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Baloo's Bugle


August Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 10, Issue 1
September Theme

Soaring to New Heights
Webelos Citizen and Communicator
  Tiger Cub Achivement #1



Editor’s Comments: 

Our thanks to Dave Lyons for putting this issue of Baloo’s Bugle together and sharing it with Scouters from around the world.

Next month, Chris will return and Dave has accepted her invitation to collaborate. Two Scouters are better than one!


Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders Guide

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:

ü       Sportsmanship and fitness, Boys will learn the art of winning and losing gracefully by playing den and pack games.

ü       Fun and Adventure, Boys will explore the wonders of space and air travel, from simple paper airplanes and kites to today’s technology.

ü       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 month is:

ü       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 applicable!!


Commissioner’s Corner

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.  Also, announcements of Pow Wows so I can post them. Drop me a note –  commisionerdave@comcast.net




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