Welcome to Baloo's Bugle!


Back to Index
Prayers & Poems
Tiger Scouts
Pack/Den Activities
Fun Foods
Webelos Craftsman
Webelos Scientist
Pre-Opening Activities
Opening Ceremonies
Stunts & Cheers
Closing Ceremony
Web Links

Baloo's Bugle


November 2002 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 9, Issue 4
December Theme

Winter Wonderland
Webelos Craftsman & Scientist
  Tiger Cub Achievement



The Legends of the Five Kernels

It was very cold for the Pilgrims that first winter. Food was in short supply. Some days, they had only five kernels of corn. When spring came, the Pilgrims planted the remaining corn. The sun and rain helped the seeds to grow, and much food was harvested in the fall. Every Thanksgiving thereafter, the Pilgrims placed five kernels of corn beside each plate to remind them of their blessings.

The first kernel reminded them of the autumn beauty.
The second reminded them of their love for each other.

The third reminded them of their family's love.
The fourth reminded them of their friends...especially their Indian brothers.

The fifth kernel reminded them of their freedom.


Splattered Ink Holiday Greeting Cards
York Adams Area Council


          Pre-made holiday scene stencils (or make your own from clip art copied on plastic overhead projector sheets)

          Old toothbrushes

          Plastic knives

          Small containers of different color inks

          Card stock folded like greeting cards

DIRECTIONS:  Cover the front of a card with a stencil (preferably with the stencil centered on the card stock).  Using masking tape or other “removable tape,” secure the stencil in place.  Dip the ends of the toothbrush bristles into a selected color of ink (but not so the whole brush is dripping with the ink!).  Hold the toothbrush “bristles up” about 2 feet away from the card stock and scrape the knife blade across the bristles so that the ink splatters onto the card stock.  When the ink dries, remove the stencil and add an appropriate greeting on the inside of the card.  (Note: If you use 8-1/2 by 11 card stock, you can cut these in half [8-1/2 by 5-1/2] and get envelopes that fit this size.) 


Christmas Stamp Slide
Debbie Kalpowsky
York Adams Area Council


          Christmas Postage Stamp

          1 inch square masonite or ¼ plywood


          ¾ inch PVC slide ring



               Hot glue


1.        Paint the wooden square, allow to dry

2.        Center the stamp onto the painted square.

3.        Mount the slide ring to the back of the wooden square.


Now is the time to introduce your Cubs to that long forgotten tradition of writing Thank You Notes.

Here are a few tips I found on the net as to why a thank you note is written.


Be Organized: During the rush to open gifts during the holidays  remember to keep gift tags or cards with the gift , and make a list of who gave you what. It makes things a lot easier when it is time to write thank you notes.

Write thanks to anyone who gave or sent you a gift should be thanked. Anyone who did something special for you, baked you treats  or if someone made you feel special, they should be thanked.

It is always important to thank someone when they actually give you the gift.  However, it is still courtesy to send a written thank you note after you have opened the gift

Can't I just email them? Email is a wonderful, fast way to send mail. However, a hand written note is much more friendly and receptive. You can however be creative with your computer and make up personal thank you notes, just be sure to print and sign them in hand writing.

Keep Your note simple and be personal

But I can't write yet! If you are too young to compose a thank you note yourself, ask your Den Leader, Mom or Dad to help. A drawing is also a nice way to thank someone for thinking of you

Finally, Thank you notes should be written and sent soon after the holidays are over. If you wait too long you won't do it. Grab some paper and envelopes, find a comfortable place, and write your notes.


Christmas Holiday Party
York Adams Area Council

Every year our Pack holds a Christmas Party for the children.  We make sure that Jolly Saint Nick is there and we organize activities that are conducted in a round-robin fashion where dens start at their designated activity stations and, as they complete the activities, they move to the next station.  We still hold a Pack Meeting at the start of the evening, but we extend the overall meeting time to 1-1/2 hours so that everything gets done.

Ice Rink Pack Meeting Party
York Adams Area Council

How about setting up a party or Pack Meeting in conjunction with a night on ice?  Check out where the rink/s are in your hometown to take your Pack.  Here are the website and contact information for the new facility.


Pack Mitten Tree
York Adams Area Council

While we haven’t done this as a Pack, I’ve seen it done at local businesses and churches.  Each child/family is asked to bring in a pair of mittens, a scarf, and/or a hat to hang on the tree in the meeting area.  After the meeting, the donations are packaged and given to one of the local clothing banks or other clothing distribution facilities.


Postage Stamp Holiday Cards
National Capitol Area Council

You will need:

Used postage stamps
Construction paper
Markers and pencils

Cut around used postage stamps and place them in a pan of water until the stamp separates from the paper.  Lay the stamps down on newspaper to dry.
Draw and cut out paper tree for Christmas or a Star of David for Hanukkah.
Cut the stamps in half diagonally.  Glue them inside the lines of the tree or star.
Glue the tree or star to a folded piece of paper to make a card.  Add any decorations you'd like with ribbon, markers, or paper.
Glue a piece of white paper inside the card and write a holiday greeting.


Light Bulb Reindeer
National Capitol Area Council

Materials Needed:

Light Bulb
Thin Ribbon
Brown Fun Foam or Felt
3/4-Inch Red Pom-pom

Put 3 layers of paper maiche on the light bulb first.  This will make the light bulb less fragile.

Paint the light bulb with light brown paint.  Let the paint dry completely.  Set the neck of the light bulb into an empty film container to allow the paint to dry

With the neck of the light bulb pointing up, paint eyes and a mouth on the reindeer.  Glue on the red, pom-pom nose.

Cut two antlers out of fun foam.  Glue one to each side of the light bulb neck.

Form a loop with a piece of thin ribbon, about 10 - 12 inches long and glue it on the top, back edge of your reindeer head. This will be the hanger for your ornament.


The Science Behind Snowflakes
By David Ropeik
National Capitol Area Council


Because of the way that they grow,
Each frozen white crystal of snow
Is thought in our mind

To be one of a kind.
But guess what:  It just isn't so.

When H20 molecules freeze,
Hexagons form with great ease.
Molecular bonds

Like magical wands
Form the six-sided shapes snowfall sees.

Dendrite flakes, with their six crystal wings,
Are among nature's loveliest things.
These flakes are unique,

No two can you seek
Just the same in the white winter brings.

But at temperatures lower or higher
In air that's more humid, or drier,
Different shapes grow:

Less unique flakes of snow
That develop much simpler attire.

Needles, and Columns, and Plates
Are flakes with identical mates.
Like wheels on a bike

These flakes look alike.
Each type has quite similar traits.

But the turbulent winds of a storm
With temperatures both cold and warm
And mixed moisture sources
Create varying forces
That cause complex mixed crystals to form.

So while some flakes can all look the same,
Most are not nearly so tame.
They're all based on a "hex,"
But they're just as complex
As the Nature from whence each one came.

Now raindrops, and sleet, even hail
Are part of a simpler tale:
Though they vary in size
Like a bunch of french fries
Each form the same way without fail.

Big drops fall from moist warmer air,
Or when smaller drops join, way up there.
Hailstones will grow
When strong updrafts blow.
A thunderstorm has those to spare.

Sleet's just a raindrop that froze
Before it crashed into your nose
Wet rain that falls
And then freezes on walls
Is freezing rain.  Traffic it slows.

Each type of cold precipitation
Has its own origination.
We suffer together
The wet winter weather
No matter our town, state, or nation.

David Ropeik is a longtime science journalist and currently serves as Director of Risk Communication at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis.  This article is drawn from the archives of "How and Why," Ropeik's column about scientific puzzlers.



clear.gif - 813 Bytes

Materials found in Baloo's Bugle may be used by Scouters for Scouting activities provided that Baloo's Bugle and the original contributors are cited as the source of the material.

Materials found at the U. S. Scouting Service Project, Inc. Website ©1997-2002 may be reproduced and used locally by Scouting volunteers for training purposes consistent with the programs of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) or other Scouting and Guiding Organizations. No material found here may be used or reproduced for electronic redistribution or for commercial or other non-Scouting purposes without the express permission of the U. S. Scouting Service Project, Inc. (USSSP) or other copyright holders. USSSP is not affiliated with BSA and does not speak on behalf of BSA. Opinions expressed on these web pages are those of the web authors.