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Baloo's Bugle

May 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 13, Issue 10
June 2007 Theme

Theme: Wheel Into Summer
Webelos: Traveler & Handyman
Tiger Cub


The Jell-O Brain
Alice and CD

Only your imagination limits you in the use of the famous Jell-O brain mold, a mold that you fill with gray or pink Jell-O to make a model of the brain.  If you search for these on google you will get a lot of hits.  I found them from $6.95 to $14.95 before I stopped looking and ordered some.  Who could resist.  Some sites even have recipes for making brain colored Jell-O!!!

Make one and use it for demonstration about how fragile your brain is.  Then have a snack!

Cookie Wheels
Alice, CS RT Commissioner
Pioneer District, Golden Empire Council


  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour,
  • ½ cup of softened butter or margarine,
  • ¼ cup of powdered sugar,
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder,
  • 1 Tablespoon of milk,
  • 1 cup of pie filling or jam (your choice of flavor)


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 
  • Mix the flour, margarine, sugar, baking powder and milk just enough milk to form a dough.  If more milk is needed, add it by teaspoonfuls only.
  • Divide the dough into 6 equal parts,
  • Then shape into balls. 
  • Place on an ungreased cookie sheet;  flatten slightly. 
  • Make an indentation 1-3/4 inches across and about ¾ inch deep, in the center of each flattened ball. 
  • Now fill each indentation with about 2 Tablespoons of filling. 
  • Bake until edges begin to brown (20-25 minutes).  Makes 6 “Wheels”

Speedy Donuts
Trapper Trails


  • 1 pkg. ready to bake biscuits
  • 1 c. oil
  • Sugar & cinnamon


  • Separate biscuits and
  • Cut a hole in center (a two liter bottle cap works great)
    (or pull apart with fingers to form a ring).
  • Drop in hot oil and turn to brown on both sides.
  • Take out and toss in sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  • They are ready to eat!!

Ice Cream “Lollipops”
Trapper Trails

For each lollipop, use a scoop to shape ice cream into a ball.

Roll in shredded chocolate, chopped nuts, toasted coconut, or crushed candy or cookies.

Insert Popsicle stick.

Store in covered container in freezer.

Homemade Bike Energy Bar
Trapper Trails


  • 1/4 cup butter, melted or oil
  • 8 large egg whites, beaten
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups chopped dried fruit
  • 2 1/2 cups nuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9x13 pan.
  • Beat together eggs and oil.
  • Sift together dry ingredients except fruit.
  • Add flour to eggs, combine,
  • Then stir in fruit, nuts, and chips.
  • Spread evenly in pan,
  • Bake 30 minutes; they are still soft when done.
  • Cool, cut into 24 pieces, wrap in foil and freeze.

Frozen Wheels
Trapper Trails


  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Chocolate or vanilla ice cream, softened
  • Colored sprinkles or mini chocolate chips


  • Create a wheel by sandwiching ice cream between two cookies.
  • Roll the edges of the “wheel” in colored sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.
  • Freeze until ready to eat.

Zesty Appetizer Wheels
Trapper Trails


  • 12 slices hard salami
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crescent rolls
  • 6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Open the dough to 2 rectangles, press the perforation to seal.
  • Sprinkle each rectangle with 3 tbsp parmesan and 1 tsp Italian seasoning.
  • Lay 6 slices salami along the side of the rectangle.
  • Roll the dough up and pinch the ends.
  • Cut each roll into 8 slices.
  • Place on cookie sheet and bake for 13 min or until golden brown.
  • You can substitute 24 pepperoni for 12 salami slices.

Trapper Trails


  • orange sherbet or vanilla ice cream
  • orange soda


  • Scoop orange sherbet or vanilla ice cream into a tall glass.
  • Top with orange soda.

Hamburger Surprise
Trapper Trails


  • Vanilla wafers (buns)
  • Small York Peppermint Patties (burgers)
  • Green coconut (lettuce)
  • White frosting, colored yellow and red (ketchup and mustard)


  • Place York Peppermint Patty on vanilla wafer.
  • Frost with “mustard,” “ketchup,” and top with “lettuce.”
  • Place 2nd wafer on top, squeeze gently for a JUICY hamburger surprise.

Sun-Baked S’mores
Trapper Trails


  • Graham crackers
  • Large marshmallows
  • Chocolate bars
  • Aluminum foil


  • Put large marshmallow on each of two cracker squares.
  • Place a section of chocolate bar on each marshmallow.
  • Cover with a second cracker.
  • Wrap entire thing in aluminum foil.
  • Place in a sunny spot for ½ hour or until melted.
  • Unwrap and eat.

Swirling Wheels Pizza Appetizers
Santa Clara County Council

These are similar to meat-filled calzones.


  • 1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
  • ¼ lb. each thinly sliced Genoa salami, pepperoni sausage, provolone cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). 
  • Lightly grease a large baking sheet. 
  • Roll pizza crust dough into an approximately 10x14” rectangle on the baking sheet. 
  • Layer with Genoa salami, pepperoni and provolone cheese. 
  • Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese to within ½” of dough edge. 
  • Roll jelly roll style. 
  • Seal the edge with a fork. 
  • Bake in the preheated oven 25 minutes, or until golden brown. 
  • Slice into 1” pieces to serve. 
  • Original recipe yield: 5 servings. 

Flying Wheels
Santa Clara County Council

Hearty cookie with oats, coconut and wheat flakes cereal.  Great for a snack.


  • 1 cup shortening
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups whole wheat flake cereal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flaked coconut


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). 
  • Grease cookie sheets. 
  • In a large bowl, cream together the shortening, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. 
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time,
  • Then stir in the vanilla. 
  • Combine the baking powder, baking soda and oats;
  • Stir into the sugar mixture. 
  • Fold in the wheat cereal and coconut. 
  • Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets. 
  • Flatten slightly with a fork. 
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light brown.
  • Original recipe yield: 3 dozen.

Apple Half Rounds
Santa Clara County Council

Short Cut - try using chunky applesauce in place of apples.  Or go wild with fruit preserves!


  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 apples - peeled, cored and chopped


  • Stir together to blend sour cream, egg yolk and vanilla extract.  
  • In a large bowl stir together flour and sugar. 
  • Cut in ¾ cup butter or margarine until like coarse crumbs.  
  • Mix in sour cream mixture until well blended. 
  • Divide dough in half and chill until easy to handle (3 hours or so).

To Make Filling:

  • In small saucepan, melt the 1 tablespoon margarine. 
  • Add apples, raisins, brown sugar and apple spice and cook,
  • Stir occasionally, until apples are fork tender. 
  • Remove excess liquid and cool.

To Assemble Pastry

  • Roll each piece of dough to about 1/8” thickness and cut with 2½” round cookie cutter. 
  • Place rounds ½” apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  
  • Place (skimpy) teaspoon of filling on each round and fold in half. 
  • Seal edges with fork.  
  • Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. 
  • Remove and cool. 
  • Drizzle with lemon sugar icing made with ½ cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice (fresh) and 1 tablespoon water.
  • Mix to drizzling consistency. 
  • If too thick, add a little more water, if too thin, a little more confectioners' sugar.
  • Original recipe yield: 4 dozen.

Big Wheels
Santa Clara County Council


  • Tart Apples
  • Butter/Margarine
  • Brown sugar


  • Core the apples, peel only if the skin is tough. 
  • Slice into 1/2 inch thick rings. 
  • Sauté in butter until barely tender. 
  • Turn over and cook until tender. 
  • Sprinkle brown sugar and cover until sugar melts.

Road Course Obstacles
Santa Clara County Council


  • 1 Cub sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  • Combine sugar, margarine and milk in sauce pan, 
  • Boil 1 minute.  Pour hot mixture over oatmeal and peanut butter. 
  • Add nuts and vanilla. 
  • Mix, drop by teaspoon onto wax paper. 
  • Let cool until firm.

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