Baloo's Bugle

June 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 13, Issue 11
July 2007 Theme

Theme: Rockets Red Glare
Webelos: Aquanaut & Geologist
Tiger Cub


Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

July is a time for outdoor fun, but also a time for celebrating the freedom we all enjoy.  This month the boys will learn flag etiquette and the responsibilities of good citizenship.  Patriotic games and crafts hold lots of fun in store for the boys this month.


Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

Some of the purposes of Cub Scouting developed through this month’s theme are:

  • Good Citizenship, Cub Scouts learn what qualities make a good citizen, a long with proper flag etiquette.
  • Spiritual Growth, Cub Scouts grow in mind and spirit when earning about our flag  and the freedom it represents.
  • Fun and Adventure, Boys will enjoy the great outdoors and summertime activities.

The core value highlighted this month is:

  • Compassion, Boys will understand that not all people in the world enjoy the freedoms we have here in the United States.

Can you think of others??? Hint – look in your Cub Scout Program Helps.  It lists different ones!! All the items on both lists are applicable!!  You could probably list all twelve if you thought about it!!


In looking at material on the American Flag this month, I noticed it was all red, white and blue JJ.  Now that I got in my bad joke – I noticed that currently “Old Glory,” the 48 star flag, that flew during the two World Wars is the flag that flew over the United States the longest- 47 years from July 4, 1912 to July 4, 1959.  Our current 50 star flag became official on July 4, 1960.  That means that this year on July 4, 2007 it will become the longest flying American Flag!!

This is summer - Get ‘em outside –

Day camp, Resident camp, Cub Parent weekends, Fun Pack Weekends, 4th of July parade, Historical Park (e.g. Valley Forge, Manassas), State and Local Parks, anywhere (obviously within guidelines) but get ‘em outside.

Are you afraid of the outdoors??

Jamie of the Three Rivers District in Coon Rapids, MN, recommends, "Introducing Your Kids to the Outdoors", by Christopher Van Tilburg. ISBN: 0811731936.  She found it at her library.  It has lots of great tips for parents who aren't sure how to get their kids outside, or who aren't comfortable in the outdoor themselves.  Some of these ideas are useful for pack camping, others work for family outings.

And to Norm who sent me the plans for the knife sharpening slip stick, an apology.  I misplaced the plans and then forgot about them until my son and I were asked to teach Whittlin’ Chip at our council wide Baden-Powell Encampment.  I looked until I found them and after having over 100 Cub Scouts make and use the slip sticks I knew I to put it into Baloo’s Bugle,  The Bear Book has a similar plan but calls for a piece of inner tube (another good scrap craft item lost due to technological improvements.  How much longer will plastic film cans be around?  The pieces on the bottom of two liter bottles??) and tacks.  Norm’s use of foam tape is an excellent substitute.

Months with similar themes to
Rockets Red Glare
Dave D. in Illinois




Strong for America



Let Freedom Ring



Our American Heritage



Strong for America



Our American Heritage



Historical Flags



July 4th Picnic



Duty to God & Country



Strong for America



Our American Heritage



Old Glory



Strong for America



Our National Treasures



American ABCs



Red, White and Baloo



The Rockets Red Glare

If you want more material for your Red, White and Blue Fourth of July – Checkout last year’s July Theme Baloo’s Bugle.


National makes a patch for every Cub Scout Monthly theme.  This is the one for this theme.  Check them out at go to patches and look for 2007 Cub Scout Monthly Theme Emblems.

Important Dates

July – A Time to Celebrate

In America, we think of July as a time for fireworks, campouts and heat waves.  But July is also the month to celebrate:

Cheyenne Frontier Days – the world’s largest outdoor rodeo

Tour de France – The famous bicycle race

July is National Hot Dog Month and National Baked Beans Month – top favorites for the Fourth of July!!

1st     Canada Day formerly – Dominion Day to celebrate when all the provinces united in 1867)

4th     Independence Day (fly flag)

7th     First volleyball game played 1896

14th    Bastille Day a French National Holiday

17th – The date Disneyland opened in 1955

20th   First Manned Moon Landing (1969)

23rd   Tisha B’Av begins at Sundown

24th   Parent’s Day

27th   National Korean War Veterans Day (fly flag at half staff)

28th   World War I Began

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