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Baloo's Bugle

May 2005 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 11, Issue 10
June 2005 Theme

Theme: Destination Parks
Webelos: Traveler & Artist
  Tiger Cub


Smokey the Bear

Baltimore Area Council

Props: Signs for the Cub Scouts to hold.  Their speaking part should be on the back in LARGE print.

Cub # 1:    (Holds up picture of Smokey the Bear) In 1944, the National Forest Service, in conjunction with the Advertising Council, originated and authorized a poster, by Rudolph Wendelin, of Smokey Bear as the symbol for fire prevention.

Cub # 2:    (Holds up picture of fire) In May of 1950, during a large New Mexico forest fire, a tiny bear cub found his way up a tree. With badly burned feet and back, the cub clung tenaciously to the side of that pine tree.

Cub # 3:    (Holds up picture of a fireman’s hat) He was found by one of the fire crews who had been fighting the fire. The cub was briefly named “Hotfoot” but those involved quickly called him Smokey Bear and he became the living symbol for the poster.

Cub # 4:    (Holds up a map of Washington DC) Once healed he was flown to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. where he quickly became a “star.”  In July of 1950, New Mexico, presented Smokey Bear to the school children of America.

Cub # 5:    (Holds up a card with the number 20252) By 1964, Smokey Bear was given his own ZIP code because of the large amount of mail he was receiving. It is said that Smokey received more mail at that time than anyone living in Washington D.C., including the president.

Cub # 6:    (Holds up a picture of a stamped envelope) In 1984, Smokey was honored with a postage stamp that pictured a baby bear hanging onto a burned tree. This is the only time in history that the U.S. postal service created a stamp in honor of a real individual animal.

Cub # 7:    (Holds up a picture of a birthday cake) So, Happy 60th Birthday, Smokey!  This summer, as we travel to parks and forests all across this great land of ours, please remember, that,

ALL:      “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires!”

Leader    Please join us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag.

Outdoor Adventure

San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach & Verdugo Hills Councils

Cub # 1:        America and Cub Scouting are just one big outdoor adventure.

Cub # 2:        This is my country. I will use my eyes to see the beauty of this land.

Cub # 3:        I will use my mind to think what I can do to make it more beautiful.

Cub # 4:        I will use my hands to serve it and care for it.

Cub # 5:        And with my heart, I will honor it.

Cub # 6:        Many immigrants to America had a really big adventure getting here.

Cub # 7:        And on their adventure in this country they became loyal Americans.

Cub # 8:        Let us be like them, loyal Americans. Please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Outdoor Code-

Greater St. Louis Area Council

Have you noticed how the Outdoor Code Ceremony has fit many themes this year??  An increased emphasis on the Outdoors for Cub Scouts is coming.  Roundtables will be featuring an outdoor activity every month!!  CD

Equipment: Poster with the Outdoor Code on it. Have Cubs and parents repeat The Outdoor Code. The Cubmaster (or other leader) explains its meaning.

PACK: As an American, I will do my best to be clean in my outdoor manners.

CUBMASTER: I will treat the outdoors as a heritage to be improved for our greater enjoyment. I will keep my trash and garbage out of America’s waterways, fields, and roadways.

PACK: Be careful with fire.

CUBMASTER: I will prevent wildfire. I will build my fire in a safe place and be sure it is out before I leave.

PACK: Be considerate of the outdoors.

CUBMASTER: I will treat public and private property with respect. I will remember that use of the outdoors is a privilege I can lose by abuse.

PACK: And be conservation minded.

CUBMASTER: I will learn how to practice good conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands, and wildlife; I will urge others to do the same. I will use sportsman-like methods in all my outdoor activities.

Den Hike

San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach & Verdugo Hills Councils

The ceremony could be used just before taking the boys on a hike or other outdoor adventure or to open a Pack Meeting.

ARRANGEMENT: Den leader passes out one candle and numbered slip of paper to each Cub Scout. He/she then asks each boy to come forward to light his candle and read his phrase.

Cub # 1:     We are going to see nature's treasures.

Cub # 2:     We will help to maintain nature's balance.

Cub # 3:     We will observe and learn from nature's animals.

Cub # 4:     We will help maintain nature's resources.

Cub # 5:     We will protect them from harm.

Cub # 6:     We will follow the Laws of Nature.

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