Baloo's Bugle

January 2009 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 15, Issue 6
February 2008 Theme

Theme: American ABC's
Webelos: Scholar and Engineer
Tiger Cub


Blue & Gold Shish-Ka-Bobs

Sam Houston Area Council






   Slice bananas.

   Alternately place blueberries and bananas on the toothpick for a blue and gold treat.

Blue & Gold Trail Mix

Sam Houston Area Council


Dried bananas,

Blue m&ms (can be found in single solid colors at party stores),

Coconut (if desired),


Sandwich baggies or storage baggies



   Give each Cub Scout a baggie.

   Place bananas, m&ms, coconut, and peanuts in individual bowls with spoons or scoops.

   Scouts spoon into their baggies an amount of each ingredient,

   Close the baggie, and

   Shake to mix.


American ABC Pretzels

Alice, Golden Empire Council

Heres an easy recipe for pretzels that Cubs can make, since they dont have to be put in boiling water. The twist is that the boys form their pretzels into letters to fit our theme!

Prep time: about 30 minutes


1 tbsp. Yeast

1/2 c c. warm water

1/2 c. warm water

1 tsp. honey

1 1/3 c. flour

1 tsp. salt


  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius).

  Put the yeast in a small bowl with the water and honey.

  Stir a little, then let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. 

  Mix the flour and salt together in a medium-size bowl.

  After the 5 minutes is up, check on the yeast mixture. It should be bigger than before and a little bubbly.

  Add this mixture to the flour and salt mixture.

  Stir everything together. Use a spoon to start. Finish with your hands. The dough is ready when it's still a little crumbly and flaky.

  Put the dough on a cutting board covered with flour and knead it like you are playing with clay.

  Knead it into one big ball.

  Break off a piece of dough that's about the size of a big gumball or superball.

  Use your hands to roll it into a skinny snake.

  Twist the snake into the shape of a letter and put it on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick spray.

  Do this with all the dough, making 12 pretzels.

  Bake your pretzels for 10 minutes.

  Let them cool and take a bite!

  Makes 12 pretzels

Easy American Peanut Brittle

Alice, Golden Empire Council

Heres an American favorite,
made extra easy by using the microwave!


1 1/2 cups unsalted peanuts

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 tsp. Butter

1 tsp. baking soda



  Combine peanuts, sugar and corn syrup in microwaveable bowl.

  Microwave on high for four (4) minutes.

  Remove and stir.

  Microwave for three (3) more minutes.

  Remove from microwave and add vanilla and butter

  Stir.   Then Microwave for 2 more minutes.

  Remove, add baking soda.

  Stir. Spread onto oiled cookie sheet or pizza pan.

  Cool until set.

  Break into pieces and enjoy!

Fire Crackers

Great Salt Lake Council


1(6oz) can frozen grape juice, thawed

4 c lemon-lime soda

1 pint vanilla ice cream


         Pour concentrate into a pitcher and

         Gently stir in soda.

         Put two scoops ice cream into each glass.

         Pour grape juice over ice cream.

         Serve immediately.

OvenBaked Fries

Great Salt Lake Council


4 medium sized potatoes

1 tbsp oil

tsp paprika

tsp salt


  Slice the potatoes into inch fries.

  Toss in a bowl with oil, paprika, and salt until coated.

  Spread on a cookie sheet and bake 35 minutes at 475 ,

  Turn occasionally.

  Finish by sliding under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to brown.

  Makes 4 servings


Great Salt Lake Council


5 cups coconut red food coloring

24 baked cupcakes cooled

Blue decorating gel

1 tub (12 oz) nondairy whipped topping, thawed

Red string licorice


  Tint coconut using red food coloring,

  Trim any lips off top edge of cupcakes.

  Using small amounts of whipped topping, attach bottoms of 2 cupcakes together.

  Repeat with remaining cupcakes.

  Stand attached cupcakes on 1 end on serving plate.

  Frost with remaining whipped topping.

  Press coconut onto sides; draw a star on top of each firecracker with decorating gel.

  Insert pieces of licorice for fuses.

  Store cakes in refrigerator. Makes 12


Cub Scout Spoon Fudge

Baltimore Area Council


1 lb. confectioners sugar

lb. (1 stick) margarine or butter, softened

3-4 oz cream cheese, softened

cup baking cocoa (more or less, to taste)

1 tsp. Vanilla


Place all ingredients in a one gallon zip-lock plastic bag and seal securely. (This step is important; if you don't seal the bag securely you will have a big mess!)

Knead, pinch, squeeze and squish contents until it gets to a smooth, even texture (about 15 minutes).

Form into a ball and dump onto a plate.

Grab a spoon and dig in.

Fun for the whole den (serves 8-10 hungry Cub Scouts).

If sometimes you feel like a nut, add cup or broken walnuts or pecans.

You can also add mini marshmallows or raisins.

Uncle Sam Hats

Great Salt Lake Council


1 package (18 oz) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough

2 c powdered sugar

2-4 tbsp milk

Red and blue food colors


  Preheat oven to 350 .

  Lightly grease 12 inch round pizza pan and baking sheet.

  Remove dough from wrapper.

  Press dough evenly into prepared pizza pan.

  Cut dough into hat shape.

  Use scraps from hat and a 1 -2 inch star cookie cutter to cut out several stars;

  Remove and discard remaining dough scraps.

  Place stars on baking sheet.

  Bake stars 5-7 minutes and hat 7-10 minutes or until lightly browned at edges.

  Cool stars on baking sheet 1 minute.

  Remove stars to wire rack; cool completely.

  Cool hat completely in pan on rack.

  Combine powdered sugar and enough milk, one tablespoon at a time, to make medium-thick pour able glaze.

  Spread small amount of glaze over stars and place on waxed paper;

  Let stand until glaze is set.

  Using red and blue food colors,
        tint of glaze red,
        tint of glaze blue and
        leave remaining of glaze white.

  Decorate hat with red, white and blue glazes;

  Place stars on hat.

  Let stand until glaze is set.



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