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Baloo's Bugle


November 2002 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 9, Issue 4
December Theme

Winter Wonderland
Webelos Craftsman & Scientist
  Tiger Cub Achievement


Focus: We’re walking in a Winter Wonderland.”  So many families are being pulled a thousand directions and going a million miles per hour at this time of year.  Maybe we can use this theme to drive home a different message for the season—given the season, it’s not quite “stop and smell the roses” but more like “stop and smell the snow.”  But you get the point.  What if we could give our children the gift of not getting all caught up in the rush of the season but really enjoying it?  Wouldn’t that be great?  Well, here’s a theme that gives us a starting chance   (from York Adams Area Council)

Happy Holidays to Everyone.  Sure enough I got my Toyota Highlander, a “Vintage Gold” 2003.  It drives like a dream.  Our daughter got accepted to Auburn University, and Neal is still going to UAB.  Jim and I recently celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary.  And I spent almost a week in Sandestin FL, at the end of September at a Thrifty Nickel National Convention. 

During this Holiday Season I ask for your thoughts and prayers to get us through a family calamity we are struggling with right now.  Thank you.


(not the ghostly kind of Boo Boo either)


In last month’s issue of the Bugle a mistake was caught by Marcia a Cub Scouter who reads Baloo.

In the Webelos Citizenship section there is a reference to BSA Skill awards which are no longer used in the BSA program.  You are correct that each rank in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts has a Citizenship element; even the Tiger program about their community continues the citizenship theme.



Enter the 15th Annual Boys' Life Reading Contest Now!

Write a one-page report titled "The Best Book I Read This Year" and enter it in the 15th Annual Boys' Life Reading Contest.  The book can be fiction or nonfiction. But the report has to be in your own words—500 words tops. Enter in one of these three age categories:

8 years old and younger,

9 and 10 years old,

11 years and older.

When Pedro receives your report, you'll get a free patch like the yellow one below. (And, yes, the patch is a temporary insignia, so it can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform shirt, on the right pocket. Proudly display it there or anywhere!)

The top three winners from each age group will also get a Leatherman multi-tool (or any two books they want), copies of Codemaster books 1 and 2, the limited edition Codemaster pin-and-patch set—plus their names announced in Boys' Life!

The contest is open to all Boys' Life readers. Be sure to include your name, address, age and grade in school on the entry.

Send your report, along with a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope, to:

Boys' Life Reading Contest, S306
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079

Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2002.

New Religious Emblems Video Available From P.R.A.Y.

Joan Walker 1-800-933-7729 joanw@praypub.org (St. Louis, Mo.) - Programs of Religious Activities with youth (P.R.A.Y.) is working with the BSA National Relationships Division in distributing the new religious emblems video entitled, Promoting Duty to God (Religious Emblems), No. 05-883.  Although the Relationships Division will provide two videos to every council this fall, additional videos will be available from P.R.A.Y.

Videos may be downloaded from the P.R.A.Y. web site at www.praypub.org or they may be purchased at a price of $6.00.

The religious emblems video is an interfaith resource promoting the religious emblems of ALL faiths.  It is 7˝ minutes long and is designed to be used in council and district training events and in presentations to individual units.

Also available from P.R.A.Y. are several resources to be used in conjunction with this new video. These resources are available at www.praypub.org.

** Promoting Religious Emblems: Round Table Presentation (10 minutes)

** Promoting Religious Emblems: A Council / District Training Syllabus (50 Minutes)

** Religious Emblems Presentation Script: A Presentation by Unit Leaders to Scouts and their Parents

** Increasing Membership through Religious Emblems


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