Welcome to Baloo's Bugle!


Back to Index
Special Opportunity
Prayers & Poems
Training Tips
Tiger Scouts
Pack/Den Activities
Pack/Den Admin
Fun Foods
Webelos Engineer
Webelos Scholar
Pre-Opening Activities
Opening Ceremonies
Stunts & Cheers
Audience Participation
Closing Ceremony
Web Links


Baloo's Bugle


January 2004 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 10, Issue 6
February 2004 Theme

Webelos Engineer & Scholar
  Tiger Cub Achivement #



Town Crier

Circle Ten Council

Does your den have a “town crier”? The one child who has to be the absolute first to relay bad news, good news, what someone did at school, or a comment (usually inappropriate) he heard from an adult. He will probably be the first to tattle and participate in name-calling.

Immediately put a stop to it the moment it occurs. Gather the boys in a circle and discuss the problem. Make it perfectly clear that name-calling, “tattling” (unless it’s endangering another person) and tale bearing will not be tolerated and that is not why we come to Scouts.

Take the time to clearly explain the difference between tattling and telling on someone for good reason. Is there incessant reporting of every minor perceived wrong on everyone else in the group or one person in particular by the same boy? Do you constantly hear from the same child ‘So and so is hitting me”, but he leaves out the part the he kicked so and so first? Acceptable “telling” could be “Billy is running into the street in front of a car!” or “Nikey is playing with his pocket knife”. Give examples; keep going over and over it until everyone understands.

Point out that is it equally unacceptable to the receptive audience of “the town crier”. Being a party to a gossip session is as bad as actually telling the story Discuss with the den what solutions they can come up with to not be apart of gossip

The World Friendship Fund

Circle Ten Council

The World Friendship Fund of the Boy Scouts of America offers a practical Good Turn opportunity for BSA youth members and leaders. Cash contributions are used to assist Scouting through the World Organization of the Scout Movement and through national Scout associations in developing countries. Tax deductible contributions can be from individuals, units, camp, and training course groups. Unit participation in the World Friendship Fund offers a unique annual service project to benefit brother Scouts around the world.

The World Friendship Fund of the Boy Scouts of America was developed during the closing days of World War 11. At the time, there was a great need to rebuild Scouting in those nations that had been wracked by war and were just emerging from the shadows of totalitarianism.

In the years that have elapsed, virtually every nation in the free world that has Scouting has been aided by the fund. Both those nations that have had Scouting before and those newly emerging nations that desire the Scouting program for their youth have been helped.

Through the World Friendship Fund, voluntary contributions of Scouts and leaders are transformed into cooperative projects that help Scouting associations in other countries to strengthen and extend their Scouting programs.

Types of projects supported by the World Friendship Fund include supporting community development projects in Uruguay and Bolivia; providing funds for eastern European nations to help reorganize Scouting, funding the production of the Russian Scout handbook and providing adult leader training for Scout leaders attending seminars in Geneva, Switzerland.

Additional projects supported by the World Friendship Fund have included: shipment of uniform shirts to Croatian Scouts; Russian Scout leader training; printing of materials for the Boy Scouts of Zimbabwe; scholarships for the World Jamboree; and support for Scouting in Micronesia, Kenya, Mexico and Siberia.

Unit and individual contributions for the World Friendship Fund should be submitted to the Council Service Center where they will be forwarded directly to the International Division, B. S. A.

Since the beginning of the World Friendship Fund, more than $1 million has been voluntarily donated by American Scouts and leaders to these self-help activities.

Worldwide Principles

Duty to God and respect for individual beliefs

Loyalty to one's country and respect for its laws

Strength of world friendship and Scouting brotherhood

Service to others-community development

Universal regard for the Scout Promise and Law as a life guide

Voluntary membership

Service by volunteer leaders

Independence from political influence and control

Training youth in responsible citizenship, physical and mental development, and character guidance through use of the patrol system, group activity, recognition through awards, and learning by doing

Outdoor program orientation

Universal Practices

These acts and symbols of Scouting are familiar all over the world:

Scout Promise and Law-duty to God and country

Design of badge-basic trefoil

"Be Prepared" motto

Universal three-finger Scout sign-sign of personal honor

Scout left handclasp

Use of the patrol system

Basic ideal of the Good Turn




clear.gif - 813 Bytes

Materials found in Baloo's Bugle may be used by Scouters for Scouting activities provided that Baloo's Bugle and the original contributors are cited as the source of the material.

Materials found at the U. S. Scouting Service Project, Inc. Website ©1997-2003 may be reproduced and used locally by Scouting volunteers for training purposes consistent with the programs of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) or other Scouting and Guiding Organizations. No material found here may be used or reproduced for electronic redistribution or for commercial or other non-Scouting purposes without the express permission of the U. S. Scouting Service Project, Inc. (USSSP) or other copyright holders. USSSP is not affiliated with BSA and does not speak on behalf of BSA. Opinions expressed on these web pages are those of the web authors.