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Baloo's Bugle


December 2004 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 11, Issue 5
January 2005 Theme

Theme: Cub Scouts Spread the News
Webelos: Fitness & Readyman
  Tiger Cub:
Achievement 3 & Activities




Computer Pals

National Capital Area Council

Divide the group into seven smaller groups and assign each group one of the words listed below.  Have participants practice the parts as you assign them.  Read the story.  After each of the words is read pause for the group to make the appropriate response.

Jeff                                                  "Whew, it's hot!"

Mouse                                            "Squeak, Squeak"

Vaughn                                     "Burrrrrrrr, it's cold!"

Nome, Alaska             "Watch out for the moose!"

E-Mail                                                  "Zoom, Bing!"

Orlando, Florida                           "Mickey Mouse"

Send                                                    "Click, Swish!"

Keyboard                                        "Typety, typety"

Scout or Scouting              "Do Your Best!"  (ALL)

Vaughn had just attended School Night for Scouting in his home town of Nome, Alaska. He wanted to Send E-Mail to his computer pal Jeff, in Orlando, Florida to tell him that he joined Scouts. He knew that Jeff had been in Scouting for a while and wanted to find out what he was getting into.

So, Vaughn sat down at the computer Keyboard and reached for his Mouse. He typed in the message, hit Send with the Mouse and eagerly awaited Jeff’s reply.

While doing homework at the Keyboard, Jeff received Vaughn’s E-Mail. He was really excited to get Vaughn’s news. Jeff immediately sent E-Mail back to Vaughn in Nome, Alaska with all the fun Scouting stuff they do in Orlando, Florida. He talked about such things as the Pinewood Derby, Day Camp, the Blue & Gold, the Raingutter Regatta, plus all of the great hikes, field trips and more! When Jeff finished listing all the things they do in Scouts, he hit the Send key on his Keyboard. After Vaughn finished reading Jeff’s E-Mail, he began to think he had made a smart decision by joining Scouts.

A couple of weeks later, after Vaughn had attended his first Pack meeting, where he received his Bobcat badge, he decided to Send Jeff an E-Mail to tell him the good news. So he sat down at the Keyboard and reached for his Mouse to Send the message.

Jeff drew a card with his Mouse to congratulate Vaughn for earning his first Scouting badge.

After each of their meetings, Jeff from Orlando, Florida and Vaughn from Nome, Alaska would Send E-Mail to each other telling everything they had done in their meetings. They both agreed Scouting is a lot of fun. They also became life-long buddies and pen pals!

News Stories

Circle Ten Council

First, you need to come up with a set of newsworthy stories to read to the pack – probably enough to last 3 –5 minutes (max).  They don’t need to be real and definitely they don’t need to be somber.  Let them be light and enjoyable to hear read aloud.

Next, you need to assign a really animated leader/parent from the pack who will read the stories in front of the group.

Then (and here’s the catch), you need to have a few of the other leaders assigned to watch and take note of the reader’s animations while he/she reads the stories.  These will need to be written down during the reading so that all animations are captured.  Also, instruct the reader to be animated during the reading, making separate, noticeable animation.  For example, the reader may pull hair, scratch knee, slap forehead, throw hands up in air, etc.  Before the news is read, give the Den Leaders paper and pencils, and then give the pack these instructions:

Mr. / Ms. Smith has some very important news to read to us tonight.  We ask everyone to sit quietly and pay very close attention, because, after the news is read, we will have a contest to see which den paid the most attention.  The judges will be making notes as the news is read, but everyone else must just pay attention!  No notes, please!

After the news is read, give the following contest instructions:

How much did you pay attention?  Each group is to write down every action that is observed while Mr. / Ms Smith read the news.  Then we will compare your lists to the judges’ list to see who paid attention the most.

Finally, have the judges read off their combined list and have the Den Leaders compare the den lists.  The den that has the most notable actions wins.  Maybe they can get the “Newsies” award for their flag – how about one of those dog chew newspapers hanging from a string?


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