Baloo's Bugle

November 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 15, Issue 4
December 2008 Theme

Theme: Holiday Lights
Webelos: Craftsman and Scientist
Tiger Cub
Achievement 4

CLOSING CEREMONIES

A Season of Giving

Sam Houston Area Council

Setting – 6 Cub Scouts and Cubmaster (CM); Scouts should memorize verses.

Scene – Scouts in a line or come in one by one to say his verse.

CM:            We’ve spent some time tonight celebrating the many lights that bring joy and peace to our world. In many customs, this is a season of giving and receiving gifts. Our Cub Scouts would like to share with you some gifts you may not see advertised this season.

Cub # 1:       Give your parents the words, “I love you.”

Cub # 2:       Give an ear to someone who needs a listener.

Cub # 3:       Give a hand to someone less strong.

Cub # 4:       Give an old friend a surprise visit or letter.

Cub # 5:       Give a former neighbor a phone call.

Cub # 6:       Give yourself time to reflect during this season.

These are Gifts that Cub Scouts Give

Sam Houston Area Council

Setting – 8 Cub Scouts and Cubmaster, small gift-wrapped boxes (or candles) with the words written on the back.

Scene – Cubs line up across the front of the room, with the Cubmaster. As each Scout speaks his part, he presents his gift to the Cubmaster.

CM:            These are gifts that Cub Scouts give.

Cub # 1:       Happiness

Cub # 2:       Cheerfulness

Cub # 3:       Honesty

Cub # 4:       Sincerity

Cub # 5:       Courtesy

Cub # 6:       Thoughtfulness

Cub # 7:       Friendliness

Cub # 8:       Reverence

CM:            Good night to all.

Year's End Closing

Capital Area Council

Staging:

·         Cubmaster (CM) and Assistant Cubmaster (CA) have props

·         House lights are dimmed. 

·         Ceremony board or log containing 8 small candles and 1 tall candle representing the Spirit of Cub Scouting.

CM:  (Lights all candles) This last ceremony for 2008 is one of rededication.  Tonight 5 candles represent the Cub Scout Ranks--Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos.  Will all Bobcat Cub Scouts and their parents please stand.  Bobcats, do you promise in 2009 to do your best to help other people and obey the Law of the Pack, and to advance in rank?

Bobcats:  We'll do our best! (Extinguish Bobcat candle).

CM/CA:   (Follow same procedure for Tiger, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts).

CM:  Will all Webelos and their parents please stand.  Webelos, do you promise in 2009 to do your best to help other people and obey the Law of the Pack and to earn the Arrow of Light Award if you have not already earned it? (Extinguish Webelos candle)

Webelos Scouts:  We'll do our best!

CA:   Three candles and the Spirit of Cub Scouting candle remain burning.  Those three candles stand for Follow, Helps, and Gives, which means, "We'll be loyal".  Will you be loyal Cub Scouts in 2009? (All respond)  (Three candles are extinguished). 

CM:  The Spirit of Cub Scouting will burn as it does in the hearts of Cub Scouts everywhere.  May it continue to burn brightly in your hearts during the year of 2009 as we go upward and forward in Pack          .  Good Night, Cub Scouts.

Snowflake Closing Ceremony

Capital Area Council

Have Cub Scouts and family members cut out snowflakes when they enter the pack meeting, and put their names on them.  (Six sided snowflakes can be made by folding a square sheet of paper in half, and then into thirds.) Tape or fasten to a wall, curtain, blackboard or window.

Have you ever caught a snowflake on a black piece of paper and studied it?  It is so delicate and fragile that it melts almost before you can pick out its unique shape and structure.  And it is unique, because each snowflake forms its own pattern of crystals in a six-sided shape.  No two are exactly alike.  There may be some that are similar, but none are the same.

Each of you created a snowflake tonight.  Look at the variety and differences.  Each of you started out with the same materials, but you created something that is truly unique.

Every person is unique, too.  You may have your Mom's eyes, or your Dad's sense of humor.  You may even be a twin and look so much alike that people have trouble telling you apart.  But you are different in the things you like, the things you think, and the way you live your lives.  You have your own unique contribution to make to the world.  You have your own unique gifts and talents that will benefit you and those around you.  You have your own unique style, laugh, dreams, and strengths.

One snowflake will melt in an instant.  But think of what happens when all those snowflakes are together in one place at one time.  A pile of snow can make a ski jump, block a highway, or collapse a roof.  A mountain of snow can provide water for a town for the whole summer, or carve the sides of a canyon.  A lot of snow can accomplish things one snowflake can't, but it takes all of them working together to be successful.

Let's unite ourselves, each unique individual, and work towards the common goals of citizenship, service, physical and spiritual strength, and brotherhood, and see what a contribution we can make to the world.  Let's stand and repeat the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack.

Christmas Spelling

Baltimore Area Council

Be sure of your audience before using this one.  CD

Arrangement:

·         Nine Cub Scouts come onstage, one by one.

·         Each has a large cardboard letter with his part on back.

·         As he speaks his lines, he holds up his letter

·         Ultimately they spell out the word Christmas.

Cub # 1:      C is for candles, we burn on Christmas night. To gladden weary travelers with their light so bright.

Cub # 2:      H is for happiest; the happiest time of year. It's jolly, gay old Christmas tunes with all its mirth & cheer.

Cub # 3:      R is for ring; we ring the Christmas bell. All the Christmas gladness, the world to tell.

Cub # 4:      I is for the infant who lay in a manger. Little Lord Jesus, a dear little stranger.

Cub # 5:      S is for shepherds who kept their flocks by night; And heard the angels singing, and saw a wondrous light.

Cub # 6:      T is for tree, all green and gold and red. We see it Christmas morning when we jump out of bed.

Cub # 7:      M is for the mistletoe we hang at Christmas time. In merry wreaths, when candles burn and Christmas bells chime.

Cub # 8:      A is for all; to all men we wish cheer. Joy and gladness, love and hope, for Christmas time is here.

Cub # 9:      S is for the star that shone on Christmas night, Star and candle, bell and wreath, all make our Christmas bright.

 

 

 

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