June Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
July 2008 Theme
Aquanaut & Geologist
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
The Hidden Fleet
Go Forward, Backward or Diagonally to find the names of the
fourteen different kinds of ships below:
(We've done the first one,
to show you how)
YACHT SLOOP CUTTER
School of Fish
Pin pictures of
fish on people as they arrive. Have cutouts of swordfish, tuna, trout, catfish,
etc. On a signal, they are to see which “school of fish” can assemble first.
When you unscramble the following words, you will know
eight kinds of bodies of water.
Answers: lake, ocean, bayou, fjord, gulf, lagoon, pond,
How many words can you make from the letters in the word
UNDERWATER? Who can make most words? How about the longest? (At least 80 are
possible! Probably even more.)
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!
Using the list of Water Proverbs under Theme
Related, you can:
Put half of a water saying on one person’s back and they must locate the
person with the other half of their saying by asking only questions that can be
answered with “yes” or “no”.
Have individuals, families or dens pick a water saying out of a bag –
they then act out their saying as Charades. Winning person or team gets the
most correct answers and has first chance at the refreshment table.
Have each team (den, family, or boy and parent) pulls a phrase out of a
bag and explain the meaning of the phrase – give an extra point for a good
Have an H2O Olympics:
Use teams made up of dens or families. Have
the following “events” set up around the room, and have a “judge” keep track of
each team’s scores:
Pole Vaulting –
Over the Top – Fill a clear plastic cup with water to the brim. Add pennies one
at a time till the water spills over the top.
Balance Beam –
Using an eyedropper, add drops of water to a penny’s surface. Continue till the
water spills over or the drop collapses.
Sculling Contest: Bubble
Power – Cut out two boat shapes
from a piece of cardboard (see pattern); Cut a small notch in the center rear of
each boat and place a soap chip there. Boat shape can be altered by the team
with scissors. Put boats in a tray filled with water and on signal, each team
lets their boat go to see which one goes fastest.
Backstroke Competition –
See which team can suspend the most paper clips on the surface of the water.
(Hint: Lay the paper clip on the tines of a fork and lower clip into the water)
Use a magnifying glass to get a better idea of what’s happening on the surface
of the water.
These would also make great den games!
Build a River
The object of this
activity is to put together all the components of a river (or ocean, or stream,
or lake – whatever is most common in your area)
Make up sets of cards with
things that make up a river (or whatever body of water you are using) written on
them – For a river you may have - water, riverbank, rapids, waterfalls, sand,
mud, various kinds of fish, turtles, birds, insects, various kinds of plants,
bushes, flowers, trees, pebbles, boulders, bridges, beaches, swimming hole,
beaver dam, marshy area, snag in water, sand bar, man-made dam, etc. Make
enough sets for each den, family or assigned group to have one.
Each completed “river” is made
by people holding cards or taping them to the wall.
Once the “river” is completed,
the group chooses a name for their “river,” as well as characteristics for their
They should also come up with a
conservation project to maintain or improve their river’s health.
Each group gets to share their
project with the whole pack.
Mink in a Maze
Every wild animal must live in its chosen habitat. The
mink prefers a riparian habitat. Can you help it find its way to the pond at the
center of the maze?
Ocean Objects Word Search
Find these things that can be found in or on the ocean.
Look up, down, across, backwards and diagonally:
The remaining 13 letters, in order, spell the name of a beautiful sea.
How Many Words
Give each boy a pencil and a piece of paper.
See how many words they can make out of the letters in the word
Each letter may be used only once (except “R” which may be used
twice since there are two of them).
“RIVER” and “BOAT” do not count.
Crossing the Quick Sand
Place small pieces of masking tape on the floor to from a
twisty line of stepping-stones with some close together and others far apart.
Each Cub in turn tries the course while balancing a tennis
ball on a flat board.
Fishing in the Tropics
Place a dishpan with many plastic or rubber items in the
bottom, on the floor in the middle of the room.
Provide a fishing pole consisting of a stick about two feet
long, on one end of which is fastened a string with a hook. Velcro works
great. Be sure you put Velcro on the items in the sea.
As they arrive, give each Cub Scout three minutes to snag
as many “fish” as he can, and award a small prize when finished.
Float the Needle
Have bowl of water and a needle and challenge boys to try
to make the needle float.
After they have tried and failed, place a small piece of
tissue on water and the needle on top of that. As the tissue gets wet, it will
sink to the bottom. The surface tension of the water will allow the needle to
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