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April 2004 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 10, Issue 9
May 2004 Theme

Theme: My Home State
Webelos: Handyman & Outdoorsman
  Tiger Cub:



Remember this is a May Theme – We want to get our Cubs outdoors.  I will have outdoor suggestions and paper suggestions.  Please do not just do the paper suggestions.  Also, check out your council’s Pow Wow Book for ideas for this theme. It is probable they already did a lot of the research for Historical sites, parks, and other places to go.   The Circle Ten Book lists over 25 State parks and places within 100 miles of Dallas-Fort Worth. And about the same number of historic sites.  Many local Councils maintain a “Where To Go” Book.  Ask about it. Thanks CD

State Historical Sites

Southern NJ Council

What historical sites exist in your state that you could go tour with your Cubs?? Many are small and would work well for an after school meeting or a quick trio in the evening.  The curators of many of smaller local historical sites are often looking for people to come and visit.  Many of these sites are very underutilized.  At the state level, The NJ DEP's Division of Parks and Forestry lists 57 historic sites and districts, and more than 24,000 museum objects and 68,000 archaeological artifacts. These historic resources span the 15th through 20th centuries and include Lenape Native American lands, Revolutionary War battlefields, lighthouses, a presidential birthplace, the home of Walt Whitman and five historic villages.  What can you find in your state?  I bet you are surprised!!!

State Parks and Forests

Southern NJ Council

What state parks and forests are near you??  Most offer nature programs and tours by Rangers and other staffers.  Take your Cubs there for a day trip or an afternoon trip if you get it arranged.  With a Ranger or staffer doing the talking, your program is planned and implemented without you having to do the work.  Some parks are nature, some historical, some both. 

Scavenger Hunt

Southern NJ Council

There is 20 question Scavenger Hunt on the NJ Hangout Web pages designed for Kids.  You can check your answers when you are done, and print out a certificate.  Go to

http://www.state.nj.us/hangout_nj to check it out.

Does your state have a similar game loaded on their website?  Can you create questions that will interest your Cubs enough to search through the state (or another) website

New Jersey Teams

Southern NJ Council

Can you come up with a list like this for your state?? CD

Match these New Jersey teams to their sports and stadiums -


TEAM                               SPORT              ARENA

Atlantic City Surf             __________       __________

Camden River Sharks        __________       __________

NJ Devils                       __________       __________

NY Giants                       __________       __________

Gladiator Arena Football   __________       __________

NY Jets                          __________       __________

Lakewood Blue Claws       __________       __________

NY-NJ Metrostars            __________       __________

NJ Nets                          __________       __________

Newark Bears                  __________       __________

NJ Cardinals                   __________       __________

Somerset Patriots             __________       __________

Trenton Thunder             __________       __________

Trenton Titans                __________       __________

Here are some ideas for stadiums and arenas in New Jersey.  The answers may or may not be here. This list is not complete.  Check out http://www.state.nj.us/Attractions,+Arts,+Sports,+Recreation.html for more

Continental Airlines Arena                        Freehold Raceway

Giants Stadium                                                    Meadowlands

Campbell's Field                            Mercer County Waterfront

Monmouth Park                                                   Raceway Park

Riverfront Stadium                                    Sandcastle Stadium

Tweeter Center                                     Sovereign Bank Arena

Famous Firsts

Have your Scouts develop a list of famous first for your state like this list from New Jersey -

Southern NJ Council

First organized baseball game was played in Hoboken, 1846.

The first drive-in movie theater was built on a 10-acre plot in Camden County in 1933.

The first Miss America was chosen in Atlantic City in 1921.

The first phonograph was made by Thomas A. Edison in Menlo Park in 1877.

The first balloon flight in America was made by Jean-Pierre Blanchard. On January 9,1793, he landed a balloon at Deptford carrying a letter from George Washington.

The first professional basketball game was played in Trenton in 1896.

The first incandescent lamp (light bulb) was made by Thomas A. Edison in Menlo Park in 1879.

The first condensed soup in America was cooked and canned in Camden County in 1897.

The first saltwater taffy was produced at the Jersey shore in the 1870s.

Connecticut flag

The first intercollegiate football game was played by Rutgers and Princeton in New Brunswick on November 6, 1869. Rutgers won 6 to 4.


Sate Map Quizzes

Connecticut Rivers Council

The Enchanted Learning web site has State Maps and State Flags with quizzes for your Cubs.  They come in color or black and white.  Check them out at http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/statesbw /


What is the capital city of Connecticut?


What state borders Connecticut on the west?

What state borders Connecticut on the east?

What state borders Connecticut on the north?

What large body of water (a sound) borders Connecticut on the south?

This sound is part of which ocean?

What is the name of the river that runs through Hartford?

What is the name of the largest city in southwest Connecticut?

Connecticut is the third smallest state in the USA. About how wide is this state: 50 miles, 100 miles, 200 miles, or 300 miles?

Connecticut is a state in New England. In which part of the US is this: northeast, southeast, northwest, or southwest?

Connecticut's official state flag was adopted in 1897. The flag features a gold- and silver-rimmed shield picturing three grapevines. On a gold- and brown-rimmed white ribbon under the shield is the state's motto, "QUI TRANSTULIT SUSTINET," which means "He Who is Transplanted Still Sustains." The grapevines represent the early English settlers (and their settlements) in Connecticut.

Connecticut was the 5th state in the USA; it became a state in 1788.


What type of plant is featured on this flag?

What do these plants symbolize?

When did Connecticut become a state?

Whittlin’ Chit

Bryon from the SCFM Discussion Group

When beginning to teach knife safety and use, we have started the kids with "floral foam"  (the green stuff they stick flowers into to make arrangements) and butter knives.  Then we progress to bars of ivory soap, and then to soft woods with a (gasp) pocketknife.

In three years, we have not had a mishap, as the boys learn with the butter knives, and we keep a big red marker to mark the areas they have "cut" with their butter knife hitting their hand/fingers.  This gives them a bit of respect for the knife/tool.

We have  an adult present  with each boy throughout  to make sure they have a safety circle and carve away from themselves and their digits!

Big things to keep them from doing are:

ü       Closing the knife with their fingers in the way.

ü       Forcing the knife in such a way that it will try to close over their fingers. . .

ü       Trying to make too deep of a cut, or an angled deep cut. 

Remember, the blades on Cub Scout knives are not locking blades.


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