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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




Future Careers

Heart of America Council

Personnel: 8 Cubs

Equipment: A large box, decorated on the front with knobs and dials, that Cubs can step into and out of.

Cub 1:    Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the Fantastic, Terrific Magic Future machine. By entering this machine you will know your future career.

Cub 2:    Let me try it first!!

Cub 1:    OK, enter the chamber (he turns dials on the front). Come out and reveal your future.

Cub 2:    Wow, I'm going to be a truck driver. 10-4 Good Buddy. (Cub 3 Enters)

Cub 1:    Enter the chamber (he turns dials on the front). Come out and reveal your future.

Cub 3:    Hey I'm going to be a Chef... dinner anyone? (Cub 4 Enters)

Cub 1:    Enter the chamber (he turns dials on the front). Come out and reveal your future.

Cub 4:    I'm going to be a doctor, want a shot? (Cub 5 Enters)

Cub 1:    Enter the chamber (he turns dials on the front). Come out and reveal your future.

Cub 5:    A lawyer, I'm going to be a lawyer, I'll sue for one million dollars!! (Cub 6 Enters)

Cub 1:    Enter the chamber (he turns dials on the front). Come out and reveal your future.

Cub 6:    Yea, yea, yea! I'm going to be a rock star, where's my guitar? (Cub 7 Enters)

Cub 1:    Enter the chamber (he turns dials on the front) Come out and reveal your  future

Cub 7:    An Astronaut! Look out Mars!

Cub 8:    Iím not sure about this, but here goes.

Cub 1:    This way (Turns the dials)

Cub 8:    (Enters, screams then exits) No! No!

Cub 1:    What's the matter, what will you be?

Cub 8:    NO! I'll be a (Pause for effect) Cubmaster!!! (Run off stage with arms flying.)


Sam Houston Area Council

Arrangements: A den leader with a den of Cub Scouts. A bundle rolled up to resemble a tent. Leader leads Cub Scouts onto stage, turns around and stops. Boys carrying the bundle place it near the front of the stage. Other boys sit down on the stage.

LEADER: Wow, hiking on Venus sure is hard work. Let's camp here. (Points to front of stage). Boys, you need to stay away from the edge of that cliff. There's a 10,000-foot drop if you fall over the edge, and the nearest hospital is 50 million miles away. (Looks around, puzzled). Who has the pack with the food? Bring is over here.

1st CUB:     It was too heavy for me to carry. I left it back on Earth.

LEADER: Earth??? So now we have no food. Who has the water?

2nd  CUB:   I DID have it.

LEADER: Where is it now?

2nd CUB:    It's back on Earth, too.

LEADER: No food and no water! Well, at least we can have a campfire. Who brought the matches?

3rd CUB:   I forgot them back on the spaceship.

LEADER: No, food, no water, and no matches. I'm almost afraid to ask, but who was supposed to bring the tent?

4th & 5th CUB: We brought it! It's right there.

LEADER: Well, at least someone brought something. Okay, pitch the tent.

4th & 5th CUB: But, but, but...

LEADER:  I said pitch the tent.

Cubs 4 &5 look at each other, shrug, pick up the tent, pitch it off the cliff (front of the stage), then look over the edge.


Circle Ten Council

Setting:  Teacher and students enter classroom.  Bell rings.

Teacher:        Class, today we will begin our study of astronomy.

Student 1:     (Loud whisper to Student 2)  What's that?

Student 2:     It's way over your head.

Teacher:        Attention please, students.  As I told you, we're going to take up a new topic - space.

Student 1:     (Loud whisper to Student 3)  Did you hear that?  He said we are going to take up space!

Student 3:     That's all you ever do --- take up space!

Teacher:        What is at the center of gravity?

Student 2:     The letter "v".

Teacher:        Of all the planets, which one can we see most easily any time of year?

Student 1:     Earth!!

Teacher:        What will happen when the sun shines at night?

Student 3:     That'll be the day!

Teacher:        Did you students know that they found bones on the moon?

Student 1:     Wow!  I guess that means the cow didn't make it after all!

Teacher:        And speaking of the moon, I suppose we could call the Earth and the moon good friends.

Student 2:     I should say so!  They've been going around together for an awfully long time!

Teacher:        Can someone please tell me which is closer to us, South America or the moon?

Student 3:     The moon, of course.

Teacher:        How could you say that?

Student 3:     That's easy.  I can see the moon from here, but I sure can't see South America.

Teacher:        By the way, do you know if there are any fish in outer space?

Student 1:     Sure!  They call them starfish!

Teacher:        Who knows what a star with a tail is called?  Can you name any of them?

Student 2:     Yeah.  Haley's Comet, Mickey Mouse, and Lassie.

Teacher:        That's all for today, class.  Don't forget our field trip tomorrow night.  We're going to the planetarium, where the telescope is, to see an all star show


Circle Ten Council

Setting: Boys come out representing each planet.

Mercury:   (Jumping around)  You'd really get a hot foot if you lived on me.  The temperature is 950 on Mercury.

Venus:       (Moving hands as if parting fog)  You might think that Venus is lovely as can be.  But with these 200 mile thick clouds if is sure hard to see.

Mars:         (Dressed in red)  From its canals to polar caps Mars is hard to understand.  I'm frozen ice and barren rocks, but I do the best I can.

Jupiter:     (Strolling with hands behind back)  If you like to walk in the moonlight, you'd love to live on me because I have not just one moon but thirteen for you to see.

Saturn:      (Wearing a lab coat, a la Carl Sagan)  I'm not just a 3-ring circus as people thought me to be.  For Saturn has billions and billions of bands that you can see for free.

Neptune:    (Wearing a lab coat and shivering)  I'm named for King Neptune who lives in the depths of the sea.  But old King Neptune would be a frozen fish if he were to live on me.

Uranus:     (Wearing big boots and picking up feet with difficulty trying to walk.)  I'm so much bigger than the Earth that walking would not be fun.  Each step would just exhaust you.  On Uranus you'd weigh a ton.

Pluto:         (Smallest Cub with thumbs stuck under suspenders)  I may be last.  I may be least.  I'm even harder to find.  But as long as you remember I'm Pluto, I guess I really don't mind.

Earth:         You've heard from all my neighbors and what they have to give.  Now aren't you glad that it's on Earth that you decided to live?

The Good Turn

York Adams Council

This really good skit was written by one of YAAC's own Cubmasters and was performed before a live audience at the 1998 Annual Mason-Dixon District Adult Recognition Dinner.  It makes for a really good, impressive presentation.

You may want to do this in the fall to acquaint your new boys and parents with the story of Scouting or save it for the Blue and Gold.

Set Up: This is a one-man narrative about the birth of the BSA by Mark Anderson, Cubmaster, Pack 180. Dress as a lifelong scout, i.e. campaign hat, knee high socks, shorts, walking staff, etc.)

Most of you don't know me, but you've all heard stories about me.  Tonight I want to talk to you about a chance meeting that took place about 90 years ago.  The place was London, England.  The year was 1909.  It was a typical day in London.  The fog lay dense in the streets, as thick as pea soup.  I was just a young lad at the time, having just celebrated my 13th birthday.

I was on my way to a Scout meeting when I happened upon a young American man who appeared lost.  I approached the man and asked if I could be of some assistance since the streets of London can be quite confusing in the fog.  "You certainly can", the man said, "for I am looking for the shipping offices of Kratchet and Crane in the center of the city."    I told the man that I would gladly take him to his destination.

On the way to the shipping offices, the man introduced himself as William D. Boyce, an entrepreneur of sorts, looking for new opportunities in England.  After we arrived at his destination, Mr. Boyce reached into his pocket and offered me tuppence for my assistance.

(Reach into pocket and pull out several coins)

"No thank you, sir!" I replied.  "For you see, I am a Scout and will not take anything for helping."

"A Scout? And what might that be?" asked Mr. Boyce.

I explained to him about Scouting and the movement started by Lord Robert Baden-Powell. Mr. Boyce grew excited as I told him what it meant to "do my duty"  and asked me to wait for him to finish his business.

After he had finished, I escorted Mr. Boyce to meet with Lord Baden Powell.  As he learned more about the Scouting program, Mr. Boyce decided to take Scouting with him back to the colonies.

Little did I realize what one, small good turn would do to the face of history.  That one good turn started the largest youth organization in the world today.

I understand that because of that chance meeting, millions of American boys had the opportunity to become Scouts.  Years later, Mr. Boyce and the Boy Scouts of America tried to locate me to thank me.  I didn't want to be recognized, since I hadn't done anything that any one of my fellow Scouts would have done.

Unable to locate me, the B.S.A. dedicated a statue of the American Buffalo in my honour in Gilwell Park, England, the birthplace of Scouting.  But, the statue shouldn't be for me, but for all the Scouts who strive to "do a good turn daily."

Good night and God bless!





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