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January Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 9, Issue 6
February Theme

Uncle Sam Depends On You
Webelos Scholar & Engineer
  Tiger Cub Achievement 6



York Adams Area Council
Debbie Kalpowsky


          Round head wooden clothespin

          Paints, red white and blue

          White ‘wonderfoam’ or posterboard

          White paper

          Cotton ball


          ¾-inch PVC slide ring









          Hot glue


          Small craft saw



1.        Cut the points off the clothespin.

2.        Paint the lower half of legs white, allow to dry.

3.        Paint the upper half, up to neck a dark blue.

4.        Make a small roll of paper, glue into shape and paint same color blue as upper half.

5.        Glue arms onto upper part of the clothespin.

6.        Cut out a hat brim to fit the head of the clothespin, 

7.        Paint white paper with red stripes, or use a permanent marker to do such

8.        Paint red stripes on the white pants.

9.        Paint the head of the clothespin, make flesh color by adding a small amount of red to white paint.

10.     Roll the striped paper to fit inside the hat brim and glue in place

11.     Glue hat to head of the clothespin, adjusting angle to fit,

12.     Straighten out paperclip, dip one end into blue paint and dot eyes onto face.

13.     Using a pinch of cotton ball, form a beard and glue onto lower face.

14.     Roll another piece of cotton, glue hair around head under the hat.

15.     Mount the slide ring to back of your finished Uncle Sam using hot glue.

York Adams
 Debbie Kalpowsky





          United States Flag  (approximately 2x3)

          Heavy plastic, cut the same size as your flag

          ¾ inch PVC slide ring


Glue the flag to the piece of heavy plastic

Mount the slide ring to the back of the heavy plastic.

York Adams Area Council

Decorate 4-ounce white paper cup with narrow, red gummed tape. Brim is a circle of blue construction paper glued to the bottom of the cup and turned up on sides. Band around the crown is a strip of blue construction paper decorated with silver stars. Fill with candy or nuts.  Variation: Use 7-ounce striped cups and eliminate taping.


Mock Elections (voting on some Pack Policies)/Voting Demonstration
York Adams Area Council

While February is not really a big voting month, undeniably one of the most important tasks that every US American has is to vote.  And if Uncle Sam depends on each of us for anything, it is to fulfill our responsibility as citizens by voting.  But voting doesn’t just mean going to the polls every time a vote is called and pulling a lever for a candidate—it involves learning about the candidates, understanding how they will and will not represent us, and making a cogent choice.  All that said, how can we extend this to the boys in a way that is both educational and fun?

How about letting them help make some Pack Policy choices?  To do this, you will need to identify the options for which they’d be voting.  But what kinds of Pack Policy decisions might the boys appropriately make?  Did you know that there are several options dealing with the uniform that are left to the individual Pack?  For example, the wearing of the Webelos Activity Badges—whether on the hat or the Webelos colors—and the placement of the neckerchief—either on top of or under the shirt collar.  These are some of the items about which the boys could “study” pros and cons and make a personal choice.  They might also be allowed to vote on entertainment for their upcoming Blue & Gold Banquet.  These are just some ideas.


York Adams Area Council

It is February and the boys should be taking every opportunity to help put together decorations for the Blue and Gold Banquet.  Have supplies (index cards, tracing stencils, markers/crayons, etc) available that the boys can use to make their families’ place cards for the banquet.  Here is a sample silhouette that you can copy onto cardboard, and cut out so that they can color and use for place cards.  If you use 3 by 5 index cards as the folded place card you can glue the Uncle Sam to the front (after the boys have colored them) and add the names to the cards as they’re identified


York Adams Area Council



          12 Crepe Paper Streamers - 18" Long

          3' String


          Hole Punch


1.        Enlarge to 8 1/4" and make 5 copies of star pattern circle. Each circle is divided into quarters by 3 dotted lines and one solid line. On four of the circles, cut on the solid line to the center of the circle.

2.        Crease on the dotted lines, folding printed pattern to the inside. First one way, then the other way.

3.        Form a pocket to catch the wind by folding as shown, overlapping one quarter of the circle onto the next quarter.

4.        Glue overlap into place. Repeat for the three other slit circles.

5.        Glue the four pockets together to create a half ball.

6.        Cut streamers to 18". Glue ends around perimeter of the bottom. Glue the 5th circle to the bottom over the streamer ends.

7.        Use punch to make 2 holes in the top of the ball about 1/2" from the edge. Feed string through. Tie ends.

8.        Hang from tree and watch it spin.
















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