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Baloo's Bugle


August 2004 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 11, Issue 1
September 2004 Theme

Theme: Time in a Capsule
Webelos: Citizen and Communicator
  Tiger Cub:
Program & Activities




Baden-Powell Had A Vision

York Adams Council

The following closing could be done by a Den of boys standing up front and reciting together the first eight lines or have one of them as narrator, take a few steps forward and say:

Baden Powell had a vision,

That he made come true,

So now we can enjoy Scouting,

And have fun while we do.

While he wasn't an American,

He's become famous to us,

Earning though America,

Our admiration and trust.

Now have an adult leader dressed as Baden Powell come  out from behind curtains or door or somewhere, and face the audience, and says:

Now may the Spirit of Scouting,

Be with both young and old.

As you remember again,

The meaning of Blue and Gold.

May you strive for truth and spirituality,

In the warm sunlight under the sky above,

As you bring good cheer and happiness

With steadfast loyalty brought through love.

Good Night and Happy Scouting!!

Day's End

Heart of America Council

Personnel: Eight Cub Scouts using actions as described at the end of each line

Cub # 1:                         Often when the day is done and in my bed I lay. (Put palms of hand together, place hand on check and tilt head to side as if asleep)

Cub # 2:                         I ask myself a question, did I do my best today? air with a pointed finger)

Cub # 3:                         Did I wear a cheery smile as I went (Big smile) on my way?

Cub # 4:                         Or a frown that hurt a friend along (Big frown) the way.

Cub # 5:                         Did I help a dear one that depended on me today?        (With palm up make a gesture extending to the audience)

Cub # 6:                         OR was I much too busy going my own selfish way? (Use both hands as if to brush it away with fingers up)

Cub # 7:                         Tomorrow I will remember to be helpful and obey (Put palms together as if in a prayer)

Cub # 8:                         Then, I can with honesty say, I did my best today! (Give the Cub Scout Salute)

Thank You Closing

Heart of America Council

Personnel: 5 Cubs

Cub # 1:                         Thank You (hold up cards with these words on them).

Cub # 2:                         Two simple words. Two important words that tell someone else that you are appreciative, courteous and thoughtful.

Cub # 3:                         We do many good turns for others O but do we always take time to thank others for a good turn done for us?

Cub # 4:                         Let's all remember that a sincere "thank you" is your way of expressing gratitude for a good turn received.

Cub # 5:                         Remember to say "thank you."

Scout Spirit

Heart of America Council

Personnel:        Den Leader and Den of Cubs

Equipment:        One large candle, and a small candle for each Cub.

Setting:             Lights are turned out as the leader lights the large candle.

All Cubs pass by, lighting their candle from the large one (keep the large one straight up) and form a circle.

Den Leader: This is the spirit of Scouting burning brightly here tonight. As each of you took light from this spirit, the light became brighter all around. Now, let's all take the Scouting spirit home with us and pass it on to as many people as there are stars in the sky.


Sam Houston Area Council

Equipment: One or two Spaceships cut from large cardboard boxes.

Arrangement: All den members except flag bearers hold Spaceship. Cubmaster asks the question to Cub Scouts. Each Cub Scout gives different answer to the question.

CUBMASTER:     Why are you homeward bound?

Cub # 1:       Freedom to think, and to say out loud what I think.

Cub # 2:       Freedom to worship as I please.

Cub # 3:       Freedom to move about.

Cub # 4:       Freedom to try, and freedom to fail.

Cub # 5:       Freedom to stand up straight and look the world in the eye.

Cub # 6:       Freedom from want, and freed from fear.

CUBMASTER:     Will Pack ____ please rise and sing America, as we are always welcomed home.

(Cub den retires the flag)


Circle Ten Council

Sam Houston area Council had this as a Cubmaster’s Minute with the Cubmaster saying all three parts. As a Cubmaster, I like this idea of breaking it up and involving more people. I am tired by the end of a pack show.  CD

Den Leader: Cub Scouts, it wasn't long ago that we heard some people say. "The sky is the limit." That meant that a man could make anything of himself he wanted…at least, on the earth. Well, that limit is off now. There us almost no limit to what you can aspire to do, either on earth or in space. Our astronauts showed us that.

Committee Chairmen: Colonel "Buzz" Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was a member of Troop 12 in Montclair, New Jersey. He once Said that a group of Scouters, 'Set your goals high and settle for nothing less than accomplishment. Don't settle for mediocrity."

Cubmaster: How well you perform will depend on how you accept the new challenge, which says, " The sky is NOT the limit." A Cub Scout who does his best in everything he undertakes now is preparing himself for that new challenge. If you want to aim for the stars, you must remember that you are building your launch pad right now, by your willingness and initiative in every task you tackle…at home, at church, in school and in Scouting.


Circle Ten Council

Preparation: Cub Scouts have large cards spelling out STAR WARS with their parts in large print on the back. As each one steps forward, he holds up his card and says his line:

Cub # 1:       S stands for seek. Seek the mysteries of the future.

Cub # 2:       T stands for Top. Top the obstacles of youth.

Cub # 3:       A stands for Advance. Advance in the Cub Scouting program.

Cub # 4:       R stands for Reap. Reap the fruits of your labors.

Cub # 5:       W stands for Watch. Watch for imperfections.

Cub # 6:       A stands for Attack. Attack you shortcomings.

Cub # 7:       R stands for Reach. Reach for the sky.

Cub # 8:       S stands for Shoot. Shoot for the stars.

All:             And may the force be with you, all the days of your lives


Cubmaster’s Minute

Memories From The Past

Baltimore Area Council

Personnel: Narrator, adult, and Cub Scout

Set Up: Narrator's voice can be heard but narrator is not visible. This takes place at a Cub Scout home more than 25 years ago. Cub Scout is standing in front of a mirror trying to tie a necktie as he follows instructions in Wolf Book.

Narrator: When I went to buy our son's first Cub Scout uniform, I vividly recalled a moment from my days as a Cub Scout. One badge required learning to tie a necktie. The Cub Scout book had step-by-step pictures, but I couldn't make sense of them. I stood in front of the mirror, my 8-year-old hands tumbling with the mechanics of tying a necktie, to no avail.

Adult comes forward and helps Cub Scout tie necktie.

Finally, my dad stepped up behind me, put his arms over my shoulders, placed his hands on my hands, and with great patience, guided me through the over-and-under and up-and through motions of tying a tie.

My father isn't with us anymore, but whenever I stand in front of a mirror and tie my necktie, I see his face in the mirror.

I don't know whether Cub Scouts still have to tie a necktie. But I do know that fathers still yearn for opportunities to stand behind their growing sons, place their arms over their shoulders, and with their hands on their sons' hands, guide them on the way to manhood.


Sam Houston Area Council

Many a Scout I'm sure has dreams of becoming an astronaut. Most of our present astronauts were Scouts when they were young. The training this program gives has praises to be sung. Just as the men in space exploration tackle their jobs with a courageous, firm hand. We should tackle our earthbound problems to make this a better land. As we preserve our environment by increasing our knowledge each day, using courage and imagination, in Scouting - Astronaut way.


Circle Ten Council

Setting: Form the pack in a large circle.

CUBMASTER: We've had lots of fun this month imagining what life may be like on other planets. We've looked into the night sky and enjoyed its beauty. Some of you may have learned too, that the North Star, Polaris, is fixed overhead and that it is used by space travelers and ship captains to find their position. In Cub Scouting we have our own North Star, the Cub Scout Promise. Like the North Star, the Promise is a guide for people on earth. If we follow the Promise, we can be pretty sure that we will be good men. Please join me now in repeating the Cub Scout Promise. (Make the Cub Scout sign and lead promise).



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