November 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
December 2008 Theme
Craftsman and Scientist
The Light of Scouting
A candle for every person in the pack.
Wrap each candle in foil to create a drip plate.
Cubmaster (CM), Assistant Cubmaster (CA), Committee Chair (CC),
Den Leader (DL)
Dim the lights in the room.
There should be two candles on a table in the front of the room.
The pack committee should be near the front with the Cubmaster and
the Assistant Cubmaster.
The den leaders line up on each side of the room after the pack
The Scouts line up next to their den leaders.
Make sure the Cubmaster has a lighter.
CM: Lights one of the candles on the table and turns to speak
to the group.
This candle represents the spirit of Scouting. All by itself in this big
room, it doesn’t seem like much. But then, the spirit of Scouting finds me, as
your Cubmaster (lights the second candle from the first, and then continues.)
While this is a little better, it is not nearly enough light.
Fortunately, the spirit of Scouting continues to spread from me to the Assistant
Cubmaster and to our wonderful Pack Committee (Cubmaster lights candle of
Assistant Cubmaster, and then they each light one candle of the pack committee
members. Lighting continues from one candle to another until all the pack
committee candles are lit.)
CC: The spirit of Scouting doesn’t stop there! It continues to
spread as more and more folks learn about the riches and treasures found in our
program. (Den leader candles are lit from pack committee members.)
DL: Are you starting to see a pattern? Don’t you think having
even more spirit would be better? How do we, the den leaders, spread our Spirit?
That’s right! We spread the spirit of Scouting with our dens and all the Tigers,
Wolves, Bears, and Webelos Scouts can experience this spirit. (Den leader lights
one candle of the den and Scouts light one candle from a previous candle until
all Scout candles are lit.)
CM: Wow! Isn’t this better? Let’s consider that this is just one
pack. We’re a small part of one district in one council in the United States.
The spirit of Scouting burns all over the world! So, when our light combines
with all the other lights in all the other packs all over the world, the spirit
of Scouting becomes a tremendous beacon to guide Scouts on their journey through
life. I hope you carry this spirit of Scouting with you all your life!
The Gift Of Goodwill
Arrangement: A group of 8 Cub Scouts are gathered
around, wrapping Christmas gifts. Each boy is wrapping a gift. Den Chief enters.
Hey guys, let me see what each one of you is wrapping.
Cub Scout #1:
Gloves for my Dad.
Cub Scout #2:
An owl plaque for my mom.
Cub Scout #3:
Oreo cookies for my little brother… maybe he’ll quit eating
Cub Scout #4:
A doll for my sister.
Cub Scout #5:
Wind chimes for my mom.
Cub Scout #6:
Ink pens for my big brother… maybe mine will quit
Cub Scout #7:
A lamp for my mom.
Cub Scout #8:
A lacy handkerchief for my grandma. She likes to wave them
Hey, you guys are really giving Goodwill. (laughs)
Scouts: We hope so. Aren’t we supposed to do that year round?
Yes, but let me show you something that’s quite unusual. (He
takes a large piece of poster board and a marking pen. He calls on each boy in
order to name the gift he is wrapping, and he writes the first letter on the
board. such as a G for gloves, etc. The result spells out Goodwill, which he
holds up for the audience to see.)
Hey, that’s all right! We’re giving Goodwill separately
(Looks at Den Chief.) Figure that one out!
A Holiday Recipe
The scene opens with a Chief Cook and his helpers busily cooking something
in a large kettle. They can be dressed as cooks in old white shirts and white
construction paper hats, or as elves in tunics made from grocery bags and
painted. Each should have a large spoon for “tasting”.
There should be a number of
labeled containers visible. These may be empty cereal boxes or cans covered
with paper or painted and labeled “Worship”, “Love”, “Family”, “Friends”,
“Tree”, “Gifts”, etc.
Let the boys suggest the “ingredients”.
The Chief Cook can use a
“recipe card” which is the script.
CHIEF: (Thoughtfully) Let’s see, I think we should start
with the most important ingredient. It is so often left for last and
forgotten. Charles, bring me “Worship”. (Charles does so) Let us use the
greatest care in adding this. (They pour in very seriously and carefully).
Now, Abe, bring me the “Love”. This is what holds the entire result
together. (Helper Abe brings the “Love”, which is added.)
Asst Baker: Do we need both “Family” and “Friends”, Sir? (He brings
the two containers)
CHIEF: It would be all right with one or the other, but it’s much
better with both! Pour them in! (Assistant Baker enthusiastically adds
ABE: (carrying “Gifts’ container) Should we add the
CHIEF: (laughing) Oh ho! Those can be added any time! Some
people think they come first! Go ahead. (Abe pours them in. The Chief Cook
stirs the mixture and tastes it.) Hmmm. It lacks something. It isn’t spicy
enough. (The helpers all take a taste with their spoons.)
Charles: I know! We have forgotten the tree.!
CHIEF: Exactly! That always adds flavor. (Again he stirs, and
again they all taste,) It still isn’t right! (As they stand, thoughtfully
tasting, Edmund enters) -
Edmund: What are you making?
OTHERS: It’s a secret.! -
Edmund: Please tell me!
CHIEF: Oh, all right. (He whispers something into Edmund’s
ear) Then says aloud - But it just isn’t coming out the way it should!
Edmund: Here, let me taste it. (He does so, thinks a minute,
then realizes what is needed.) I know just what it needs and where to get
it. I’ll be right back! (He dashes off stage and is back in a moment with a
Cub Scout who is carrying an enormous box labeled “Good Will”) It needs a
lot of “Good Will” and Cubs always have a lot of that!
CHIEF: That’s it exactly! Come on, boys, let’s see if this
doesn’t do the trick! (They all help lift and pour. They stir and taste it.)
Perfect.! Let’s serve it right now! (He reaches into the kettle and pulls out
a long, folded paper banner. The helpers take their places in line, holding the
banner for the audience to see as the Chief Cook pulls it out, It reads, “THE
HAPPIEST HOLIDAY EVER.”)
ALL: HAPPY HOLIDAYS, everybody!
This dialogue is merely a suggestion; might also be used as a pantomime
with good results. The skit is so much a pantomime that the dialogue is
secondary. It can really be “hammed-up” during the tasting scenes.
Solving a Christmas Problem
Personnel 8 Cub Scouts
Equipment Christmas tree, chair
Setting As the scene begins, a Cub Scout (#6) is seated, head in
hands by a Christmas tree.
Cub Scouts enter and speak to him
Cub # 1:
What is really wrong with you, we’ve got a lot of work to do.
Cub # 2:
Come on don’t be so down. Your face looks terrible with that
Cub # 3:
Tell us why you are so sad. At Christmas time you should be
Cub # 4:
Maybe with Christmas so near, he’s worrying about what he’s
getting this year.
Cub # 5:
Come on and let me help you out. Because helping others is
part of being a Cub Scout.
Cub # 6:
(Jumps up and with a big smile on his fact and shakes hands
and slaps on back on Cub #5)
Cub # 7:
That’s it! That’s it! Thanks old Buddy, my thinking sure was
Cub # 8:
(All look puzzled at each other) What did he do that made
things right? I guess I’m just not too bright.
Cub # 9:
(speaking with lots of expression) I don’t have money to buy
my Mom a gift you see, but now I know I’ll give her just helpful me!
Cub # 10:
Boy I’m glad you’ve helped us all remember, the important part
of that holiday in December
All put their arms around each other and
walk off stage in a happy group
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