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Baloo's Bugle


October 2004 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 11, Issue 3
November 2004 Theme

Theme: Cub Scout Collectors
Webelos: Craftsman & Scientist
  Tiger Cub:
Achievement 5 & Activities




Cub Scout Roundtable Planning Guide

This month boys will be encouraged to show off their collections or to start new ones.  Many positive things can be aid for boys having collections.  In particular, collecting teaches them to pay careful attention to something, or to study something on their own initiative.   And it’s, also, just plain FUN!!!


Cub Scout Roundtable Planning Guide

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

*       Family Understanding, Cub Scouts and their family members share memories through their collections.

*       Personal Achievement, Boys take pride in their new interests and collections.

*       Fun and Adventure, Starting a new hobby is an adventure that can lead to hours of FUN

The core value highlighted this month is:

*       Honesty, While enjoying and sharing their hobby of collecting, the boys will learn the importance of being trustworthy and loyal.

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!!


And another Scouting year is off and running.  Our Pack’s “Join Scouting Night” was successful and since then we have added another 6 boys.  The TV Promo on Channel 3 in Philadelphia must be working.  My wife and I have temporarily adopted the Tigers.  We have never worked with this age before.  Our son joined as a Wolf.  The greatest part is having all the Adult partners there and seeing them work with their sons.  Our first Pack Meeting is coming up and we have 12 boys who earned Summertime Fun awards.  A big increase over recent years.  Our first Pack Family camping Trip is in early October.  It will be a blast. Get an active program and the boys will find you!!

My September RT was spirited and everyone is ready to go.  We had a blast wearing Circus costumes.  Doing magic tricks and singing “The Clowns in the Circus.”  Speaking of Roundtables, did you see the article in the October 2004 Scouting about Roundtables??  They certainly chose one of the best around as an example.  I have known Ben since he and I took the Roundtable course at Philmont together in 2001.  He sure does put on a good show.  And will be at our Pow Wow in January.  (See Southern NJ Council in the Pow Wow list)

I want give a big Heap How two Scouters who will be helping me with Baloo’s Bugle.  You probably have seen their names for the last few months.  Kommissioner Karl is a Cub RT Commissioner in Ohio and he will be researching and writing the “Special Opportunity” each month.  And Commissioner Diane will be writing up the “Training Hint.”  She, like me, has all grown children but loves Cubbing.

Don’t worry - there are lots more opportunities to help put together Baloo’s Bugle.  Is there a part you would like to do?  Is there a Webelos leader who has great stuff for the Activity Awards?  I really need some help there. 

While at Philmont, I met a CM from Buffalo doing Trek 24 with a 726 crew.  He was on his second night at Copper Park, I on our first. He used Baloo from time to time in his planning.  I hope this is an issue he reads.

According to the Santa Clara County Council Pow Wow book these month’s had similar theme’s, so you might want to check old Program Helps, Pow Wow Books, issues of Baloo and old Leaders to see what they have for –

September 2000 – Pockets

Talking of Pow Wow Books.  It is that time of year again when my books are running out.  My Circle Ten, Connecticut Rivers,  Utah National Parks and Baltimore Area Council Books all “died” this month.  I need new material for this year if I am to keep bringing you quality issues of Baloo.  Last year I received many fine Pow Wow books.  I can make the same offer again this year – I will trade one of the Pow Wow Book CDs from our Pow Wow for one of yours. Now if you are a regular Baloo reader you probably have noticed that I lean on certain books more than others.  The keys to getting your Council’s Pow Wow Book into Baloo are – Having it organized either by theme or with a theme section for each month in each chapter (songs, games, cheers, …).  Also, Word or HTML files that I can edit directly helps.  When a CD has all Adobe (.pdf) files I must print it then OCR scan it before processing.  This becomes very time consuming.  Many months I don’t have the time to do that or to read through books not organized by theme looking for theme material.   Thank you in advance for your support in helping me to get a lot of new books.

Commissioner Dave

Whittlin’ Chip – part III

A concerned leader in NJ

Here is another opinion on cutting the corner of a Whittlin’ Chip Card. I have now presented both sides.  If there is further discussion, please either (1) Write National (through Scouting Magazine).  They are very receptive to letters and have published a few of mine over the years or (2) Join the Cubs-L discussion group on www.usscouts.org and start a thread.  Thank you.  CD

I think that humiliation is an exaggerated term used today to describe embarrassment. If done properly, the experience with losing a corner of the Whittlin’ Chip card will be positive and will help build character  one of Scouting’s major goals. Time and time again I find that the processes that were once used to help build an understanding of consequences for action are being twisted and terms such as "humiliation" and “harassment” are being used to eliminate the processes. In every case these so called changes to avoid "humiliation" and “harassment” are done based on politically correct notions.  Just a reminder - Politically Correct is more times then not, the wrong direction. Unfortunately, more and more people, in our society, are giving in - and morals, values and standards are being lost in the process.

I talked with my son who was a Cub Scout and now a Boy Scout and he said that he'd rather have a corner cut off his card then to lose the privilege altogether. I think that by cutting a corner there is a constant reminder to the Scout that he needs to be mindful of the rules when using his knife. And this will lead to a safer Scout.



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