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Baloo's Bugle


July 2002 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 8, Issue 12
August Theme

Sports Extravaganza
Webelos Forester & Naturalist



Olympic Oath Opening
York Adams Area Council

Setting: If you are actually conducting an “Olympics” event, you might decide to use the oath as your opening; however, if you are conducting a regular meeting that uses the theme in general, you can use this opening ceremony to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  You can have the American Flag by itself (unfolded and held open by a Den of Cubs) or it can be in position at the front of the room as you normally display it (either hung on the wall or on a pole).  Have a single scout assigned to walk up to the flag, hold a corner in his left hand and give the Cub Scout salute as he recites the Pledge for the entire Pack. 

Narrator/Cubmaster:  At the start of each Olympics, every athlete promises to play fairly and obey all of the Olympic rules. One athlete from the host country takes this oath at the Opening Ceremonies on behalf of all athletes. The oath was written by Baron de Coubertin, and became a part of our Modern Olympic Games in 1920. The chosen athlete holds a corner of the Olympic Flag while repeating the oath:

"In the name of all competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules that govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams."

Tonight we will open our Sports Extravaganza meeting the same way that the athletes begin each Olympics.  I ask Cub Scout [Scout’s name] to come forward to recite the Pledge in the name of all of Pack [number].

(When the Cub Scout is in position, ask everyone to stand.)

Scouts, attention.  Scouts salute.

Cub: (Recites Pledge)

Narrator/Cubmaster:  Two.


"My Favorite Sport"
Sam Houston Area Council
Betty Morgan, Arrowmoon District


(Boys are dressed in appropriate sports outfits.)


First Cub: Baseball is the game for me

Mitts and gum and batting tees.

Second Cub: Soccer to me is really neat

Shin guards, goals and wearing my cleats.

Third Cub: Swimming is my priority

Backstroke, butterfly and swimming the free.

Fourth Cub: Football is a game renown

Kickoffs, field goals and the touchdown.

Fifth Cub: Now Basketball most definitely has it,

Dribbling, guarding and sinking that basket.

Sixth Cub: Volleyball is what I like

Serving, rotating, and doing the spike.

Seventh Cub: Tennis is a game for all

Serving, faults and very close calls.

Eighth Cub: Golfing on the course is fun

Especially a stroke that's a hole-in-one.

ALL: The games we play have two things we can brag,

Good sportsmanship and our pledge to the flag.

First Cub: Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Attention. Salute. "I pledge---


National Area Capital Council

Props: Thirteen large cards, with the letters S, P, O, R, T, S, M, A, N, S, H, I, and P.  Narration on the back.


CM: As Scouts, we often play games and participate in sports activities.  Most of us play every game to win.  Sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t.  What’s really important, win or lose, is how well we do both.  Tonight the Scouts from Den[s] X, Y, and Z [as many Dens as needed to get thirteen boys] have a message for us about the games we are going to play.


S -Smile, even if you hurt inside

P -Pardon those parents who show poor manners

O -           Ooze with enthusiasm for your fellow Scouts

R -Respect the feelings of other Cub Scouts

T -Try your best and be your best

S -Satisfaction guaranteed

M -Master the art of self control

A -Anger has no place in our meeting

N -Notice that only one can win

S -Success will be yours if you do your best

H -Hush those words of bragging

I -            Insert your “congratulations” to the winner

P -Play the game for fun!


Physical Fitness Opening
National Capital Area Council

Six Scouts come on stage, carrying various kinds of muscle-building equipment.  They exercise and, in turn, speak the following lines.

Cub 1:To keep your body strong and healthy, is more valuable than being wealthy.

Cub 2: When you are fit, you feel so good, and try to do the things you should.

Cub 3: It helps you lend a helping hand, to needy folks around the land.

Cub 4:Eating the right foods is always wise, and everyone needs exercise.

Cub 5: Stand on tip toes, one, two, three.  Come on and practice; run with me!

Cub 6: Scouting builds young boys into men,  and this is where it all begins.


Deflated Ball
National Capital Area Council

Props:    A partially deflated basketball, soccer ball, or volley ball; a hand pump with needle

The Cubmaster calls one scout to come forward and asks him to demonstrate how to dribble the ball.  Being deflated, it won’t bounce well.  Then call forward another scout and have the two scouts use the pump to inflate the ball.  Have them both show how well it bounces after being inflated.

CM:        That’s much better!  Now that these Scouts have finished their work, we can play a game.  There’s a lesson here for all of us.  Our bodies are like that ball.  If we are not physically fit and pumped up with energy, we can’t be ready for anything – not for play, for school, or for work.  Like the ball that doesn’t have enough air, you don’t have the strength or energy to do what you want.  Let’s all remember to keep your bodies and our minds pumped up so that we’re ready for whatever life brings our way.


Pumped Up Opening Ceremony
Crossroads of America


Have a partially deflated basketball and a pump and a needle.

The Cubmaster has a boy come forward and asks him to dribble the ball.  Naturally, the ball will not dribble.

The Cubmaster then asks two other boys to come forward and has them inflate the ball properly.

Cubmaster: has the 1st boy now dribble the ball and says “That’s much better.  There is a lesson for us here, because if your body is not in proper shape, then it acts just like the flat ball.  But when properly readied, it works very well. Pumped up with energy like our ball now is you can participate in sports at a safe and energetic level.  Let’s all remember to keep our minds and bodies pumped up and ready to go.

Please rise and join me in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.”



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