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Baloo's Bugle


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




Activity Book

Circle Ten Council

An idea for the Blue and Gold Banquet is to put together an activity book to put at each of the children’s place settings.  Then get some boxes of four crayons – available from Constructive Playthings or Oriental Trading Company.  This provides entertainment during the “down” times of the banquet.

We have done this for years at my Pack’s Blue and Gold.  It really works!!! CD

Diamond Crystal

Great Salt Lake Council

This is a pattern for a diamond crystal. When put together you can make a neckerchief slide for the 75th anniversary of Cub Scouting.

*       Enlarge to appropriate size then make a copy of this page onto cardstock.

*       Cut out pattern and a 75 years diamond logo.

*       Now, be sure to cut down to the dotted line on the tabs. Folding over on each dotted line, crease up. This way all the lines will be inside your diamond at the end.

*       Next, with a glue stick, glue the tabs H to H, J to J, K to K, L to L, M to M, N to N, and P to P. This finishes the bottom. Next, glue A to A, B to B, C to C, D to D, E to E, F to F, G to G, I to I, and O to O.

*       With last three points, glue each on top over the other to form a flat top.

*       Now glue the 75th logo on one of the rectangles and on the opposite rectangle on the back. Hot glue a slide, which can be made out of pipe cleaners or PVC pipe.

*       You can also enlarge this and make large diamonds to decorate your tables. Put a dowel the height of your diamond through the tip for support. You can then glue the last three tabs to the dowel.


Marbleized Stationary for Invitations

Baltimore Area Council


Newspapers                        bucket                                    water

white paper                                                                envelopes

stick, dowel or chopstick              blue and gold spray paint


1.       Cover the work area thickly with newspapers.

2.       Fill a bucket ¾ full of water.

3.       Spray blue, gold, or both spray paints onto the surface of the water in the bucket. Spray lightly, but cover the entire surface of the water.

4.       Take a piece of the white paper and dip one corner into the water and immediately pull it out again.

5.       Repeat with other three corners.

6.       Decorate the comers of an envelope to match.

7.       Place paper and envelope on newspaper to dry.

8.       When the paint in the bucket coagulates and dries it must be removed. Do this by putting the stick into the water and slowly moving it through the paint, which will stick to it until all the paint is on the stick. Put the stick onto the newspaper to dry.

9.       Spray fresh paint onto the water.

10.    You can then dip the sides and top and bottom of the white paper into the paint and marbleize it on all edges.

11.    Let dry.

12.    The center of the paper is still white, so you can now write your Blue and Gold Banquet Invitation in the middle and it will be easy to read.

Accordion Table Runner

Baltimore Area Council

Use 5” x 7” cards that can be colored. Each boy makes drawing of a certain achievement or even a rank advancement. When all are done, then tape together to form an accordion look for the center of the tables.


Baltimore Area Council

 Even if you use paper tablecloths, placemats make the table look more festive. Here are some ideas for easy, fun placemats.


Equipment: White legal size paper, blue and gold paint, all equipment shown above. You can marbleize your placemats to match your invitations following the directions above and then have them laminated for the boys to take home and use again and again.

Waxed Paper Placemats

Equipment: Waxed paper, blue and yellow crayons, fruit peeler, iron Give each boy two pieces of waxed paper the size of a placemat. Shave pieces off blue and yellow crayons with a fruit peeler on one of the pieces of waxed paper and cover it with the other piece. Seal the paper and melt the crayon with a warm iron. Press slowly and uniformly.

Paw Prints Placemats

Equipment: Blue construction paper, potato, knife for carving, yellow poster paint Using a potato stencil (see Wolf - Elective 12) carved into a paw shape, cover a piece of deep blue construction paper with yellow paw prints.

Blue and Gold Twirlers

Santa Clara County Council

One way to show your Cub Scout colors is to hang an array of blue and gold twirlers at your Blue and Gold Banquet.

Supplies:  Plastic coffee can lids, Marker, Scissors, String, Nail


1.                   Use a nail to poke a hole in the center of a plastic coffee can lid.

2.                   With a marker, draw a spiral that starts 3/8 inch from the hole and gradually extends to the rim,

3.                   Cut along the line with scissors.

4.                   Knot an end of a piece of string, thread the other end up through the hole in the center, and the twirler is ready to hang up and spin.

5.                   To spin, grasp each one at the bottom, twirl it around and around until the string is wound tight, let go and enjoy the show.

Blue and Gold Pin

Santa Clara County Council


This is an easy to make craft, and the Moms will be proud to wear it. Adult supervision is recommended for ironing.


About 60 Blue Perler Beads,

About 60 Yellow Perler Beads,

Perler heart-shaped form,

Special ironing sheet (comes with the Perler beads),

Iron and ironing board, Hot glue gun, Pin backing


1.                   Look at the picture above for an idea on how to lay out your beads on the heart-shaped form.

2.                   Iron the beads per the manufacturer's instructions.

3.                   Let cool completely.

4.                   Carefully peel off the heart from the form.

5.                   Hot glue the pin back to the side of the heart that has been ironed on.

6.                   Give to the Moms to wear to the Blue and Gold Banquet, or any Pack Meetings.

Mini Music Shakers

Santa Clara County Council

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2 empty film canisters;

2 Craft sticks;

Colored vinyl tape;

Black marker or paint;

Rice, beans or beads;



1.                   Paint the craft sticks black.

2.                   Decorate the sticks and the containers using colored vinyl tape.

3.                   Cut a slit in the tops to hold the craft sticks securely.

4.                   Fill containers half full with rice, beans or beads.

5.                   Replace the tops.

6.                   Push in the crafts sticks.

3-Dimensional Star Centerpiece

Santa Clara County Council

This 3-dimensional star decoration is made from 2 paper stars that are interlaced. These stars stand by themselves on a table, and make a great Blue and Gold Banquet table centerpiece.


Stiff paper (like card stock, oaktag or thin cardboard) or Styrofoam meat trays;

Scissors; Crayons or markers (optional)


1.                   Two paper stars are needed to make one 3-dimensional star. Either draw two identical stars on a piece of stiff paper or print out a star template.

2.                   Decorate the two stars (if you like) on both sides, and then cut them out.

3.                   Make one slit in each star. On one star, the slit goes from an inner corner to the center point of the star; on the other star, the slit goes from an outer corner to the center point.

4.                   Slip the two stars together through the slits you just cut. For stability, you may have to tape the stars a bit where they meet at the slits.

Clothespin Cub

Baltimore Area Council

Paint a clothespin to resemble a Cub Scout. Cut out two paper arms, and glue them to the sides, facing outward. On a small piece of paper, print the boy’s name and glue the paper in the Cub’s hands. Glue the Cub to a cardboard circle securely, so that the Cub will stand erect. For a favor, you can tape the Cub to a nut cup with one leg in and one leg out of the cup. Serves as a nut cup and nametag. Make sure there are enough for parents and guest.

Egg Cup Corsages

Baltimore Area Council

Use colored egg cartons if available, or otherwise use regular pulp cartons and paint with acrylic paint. Each flower is a section of an egg carton with the sides cut into rounded petals. Knot the end of a gold pipe cleaner and insert the other end through the center of the flower. This makes the flower center and also a stem. Combine several flowers by twisting stems, Finish with ribbon tied into a bow. Use a safety pin to pin to Mom.

Flag Placecard

Baltimore Area Council

QUICK PAPER FLAGS can be made by folding a rectangular piece of construction paper in half.  Crease then unfold.  Cut out a section from one end.  Decorate “flag area.”  Roll the other end of the rectangle to form a flag pole.  Next roll the base part to form a stand.  Glue is applied to the last roll of the pole and to the end of the base.  Use various of these quick flags to display historic flags or Den flag. 

Write person’s name on the flag base.

Foam Ball

Great Salt Lake Council

Material: 1 square foot of foam carpet padding, Permanent markers, 1 nylon zip tie, Pliers


·         To make your ball more colorful, draw some squiggly lines on the coated side of the foam and let dry.

·         Use scissors to cut the foam into 24 strips, each a foot long by a ½ inch wide,

·         Then cut each strip in half to make forty-eight 6-inch strips.

·         Stack all the strips together and hold them tightly while another person wraps a nylon zip tie around the center of the stack.

·         Use the pliers to pull the tie tight, and then snip off excess.

·         If the ball is not spherical, use the scissors to trim

·         it to your liking.

Tennis Ball Buddy

Great Salt Lake Council


Tennis ball any color                                      Screw eye hook

2 pipe cleaners                                         Craft foam any color

Fake fur                                                                 2 wiggle eyes

String                                                             Permanent marker

Tacky glue or hot glue gun                                       Push pin


*       Use a push pin to make 4 starter holes in the ball for limbs,

*       Then twist in a screw eye and remove it to enlarge each hole. Make another hole in the top of the ball but leave in the screw eye for the hanger.

*       Cut 2 pipe cleaners in half and push the ends into the holes for the arms and legs.

*       Cut hands and feet from the craft foam, poke the ends of the pipe cleaners through the shapes, and twist the pipe cleaners back on themselves to secure.

*       Decorate using tacky glue or hot glue to attach wiggle eyes, fake fur, and other stuff.  Draw with a permanent marker. Tie a string to the screw eye and hang where you want.

Patterns for Placemats or Masks

Baltimore Area Council

Enlarge this pattern to approximately 7 inches for masks

Even larger for Placemats





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