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Baloo's Bugle


November 2004 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 11, Issue 4
December 2004 Theme

Theme: Holiday Food Fare
Webelos: Craftsman & Scientist
  Tiger Cub:
Achievement 2 & Activities





A Gingerbread Tradition


Follow the history of gingerbread, from its origins in the medieval crusades to country fairs to today's holiday treats. Includes both historic and modern recipes.

Make a Gingerbread Baby House


A craft project to go with the Jan Brett's book, The Gingerbread Baby. No cooking (but, alas, no eating) with this house. A quick and easy holiday decoration.

Make a Gingerbread House from HolidayOrganizer.com


Sweet and easy mini houses make perfect holiday place cards. Also has a recipe for a good, stiff gingerbread dough for an average-sized gingerbread house (templates included).

Necco Gingerbread House


Necco wafers, the candy that's 150 years young, makes a beautiful roof on a gingerbread house. The bakers at Necco have teamed up to create directions for a classic construction. No patterns or templates here, but measurements are included. Necco recommends baking the house pieces a day or two (possibly weeks! This tough gingerbread freezes well.) in advance. It's no fun to have walls of hot gingerbread caving in at the construction site.

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House


Make a Gingerbread House out of Graham Crackers.

For a history of Gingerbread (probably more interesting to adults than boys) go to


A Nutrition Unit used for teaching the subject in lower grades can be found here.  You may want to adapt some of the ideas for your den.  There are games (Food Bingo) and activities:


The Louisiana Department of Education has a neat website with info and activities for food an nutrition –


At http://www.doe.state.la.us/lde/nutrition/jazzy/jazzy1.html they have lots posters you can print and have the boys color.  With each poster are coloring suggestions and activities relating to the theme of the poster.

Kids, have fun on the sites listed below where you can play games while learning a lot about fruits and vegetables.  This list comes from www.5aday.com

California Asparagus for Kids

Chiquita Kids

Del Monte Kid Zone

Dole’s 5 A Day

Fruit and Vegetables For Me

Healthy Choices for Kids

Sunkist Kids

What Color is Your Food?
Taste a rainbow of fruits and vegetables for better health

This North Dakota State University site offers fun advice on getting children and adults to eat different color fruits and vegetables for your 5 servings a day.  There is even a downloadable Adobe file with all the info from the site


NCDA&CS - Kid's World - Nutrition Coloring Book
Let's have fun M I X I N G colors and learning about N U T R I T I O N.  here is an electronic coloring book activity for learning about nutrition.


The American School Food Service Association has a section on their website titled “Your Child Nutrition eSource.”  There are activities and facts for you to use.  It does take some poking around to find the stuff – CD


For lots of Scouting history (especially about Baden-Powell) go to http://www.pinetreeweb.com/   The focus is on the webmaster’s particular interests in Scouting which include: the life and times of the Founder, Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell, the heritage, history and traditions of Scouting, leadership development, and International Scouting, with a particular emphasis on Scouting in Eastern Europe and Russia.  The site is available in several languages.

Check out the Lego church – http://www.amyhughes.org/lego/church/ Awesome! This site features photos of an astonishing LEGO project involving some 75,000 pieces used to create a church that is seven feet long and five and a half feet wide. This project exhibits tremendous creativity and goes from mere building-block stacking to art. There are also other projects at http://www.amyhughes.org/lego/ that are worth a good look.

Create a web site for your unit

At http://home.earthlink.net/~paulp575/h2caws.htm part of a very Scouting oriented site there are great instructions for creating your own Web site.  Be sure to back to his home page and check out his Scouting pages, too

Looking for advice and hints and tips on using the Internet and your computer??  Want input on making decisions about what to buy for your machine??  More ideas on building a website for your unit??  All from a non-commercial site with no advertisers to please??  Try http://www.webnme.com/   The webmaster is webmaster for over 15 websites and spends a lot of time on the web, either working or researching (that's the "WEB" part.) and gets a lot of other webmasters asking where to find information. So he built this website to share some of his knowledge (that's the "ME" part.)  This is a personal site and a test bed for trying things out. It changes from time to time as new code and approaches are tried. Feedback and ideas are always appreciated by the webmaster.


The try http://www.make-stuff.com/ For crafter's, hobbyists, entrepreneurs and PEOPLE WHO JUST LIKE TO MAKE STUFF,  Do it yourself! When your friends say, "You know you can buy one of those..." do you say, "Yeah, so?" If you love to make things, if you constantly have a project going in a back room, or cluttering up a kitchen counter, if you start making Christmas presents in June and you watch all those do-it-yourself shows on TV, come on in! We've got all kinds of recipes, formulas, craft projects and ideas that you can make yourself.

Here is an interesting site for songs, crafts and other stuff.  It is Girl Scout oriented but the songs and crafts work


Explanation of Life

Kommisioner Karl

Most of my technical magazines at work end with a last page joke.  When Kommissioner Karl sent me this, I said I have no place to put it.  Then I thought – Why not do like the magazines – a closing joke – so here goes – (And yes I know the facts are not correct – all the animals named were created on the fifth day and man on the sixth.) CD

On the first day God created the dog.

God said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past.  I will give you a life span of twenty years. "The dog said, "That's too long to be barking. Give me ten years and I'll give you back the other ten."  So God agreed.
On the second day God created the monkey. God said, "Entertain people, do monkey tricks, make them laugh. I'll give you a twenty-year life span."  The monkey said, "How boring, monkey tricks for twenty years? I don't think so. Dog gave you back ten, so that's what I'll do too, okay?" And God agreed.

On the third day God created the cow. God said, "You must go to the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and  give milk to support the farmer. I will give you a life span of sixty years." The cow, said “That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. Let me have twenty and I'll give back the other forty." And God agreed again.

On the forth day, God created man. God said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. I'll give you twenty years." Man said, "What? Only twenty years! Tell you what, I'll take my twenty, and the forty the cow gave back and the ten the monkey gave back and the ten the dog gave back, that makes eighty, okay?" "Okay," said God, "you've got a deal."

So that is why the first twenty years we eat, sleep, play, and enjoy ourselves.  For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family.  For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.




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