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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




The Story of Scouting Skit

Baltimore Area Council

Set Up: A pantomime skit with four scenes.  Pantomime takes place, then curtain closes and narrator describes scene, allowing time for scenery changes.

Scene 1:  Outdoor setting:  artificial campfire in clearing.  Several boys in shorts and T-shirts, setting up a tent.  A man stands to one side, giving directions.  Boys sent selves around campfire; man faces them, gesturing with his hands as if telling a story.  Curtain closes.

Narrator.  The date was July 29, 1907; the place Brownsea Island, off England’s southern coast. 21 boys and 2 men had set up a makeshift camp; their home for the next 2 history making weeks.  The boys came from all over England.  They were the first Scouts.  The man was Lord Robert Baden Powell. (Curtain opens)

Scene 2: Street scene in London-lamp posts, road signs.  Man is walking down street.  He glances at his paper, looks around, obvious lost.  He shakes his head, discouraged.  A boy appears, pantomimes questioning the man, shows him the way.  Man offers boy money; he refuses, smiles and walks away.  Curtain closes.

Narrator:  Two years later.  The place was London.  The man was William D. Boyce, a Chicago businessman, lost in the fog.  The boy helped him to his destination; but refused a tip; explaining that Scouts do not accept money for doing a good turn.  Boyce visits with Baden-Powell and finds out about Scouting.

Scene 3:  Steamship in Background.  Boyce is boarding.  Carries luggage.  Sign nearby points to America.  Curtain closes.

Narrator:  When Boyce boarded the transatlantic steamer for home, he was afire with enthusiasm about Scouting.  His suitcase was full of ideas.  On February 8, 1910, he incorporated the Boy Scouts of America, in Washington, D.C. Four years later the B.S.A. was granted a Federal Charter by Congress. (Curtain opens.)

Scene 4:  Small group of boys with woman in old-style uniforms.  They are working on a craft protect around table.  U.S. map in background.  Curtain closes.

Narrator:  Cub Scouting began in the United States in 1930, when boys of a younger age asked for a program of their own.  The first year, there were five thousand Cub Scouts registered.

Scene 5: (Curtain opens to reveal three boys in today’s Cub Scout uniform; saluting the U.S. flag.)

Narrator:  And now, 75 years later, there are more than two million Cub Scouts in our country.  And Scouting continues to grow. (Curtain)

If I Weren't a Cub Scout ...

Great Salt Lake Council

Tune: This is the Music Concert

Seeing this done at least once is a treat.  Each person must act out his part s he sings it.  Each singer calls out what he would be then sings his verse twice. Then keeps singing t as each other person joins in with their part.  In the end everyone is singing over the top of everyone else and all are moving.

Plumber steps out, says his line and then sings his verse twice, then he steps back and all do chorus

Carpenter steps out, says his line and then sings his verse twice. Then Plumber steps up and Carpenter and Plumber each sing their verses twice. Then they both step back and all do chorus

Teacher steps out, says his line and then sings his verse twice. Then Carpenter steps up and Carpenter and Teacher each sing their verses twice. Then Plumber steps up and Teacher, Carpenter and Plumber each sing their verses twice. Then they step back and all do chorus

Hippie steps out, says his line and then sings his verse twice. Then Teacher steps up and Teacher and Hippie each sing their verses twice. Then Carpenter steps up and Carpenter, Teacher and Hippie each sing their verses twice. Then Plumber steps up and Hippie, Teacher, Carpenter and Plumber each sing their verses twice. Then they step back and all do chorus

And so forth.  Make up your own verses, too


If I were not a Cub Scout, I wonder what I'd be

If I were not a Cub Scout, a ......


·         A plumber I would be - Plunge it, flush it, look out below!

·         A carpenter I'd be - Two by four, nail it to the floor!

·         A teacher I would be - Sit down, shut up, throw away your gum!

·         A hippie I would be - Love and peace, Hey Man! Cool Man! Far out! Wow!

·         A laundry worker I’d be - Starchy here, starchy there, starchy in your underwear!

·         A cashier I would be – Twenty-nine, forty-nine, here is your change, sir!

·         A doctor I would be - Take a pill; pay my bill! I'm going golfing!

·         A fireman I would be - Jump lady, jump... whoa splat!

·         A cook I would be - Mix it, bake it; heartburn-BURP!

·         A lifeguard I would be - Save yourself, man. I'm working on my tan!

·         A Cubmaster I would be - Do this, do that, I'm gonna take a nap.

Scouting Spirit

Baltimore Area Council


#1            Old man with cane dressed as ghost
#2            83 year old man with a sign stating age around neck
#3            35 year old man with sign stating age around neck
#4, #5, #6               Cub Scouts in uniform

(All enter and stand in order 1 thru 6)

#4, #5, #6:    Who are You?

#3:      I am the father of a Cub Scout. I too was a Cub Scout

#2:      I was the first American Scout. I became a Cub Scout in 1930 when Cub Scouting came to America 75 years ago.

#1:      I am the spirit of the 24 boys who with Baden-Powell began the Scouting experiment on Brownsea Island.

ALL:  We are the spirit of today’s Scouts and Scouting movement. We wish a happy birthday to all Scouts. Won’t all of you join us in singing Happy Birthday to Scouting.

Blue and Gold Banquet Skit 

Baltimore Area Council

You may want to use this for an opening or closing. CD

Preparation:  Print large block letters with permanent markers on 8” x 10” sheets of white cardstock---the word BLUE in Blue, AND in black, and GOLD in red. Add silver stars to the letters. Printing parts on back of each card in big letters cuts memorization to a minimum.

Action:  Boys hold up cards and say their parts in turn. 10 boys required

Cub # 1:      B is for BOYS--Tigers, Bobcats, Wolf, Bears and Webelos

Cub # 2:      L is for LEADERS--the Cubmaster who guides us

Cub # 3:      U is for UNDERSTANDING--We learn to help others

Cub # 4:      E is for EXCELLENCE--we try to “do our best”

Cub # 5:      A is for ANNIVERSARY--Cub Scouting’s 75th

Cub # 6:      N is for NEIGHBORHOOD--where Cub Dens meet each week

Cub # 7:      D is for DEN CHIEFS--Scouts who help us in many ways

Cub # 8:      G is for GOALS--for which Cub Scouting stands

Cub # 9:      O is for OPPORTUNITIES--for boys to learn and do

Cub # 10:   L is for LIBERTY--in the years to come

Cub # 11:   D is for DEN LEADER--who loves and helps us

Blue and Gold Skit to Music

Baltimore Area Council

Tune: “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”

Sing:       Action:

I’ve been working on my Wolf patch,

                                                            Hold up Wolf patch sign
All the livelong day                    Wipe hand across forehead
I’ve been working on my Bear patch

                                                            Hold up Bear patch sign
Just to pass the time away. Pretend to look at wrist watch
Don’t you hear the Cub Scoutings shouting

                                                               Cup hands around ear
A Webelos we’ll soon be!                  Hold up Webelos sign
Can’t you hear Akela shouting,       Cup hands around ear
Come and follow me!                             Come and follow me!


( Sung by all the boys but one who blows the horn)
Tiger, won’t you blow                                              Blow horn
Wolf, won’t you blow                                               Blow horn
Bear won’t you blow your horn?                            Blow horn

Bailing Out

Santa Clara County Council

Cast:      A Boy Scout, a priest, the Worlds-Smartest-Man, an airplane pilot

Scene:    A crashing plane.

Setup:    The group is flying in an airplane.  The Worlds-Smartest-Man starts showing off his knowledge, telling the passengers all about the airplane, all about the country they are flying over, etc.  He keeps bragging that he is the Worlds-Smartest-Man.  Make it clear that one of the passengers is a priest and one is a Boy Scout.

Pilot:                     “I’m sorry folks, but the plane is going to crash.  You’ll all have to bail out.  I’m afraid there aren’t enough parachutes for everyone on board.  But I’ve got mine!  Good luck.”

(Pilot jumps out and disappears offstage in a free fall.)

Smartest-Man:    “Well, the Worlds-Smartest-Man isn’t about to get caught without a parachute … I’ve got mine!”

(He freefalls offstage.)

(Priest offers last parachute to the Boy Scout)

Priest:                   “Here son, you take the last parachute.”

Boy Scout:            “Thanks, but it’s no problem.  I’ve got a parachute. The Worlds-Smartest-Man took my backpack!”

(The priest and the Boy Scout jump with their parachutes)

The FBI Office

Santa Clara County Council

Cast:      A Cub Scout den, an FBI agent

Scene:    An FBI office with mug shots on the wall.

Setup:    A Cub Scout den is visiting an FBI office and stopped to look at the photographs of the ten most-wanted criminals.

(One of the Cub scouts points to a mug shot on the wall)

Scout:                    “Is that really a most-wanted criminal?”

FBI Agent:           “Yes, it is.”

Scout:                    “Then why didn’t you keep him when you took his picture?”


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