Baloo's Bugle

March 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 14, Issue 8
April 2008 Theme

Theme: Abracadabra
Webelos: Sportsman & Family Member
Tiger Cub Activities


Attention Bear Leaders –

Your bears become Webelos on June 1.  Are you ready??  Be sure to take Webelos Leader Position Specific and Outdoor Webelos Leader Training as soon as possible.  Sign your Cubs up for Webelos Resident, if your council offers it!!!  If they don’t, sign them up at a neighboring council’s camp (e.g. Southern NJ’s at Pine Hill Scout Reservation!!!)

Abracadabra Arrow of Light Ceremony:
Great Salt Lake Council

Props:  White Poster Board or large white paper: lemon juice: Brush the words - Arrow of Light (or draw emblem), date, boy’s name on the paper in lemon juice and allow it to dry. Put some drops of iodine in enough water to saturate the whole paper.  The iodine water will be brushed on as the ceremony progresses. The iodine will make the paper purple and leave the lemon juice spots white.  Iodine will stain the floor.  Put the paper over a tarp.  A brush.  Magician’s box to hold the 4-6 display items obtained about Cub(s) ahead of time to surprise him.

Talk about the magic paper that will reveal a message to the pack tonight.  The magical magician will paint the iodine water across the paper to reveal the words “Arrow of Light” or the emblem.  Wow, the Arrow of Light magically appeared.  The magician wonders what that means.  The Cubmaster explains the meaning of the Arrow of Light.

Being a magician takes certain steps to do a magic trick.  Are there steps for this magic Arrow of Light?  The Cubmaster can then explain the requirement steps. 

The magician then decides to take a break from painting and does some magic out of a box which magically produces display items for the recipient. 

The magician then decides to have help painting the paper.  He calls up the Webelos den leader and asks the leader to paint while they relate a magical service/activity about Cub revealing the date. 

The magician then asks the parents to help paint while they relate a magical service/activity about Cub revealing his name. 

The Cub then comes up and talks about his favorite magical service/activity to earn the award and quotes either the Scout Oath or Law. 

The magician or Cubmaster presents the Arrow of Light Award.  The Cub then gives the pin to his mom with the “Mother’s Salute,” after which, the Father can present the award with the Cub Scout or Scout handshake. The Cub leads everyone in his favorite cheer!

For more information and ideas for both these Activity Awards, check the Baloo’s Bugle for the April 2007 theme.,


Capital Area Council

Suggestions for Den Meetings

  • Explain and discuss football signals.
  • Invite a referee or umpire to talk with the den about signals and/or sportsmanship
  • Parents and boys attend a high school or college football game.
  • Go bowling as a den or at a district tournament if possible (belt loop)
  • Have each boy list the sports in which he participated during the past year
  • Attend a high school football/baseball game.
  • Assign the scouts an Olympic event (gymnastics, swimming, luge, fencing, equestrian etc.). Have them find out the following:
  • How someone gets on the team.
  • Rules for the event.
  • How it is run
  • Go fishing (belt loop)
  • Invite a team member, sports figure, coach or referee to talk with the boys about teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play
  • Have each boy list the sports in which he participated during the past year
  • Decide on a demonstration for the pack meeting
  • If you save cardboard Frozen Juice Cans you can play Tiddly-Croquet
  • Learn a new sport.
  • Learn what two individual and two team sports the boys will want to do.

One of the prime purposes of Cub Scouting is "encouraging good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body.” If the boys learn all the skills and rules involved in every sport this month, but don't get an inkling of what good sportsmanship means, everyone has wasted his time.

The leader’s example will help to achieve these goals. Put stress on the fun of the game, not on winning. During inter-den competition, choose the teams so that ability is equally divided. If boys choose teammates, there is a good chance that most of the best players will wind up on one team. Encourage the less skillful players. Discourage others from belittling them. Sports in a Webelos den should be fun for all.

Good Sportsmanship

The ability to abide by the rules, to win without boasting and to lose without offering excuses is the essence of good sportsmanship. Sportsmanship requires honesty, fair play, cooperation, competitive spirit, respect for authority and rules, acceptance of responsibility and respect for others. A real sportsman follows these rules in each game, but also in his/her life. Good sportsmanship is part of good citizenship. For example, to lose a class election gracefully.

The following is the code of sportsmanship of the Sportsmanship Brotherhood.

  • Keep the rules
  • Keep faith with your comrade.
  • Keep your temper
  • Keep yourself physically fit.
  • Keep a stout heart in defeat.
  • Keep your pride under control in victory.
  • Keep a sound soul, a clean mind and a healthy body.
  • Play the game.


See how many terms you can match with the proper game (The one where the term is used, e.g. Puck and Hockey):

Sports term












Double fault






Clay pigeon


Technical K. O.


Jump shot



Figure Skating

Double play


Field goal












Figure Eight

Fly Fishing


1 - 5 Amateur
5 - 10 Novice
10- 15 Semi-Pro
15 - 20 Pro


You need two sizes of frozen juice cans to make a Tiddly-Croquet game. Cut wickets of various lengths from the largest cans. Shoot the lids from the small cans through the wickets. Place one upside down on a smooth surface. Press hard on one edge with a “shooter” lid from a large can.

Frisbee Baseball 

Played according to regular baseball rules. The pitcher throws the Frisbee toward the "batter: who then catches it. If he misses it, it is a strike and if it is outside the strike zone, it is a ball. The "batter" who has made a good catch, then throws the Frisbee and proceeds around the bases. If it is caught the "batter" is out. The rest of the game follows baseball rules.

Sports Cards

Make a set of 10 x 10-inch cards. On one side put a copy of the official signals for the game (football, basketball, hockey, baseball, soccer, etc.) of your choice. On the other side put an explanation of what the call means. The game can be played several ways.

  • Hold up the picture and ask for the proper call.
  • Read the explanation of the call and ask for its name.
  • Execute the call and ask for its name.
  • The game can be played as a competition:
    • Divide den(s) into two teams and give one point to the first person to guess the answer.
    • Divide den(s) into two teams and assign each team a sport and show each team a card for its sport. Each team will have a different sport. The first team to get the answer gets a point.

Potato Golf

Draw concentric circles on the floor and label each circle with a number representing the number of points it is worth. (10 for the center, decreasing outward). From a distance of six feet, player putts a potato with a cane or stick with a curved handle. Score is recorded according to number in circles. No score is made if the potato stops on a line. Each boy gets ten tries.

Soccer Ten Kicks

Divide den into two teams. Each tries to kick the ball between teammates ten consecutive times while the opponents try to intercept and start their own sequence of ten kicks. As he kicks the ball, each player calls out the appropriate number (1, 2, 3, etc.) Hand may not be used. The team making ten consecutive kicks without interception wins.

Micro Hockey

Use two cardboard boxes as the goals. Supply chopsticks and a checker for the puck.

Micro Soccer

Use the same boxes as you did for micro hockey. Players use their fingers to “kick” the ball (ping pong ball) across the “field” (a table).

The Penalty Box

Match the Official’s Signal Calls to correct sports.







Signal Calls

Pass Interference          Face Mask                    Slashing

Fair Ball                        Ball              Incomplete Pass

Penalty Kick                Holding              Illegal Dribble

Time-out                      Offside                      Hooking

Strike                             Out                        Clipping

Technical Foul              Time-in                     Charging

Substitution              Corner Kick               Touchdown

Delay of Game             Foul Ball                           Safe

Tripping          Unsportsmanlike Conduct               Foul

Illegal Motion             Traveling

Ultimate Frisbee Contest

Equipment: Five Ultimates (Frisbees)

  • Draw the course as shown.
  • The object of the game is to throw for accuracy.
  • Add up points after each boy takes his turn throwing.


Capital Area Council

Den Activities:

  • Set up a Webelos Den family cook-out. Let the boys decide on the menu and do all the cooking and preparation. Have games for the brothers and sisters to play, and after dinner do some family activities.
  • Make a list of fun activities of little cost and do them over several den meetings.
  • Switch chores with another family member for a month.
  • Have a meeting where boys try food that they have never tasted before. Have a "Taste It, You May Like It" party.
  • Have the boys make their chart showing the jobs that they and other family members have in their homes. Have them bring the charts to the meeting and tell what jobs they are taking on for the next two months, and how they will do them.
  • Have a contest - take a small piece of cloth and a button, needle and thread. Have the boys sew a button on -- judge the button that is sewn on the best.
  • Make a contest out of making a list of things families spend money for. See who can make the longest list. Most boys will forget things like rent, utilities, car payments, stamps, insurance, etc. You might think up a list of things that most boys will omit and award two points if they happen to list one.
  • Have a cooking contest. Have each boy cook one dish and bring it to the meeting. Be sure they can tell how they made the dish. You might think about making a small recipe book for your den. This could include breakfast dishes, lunch, and dinner dishes. Also you might adopt some of these for your cookouts!
  • Tracing your family roots can become a lifetime hobby. There are many books and classes on how to find information. Ask if any den parents have organized charts or have studied their heritage. Try to find out a family tree for both your mother and father's family. Make a list of the members of your family. What other relatives are living? (Grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins)? Try to talk to them (or write) and ask them about their parents and grandparents. Ask for birthdays and year of death. Where they lived is also an important clue in your search.
  • Play a game of hazards. Set up a room with several hazards. Have boys come in and find as many hazards as possible.
  • Practice house cleaning skills by cleaning the chartered organization areas. Be sure to get permission and ideas first.
  • Have a mother come in to the den meeting and talk about clothes washing.
  • Announce that next week's meeting will be at the local Laundromat. Each Scout is to bring a load of wash, soap, and change for the washer and dryer. Practice ways to fold laundry.
  • Invite a home economics teacher or dietician to talk to your den. Perhaps your den could also plan a week's worth of meals and visit a retail food establishment to price the food required. This would also cover a requirement in the Fitness Activity Badge.
  • Make outlet insulators. Use foam meat trays, save at home, or ask local grocery store for some. Use outlet covers as guides.
  • Invite a fireman to a den meeting to talk about home safety. Perhaps he can also provide you with a copy of a home inspection sheet.
  • Take a guided tour a waste disposal facility.
  • Invite an energy conservation engineer to give a talk on energy. Tour an energy conserving home that is built underground.
  • Make a list of fun activities that involve little cost; do them over several meetings.
  • Invite someone from OSHA or a plant safety committee to give a talk after touring a manufacturing facility.
  • Have a family relation's teacher visit and talk.
  • Keep a personal budget for a month.
  • Do not throw away those seemingly ruined clothes. Let the Cubs try to save them.
  • Visit with a local financial institution to find out how the monetary system works and how saving money as a family unit can be beneficial in the long run.
  • Contact the local public utility companies, or the environmental control agency to find out how our natural resources can be saved and what we can do as individuals within the family unit to conserve energy.
  • You could also contact the Police Department and ask if someone from Crime Prevention could attend one of your meetings to talk about security in your home.
  • Have the boys fix a meal and invite the parents to your meeting for a feast! In the meal planning, they must plan the meal, shop for the food and then cook it.
  • Have a "Family" meeting at your den meeting and have the boys show Cub Scout Spirit by doing their best to make plans for the rest of the year, or at least three months.
  • You might invite a mother to show some cooking skills to the boys or to explain recipes. Have the boys use measuring spoons, cups, etc. Have them explain such terms as cream, braising, stewing, and steaming.
  • Plan a family game night - each family brings a game and takes part in sharing the game with another family. The boys could even "invent" games for the families to play.

Field Trips

  • Tour some of the historical homes in your town, find out who lived there, when, and a little about the family. How did they help the community? Are the descendants still living in the area? Talk to them, too, if possible.
  • Tour a fast food restaurant or small restaurant.
  • Have someone from OSHA or plant safety committee give a talk after touring a manufacturing facility.
  • Tour an energy conservation home (underground or energy efficient).
  • Tour the local water company and ask for ways to conserve water.

Neckerchief Tie Slide Ideas

  • A mounted photo of the Scout with his family
  • A piece of sponge for cleaning
  • Model of food the Scout likes to eat
  • A photo or a miniature of a house
  • A photocopy/drawing of the Family Member activity badge laminated or mounted on poster board



This is a variation of Kim's game. Fill a grocery bag with items from your cabinet before the den meeting. Close to the activity time, add cold items from the refrigerator. To play the game, put one item from the bag at a time, announce the name and lay it on the table.  When the bag is empty put everything back in quickly. Give boys a paper and pencil and ask them to write down what items were on your shopping bag.

Who Are We?

Ask boys to bring baby pictures and family pictures to the next meeting. Hold the pictures up one at a time and try to guess who it is. Bring in family vacation pictures and try to guess where the family went. (Disney World, the White House, etc.) Think of other ideas of pictures the boys can bring to show off (first fish catch, riding a horse, talking to someone famous, etc.) Take some den pictures and make up an album of your Webelos family or take slides and play music while you are watching them.

Grocery "Blues"

Material needed: paper and pencil for each boy. Instructions: Food is one of the major ongoing expenses that a family has, so good shopping habits will help curb the costs. Boys sit in a circle. They write down the names of ten items their family buys at the grocery store...only scramble the letters of each word! On signal, each boy passes his grocery list to the boy on his right. Set a time limit, and have them unscramble the grocery list. This game could be played as a team also.

House of Cards

Divide den into two teams. Give each team 20 playing cards. On signal, they must build a house of cards using all 20. The first team to complete a house that stands alone for five seconds are the "den contractors."

Who Are We?

Ask boys to bring baby pictures and family pictures to the next meeting. Hold the pictures up one at a time and try to guess who it is. Bring family vacation pictures in, and try to guess where the family went. (Disney World, the White House, etc.) Think of other kinds of pictures the boys can bring to show off (first fish catch, riding a horse, talking to someone famous, etc.) Take some den pictures and make up an album of your Webelos "family” OR take slides and play a music record while you are watching them.

Home Hazards

Before the den meeting, set up as many possible hazards around your house as possible. (Safely, that is!) Examples: pan on the stove with handle sticking out over the front, metal pan in the microwave, bag of newspapers in the middle of the stairs,

(empty) bottle of ammonia sitting in the corner, matches too close to the fireplace, gas can in the laundry room, pills (candy) laying on the counter. When the boys arrive, give them a paper and pencil and ask them to write down any hazards they see. During the opening period discuss the answers. Are there some that were not noticed? Ask them to take their lists home and check for similar things at their house.

Laundry Hints

Removal with a store-bought cleaner-ballpoint pen ink, facial makeup, motor oil, rubber cement, wax. One of the best pen ink stain removers is using a cheap hair spray on the ink spot.

  • Put absorbent cloth or paper towel under stained area.
  • Place chemical cleaner on stain.
  • Rub stain until it leaves the clothing and passes into the material below.
  • Remove the absorbent material. Put cleaner on a new cloth. Wipe around edges of stain and toward center of stain.
  • Let dry. Reapply treatment if removal unsatisfactory.

Removal with water - blood, ketchup, coffee and tea, dairy products, grass, mustard, soda pop:

  • Place absorbent cloth or paper towel under stained area.
  • Rub stain gently with water. If stain is persistent, rub in drops of detergent.
  • Rinse out detergent.
  • Remove absorbent material.
  • Wipe dry.

Family Facts

Save your family memories and pass them on to the next generation. Nothing gives more enjoyment to a family than "REMEMBER WHEN.” Children learn who they are from their parents and grandparents. To play FAMILY FACTS have each member of your family write out questions that only your family would know - the more personal the better.  Who went to Canada on vacation? What was this family's first pet? Who broke their arm during the school play? Who ran into the basketball standard and chipped his front tooth? What was the address of our first house? When is Grandma's birthday? When did dad graduate from high school? Play in the car, home on a rainy day or at family gatherings. For a different twist, make up cards in categories -dates, people, places, events, pets, vacations, etc., and play family trivial pursuit. Use the regular Trivial Pursuit game, but substitute you family cards.

Family Finances

Many Cubs are not aware of how their families spend money. Food, clothing, and entertainment are obvious. Suggest to the parents that they share the actual bills with their children and have them add up the total cost. They will be amazed. As the Cubs conduct the safety/energy checklist, encourage the parents to discuss the cost of keeping the house in good repair, the cost of water use, the cost of cooling and heating the house, etc. Then the Cubs will be better prepared to share in ideas for saving money and they will be ready to develop a family energy-saving plan.


Social worker, day care provider, family counselor, parent, human services agent, ombudsman, YMCA activities planner, family education specialist, dietitian, cleaning

person, community education director, congressman.


Zoo Babies

Visit a local zoo with your den families. While there, find out about the family structures of some of the animals. Observe how the monkeys socialize and care for their young. When are some of the other animal babies "on their own?”

Family Snack Surprise

Prepare a cake mix, then spoon batter into flat bottom wafer cones. Fill half way. Place six cones at a time on a tray and microwave 2-3 minutes on high or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Rotate during cooking period.


For an evening of great family fun make up a trivia game to play. Each person writes a question on an index card. Example: What is your favorite book? What do you live about your bedroom? When is mom's birthday? What was your first home address? Mix the cards together then each person draws a card to answer. You could also have every person answer every question. Learn more about each other and have fun, too!

Saturday Fun!!

Have boys arrive early, like 6:30AM. Ask them to wear pajamas and bring sleeping bags. Enjoy a typical "family" Saturday morning. Boys can watch cartoons, play board games or Legos, or sleep. Have them help make a special breakfast like waffles or home-made yeast cinnamon rolls. Talk about what their families do on a Saturday morning. Stress the importance of allowing each person to have freedom to do as they please to relax. Are there ways they can help by cooking or playing with their brothers and sisters?

Dirty Clothes

Announce that the next week the den will be meeting at the local Laundromat. Each boy should bring a load of wash and coins for the washer and dryer. Leader can bring a box of detergent and measuring cup. Meet and wash clothes! Look around at the kinds of washers and the safety instructions. Time how long you are there.


Ask your parents to help you set up a chart of the electric and gas use in your home. Write down all the ways you can think of which use electricity or gas. Look at the bills for the last few months and write down the actual usage and the cost. Is the usage up or down? Why? If your parents have the bills from last year at the same time,

compare them. For a one month, practice turning out lights and conserving in other ways. See how much difference you can make on the next bill. The utility companies can provide you with a list of appliance usage/hour. Figure out how much it costs to dry a load of laundry, or to run your hair dryer or toaster.


Nothing is more fun than sitting around with your family and watching a good movie! Make this tie slide during a den meeting and tell what movies you especially like.

Materials needed:

35mm film can, pipe cleaner, red or white adhesive vinyl, marker, cotton balls, plaster, popped corn, clear acrylic spray, glue.


Have an adult drill two small holes in the back of the can to insert the pipe cleaner. Twist pipe cleaner to form tie slide. Cover the can with red vinyl. Print "Popcorn" on a small piece of red adhesive and attach. Put two cotton balls into the can and pour a small amount of plaster over the top. When plaster is dry, glue popped corn into the top of the can When glue is dry, spray popcorn thoroughly with clear acrylic spray.


  • Webelos can draw pictures on poster board to illustrate their paragraph. Tape the speech onto the back side. You have joined the Cub Scouts and therefore, the World Brotherhood of Scouts around the world. You are a brother to Cubs in Finland, Australia, Pakistan, and Chili. in fact, a brother to Cubs in over 120 countries!
  • Regardless of size, color, or language Cubs have a happy grin and love to have FUN! Pack meetings may be slightly different, but most packs use The Jungle Book as background. The Cub Scout cap is universal, and most countries have different styles of uniforms to go with it. In France, the Cubs wear navy blue shorts and sweaters in the winter. In the summer they dress with cross-over suspenders and blue shirts. They wear a navy blue beret. The Dutch Cub Scouts have uniforms of green caps, sweaters and shorts, and green knee socks. The Wolf badge is red, white, and blue. In Uganda, in the heart of Africa, it is hot the whole year. Cubs here have real excitement with the jungle animals! Their Akelas must sometimes carry guns when they go to the lake shoot crocodiles.
  • One of the most isolated Scout groups is on the Pacific Island of Pitcairn. The whole island is only three square miles, and only 20 children are involved in Scouting. There are no stores on the island. People grow their own vegetables and keep goats and poultry.
  • The Cub Scout Promise is the same around the world. Lord Baden-Powell once said, "When a fellow promises to do a thing, he means it would be a terrible disgrace to him, if afterwards he neglected or forgot to carry it out.” In other words, when a Wolf, Bear, or Webelos promises to so something, you can be certain he will do it.. anywhere in the world!

Fire Safety Quiz

Use at a den meeting by reading the questions and asking the boys to write down the letter of the correct answer or by making copies and giving one to each boy.

1.   What should you do to be ready if fire should strike your home?

a.    Keep pails of water handy

b.   Have an escape plan and rehearse it often

c.    Be ready to carry out the furniture

d.   Have a suitcase packed

2.   In making your escape plan, why should you know two ways out of every room?

a.    So you can see different parts of the house when you practice

b.   In case fire or smoke blocks one of the escape routes.

c.    To keep people guessing

d.   To make home fire drills more fun

3.   If your clothing catches fire, what do you do?

a.    Run for help

b.   Look for water to throw on yourself

c.    Roll on the floor or ground, wrapping yourself in a coat, blanket or rug if possible

4.   What should you use for light in a dark closet when there is no light bulb?

a.    A match

b.   A candle

c.    A cigarette lighter

d.   A flashlight

5.   When you check extension cords in your house, what do you look for? Choose Two.

a.    Frayed, broken insulation

b.   Whether the color matches the woodwork.

c.    Whether they run under rugs

d.   Whether the plug is brown or white

6.   In checking around a furnace for fire hazards, you should remove which of these?

a.    Fishing rods and reels

b.   Table

c.    Garden tools and aluminum folding chairs.

d.   Gasoline can, greasy rags, and newspapers

Answers: 1.b 2.b 3.c 4.d 5.a, c 6.b

House Name Sign


1” thick lumber         Sand paper

4 screw eyes               2 S-hooks

Saw                                Nails

Ruler                          Hammer

Stain or paint                   Brush

Plastic Letters


  • Layout your letters on the board to determine where you need to cut it.
  • Cut the length you need.
  • Sand the wood smooth and then stain or paint the wood.
  • Tack plastic letters to sign.
  • Attach two screw eyes to sign and two to sign holder.
  • Fasten sign to holder with “S” hooks.
  • Attach sign holder to house.

My 30 Day Budget Plan

Where will my money come from:


Jobs................................................................. _____________________

Savings............................................................ _____________________

Other................................................................ _____________________

Total Money

Where my money will go:

School Lunch.................................................... _____________________

Dues................................................................ _____________________

Clothes............................................................. _____________________

Bus.................................................................. _____________________

School Supplies................................................. _____________________

Food/treats........................................................ _____________________

Other:............................................................... _____________________

___________..................................................... _____________________

___________..................................................... _____________________

___________..................................................... _____________________

Total Expenses


Tracing family roots can become a lifetime hobby. There are many books and classes on how to find information. Ask if any Den parents have organized charts or have studied their heritage. Have the boys make a family tree for both their mother and father’s family from a list of all the members of their family. What are their birthdays, dates of marriage and years of death?

Requirements for the Heritages Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  • Talk with members of your family about your family heritage: its history, traditions, and culture.
  • Make a poster that shows the origins of your ancestors. Share it with your den or other group.
  • Draw a family tree showing members of your family for three generations.

Requirements for the Heritages Pin

Earn the Heritages belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  • Participate in a pack heritage celebration in which Cub Scouts give presentations about their family heritage.
  • Attend a family reunion.
  • Correspond with a pen pal from another country. Find out how his or her heritage is different from yours.
  • Learn 20 words in a language other than your native language.
  • Interview a grandparent or other family elder about what it was like when he or she was growing up.
  • Work with a parent or adult partner to organize family photographs in a photo album.
  • Visit a genealogy library and talk with the librarian about how to trace family records.
    Variation: Access a genealogy Web site and learn how to use it to find information about ancestors.
  • Make an article of clothing, a toy, or a tool that your ancestors used. Show it to your den.
  • Help your parent or adult partner prepare one of your family's traditional food dishes.
  • Learn about the origin of your first, middle, or last name.