Our thanks to Dave Lyons for putting this issue of
Baloo’s Bugle together and sharing it with Scouters from around the world.
With summer ending, it's
time to round-up your Cub Scouts to begin another Scouting year. Boys spend
the month learning about the "Old West". What did frontier boys do for fun?
There are lots of good stories to be told around the campfire and lots of fun
costumes to make. Cub Scouts can use cardboard boxes to make their own covered
wagons and horses, then have rodeos, roping contests, and wagon races. Circle
those wagons around the campfire and have a Chuckwagon Dinner at your pack
meeting. Don't forget the tin cups and plates!
Some of the purposes of Cub Scouting developed through
this month’s theme are:
Spiritual Growth, Boys will realize that
life in the Old West wasn’t easy and that religion was important in daily
Fun and Achievement, Boys play games and
learn skills from the Old West.
Personal Achievement, Boys learn new skills
and improve and improve upon those skills while practicing for the Wagon
The core value highlighted this month is:
Can you think of
from Commissioner Dave –
I have my 2003 – 2004 Cub
Scout Program Helps – make sure you get one before your Pack’s Annual Summer
This is my third Baloo and
each one gets rougher to do as I try and improve each month. This month there
were a lot of good patriotic ceremonies in the Pow Wow books I have. They
sort of fit the western pioneer theme but not completely. So, I thought I
would put them into a file for later this year when a red, white and blue
patriotic theme occurs – Guess what?? There isn’t an Uncle Sam or American
Heritage theme this year – so I included those that I liked and am suggesting
you should file some of these for later use in your Packs and Dens.
Outside – It’s August!
Keep those Cubs moving
outside! I keep Baloo away from too many indoor crafts and games this month –
your cubs don’t want to be inside yet. When school reopens is soon enough.
I live in New Jersey, so
you are probably picturing oil refineries and densely populated suburbs. You
are wrong. After working on the Naturalist and Forester sections of Baloo, I
gained a new appreciation for my daily ride to work. I go past two horse
farms (There must be two dozen colts this year at one), a pig farm and
numerous agricultural fields. Along the way I go past wildlife preserves and
every day I get to see the ever-changing beauty of Mannington Meadow. This is
a tidal area I cross on my way to work. There are always different birds
coming and going. The plants along the sides and on the water change with the
seasons. The sky is always different over the meadow, too. In winter, it is
fun to see ducks swimming in the one stream through the meadow that isn’t
frozen. It is always relaxing after along day at work when I get here and am
able take in the views. My last six miles into work is over a marsh that has
filled in over the years between the mainland and “The Island.” I see muskrat
houses, Osprey nests, and deer feeding along the side of the road as I near
the plant. Once I saw a fox running! This appreciation I am sure is
something I caught during my ten years in Scouting as a youth. I know
it wasn’t taught because I would not have listened! So our challenge today
is to have our Cubs catch this same appreciation of the beauty of God’s