January 2009 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
February 2008 Theme
Scholar and Engineer
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
PATRIOTIC SONG PUZZLE
Write the words to a patriotic song on strips of paper.
Let the boys put them in the right order.
Examples of songs include: The Star-Spangled Banner and
State Flag Maze
Copy this maze and enlarge it to fill a page
Paste your state flag over the Oregon flag if you wish
Have your Cubs solve the maze
Find answer at:
Pictures of landmarks in the
United States (or name typed out), and
Pictures of the associated states
(or name typed out) where the landmarks are found.
For example, the Alamo and
Texas, Mount Rushmore and South Dakota, the Statue of Liberty and New York,
Philmont and New Mexico, etc…
As Scouts arrive, each is given either a landmark or a state.
Scouts must find their partners.
Paper on a roll,
Crayons or markers;
Prizes, if desired
Cover tables with white butcher paper.
Divide each table into four to six sections.
At the center of each section, write a large alphabet letter.
Challenge each table to come up with as many names of American towns, cities,
states, counties, attractions, etc., as they can think of that begin with the
letters on their table.
They write their answers on the paper with crayons or markers.
Prizes can be awarded for participation, longest list, most unique items, etc.
Make placemats with large alphabet letters in the center. Each individual can
play as above.
Before the meeting, create map puzzles by gluing old maps to cardboard backing,
Then cutting them into puzzle pieces with a razor knife.
Give each family a puzzle to put together.
Capitol and States Boggle
Place all of the names of capitols of the United States in a
container and have a cub scout draw out names until a grid 4 X 4 is completely
filled up with letters of capitols or states.
It would be best to do this game on a chalk or grease board so
that it may be changed often and regularly.
The object of the game is to see how many words the Cub Scouts
can make up in a time frame of one minute.
The cub that has the most valid words wins.
Any words that are duplicated by another cub scout do not
count - they cancel out each other.
Keep this game going until all the 50 states and their
capitols have been used.
As one or the other is drawn say it out loud and see if any of
the cub scouts can name the state to which it belongs.
The letters have to be touching and no letter can be used more
than once in one word.
You can go diagonally, backwards, make angles so long as the
letters are touching.
The following is an example: Capitols or States drawn: Salt
Lake; Denver; Colorado Your grid would look like this:
Here are some of the words that I found in the grid-salt,
lake, den, vet, red, nerd, as, Ankle, alas, real, lad, leader, ten, etc.
Make posters of well known
buildings or symbols and put them up around the room.
Number each poster.
Give each person a numbered
piece of paper.
Ask them to identify the
posters and write the proper name by its corresponding number on the sheet of
Suggestion are: American Flag, White
House, Lincoln Memorial, Eagle, Presidential Seal, Uncle Sam, Statue of Liberty,
Mount Rushmore, Stone Mountain, etc.
State Names and Capitals
Copy an outline map of the United States so that you have one for
each Cub Scout or one for each person at the pack meeting.
People should write the name of each state and it’s capital in the
space for the state (or as close as possible to small states, with an arrow
pointing to the appropriate state).
After the meeting opens, reveal a large U.S. map for everyone to
Give a prize to all who correctly identified the states and
Suggest that they write in any additional information they know,
such as the state bird, flower, tree, song, or nickname.
People write their names on the papers and turn them in.
A leader or other adult uses a list, an encyclopedia, or other
reference book about the United States to check the papers.
Give a prize to the one with most correct answers.
Write the word AMERICA down the page and write one word
beginning with each letter that describes America.
Or do it this way -
American ABC’s -Can You Name Them?
Give everyone a sheet of paper with the letters A to Z going down
the left side.
Tell them to write one American place or thing for each letter
from A to Z.
Or do it this way -
Using maps and atlases, have the Scouts and families find
one geographical location for each letter of the alphabet. Examples: Arizona,
Baltimore, Columbia River, Denver, etc.
GRAND “NEW” FLAG
Provide boys with crayons and paper so everyone can design a NEW
Have them explain the symbolism behind their new flag.
Cut out large versions of the letters in America.
Cut the letters into pieces creating a puzzle and
Place the pieces in a bag.
Give each boy or group a letter and have them put their letters
Then as a whole put your letters together to form “America. “
Who, What, Where, and When?
Alice, Golden Empire Council
Display scenes from around the
United States, pictures of famous Americans, or historical objects from American
History – each one should be numbered, but not identified.
As families arrive, they are
given a sheet of paper with the numbers along the left side. They must work
together to identify each item by name or location.
Which State, Which Motto?
Can you match up these mottos
with correct states?
North to the
Live Free or
United we stand, divided we
fall New Jersey
The Crossroads of
America West Virginia
Mountaineers are always
Dirigo (I lead) New Hampshire
has a list of all state mottos – be sure
to include your own state in your game!
STATES LETTER GAME
Give each participant or pair a paper listing the first
letter of the name of each state in the US.
Have them write each state on the blanks.
Provide a blank map if this helps.
Spell It Out
Pencil and Paper
Give the Cubs a phrase made up of two or three words.
From that phrase, the Cubs must come up with as many words as possible.
Challenge them by making them think of words only with “B”, or “S”, or “D,” or
limit them to just three letter words or four letter words.
Use a phrase that is common to your pack or den. Perhaps:
INDEPENDENCE DAY or PRESIDENTS DAY
Famous Scenes – A to Z
Alice, Golden Empire Council
Give each person, family or
den a paper with the letters A to Z along the left side –
Winner comes up with the most
American scenes, such as: Grand Canyon, Golden Gate Bridge;
Mount Rushmore, Monticello; Statue of Liberty, Smithsonian; Washington
Monument; Yukon, Yellowstone National Park
Materials found in Baloo's Bugle may be used by Scouters for Scouting activities provided that Baloo's Bugle and the original contributors are cited as the source of the material.