Baloo's Bugle

April 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 14, Issue 9
May 2008 Theme

Theme: Leaf It to Cubs
Webelos: Outdoorsman & Artist
Tiger Cub Activities


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

Leaf Quiz Answers
Commissioner Dave’s Files

The following are the answers to the Leaf Quiz on the last page of this issue. 

You can either have the boys figure out all the names or scramble the list and give them a word bank to use to figure out the answers.  If you don’t give them a word bank, please give them a leaf book that has ALL the answers. 

This can be either a Gathering Time Activity for them to work together to solve or a Den activity. 

Perhaps you have a park or arboretum near you where the boys can explore and actually find some of the trees.

  • Paper Birch
  • Oak
  • Cottonwood
  • Ash
  • Elm
  • Red Cedar
  • Serviceberry
  • Redwood
  • Hemlock
  • Tulip
  • Spruce
  • Balsam Fir
  • Sycamore
  • Sassafras
  • Beech
  • Sourgum
  • Locust
  • Sugar Maple
  • Linden
  • Poplar
  • Walnut

Trees in our Neighborhood
Utah National Parks Council

Find the following words in the word search.  Words may be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal.

Ponderosa Pine              Poplar                           Larch

Spruce                          Maple                             Oak

Chinese Elm                 Locust                           Peach

Apricot                         Apple                          Cherry

Mahogany                 Douglas Fir                     Walnut

Japanese Pagoda             Ginko               Coconut Palm

Quaking Aspen              Linden                           Alder

Beech                            Ash                     Paper Birch

Box Elder                 Cottonwood                  Dogwood

Chestwood                    Pecan                      Sycamore

Hickory                 Weeping Willow                  Juniper

Redwood                     Cypress                      Chestnut

Utah National Parks Council

This also makes a great Audience Participation. Callout the questions and see what responses you get.  CD

  • What is the double tree?
  • What tree is nearest the sea?
  • What is the languishing tree?
  • What is the calendar tree?
  • What tree will keep you warm?
  • What is the Egyptian plague tree?
  • What tree do we offer friends when meeting?
  • What tree is used in kissing?
  • What tree is used in a bottle?
  • What tree is a symbol of strength?
  • What tree is an emblem of grief?
  • What is the sweetest tree?

Answers to Tree Test:

1-pear          2-beech               3-pine                 4-date

5-fir             6-locust              7-palm                8-tulip

9-cork           10-oak       11-weeping willow     12-maple

Tree Tricks
Utah National Parks Council

Change one letter in each of these words to find the names of a dozen trees:

FIT_____________________________ (fir)

MINE__________________________ (pine)

MARCH_______________________ (larch)

YES___________________________ (yew)

PILLOW_____________________ (willow)

BENCH_______________________ (beech)

OAR___________________________ (oak)

HATE__________________________ (date)

ELK___________________________ (elm)

ASP____________________________ (ash)

PALS_________________________ (palm)

JOLLY________________________ (holly)

What Am I?
Capital Area Council

  • For a fun pre-opening activity, prepare as many "tags" as you will have people for the meeting. 
  • On each tag write a tree type. (Make them common names.)  Obviously, repeats are allowed. 
    As people arrive, have the "Welcoming Den" tape a tag on the back of each person. 
  • Each person talks to other people to get ideas about what kind of tree name is written on his tag without anyone actually saying the tree name!

Capital Area Council

Write the letters F-O-R-E-S-T down the left-hand side of a page and give out copies of it with the instructions to find people whose first names begin with the different letters.  See how many people in the Pack can fill out the whole sheet.

Arbor Day Treasures
Grand Teton Area Council

Find tree name hidden in the following sentences:

  • The ranger's map led us safely through the woods.
  • Will owls hoot in daylight?
  • It's fun to hike and tramp in every direction.
  • Forest rangers wear white helmets.
  • We saw a honey bee checking clover blossoms for honey.
  • Many forest fires are caused by human carelessness.
  • We got soaked when we were caught in a cloudburst.
  • The boy's face darkened when she kissed him on the cheek.


1. Maple           2. Willow          3. Pine             4. Elm

5. Beech               6. Fir             7. Oak          8. Cedar