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Baloo's Bugle

December 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 14, Issue 5
January 2008 Theme

Theme: Cub Scout Car Show
Webelos: Fitness & Scientist
Tiger Cub Requirement 3


Pinewood Derby Check In
Great Salt Lake Council

Set Up: Cub Scouts are bringing in their derby cars for their Pack meeting.

Cub #1:     (to Cub #2) "Hey! That's a nifty car! Did you make it?"

Cub #2:      (to Cub #1) "Nah! My dad did! Did you make yours?"

Cub #1:     (to Cub #2) "No Way! My granddad did mine!
(Cub #3 enters)Wow! Look at that one! Hey! Who made yours?"

Cub #3:      (to Cubs 1&2) "Oh, Hi! Like it? My mom made mine!"

Cub #2:      (Cub #5 enters) "Look at that funny one coming in! I wonder who made his, his Great-Great-Grandpa?" (Cub #4 enters)

Cub #3:      (to Cub #4) "Who made your car?"

Cub #4:      (to all Cubs) "I did! My dad & mom said I needed to learn to follow instructions and this was a way for me to learn!"

All Cubs:    "Oh! Wow! Your car is the best!"

The Human Ford
Capital Area Council

This is one of the most laughable skits imaginable. The Cub Scouts appear on the platform and take their positions. Four of them represent the car occupants, including the driver. They arrange four chairs and seat themselves, two in front and two in back. A young man then assumes a leapfrog position in front of the chairs. He is the engine and radiator.  On the top of his head he has tied a baking powder or soda can. Four others group themselves around the chairs as the wheels. They stoop and hold their ankles. An extra tire is on the back. The Ford is not ready to go.

The driver gets out, and taking hold of the extended hand of the "engine" he cranks the machine. The "engine" begins to purr in an engine fashion and then sputters out just as the driver starts to get back into the Ford. He cranks it again and then they start. The riders can inch their chairs along, the rest of the Ford moves with them.

There is hissing sounds and the back tire nearest the audience flattens out. The driver gets out, makes the people in the back seat get up, pretends to get his pump, applies it to the tire and goes through the motions of pumping air into it. The tire rises slowly as if being inflated.

The next mishap is the radiator running out of water.  The driver takes off the cap (which is the baking powder/soda can) and pretends to pour in the water. They get started again (after the driver cranks ups the engine again), and shortly after they start along, there is a blow-out. Someone in the car on the side away from the audience has a tightly blown paper bag and he pops this and the front tire next to the audience flattens out.  The driver gets out, mops the perspiration from his brow, and after getting imaginary tools, takes the wheel off. It is well to remember here that there are four lugs on a Ford. He then rolls the tire to the rear and gets his extra tire. Then he puts on the extra tire, putting the old one in the place at the rear. 

Next a police officer riding an imaginary motorcycle and making all the accompanying noises catches up with the Ford and stops it. He pretends to take the number and the necessary information, the driver pretends to sign something and the officer rides off.

The final mishap is engine trouble.  The driver gets out, lifts the hood, (the radiator's coat) on one side, then on the other. He soon has the trouble fixed, and the Ford must be restarted by cranking the "engine" again.

Remember, each time the car stops, it must be re-started again, by the driver cranking the engine.

This skit is funniest when not a word is said.

Who Am I?
Capital Area Council

Need: 8 actors – one for the narrator and one to deliver each verse. Make a placard for each verse (small for the Cub to read) and with the famous person's name large enough for the audience to read. (Shown here in parentheses).

After the actor has delivered his verse, and allowed a short time for the audience to guess the subject, the actor turns over the card to reveal the name on the placard. 

The Narrator recites the first two verses. 
No costumes or scenery are required.

Transportation through the years
Has changed, we are aware.
Because some men had a vision,
And were not afraid to dare.

Although we see the evidence
Of all that they have done,
Let's see if you can guess their names
Presented, one by one.

  • Until I came along and helped,
    Fat boats were just a dream.
    For I got rid of sails and oars;
    I gave the boat its steam!
    Who am I?  (Robert Fulton)
  • I gave o life its "ups and downs"
    So many men would say
    The elevator makes tall buildings
    Possible today!
    Who am I?  (Elisha Otis)
  • As people peddle down the street,
    From Grannies to little tykes,
    They all owe me a debt of thanks,
    ‘Cause I invented bikes!
    Who am I?  (Pierre Lallement)
  • As trains crisscross the continents,
    My humble head is bowed.
    "Father of the locomotive" is
    The name of which I'm proud!
    Who am I?    (George Stephenson)
  • As soon as you say "airplane,"
    Our names quickly come to mind:
    But when we started, pilots were
    Quite difficult to find!
    Who are we?   (Orville and Wilbur Wright)
  • ‘Though I did not invent it,
    I played a major part
    In mass-producing autos. I'd say
    I gave the car its start!
    Who am I?  (Henry Ford)
  • I'll have a fuel-less motor
    That will hit the marketplace,
    And stop pollution of all kinds
    And go faster into space.
    Who am I?  (YOU?)

Wheels That Go
Grand Teton Council

This is a question and answer skit. Two sets of answers are given and should be used according to whether you wish the skit to be serious or silly. A Cub can read each riddle and another Cub may answer or the audience may be asked to guess the answer.

  • I run on boy power.   I run on the streets, never on the sidewalks.  I have two wheels, spokes, and pedals. What am I?
    • A bicycle.
    • Two unicycles
  • I have four wheels.   I usually have an air-cooled engine.   You can spot me on site. What am I?
    • A dune buggy
    • A Volkswagen that ran off the road in the desert.
  • I have two wheels.   I have a roll bar.   My pedals are as high as the seat. I have a lot of chrome. What am I?
    • A chopper or motorcycle
    • Two souped-up unicycles.
  • I have a horn. I have two bright eyes. I have four wheels. I run on the street. What am I?
    • A car.
    • A unicorn on wheels on a highway.
  • My horn goes toot-toot.   My engine goes choo-choo. I don't always have the same number of parts. What am I?
    • A train.
    • A Cadillac with a problem.

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