thanks to Dave Lyons for putting this issue of Baloo’s Bugle together and
sharing it with Scouters from around the world.
month, Chris will return and Dave has accepted her invitation to collaborate.
Two Scouters are better than one!
With summer ending, it's time
to round-up your Cub Scouts to begin another Scouting year. Cub Scouts explore
how people learned to fly and the history of aviation. Look at the ways we
have taken to the skies – from airplanes, to helicopters, to balloons, to the
Space Shuttle. Dens might visit a local airport or Air Force base and learn
how airplanes fly. Cubs can build model airplanes, or hold a paper airplane
flying contest at your den or pack meeting. Make your own homemade aircraft
carrier and land your airplanes on it. Packs can distribute promotional
“flyers” on the upcoming contest. How about having a kite making and kite
flying contest? The runway is clear – so take off for fun!
Some of the purposes of Cub
Scouting developed through this month’s theme are:
Sportsmanship and fitness, Boys will learn the art of
winning and losing gracefully by playing den and pack games.
Fun and Adventure, Boys will explore the wonders of space
and air travel, from simple paper airplanes and kites to today’s technology.
Personal Achievement, Boys learn how to set and achieve
their own goals not only by participating, in den and pack events but also by
showing, their achievements in den displays at pack meetings.
The core value highlighted this
Perseverance, The boys will learn to complete a project
regardless of its difficulty.
Can you think of others??? Hint – look in your Cub Scout Program
Helps. It lists different ones. But all the items on both lists are
I am back from my annual
“fix” in Scouting Paradise – I attended a seminar at Philmont Training
Center. The subject was “Pow Wow Leadership” and John and Keith did a great
job leading the classes. I am definitely going to the Hudson Valley Pow Wow
(See Pow Wow list). Texas is a little too far away, sorry John. Thank you
both. This was my sixth seminar at PTC and I have enjoyed them all and
learned so much at every one. Besides, Philmont is a great place for a Family
Vacation!! My wife enjoys meeting Scouting spouses and sharing stories from
their side. And they have a tremendous staff of youth group leaders
(including my daughter who is having a blast!!) If you can, put PTC in your
plans for 2004. I will post a schedule soon. After the week at PTC, we
toured – Colorado Springs, Flying W, Arches National Park, Pahrump, Nevada,
Death Valley (114 F), Hoover Dam, Historic 66 and (drum roll)
the Beach Boys concert on Fourth of July in Albuquerque!!
Shortly after I got home I had E-mail from Chris (Baloo)
and a call. We talked for a long, long time. She filled me in on the history
of Baloo’s Bugle and other stuff. Most of her problems are resolved to the
good. She agrees with a Ziggy cartoon I sent – She knows God will not give
her more than she can handle but he doesn’t have to have quite so much trust
in her! Chris invited me to help her on a continuing basis. How could I turn
down such an opportunity!
As we, Chris and I,
start the year we need your feedback to help improve Baloo. I am comfortable
with my Roundtable but I am not sure about Baloo readers. Do you want items
like the one on the Emergency Preparedness Award or do you get enough in your
district? Do you want comments on items (e.g. Notes with Commissioner Dave
and CD)? How much Baloo do you want? What do you want?
What else do we need?
We need info on activities for the new Wolf, Bear, and
Webelos books as soon as you see or do something.
We have a continuing I need for Pow Wow books in
electronic format to be able to produce Baloo. Currently I am working off of
four books. You can quickly figure out which ones by looking at the credits.
announcements of Pow Wows so I can post them. Drop me a note –