August Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 10, Issue 1
Soaring to New Heights
Citizen and Communicator
Tiger Cub Achivement #1
Have your Cubs soar with paper airplanes and helicopters!!
They can make these or design their own. If you want you set up contests for
distance or design or …
Santa Clara County Council
some scrap paper, and try to fold this paper airplane. Remember to recycle
the paper when you are done.
Santa Clara County Council
this paper helicopter from colored card stock (80 lb. paper). To make the
copter snip faster, attach a large paper clip to the bottom flap or tape on a
Make a Kite
The Big Wind Kite Factory, Molokai, Hawaii
These directions are from The Big Wind Kite Factory
www.molokai.com/kites . They encourage people to
copy and use them. The amounts are for 20 kites, you will need to adjust to
your den’s (or pack’s) size. There are many letters on the site from across
the country with success stories making these kites. Take some time and visit
their site. CD
Kids * 20 Kites * 20 Minutes
Uncle Jonathan's easiest classroom kites ever.
For over 15 years the Big Wind Kite
Factory has been giving kite-making classes for the children on the island of
Moloka'i in Hawai'i. These are the complete time tested instructions to get 20
kids making their own kites and flying them in 20 minutes.
20 sheets of brightly colored 8 1/2" x 11" typing
20 8" bamboo bar-b-que shish-ke-bob sticks.
1 roll of florescent surveyor's flagging plastic
tape. A plastic bag cut in a 1" wide spiral can also make a great tail.
1 roll 1/2"wide masking tape or other plastic
1 roll of string. (Allow 6 to 10 feet for each
20 pieces of 1"x 3" cardboard to wind the string
Hole punch. (optional)
Fold an 8 1/2" x 11" paper in half to 8 1/2" x 5
Placing the fold on the left and the open
edge on the right, fold again along the diagonal line A in Fig.2. One
teacher wrote in to say that point A should be about ¾ inch and point B about
2 ½ inch from fold
Fold back one side forming kite shape in
Fig.3 and place tape firmly along fold line AB.(No stick is needed here
because the fold stiffens the paper and acts like a spine.) I went to
the website and looked at the photographs of a kite being made to figure this
step out. Commissioner Dave
Place bar-b-que stick from point C to D and tape
it down firmly.
Cut off 6 to 10 feet of plastic ribbon and tape it
to the bottom of the kite at B.
Flip kite over onto its back and fold the front flap back and forth until it
stands straight up.(Otherwise it acts like a rudder and the kite spins around
Punch a hole in the flap at E, about 1/3 down from
the top point A.
Tie one end of the string to the hole and wind the
other end onto the cardboard string winder.
Have beanbags, jump ropes and rubber
balls available for Cub astronauts to "train" as they gather.
Set up stations for the boys to use with
short direction cards (such as jump rope five times, toss beanbag over head
and catch etc.) OR have the Denner or Den Chief supervise the events.
(Note – with a few simple twists this can then be used later for relay race.
See Games section)
Moon Rock Toss
Each Cub will need five small stones,
each with the same color marked on them. Use several colors of markers. It's
all right to have duplications in the colors.
Distribute the moon rocks to Cubs as they
arrive. Cubs challenge each other only if they have different colors on their
stones. To play, they throw stones toward an empty can (moon craters).
The Cub who has the most stones landing
in the crater now can challenge someone else.
Buy a bottle of soft drink for each boy
in your den. Open them and pour contents into a large metal pitcher. Rinse
out the bottles and let dry.
Set up a "re-fueling" station in your
kitchen, complete with goggles, plastic apron, rubber gloves, and other
"scientific looking" things. Make warning signs about radiation etc.
As the boys arrive, outfit them up and
instruct them to "refuel" one soft drink bottle by pouring the mystery fuel
through a funnel.
Scientists spend a lot of time making an
astronaut's journey safe. For the pre-opening activity have the Cubs pack an
egg so that it can survive a ten foot drop onto a hard surface.
Materials needed; eggs, ziploc
bags, tape, Styrofoam sandwich box, packing materials such as cotton,
newspaper, peanuts, grass, leaves, etc.
Put the egg inside the ziploc bag, then
pack it any way you want inside the box. Tape the box well and write name on
it. Drop the boxes from a balcony, or high place, the check to see whose egg
the Cub Scouts that they are to look for a hidden star. Unknown to the
players, a small, silver, gummed-back star is attached to the clothing of each
of them. On signal, all move around and try to find the star. As each boy
locates it, he goes quietly to his seat.
Outer Space Quiz
York Adams Council
Using the wonderful world of the Internet
or old (but expendable!) magazines, cut out space photos, letter each one with
a sequential letter, and hang them around the meeting room. As people arrive,
hand them lists of the photo titles (in a mixed up order) and ask them to
match the photos with the titles. Once the meeting gets under way, see how
many people were able to get all, many, or some of the matches correct.
Shirley Elliott, Montana
How many planets are
Which planet is nearest the sun?
The largest planet is ...
Name two planets with rings
(Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter )
Name the planets in order from the sun.
(Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter,
Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)
What two kinds of energy do we get from the sun?
Earth is nearer to the sun in ...
What galaxy is the sun in?
Which constellation contains the North Star?
Earth's nearest neighbor in space is ...
What time of day would your shadow be longer, 9:00
am or 12:00 noon?
Circle Ten Council
This is how you
memorize the order of the planets:
“My Very Educated
Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas”
The first letter in
each word gives the first letter in the names of the planets in order from the
Have the boys say
the phrase, then name all the planets. Divide group into two or three sections
had have them do it in a round. (Mercury, Venus. Earth, Mars, Jupiter,
Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)
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