September 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 14, Issue
October 2007 Theme
Down on the Farm
Citizen & Showman
Note on Word Searches, Word Games, Mazes and such – In order to
make these items fit in the two column format of Baloo’s Bugle they are shrunk
to a width of about 3 inches. Your Cubs probably need bigger pictures. You can
get these by copying and pasting the picture from the Word version or clipping
the picture in the Adobe (.pdf) version and then enlarging to page width. CD
York Adams Council
Question: What happens to kids when "there's nothing
Answer: They usually find something to do. And 9
times out of 10, it ain't what you want them to be doing!
Solution: Have something for them to do! That's one
of the purposes of the Gathering Activity. It gives the people something to do
while you're still running around getting things organized to actually run
the meeting. It also provides a mechanism to get the group focused as a
The Gathering Activity should get people involved and
interacting. If they're doing a word search puzzle, for example, only have
groups of 3 or 4 work on one and then, during the Pack Meeting, find out how
well the groups did. Also focus on more than just the Cub Scouts. (Cub Scouting
is a family activity!) Use inventive ways to get the adults and siblings
involved. Maybe give a puzzle to each family and then find out how the families
did. Use your imagination to make sure you include everyone. Gathering
Activities need to be preplanned. For example, if you are having the
folks do a word search puzzle, you'll need to have the sheets copied beforehand
and you'll need to provide pencils.
Idea: Have a coffee can of "golf pencils" for Pack
Meeting use. You can get them at Staples and other office supply stores. They
come in boxes of 144. One box seems to last about a year in our Pack because
people generally remember to return them to the coffee can at the end of each
If you are the Cubmaster or Committee Chair, don't do this
all by yourself—assign a den each month to come up with and conduct the
Pre-Opening Activity. It means that the den members will have to arrive well
before the start of the Pack Meeting so that they can greet everyone else, give
out materials, and direct the activity as people arrive.
Idea: Publish a Duty Roster at the beginning
of the program year. Use the Duty Roster to assign Dens to plan and conduct the
different "activities" that make up the Pack Meetings.
Pick a Crop Challenge:
Each boy, family or team tries to list as many crops as
possible in a 3 minute time. See if anyone remembers that non-traditional
“crops” are also farmed, such as trout on a trout farm.
See if you can think of a “farm” word that starts with each
letter of the alphabet. Or see if you can make a list of farm animals that
start with each letter of the alphabet (think globally!) This could be a den,
family or team challenge. Winners get first crack at the refreshments, or some
silly prize, such as a “Cow Pattie” award – see Games for directions on how to
Go Hunt in the Hay
Great Salt Lake Council
small pile of hay, hide pennies or toys that the kids must feel for with their
eyes shut, or blindfolded.
Farm Safety 4 Kids Games
Check out the site for great online and printout games,
coloring pages, activities – organization devoted to keeping kids safe around
the farm. Here are two of the games from the site – the second one is more
challenging – but lots more on the site – including online games and
1. Beans & Secrets Puzzle: Write the LAST letter of
each picture in the CORRECT space to find out the answer to the question “Why
should you never tell a secret to a bean?”
Go to the website and copy this picture down in full size
and while you are out there look for other great things to do!!!
There are several tricks to this puzzle
(Don’t tell the boys, let them find out)
The pictures are not in order
One number is used twice
(Answer: Beanstalk – Beans Talk! )
Soup Farm Game:
Insert a different letter into
each of the 26 empty boxes to form a farm-related word of four or more letters
reading across. The letter you insert may be the first, last, or in the middle
of the word. Each letter of the alphabet will be used only once. Cross off the
list below as you use it.
Example: In the first row
across, insert the letter U and form the word AUGER.
A - B - C - D - E - F
- G - H - I - J - K - L - M –
N - O - P - Q - R - S
- T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z
Go to the website for the answers!!!!
York Adams Council
Equipment: A collection of dried foodstuffs that
were grown on farms each with a distinctive smell, e.g., coffee; tea; sage;
rosemary; etc. and each in an identical container or in a small square of muslin
tied with cotton;
paper and pencil per Cub
Formation: None or Circle
Have Pack (or Den) members
goes to the containers as they arrive and try to identify the items by their
smell. Encourage discussion and interaction.
Or have the Pack or Den sit in
a circle with the containers in the center, the leader identifies the
foodstuffs. He then numbers each container and passes them around the circle.
The Cubs must identify the foodstuffs by their smell and write the correct names
against the numbers on their sheet of paper.
Animal Name Game
Great Salt Lake Council
the correct letter in front of the appropriate space.
_____ 1. adult female horse A. piglet
_____ 2. adult male goat B. rooster
_____ 3. a horse not yet a year old C. calf
_____ 4. baby cow D. drake
_____ 5. young male horse E. colt
_____ 6. adult male duck F. mare
_____ 7. baby pig G. buck or billy
_____ 8. adult male chicken H. foal
_____ 9. young duck I. ewe
_____ 10. young goat J. poults
_____ 11. adult male horse K. kid
_____ 12. adult female pig L. duckling
_____ 13. adult male cattle M. stallion
_____ 14. adult female sheep N. sow
_____ 15. young chickens O. bull
Answers: 1-F, 2-G, 3-H, 4-C, 5-E, 6-D, 7-A, 8-B,
9-L, 10-K, 11-M, 12-N, 13-O, 14-I, 15-J
me this was from her files but you can check out the CS RT Planning Guide for a
similar activity CD
Large cardboard cutout of a dairy
Disposable plastic gloves
(Watch out for latex allergies),
stool, if available.
Make a small pin-hole in the finger of the glove.
Fill the glove with water,
Then attach to the cow cutout using the rolled up “wrist” of the
glove for strength.
Set the bucket to catch the “milk”
Have a contest to see who is the best milker.
Set a time limit.
Or divide into equal teams and see which team collects the most
each boy gets just one squeeze per udder.
Corn Husking Contest:
Corn still in husks,
2 pairs of very large leather work
Pot of water boiling on the stove
so you can enjoy the fruit of your labors.
for the den or pack meeting can be the corn, along with butter to spread!
Divide into two teams, lined up to do a relay.
First boy in each team runs to the pile of corn,
Puts on the gloves, and
Removes all the husk.
Then he runs back and tags the next boy in line.
Repeat until every boy in each line has done the “chore.”
First team done wins.
Each boy works alone.
You can use the leather glove
idea, or simply let the boys use their hands.
Set a 1 minute time limit and see
who can husk the most corn.
The husks could also be used for another activity – let
everyone make a corn husk doll or figure! (There’s probably a parent or
grandparent in the pack who remembers doing this!)
Farm Word Scramble
Match up these scrambled words that have to do with farming
in the left column with the completed word in the right column
Materials found in Baloo's Bugle may be used by Scouters for Scouting activities provided that Baloo's Bugle and the original contributors are cited as the source of the material.