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Baloo's Bugle


April 2005 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 11, Issue 9
May 2005 Theme

Theme: Pet Pals
Webelos: Sportsman & Outdoorsman
  Tiger Cub




Piedmont Council

Divide the group into teams. Prepare slips of paper with different pets on them.

Fold them and place them in a container (like a Cub Scout hat). Make one set for each team. First player runs to the container, picks a slip of paper, and reads it aloud. He then runs back acting like the pet written on the paper.


Piedmont Council

This is played with all the players blindfolded. Divide players into different teams of pet animals. (Baltimore Area Council suggests three to a team)  No one is to tell what his animal is. Players are then scattered around the room at random. On signal, the players begin to make their animal calls trying to find their teammates.

Players may not make any other noise except the noise that the animal makes.

When they find all their team members, they link elbows. The first team to find all their members is the winner.                                                                                            


Piedmont Council

Divide the group into teams. Prepare one stick, about 4 feet long, for each team.

Within teams, pair off boys and line them up relay style behind a starting line. A turning line should be drawn approximately 30 feet away. Give the first pair a stick. They stand back to back and straddle the stick holding it with both hands in front. On signal, the first pairs move towards the turning line with one person going forward and the other backwards. At the turning line, they stop and go back without turning around. They run back to the starting line to give the stick to the next pair.

What Fish Is This?

Voyageur Council

Equipment: Copy of the game

Directions: A fishy quiz. Tell me what kind of fish I am. Can either be done on paper or orally by having Cubmaster call out the joke lines and audience guessing. Answers are at end of line.

A prolonged crier?                              whale

A choir singer?                                     bass

The mariners dread?                              rock

As slippery as ice?                                  eel

Useful to birds?                                  perch

A persistent serenade?                             Cat

What we do in deep water?                flounder

A weapon of warfare?                          sword

A mother's pride?                                  sun

Sometimes known to shoot?                    star

A household pet?                                  dog

A swindler?                                        shark

What all men want?                              gold

Nervous and unstable?                           jelly

Delightful to children?                        sucker

Hare Hop

Santa Clara County Council

Equipment: Per team: 1 pair of rabbit ears (made from cardboard, cotton and wire attached to a hat); 1 small balloon and 1 large balloon for each member; lots of string; 1 chair for each team.

Formation: Relay.  Divide the group into teams of six. Line up each team in straight lines at one end of the playing area. Place the chairs, one for each team, at the opposite end of the playing area.

On 'Go', the first player of each team dons the rabbit ears, while his teammates blow up one small and one large balloon. One long piece of string is tied to the small balloon. The first player then ties the string around his waist, with the balloon hanging from behind, to represent his tail. He hugs the large balloon to his tummy, to represent the fluffy underside of a bunny. Then, with his ears and his two balloons, he hops down to the chair, hugs the large balloon until it breaks, and sits on his 'tail' until the small balloon breaks.  When both balloons have burst, he hops back to the team where he gives the ears to the second player.  The fun is helping each rabbit get 'dressed' and in cheering each bunny on. The relay ends when all bunnies have lost their tummies and tails.

Poor Kitty

Santa Clara County Council

Equipment: 1 blindfold

Arrange the group in a circle with a blindfolded player in the center. Then have the players move around the circle very quietly. The blindfolded player should approach the circle in any direction and secure a victim who, in a disguised voice, says 'poor kitty' and then imitates the 'meow' of a cat. If the blindfolded player fails to identify his prisoner, he releases him and the game continues. If he succeeds, the two change places.

The Frog Hop

Santa Clara County Council

Draw a finish line about 25' from the start and line the players up about 3' apart. At "Go" they race by jumping first to the right, then to the left, then straight ahead. This procedure is followed until someone crosses the finish line.

Dog Chases Its Tail

Santa Clara County Council

This game mimics the silliness and futility of a dog chasing its tail. You need a bandanna.  Have the players line up, holding each other around the waist. (Do not allow kids to hook fingers through belts or belt loops--this results in ripped clothing and hurt fingers.)  Have the last player tuck a bandanna in his pocket, or under his belt or waistband, so that it hangs down like a tail.  Next, the front of the line begins to chase the end of the line, attempting to grab the bandanna. Players in the middle can help or hinder the head or the tail, depending on their whims. If the line breaks, the player who let go must step out, shortening the line.


Santa Clara County Council

In this guessing game, the word "poodle" is substituted for a verb. To play, one boy picks a secret verb, then the other boys ask questions using poodle in place of the verb: "Can you poodle in a pool?" "Does poodling make you tired?" The child who correctly guesses the secret verb gets to choose the next one.  Who knew verbs could be this much fun?  Or use the name of a breed of dog owned by the Den Leader or Den Chief or any member of the den.

Doggie Where’s Your Bone

Santa Clara County Council

It is an inside game. A boy plays the part of the dog. He sits in a chair with his back to the den. An eraser or another object is put under the chair. That is the bone. While the dog is turned around with his eyes closed someone sneaks up and steals the bone and hides it somewhere on his person. Then everyone sings: Doggy, Doggy, where's your bone? Somebody's stole it from your home. Guess who! It might be you! Then the dog has three chances to guess who took it. Sometimes it is left under his chair. If the dog guesses right then he gets to do it again. If he guesses wrong then the boy who has the bone gets a turn as the dog.

Cats Get Your Corner

Santa Clara County Council

You pick someone to be it.  The person that is "it" gets a ball (like a standard red kickball or maybe something softer like a nerf ball). All the cats pick a corner to stand in.  The den leader acts as an umpire.  When everyone has a corner then the ump yells "cats get a corner". Then everyone takes off running for the corner that is next. Everyone is supposed to run in the same direction so no one should run into each other.  While the cats are running, "it" tries to hit them with the ball.  If you get hit you stand in the middle. The cat that never gets hit wins and becomes the next “it”.


Baltimore Area Council

This is a different form of the game “Tag.” The aim of the game is for the “dogs” to round .up and catch the “sheep.”

It starts off with one Scout trying to catch the rest. When a boy is caught he will hold hands with the other and give chase to the rest. When a third boy is caught, he will join the chain. When the fourth is caught, the four will split up into groups of two, etc. The person who is last caught is the winner.

As an alternative, the “chain” can remain unbroken to form one really long line, sweeping up the “sheep”.


Baltimore Area Council

Arrange Cubs in a circle. Blindfold one in the center; give him a rolled newspaper. The Cubs in the circle pass and shake a tin can with pebbles in it. “It” tries to swat the Cub caught being the snake; when caught the Cub becomes “It” in the center of the circle.

Dog Team Relay

Baltimore Area Council

This requires a smooth tile or wood floor.  One boy is to sit on a paper sack.  4-6 boys make up the dog team.  The boys must first tie square knots joining several small pieces of rope to form one large one.  The combined pieces should be long enough to go around the Cub dog team.  Once the loop is finished, the boy on the sack holds the loop and the other boys drag him on his sack to the finish line. The first team to finish by crossing the line wins.

I’ve Lost My Dog

Baltimore Area Council

Players stand in a ring facing inwards.  The leader stands in the center.  He addresses one of the players, saying, “I’ve lost my dog.”  The player asks, “What is it like?”  The leader describes any other person in the ring--trying also to make the description fit a dog.  When the questioner guesses the identity of the person described, the one described leaves his place and is followed round the circle by the questioner.  Both race in the same direction, each returning to his place.  The last to get back becomes the one to whom the leader will speak when the game begins again. 

Dog And Bone

Baltimore Area Council

One Cub is the dog and is located in the middle of the circle. The other Cubs are in a circle around the dog. An object to be the bone should be of some quiet material. As the dog hides his eyes, a Cub creeps up and quietly takes the bone back to his spot in the circle, hiding it behind his back. The dog is then told to find the bone by calling the name of the person he thinks has the bone. He gets three tries. If he doesn’t guess the right person, he is still the dog. If he guesses correctly the person caught is then the dog.

Obedience School

Baltimore Area Council

Based on Simon Says, preface the commands with “The Trainer Says” Use appropriate dog tricks or behaviors such as lie down, beg for a treat, roll over, speak (woof), scratch your ear, wag your tail, show your tongue and pant.


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