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January 2005 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 11, Issue 6
February 2005 Theme

Theme: It's A Scouting Celebration
Webelos: Engineer & Scholar
  Tiger Cub:
Requirement 4 & Activities




Blue and Gold Opening

Circle Ten Council

Props:  Candelabra with 3 candles and 1 larger candle

Characters: Cubmaster and all present and former Cub Scouts

Cubmaster:  Tonight we will have a lot of fun at this, the 75th birthday of Cub Scouting and Pack _____’s _____th birthday.  As Cub Scouts and leaders, we are following a trail blazed by millions of other boys, men, and women, many of them who are with us tonight.

All of them have had the Cub Scout spirit, which we symbolize with the flame of this one candle.  (Light the larger candle.  Extinguish the room lights.)  What is the Cub Scout spirit?  That’s easy.  It’s the three things we promise to do in the Cub Scout Promise.

We say “I promise to do my best to do my duty to god and my country.”  That’s the first part.  (Light one candle.)

The second part is, “To help other people.”  (Light second candle.)

And the third is, “To obey the Law of the Pack.”  (Light third candle.) 

Now, while these candles burn as a reminder to us, will all Cub Scouts, and former Cub Scouts who are with us tonight, please stand, and repeat the Promise with me.  (Lead the Promise.)

Cub Scouting is…

Baltimore Area Council

Arrangement: Seven Cubs line up across stage holding up posters as indicated.  Each says his line, pausing a moment after the CUB SCOUTING IS…

Cub # 1:       (Holds up poster of Bobcat Badge) Let’s Celebrate Cub Scouting.  Cub Scouting is… That new Bobcat who the cub Scout promise makes.

Cub # 2:       (Holds up a poster of Wolf Badge) Cub Scouting is… That Wolf Cub Scout with his first achievement undertakes.

Cub # 3:       (Holds up poster for Bear Badge) Cub Scouting is…  That older Bear cub who can tackle much more.

Cub # 4:       (Holds up poster with Webelos emblem on it) Cub Scouting is… That Webelos Scout who’s running up a fine activity badge score.

Cub # 5:       (Holds up poster with word FUN on it) Cub Scouting is…All that plus much more too, giving us the reason what we’re here to do.

Cub # 6:       (Holds up poster with picture of a Cub Scout) Cub Scouting is…That boy clad in gold and blue making, this meeting important to me and to you.

Cub # 7:       (Holds up some type of patriotic poster) Cub Scouting is…Being a good citizen you see, so won’t you now pledge allegiance to our flag with me. (This Cub leads audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.)

Interpretation of the Cub Scout Promise

Baltimore Area Council

Props: Each Cub Scout holding a sign with his part of the Cub Scout Promise on it.

Cub # 1:      I, _________ PROMISE - A promise is a solemn vow, where your good reputation is at stake.

Cub # 2:      TO DO MY BEST  - Your best is giving all you’ve got when you have something to do... and working on it with all your heart and all your strength and devotion you have.

Cub # 3:      TO DO MY DUTY - To do the job; to meet the responsibilities; to do what must be done, not just half-way, but completely and fully so that you’re proud of your work.

Cub # 4:      TO GOD AND MY COUNTRY - First, duty to God.  Fulfill your religious responsibilities and uphold our religious beliefs.  Second, duty to country.  I know you’ve been told how lucky you are to live in a free country and I hope you are aware of what freedom means.  You should try to be a good citizen.

Cub # 5:      TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE - To help... it doesn’t say how much.  It could mean saving a life or changing a tire or carrying a bag of groceries.  To help other people... not just your own family.  The best time to help is when you have to go out of your way to do it.

Cub # 6:      TO OBEY THE LAW OF THE PACK - So that we will all remember just what this law includes, will you please stand and repeat it with me?


Great Salt Lake Council

Divide the following poem up into parts.  Assign each part to a Cub.  Have each Cub make a large card with a picture about America on front and his part in LARGE print on the back.

Make America proud of you,

In every thing you say and do.

Make America proud to say

That you’re a son or a daughter of the USA

In America you are free,

To write your name in history.

But now it’s up to you,

So what are you gonna do,

To make America proud of you.

What ever the game you choose to play, play fair!

What ever you are or hope to be—be square!

What ever the road you choose to take—take care!

Walk it straight with your head up in the air.

Have the Cubs all repeat first 8 lines and the have the Cubmaster (or someone lead the Pledge of Allegiance.


Great Salt Lake Council

Assign parts to different Scouts.  Have them place pictures of Baden-Powell on cards and their parts on the back in LARGE print. 

Or maybe you just want to copy this list and every so often during the night toss out a fact or two about B-P.  CD

1.       Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell was born Feb. 22, 1857. At 11 he was sent to boarding school, behind which was a wild woody area. He would skip school, hide out and camp in it, even killing rabbits for food.

2.       At 19 he took the exam to go to the University and failed, so he joined the army. He took a test and became an officer. He served in Afghanistan, India, and South Africa. They were peace-keeping forces most of the time and the men needed things to do to keep them occupied so he organized them into patrols and taught them scouting principles and skills. The men liked it.

3.       In South Africa he was in the town of Mafeking with 1000 men. The Boers lay siege to the town with 9000 men. He kept them away by fooling them into thinking he had many more men and unlimited supplies. He let them watch him bury ‘mines’ all around the town and once in a while one would explode. Actually, they did not have dynamite in them as they didn’t have any, but the Boers thought they did and it kept them away.

4.       He would ‘test’ his circle of searchlights that surrounded the town at night. Actually all they had was one on a pole that they would carry around and light it up once in a while. He held the town for 217 days.

5.       At night he would walk around the countryside and sketch the Boers positions. When they captured him he had a sketchbook of butterflies. On the wings were the maps but they didn’t know it. He was a very good artist.

6.       He came home on sick leave and people in England were already organizing themselves into patrols and were using his Scouting handbook. He was decommissioned and became the leader.

7.       On Oct. 30, 1912 he married Olave Soames, she was 22 and he 54, they had 3 children. They also started the Girl Scouts.

Flag Opening

Baltimore Area Council

Needed:  Flag, 3 candles (red, white, blue), board or holders, narrator and three Scouts to light candles.

Have you noticed the strong bond between our flag and our promise? Let me show you.

(Scout lights white candle in center)

One of the colors of the flag is white. It is the symbol of purity and perfection. It is like the first part of our Scout Promise, Our Duty to God.

(Another Scout lights red candle)

The color red in our flag means sacrifice and courage, the qualities of the founders of our country. Red is the symbol of the second part of the Scout Promise. Our duty to other people requires courage to help anyone in trouble and the self-sacrifice of putting others first.

(Another Scout lights blue candle)

Blue is the color of faith. It represents the Law of the Pack, which we faithfully follow. We do our best to grow and learn while helping others.

Let us rise and dedicate ourselves with our Pledge to the Flag and follow with the Cub Scout Promise.

Campfire Candle Opening

Baltimore Area Council

Equipment: ‘Campfire’ built of logs around a yellow light bulb, electric candle with blue light, tape of crackling fire sounds.

Setting: Fire is dark as Akela enters and ‘lights’ candle (turns bulb).

Akela: We will light our council fire tonight with this candle that represents the Spirit of Cub Scouting, and the Cub Scout promise to do his best

This light is a symbol of a Cub Scout’s promise to do his duty to God and his country. This light is a symbol of a Cub Scout’s promise to help other people. This light is a symbol of a Cub Scout’s promise to obey the Law of the Pack

(Akela stops, touches ‘campfire’ with the ‘candle.’ Someone off stage then plugs in the fire and starts the tape.)

Akela: I now declare this council fire open. Let the ceremonies begin!

(At this point you may want the whole Pack to stand and repeat the Cub Scout Promise.)



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