovery time with the boys.  Let’s get the boys thinking about things from all directions so they don’t get stuck in the rut of only seeing things one way—and let them have a great time doing it.  So let loose and have some NUF!

Circle 10 Council


Backwards thinking poses a challenge to come up with unique ideas while at the same time backing into information.

You start with the idea or an actual object and work backwards to how it is brought to be. You might ask the boys to make a change to a pile of earth or rock and to name the changes that took place before the dirt got to where it is now.

You start with the end result and work backwards discovering the form change, disappearance of some of the changes, to where the pile of dirt started. This is just one example of ways you can think backwards.

This is an exciting fun theme. Have the boys have an official backwards den meeting or pack meeting.  Inside out and backwards activities can be planned.  The boys can play games backwards, talk backwards, write backwards, etc.  Your imagination is your only limitation. Each Scout has something special to offer the group and will come up with

ideas we have not thought about.

For backwards day, why not have a backward relay race for your children. They would have to run or walk backwards and complete the course backwards.

On Backwards day I place a large piece of paper behind the child and let them draw on it upside down and backwards (between their legs). It is a real coordination challenge and lots of fun.

Did you know The strawberry is sometimes called the "inside-out" fruit because its seeds are on the surface. Every berry has an average of 200 seeds


There is so much great stuff in Baloo’s Bugle, courtesy of many wonderful powwow books, but there are so many issues to look though.  Mike, our Wizard of the Web at USSSP has made everyone’s search for stuff in the Bugle easier.  We now have a search engine that searches only Baloo's Bugle to make it easier to find things from past issues.  Yeah!  Check out http://usscouts.org/bbugle.asp or http://cubmaster.org.

Lorie McGraw sent me an alert that I NEED to share with everyone.  The Webelos in June work on Aquanaut, and typically I would put this Alert there, but this Alert covers so much more than a swimming pool.  A few years back a Friend lost his son tragically in a swimming pool drowning.

May 23, 2002
Release # 02-169
CPSC Media Contact: Mark Ross
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188

CPSC Warns: Pools Are Not the Only Drowning Danger at Home for Kids
Data Show Other Hazards Cause More than 100 Residential Child Drowning Deaths Annually

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Young children are irresistibly drawn to water, and tragically, about 350 children under age 5 drown in swimming pools each year. But even if you don't have a pool, your young children may not be safe from drowning. At next month's World Congress on Drowning, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will present data showing that about one-third as many children (an average of about 115 annually) drown from other hazards around the home as do in pools.  CPSC has received reports of 459 young children who drowned in bathtubs, buckets, toilets, spas, hot tubs and other containers of water in a 4-year period between 1996 and 1999.

"While many of us are aware of the dangers a backyard pool poses to young children, not everyone knows about other drowning hazards around the home," said CPSC Acting Chairman Thomas Moore. "CPSC is alerting parents and caregivers to drowning hazards that might not be so obvious, to help prevent these devastating losses."


Children drowning in bathtubs account for about two-thirds of the 459 reported drowning deaths in the home.  The majority of these bathtub deaths occur when the caregiver is not present.  In the time it takes to step out of the room to get a towel or answer the phone, a young child can drown.  In at least 29 of the 292 bathtub drowning deaths reported to CPSC between 1996 and 1999, the victims were using bath seats.


Many parents and caregivers may not realize the danger buckets pose. From 1996 through 1999, CPSC received reports of 58 children under age 5 who drowned in 5-gallon buckets.  Even a small amount of liquid can be deadly.  Of all buckets, the 5-gallon size presents the greatest hazard to young children because of its tall, straight sides.  That, combined with the stability of these buckets, makes it nearly impossible for top-heavy infants and toddlers to free themselves when they fall into the bucket headfirst.


Toilets can be overlooked as a drowning hazard in the home. The typical scenario involves a child under 3-years-old falling headfirst into the toilet.  CPSC has received reports of 16 children under age 5 who drowned in toilets between 1996 and 1999.

Spas and Hot Tubs

Spas and hot tubs, typically located near or sometimes inside the home, pose another hazard to young children. CPSC is aware of 55 children under age 5 who drowned in spas and hot tubs between 1996 and 1999.

Other Products

Though not as frequently involved in deaths, other products around the home containing water can be drowning hazards. The most common of these are buckets with a capacity different than the 5-gallon size.  Additional drowning deaths have also involved landscape ponds, sinks, and fish tanks, among other products.


CPSC offers these tips to help prevent young children from drowning:

  • Never leave a baby alone in a bathtub for even a second. Always keep the baby in arm's reach.  Don't leave a baby in the care of another young child.  Never leave to answer the phone, answer the door, to get a towel or for any other reason.  If you must leave, take the baby with you.
  • A baby bath seat is not a substitute for supervision.  A bath seat is a bathing aid, not a safety device.  Babies have slipped or climb out of bath seats and drowned.
  • Never use a baby bath seat in a non-skid, slip-resistant bathtub because the suction cups will not adhere to the bathtub surface or can detach unexpectedly.
  • Never leave a bucket containing even a small amount of liquid unattended.  When finished using a bucket, always empty it immediately.
  • Store buckets where young children cannot reach them. Buckets, accessible to children, that are left outside to collect rainwater are a hazard.
  • Always secure safety covers and barriers to prevent children from gaining access to spas or hot tubs when not in use.  Some non-rigid covers, such as solar covers, can allow a small child to slip in the water and the cover would appear to still be in place.
  • Keep the toilet lid down to prevent access to the water and consider using a toilet clip to stop young children from opening the lids.  Consider placing a latch on the bathroom door out of reach of young children.
  • Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) -- it can be a lifesaver when seconds count.

Swimming Pools

Consumers with residential pools need to be aware of all the safety tips
regarding in-home hazards, and also be aware of how to protect young children from the dangers a pool poses.

The key to preventing a swimming pool tragedy is to have layers of protection.  This includes placing barriers around your pool to prevent access, using door and pool alarms, closely supervising your child and being prepared in case of an emergency. CPSC offers these tips to prevent pool drowning:
  • Fences and walls should be at least 4 feet high and installed completely around the pool.  Fence gates should open outward from the pool and should be self-closing and self- latching. The latch should be out of a small child's reach.
  • If your house forms one side of the barrier to the pool, then doors leading from the house to the pool should be protected with alarms that produce a sound when a door is unexpectedly opened.
  • A power safety cover -- a motor-powered barrier that can be placed over the water area -- can be used when the pool is not in use.
  • Keep rescue equipment by the pool and be sure a phone is poolside with emergency numbers posted.
  • For above-ground pools, steps and ladders to the pool should be secured and locked, or removed when the pool is not in use.
  • If a child is missing, always look in the pool first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Pool alarms can be used as an added precaution.

CPSC offers free publications consumers can use to help prevent child drowning: "Safety Barrier Guidelines for Pools," "How to Plan for the Unexpected,"  "Guidelines for Entrapment Hazards: Making Pools and Spas Safer,"  and "Prevent Child In-Home Drowning Deaths."  Copies of these publications can be obtained here on CPSC's website, or by writing to

"Prevent Drowning," CPSC, Washington, D.C., 20207.

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