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Baloo's Bugle


December 2003 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 10, Issue 5
January 2004 Theme

Home Alone
Webelos Fitness & Readyman
  Tiger Cub Achivement #5



Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

Many boys are left Home Alone after school.  This month is a good time to review basic first aid, emergency plans, how to call for help, and family rules for when boys are alone.  The Red Cross, a local nurse, an EMT, or a doctor may be willing to attend a den meeting to discuss basic age-appropriate first aid.  The boys can make a home first aid kit, too.  Many public safety offices have brochures that contain safety tips for being Home Alone; you can use these ideas for role playing and developing skits.  What kinds of snacks can the boys make when they are Home Alone?  This would be a good month to find out.  Being Home Alone will not be so scary after the boys explore this theme.


Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

Some of the purposes of Cub Scouting developed through this month’s theme are:

ü       Character Development, Boys learn to make good choices in their activities.

ü       Family Understanding, Encourage families to discuss individual responsibilities within the family as well as family plans for emergencies.

ü       Personal Achievement, Boys gain confidence through learning activities that they can do on their own. 

The core value highlighted this month is:

ü       Courage, Cub Scouts learn the importance of doing what is right - whether someone is watching or not.

Can you think of others??? Hint – look in your Cub Scout Program Helps.  It lists different ones!! All the items on both lists are applicable!!  You could probably list all twelve if you thought about it!!


Another busy month  – I visited the Hudson Valley Council Pow Wow and picked up some great ideas.  I may even transfer up my credits from Commissioner’s College to finish my PhD at their University.  Go to www.hvus.org for details.  Went to Massachusetts for an Eagle presentation from my 2000 Crew.  This Scout went on after Philmont and has done two wilderness treks in Alaska!!  Plus all my usual stuff.

This was an interesting month reviewing Pow Wow Books.  They were all different!!  Usually a lot of the material is the same but this was a new theme and different councils took different directions in recommendations for implementing it.  One council was very big on health and fitness.  Another had lots of first aid stuff.  One stressed safety.  One thought everyone should take up music while they were Home Alone – their book was all ideas for musical things to make and do – instruments, skits, stories.  But that’s what keeps Scouting interesting – we all do it slightly different and we all learn from one another.

I want to thank those that helped me get some Pow Wow Books when mine were running out.  From John and Mary I received the Circle Ten book and CD.  And the CD had MS Word files that help me tremendously.  Keith and Cindy got me the Hudson Valley book.  My friend Vince sent me a CD of Chief Seattle Council’s Pow Wow and promised me the next one as soon as he got it.  And I am awaiting Denver’s from Scott and National Cap’s from Ken, a long time supporter of Baloo’s Bugle.

I am working on a story for the next issue – “The Story of Three Packs”  Look for it.

Have a great Holiday Season (OOOoops – I forgot, for Roundtables and Baloo - Christmas was last month, we are into 2004 already J J )


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