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Baloo's Bugle


November Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 10, Issue 4
December Theme

A Cub Scout Gives Goodwill
Webelos Craftsman & Scientist
  Tiger Cub Achivement #4



Achievement 4, How I Tell It

This requirement is about Communication.  Getting our Tigers to talk with others and be positive in what they say.  They may learn how to carry on conversations and a little about mass communication. 

Tigers can learn there are many modes of communication – when we talk, write, dance, sing or draw pictures.  We communicate too with our faces when we frown or smile and our bodies with how we stand or move our arms.

Our uniforms and beads (on our Tiger totems) and patches communicate information about who we are and what we like to do.

Adults communicate through newspapers, magazines, books (Harry Potter) television and radio.  Be open to showing all these to your tigers to help them search, Discover and Share.

Achievement 4 Family Activity

4F - At a family meal, have each family member take turns telling the others one thing that happened to him or her that day. Remember to practice being a good listener while you wait for your turn to talk.

Mealtime conversations should be kept positive.  Sharing your day’s activities could be become a regular family activity.  Try to do this at a meal when everyone is there.  Sharing amongst family members is always good so try to keep doing it even if only a few members are present.

The requirement helps promote Family Understanding, one of the Ten Purposes of Cub Scouting!!

This requirement involves doing a Character Connection on Respect.  There are three elements to every Character Connection.  A Tiger must first know what is correct, then practice doing it and finally commit to doing it in the future.  If you want more info on Character Connections there is a BSA Bin Item 13-323A or go to Bill Smith’s Virtual roundtable at - http://www.wtsmith.com/rt/chardev.html

For the Respect Character Connection –

Know – Have the Tiger discuss how he can show respect while talking with others.  How to listen respectfully.  How he may interrupt and still be respectful.

Practice – Have him participate in a family conversation (The one for this requirement would be great!!)  Then discuss how he and others showed respect.

Commit – Have him discuss how it felt to be respected while he talked and how he felt showing respect o others.  Have him make a list of three things to remember to help him talk respectfully.

Achievement 4 Den Activity

4D - Play "Tell It Like It Isn't"

This is the old “Whistling Down the Alley” game where the boys line up and pass a secret along.  By the time it gets to the end, it usually is different than the start.  The more boys the more fun.  The Adults should join in, too, to make the line longer. 

After the game discuss how things your Tiger may hear may not always be accurate. That messages change as they are passed from person to person.  Discuss, too, how unkind words (gossip) can do harm and is often untrue.  Cubs should only try and say things that are true.  Honesty is a core value of Cub Scouting.

Achievement 3 Go and See It

4G - Visit a television station, radio station, or newspaper office. Find out how people there communicate with others.

This is very easy.  Where I live we have a great radio station, WJBR (www.wjbr.com) that invites Scouts up to tour.  Then, if the Den wants to, they tape them saying the Pledge of Allegiance.  Every day at 7:00 AM, they play a tape of a group (school class, Den, Troop, Club).  They even came to my roundtable and had us one morning saying the Pledge.  I really like it when I hear a Tiger Den; they are so honest and excited. And most say it correctly – saying “One Nation Under God” as a continuous phrase without a pause. Of course it helps that the morning DJ, Michael Waite, grew up in Indiana, the Heartland of America, and his assistant, Mr. Rhoads is an experienced Philmont trekker!!  I have heard the Pledge said on several other area stations so maybe there is one by you.

Our local newspaper encourages tours.  When my son’s Den went for Communicator, they inserted a picture of the Den on the front page and ran enough copies so each Scout could get one!!

Tiger Activities

Circle Ten Council

Christmas Song

Tune: Rudolph

Here's to the Cubs in our den.

As they follow, help and give.

All of the boys in our den,

Know just how a Cub should live.

Now that it's time for Christmas,

We've been very helpful boys,

We've gathered lots of old things,

Fixed them up like brand new toys.

Saved our pennies every meeting,

Bought a lovely Christmas tree,

Trimmed it up to take to our Den-adopted family.

Bright and early Christmas morning,

When they see our shiny toys,

We'll be happy that we shared our

Christmas joy with other boys.


Hanukah Fun Song

Tune: Merrily We Roll Along

Hanukkah is here at last,

Here at last, here at last.

Hanukkah is here at last,

There's fun for everyone.

We spin the dreidel merrily,

Merrily, merrily,

We spin the dreidel merrily,

Come and join the fun.

There's fun for you and fun for me,

Fun for you, fun for me.

There's fun for you and fun for me,

With toys and games and cheer.

The candles burn so cheerily,

Cheerily, cheerily,

The candles burn so cheerily,

It's the best week of the year.


Tiger Grub

Rudolph the Reindeer

1/4 cup peanut butter, creamy

2 slices whole wheat bread

16 raisins

4 Cherries

16 pretzels - twist style

1.       Spread peanut butter on bread slices

2.       Cut each slice into 4 triangles.

3.       Turn triangles so point is down,

4.       Place two raisins in center for eyes.

5.       Cut the cherries in half

6.       Place one half at the bottom point for the nose.

7.       Break twist pretzels to make antlers

8.       Place at the upper two corners.

Variation: Turn pretzel down near the nose to make cats with whiskers

Magic Reindeer Food


Uncooked oats

Ziplock Bag



In a Ziplock bag, put a little bit of uncooked oats and glitter. Shake to mix.

On Christmas Eve night

Before the little ones yawn

Sprinkle "Magic Reindeer Food"

On your front lawn

The smell of the oats

And the sparkles so bright

Will surely help Rudolph

With his Christmas Eve flight.



Holiday Crafts

Mini Music Makers

Easy to make from empty film canisters and craft sticks.






You need:

Two Empty Film Canisters


Two Craft Sticks

Colored Vinyl Tape

Black Marker or Paint

Rice, Beans, or Beads



Paint the craft sticks black. Decorate the sticks and the containers using colored vinyl tape. Cut a slit in the tops to hold the craft sticks securely. Fill containers half full with rice, beans or beads. Replace the tops. Push in the crafts sticks.


Chocolate Kisses Wreath








Foil covered chocolate kisses

Poster board


Cake frosting


Directions: Cut a large circle from the poster board and one from the center of this circle. You can use the cake frosting to cover the circle or you can use regular glue to cover the circle. Glue the chocolate kisses and gum drops onto the wreath. You may choose another shape if it is more appropriate for your celebration!


Photo Ornament


Four photos of family members

4 inches red ribbon



Foam cube


1.       Cut the photos to the size of one side of the cube.

2.       Glue a different photo to each of the four sides. Leave the top and bottom blank.

3.       Fold the ribbon in half to make a hanging loop. Secure the ends to the top of the cube with the thumbtack.

4.       Let the glue dry.

Seasonal Gift

(for a Parent/Teacher, etc.)






Oval wood piece



Tulip paint

Pipe Cleaner or Ribbon


1.  Paint the wood piece white.

2.  Write "TIS THE SEASON" on the top.

3.  Write "TO CELEBRATE" on the bottom.

4.  Let the boys decorate with their favorite holiday items.

5.  Glue the pipe cleaner or the ribbon hanger on the back.



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