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Baloo's Bugle


February 2005 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 11, Issue 7
March 2005 Theme

Theme: Invention Convention
Webelos: Engineer & Athlete
  Tiger Cub:



Boy Genius

Circle Ten Council

Setting  5 uniformed Cub Scouts line up in front of the room and speak the following lines.  They may hold posters with representative pictures on them.

Cub # 1:   Everyone cannot be brilliant, everyone cannot be smart.  I may not be a genius, but I can build a neat go-cart.

Cub # 2:   I can dam a stream with boulders.  I can climb trees to the top.  I can run for blocks and never even stop.

Cub # 3:   I can’t solve a chemical equation or explain Newton’s rule, but I can make a peanut butter sandwich that will really make you drool.

Cub # 4:   I don’t know much about flowers, but smelling them is a joy. 

Cub # 5:   I don’t think I’m a failure.  I’m a genius at being a boy!  Good Night!

Or this can be said as Cubmaster’s Minute CD

Just Imagine

Longhorn Council

Can be done by the Cubmaster or four Scouts.

Cub # 1:   Rudyard Kipling, the famous English author, who wrote the story of the Jungle Book, wrote a little poem.  It begins like this:

Cub # 2:   I keep six honest serving men
They taught me all I knew;
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

Cub # 3:   If you make these six your servants imagine the things you could do!  Just imagine for a minute that a little green man from outer space lands in your backyard.  Now he wants to know how the picture gets in the television.  What causes thunder?  Why does night come?  Where did your parents live before you were born?  Could you answer his questions?

Cub # 4:   From this moment on you can decide to be an investigator.  Ask questions about everything that you have ever wondered about.  What are clouds made of?  Are all of the lights in the night sky stars?  How would I take care of myself if my parents were gone all day?  What can I make by myself?  How old are my pets compared to me?  What kind of insects live in the field behind my house?  How do they protect themselves?  What is the street made of?  Why is it cooler in the mountains than down in the valley?  If the mountains are closer to the sun shouldn’t it be hotter?  If your parents, teachers and leaders can’t give you the answers, then look to books and computers.  Just imagine!

Cub # 5:   Look around and you will find hundreds of things waiting to be investigated.  You’ve only one life and future...make the best of both!

Kitchen Chemistry

Longhorn Council

We’ve all seen a pot of water boiling on the stove.  We’ve seen the water vapor (which many of us mistakenly call steam) rising above the pan.  If we allow the process to continue, we see that eventually there’s no more water left.  The H2O, in its gaseous state, becomes a part of the atmosphere.  In a closed experiment, that water vapor would be trapped in tubes and recaptured.  We don’t have that sort of equipment in the ordinary kitchen where some of our experiments took place this month.

We are gathered here together because of one common bond, the boys in our pack.  They have graduated on to new, challenging programs as of today.  Our challenge, as parents and family members, is to capture their enthusiasm and energy, to direct it in a positive manner.  They need our input, providing them with the proper direction, just like the chemical lab captures and redirects the water vapor in an experiment.  That’s a big part of what the Scouting program is all about.

Closing Prayer

Circle Ten Council

Ask the Cub Scouts and their families to form a large circle and hold hands.  The Cubmaster then reads the following prayer that was broadcasted to earth by Astronaut Frank Borman, while on a moon orbiting mission.

“Give us, oh God, the vision which can see thy love in the world in spite of human failure.  Give us the faith to trust they goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness.  Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding in our hearts, and show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of universal peace.”

Rope Living Circle

Circle Ten Council

Equipment:  A two or three-foot length of rope or heavy cord for each Cub Scout.

We have seen tonight that we are all geniuses in our own right.  It makes you might proud, doesn’t it.  And we all should be proud of our accomplishments and abilities.  We should never forget though that we all depend on other people and our greatness does not come out till we can be great with and for other people.

Would all the Cub Scouts come and make a circle.  Take a piece of rope, each of you, and tie it to the tope of the person on your left with a square knot.  Joining with other people makes you a better person.

Hold your rope with your left hand and make the Cub Scout sign with your right hand and let’s say the Promise together and pledge ourselves again to the ideals of Cub Scouting. 

Professor Plop Closing

Baltimore Area Council

Cubmaster: Now we’ll check with Professor Plop one last time. Well, Professor, did you ever get it together?

Professor:    I sure did. I made it!

Cubmaster: We can hardly wait to see how it works.

Professor:    I will demonstrate this wonderful invention for you.

1.     See drawing, Professor cranks his reel,

2.     Drops the plunger into a tub of water and it goes ‘plop’.

3.     He then reaches into the tub of water, pulls out a piece of cloth,

4.     He wrings it out, shakes it open.

5.     It reads:  “The End”

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