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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






Bicycle Safety Quiz

Circle Ten Council

See how well you know your bicycle safety facts by taking this quiz.  Circle the letter for the answer you choose.

1.       When approaching a stop sign, I should:

a)       Look left and right and ride through the intersection without slowing down.

b)       Slow down and then proceed through the intersection.

c)       Come to a complete stop, check both directions and then proceed when it is safe.

2.       When approaching an intersection with no stop sign or light, the best thing to do is:

a)       Ride through quickly.

b)       Slow down, look to the left and right, and watch for tuning vehicles.

c)       Stop in the middle of the road to see what’s coming.

3.       When making a turn or stopping on the road, I should use hand signals:

a)       When a big steamroller is approaching.

b)       If Mom is watching.

c)       Every time I turn or stop.

4.       On two-way city streets as well as country roads, I should ride on the _____ side of the street.

a)       Left – against traffic

b)       Right – with traffic

c)       Left or right, whichever is more convenient

5.       When is it okay to carry another person on my bicycle?

a)       Never.

b)       If there’s not much traffic.

c)       If I stay on the sidewalk.

6.       If I am late starting home after dark and my light doesn’t work, I should

a)       Walk my bike home on the sidewalk.

b)       Ride on the left side of the street to see cars coming.

c)       Ride on the right-hand side of the street.

7.       Good ways to be seen at night are by:

a)       Wearing light-colored clothing and reflective tape.

b)       Using bright reflectors, red to the rearm white or amber to the side, and white to the front.

c)       Both A and B.

8.       The safest way to carry books or other gear on my bicycle is:

a)       In pack on my back.

b)       In a special carrier rack or basket.

c)       In a bag in my hand.

9.       Leaves on the roadway and painted center lines can be hazardous to cyclists because:

a)       They distract your attention.

b)       They become slippery when wet.

c)       They may both be yellow-colored.

10.    A good rule when riding in traffic is:

a)       To listen as well as watch for cars.

b)       To weave in and out of parked cars.

c)       To yell at motorists who are in your way.

11.    If I approach a crosswalk when riding my bike, I should:

a)       Yell so pedestrians will get out of my way.

b)       Stop so that pedestrians may cross.

c)       Ride my bike up the curb to avoid hitting anybody.

12.    When bicycling with a friend, we should always ride:

a)       Single file.

b)       Two abreast.

c)       In no particular pattern.

13.    When riding with a group it is best to:

a)       Tie a rope to the first rider and hang on.

b)       Ride a little to one side of the rider ahead and overlap wheels.

c)       Ride a safe distance behind the rider ahead in a single file.

Answers -

1c, 2b, 3c, 4b, 5a, 6a, 7c, 8b, 9b, 10a, 11b, 12a, 13c

True or False Safe Driving Quiz

Circle Ten Council

1.             A bicycle should be driven on the right-hand side of a street or highway.

2.             Bicycle drivers should obey all traffic signs and signals.

3.             Stop signs are round in shape.

4.             Pedestrians have the right-of-way on sidewalks and crosswalks.

5.             Bicycles should be “walked” across busy streets.

6.             The signal for a right turn is stretching the right arm straight out.

7.             Driving a bicycle at night without a front light or rear reflector is unsafe.

8.             It’s safe for a bicycle driver to carry a passenger.

9.             You don’t have to stop at an intersection if there is no traffic.

10.          Hitching a ride on another vehicle is safe if the driver is careful.

11.          Bicycle drivers should give a hand signal before making a turn or stopping on the street.

12.          It’s safe to drive a bicycle that is in poor condition if you are a good driver.

13.          If you’re driving bicycles with friends, you should go single file.

14.          Your chain should be loose enough to slip off easily.

15.          It’s okay to drive a bind in either direction on a one-way street.

16.          If you live in the country, it’s okay to drive on either side of the road.

17.          Even a good driver should “walk” his bicycle through heavy traffic.

18.          The faster you drive, the safer it is.

19.          Bicycle drivers should stay at least three feet away from parked cars.

20.          If you don’t ride on busy streets, you don’t need a horn or bell.

Answers –

1.       True

2.       True

3.       False, they have 8 sides.  Railroad crossing signs are round.

4.       True

5.       True

6.       False, it’s extending the left arm with forearm raised and the palm of the hand facing forward.

7.   True                              8.   False                        9.   False

10.  False                           11.  True                       12.  False

13.  True                            14.  False                      15.  False

16.  False                           17.  True                       18.  False

19.  True                            20.  False

Practice for Emergency Situations

Circle Ten Council

What Should You Do?  Discuss the following situations with your den leaders and parents.

You awaken in the middle of the night.  Your bedroom door is closed and you smell smoke.  Mother and father are out of town and your grandmother is sleeping in their bedroom.

You are returning home from a baseball game and see a grass fire in a vacant lot near your home.

You see smoke coming out of a window in an apartment building across the street.

A stranger in a blue Volkswagen stops you on your way home from school and offers you a ride.

You find your 18-month-old baby brother playing with a bottle of aspirin that has been opened.

A dog, on the way from school home, bites a kindergarten child; you are witness to the incident.

A first grade boy falls off a swing and lands on his back.  You are the first person to arrive on the accident scene.

You are witness to an auto accident in which a car strikes a girl on a bicycle and leaves her lying in the street.

You awaken in the middle of the night and hear the baby crying.  The baby-sitter is asleep in front of the TV set.

A group of kids in your neighborhood are playing by locking one another in an old refrigerator they found in the alley behind a neighbor’s garage.

A gang of boys has been teasing a neighborhood dog.  The dog is a family pet, but he is growling and shows signs of anger.

The fire bell rings at school and two of the girls decide they’ll play a trick on the teacher and hide under the library table while the class goes out for a fire drill.

A first grade boy steps on a rusty nail in the sandbox.  It goes through the sole of his tennis shoe and makes a slight scratch on his foot.  He doesn’t want to go to the school nurse.

Household Emergencies

Circle Ten Council

You may encounter a household emergency, which will require you to shut off one or more of the major systems of your home.  Familiarize yourself with the shutoff switches and valves that control the flow of water, electricity and gas or oil.  You should learn what to do promptly should an emergency arise.

Electrical Emergencies

Circle Ten Council

Lighting or receptacle not working

Check to see if a fuse is burned out or a circuit breaker has tripped/

Check to see if a light bulb has burned out.

Check to see if receptacles are working.  Use a circuit tester.

Appliance smoking or sparking

Turn off the wall switch controlling it or unplug the appliance.

Turn off the male electrical disconnect switch if you are unable to unplug or switch it off.

When the appliance cools off have it repaired.

If appliance catches fire, get everyone out of the house.  Call the fire department, disconnect the main electrical switch, and if possible extinguish the fire.

Plug of Appliance Sparks

Check the plug for signs of defect or damage.  If it is damaged replace it.

Check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.

Try another appliance that you know is working correctly in the same receptacle, or use a circuit tester.  If you still get sparks, then the receptacle is at fault.  If you get no sparks, then probably the original appliance is faulty.

Plumbing Emergencies

Circle Ten Council

A pipe leaks or breaks – Turn off the main water supply valve.

A toilet overflows – Reach inside the tank and push down the tank ball or flapper valve.  Shut the water supply to the tank off.  You may need to get someone to unplug a clocked toilet.


Coffee Can First Aid Kit

Circle Ten Council

A very simple first aid kit can be made for the home or car by using a one-pound coffee can and adding the materials mentioned below.  By sealing the lid tightly with tape, the contents of the kit will last indefinitely.

Materials:                                                                 Safety pins

Tweezers                                                             Adhesive tape

Scissors                                                         Sterile gauze pads

2” triangular bandage                           1” triangular bandage

3” roller bandage                                   2 triangular bandages

Emergency Phone Contact Numbers

Circle Ten Council

Using this chart as a guide, fill in the telephone numbers used in an emergency.  You may also want to add pager phone numbers and cellular phone numbers to the list. Using this chart as a guide, fill in the telephone numbers used in an emergency.  You may also want to add spaces, columns, or lines for adding pager and cellular phone numbers to the list.

Emergency Phone List

Mom at Work _________________________________

Dad at Work __________________________________

Neighbor’s Name ______________________________

Neighbor’s #__________________________________

Police _______________________________________

Fire Department ________________________________

Gas Company _________________________________

Electrical Company _____________________________

Poison Control ________________________________

Doctor’s Name ________________________________

Doctor’s #____________________________________

Be Prepared!

Circle Ten Council

You will probably want to copy this picture, then make it the width of he paper.  CD

Find and circle these items, then color them in: 

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