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Baloo's Bugle

August 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 13, Issue 1
September 2006 Theme

Theme: Zoo Adventures
Webelos: Citizen & Communicator
Tiger Cub


Longhorn Council

Form dens at four corners of the room or area.

Akela (Cubmaster) and Bagheera the Panther (Assistant Cubmaster or Den Leader) face each other across the area.

AKELA: Look well, O wolves, look well!!

BAGHEERA: Tis quiet in the jungle, And time for the pack to meet. Come tigers, wolves, bears, and Webelos of every color, Gather at the council seat.

DENNERS: We the wolves of Den 1 come, Bagheera, We the tigers of Den __ come, Bagheera, etc. (Dens form circle around Bagheera)

BAGHEERA: Akela from the north, from the south, from the east, from the west, the pack has gathered at your request.

(Akela and Bagheera salute. Bagheera leaves the circle and Akela enters. Akela leads the grand howl followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the Cub Scout Promise.

The Cub Scout Trail
Longhorn Council

PROPS NEEDED: Tepee or tent, 2 large boxes to make store and mountain, 5 cardboard signs that read Bobcat Store, Wolf Tunnel, Bear Mountain, Webelos Bridge, and Rugged Road.

SETTING: A simulated trail with the tepee standing at the beginning, four signs held along the way by Cub Scouts, and Den Chief at the end with the fifth sign. Blue and gold crepe paper streamers are wound around the sings marking the trail. Akela, attired in an Indian blanket and headband, is at the tepee. The prospective Cub Scouts wear an old baggy shirt and hat over the uniform as he steps up to meet Akela.

AKELA: Can I help you?

BOY: I'm on my way to manhood.

AKELA: Come! Let's follow the blue and gold trail. It's the best way. First, we'll stop at the Bobcat Store and get prepared for the journey.

(Boy(s) duck down and remove old shirt and changes to a Cub Scout cap at sign 2.)

CUB SCOUT: (at sign 3). I hope there aren't any real wolves here.

CUB SCOUT: (at sign 4). A mountain ] wow! Are you sure this the best way?

AKELA: You are doing fine. You're well on the way. (At sign 4) I must go to help others now. Good Luck!

CUB SCOUT: (Salutes) Thank you for your help (After crossing bridge he says) This is the end of the trail. Is this manhood?

DEN CHIEF: No! You're getting close. Just follow the rugged road to Scouting.  But first let us salute our flag. 

(Lead the Pledge of Allegiance, then Cub Scout goes off stage)


(by Debbie Summerhalder, Utah National Park Council)

This is written in the style of Dr. Seuss. It can be read by one leader, divided into parts and read by two or more leaders, or even read by Cub Scouts. For a fun twist, ask the boys to draw pictures of the “animals” prior to the pack meeting, then display them at the appropriate point.

(This can be used as a puppet play--either omit the last two lines or rewrite them. Using their imagination, boys can make stick puppets.)

I know a boy named Lester McGoo,

Who has so many pets, his yard looks like a zoo.

Now Lester doesn't have mice, dogs, or cats,

Or birds or fish or anything normal like that.

His pets are exotic, different, never before seen.

You might think you were in a very weird dream!

There's a Blabber-labber-loo, spotted orange and green,

With the longest neck that you've ever seen.

The Zizzer, the Zazzer, the Zuzz and the Zee

Have tails filled with eyes, and they're looking at me.

There's a Burple that's purple, a Zed that is red,

And the black Koo-ba-lack has a horn on his head.

There are tall Glubes and short Lubes and miniature Knubes,

Smiley faced Waller-lubes who are really cool dudes.

Now I haven't the time to tell of the Zorks,

The Quoobers, the Darnoos or the Goo-ga-ma-rorks.

So after this meeting, visit Lester McGoo,

You'll be awed and amazed at his very odd zoo.

Tonight we'll have fun learning all about our pets,

We'll sing and play games and have fun, you can bet!

But don't be surprised if, peeking through the door,

You see Lester McGoo and his blue Scout-a-roar!


Nature Opening
San Gabriel Valley Council

The Cub leader gives each boy a candle and a slip of paper. As each Cub steps forward to light his candle, he reads his phrase. Use this before an outing.

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

Cub #2: We will help 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.


Zoo Adventures Flag Ceremony written by Julie Byler CarlsonSan Gabriel Valley Council

This month we will be learning about the Animals we can see at the zoo. These animals are exotic and come from all

over the globe. Although we may feel sad to see these animals are not free, many of them wouldn't even be alive if it weren't for some zoos whose main purpose is to help prevent further extinction of animal species. As their numbers increase, it is their hope to one day liberate the animals into the wild as they were meant to be, free. Join me as we celebrate their freedom and ours, by pledging our selves to our country's symbol of freedom, our flag.


Jungle Book Opening
Baltimore Area Council

Cub #1 - The Jungle Book, written by English author and poet Rudyard Kipling; was written in the last part of the 19th century. The Mowgli stories at the beginning of Jungle Book form the basis of the ideals and mystique of the first Cub Scout program started in England in 1916 by Lord Baden-Powell.

Cub #2 - The First Promise said:

I promise to do my best:

To be loyal to God, the King and

the Law of the Wolf Cub Pack.

To do a good turn to somebody every day.

Cub #3 - The First Law said:

The Cub gives into the Old Wolf. (Akela)

The Cub does not give into himself.

Cub #4 - Please join us in saying today's Cub Scout Promise and Law.


Jungle Opening
Baltimore Area Council

Begin with Cub Scouts in chairs. Baloo enters from the center of the hall and calls:

Listen, O Cubs of the jungle to these words of old Baloo.

On your left paw (Cubs turn to face left). Turn to follow the trails laid down for you.

Now raise your voice to the jungle. Let the shadows echo it back: Once, twice, and again. Repeat the law of the Wolf Cub Pack.

At the final pack, the Cubs start a slow, methodical march around the circle, repeating the Jungle Law three times - The Cub respects the Old Wolf, The Cub respects himself. By the end, they are in a complete circle and Baloo can call, Pack, Pack, Pack!


Cub Scouting's Jungle of Fun
Baltimore Area Council

The narrator, the spirit of Lord Baden-Powell, is a Den Chief in full uniform wearing a campaign hat. He reads the script while Cub Scouts in uniform come on stage one by one.

Narrator: I represent the spirit of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouting. I am also the spirit of Boy Scouting past and present. Here is our future . . . the Cub Scouts of America.

(First boy enters in complete uniform)

Narrator: The two colors of the Cub Scout uniform have a meaning. Blue stands for truth and loyalty; gold for good cheer and happiness.

(Second boy enters carrying Wolf Book and Kipling's "Jungle Book". )

Narrator: Early Cub Scout ceremonies were based on Kipling's Jungle Tales. When Cub Scouting was organized in America in 1930, Indian themes were used.

(Third boy enters with a craft project of wood.)

Narrator: Cub Scouting means fun. We have lots of fun and most boys like making things, real boy projects, things they can play with or that follow the monthly theme.

(Fourth boy enters carrying a nature collection.)

Narrator: Cub Scouts like to go on hikes and collect things for their nature collection or den museum. They like the outdoors.

(Fifth boy enters carrying a buddy burner.)

Narrator: Most boys like to go on picnics. All boys like to eat. It is even more fun when they can cook their own food.

(Sixth boy enters, the smallest Cub Scout, holding the American Flag.)

Narrator: Cub Scouts are proud to be Americans. They are proud of their Flag. They are also proud of their pack flag (points to it) because it reminds them they are part of many years of Scouting. They belong!

Yes, I represent the past and the present. These boys, Cub Scouts now, are the men of tomorrow. They will be the preservers of our American heritage. Please stand and join us in singing God Bless America.


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