January 2009 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
February 2008 Theme
Scholar and Engineer
Tiger Cub Activities
PACK AND DEN ACTIVITIES
Choose a city or an historical site to highlight.
Invite a guest speaker who can share something special about the
places your Cub Scouts have picked to discover.
Search on-line for the places of interest in your town to get you
Plan a field trip to a local museum or public library.
Celebrate your blue and gold banquet with local foods from your
choices of the ABCs and decorate to highlight your choice.
This would be a good month to work on the Citizenship or Geography
belt loop or pin.
Den & Pack Activities
Alice, Golden Empire Council
Also, be sure to check out Alice's Advancement Ideas. She lists many fine
projects and activities that are fun, creative and provide learning experiences
in that section. CD
Feature Folk Tales from different parts of the United States
and add foods from that area, a large map showing where each folk tale is
based, games based on the characters or actions in the Folk Tale. For example,
when focusing on Zorro, you could have boys “sword” fight with pool noodles. As
a den, choose a different tale for each week, or as a Pack, have each den focus
on a different Folk Tale.
Make a den or pack scrapbook featuring What Makes America
Special – this could include photos, poems or stories, pictures of scout or
family visits to famous American scenes, information about things such as sports
or foods that are unique to America or that were created in America
America’s Heritage – A to Z Have Pack families share
their family’s heritage – each family could bring a potluck dish, and artifacts
or photos from their heritage. See if you can fill out every letter from A to
Z in your pack – Australia to Zimbabwe??
Assign food for your Blue & Gold Potluck from A to Z.
(Last name starting with A-L brings Salad; L-R brings main dish; R-Z brings
Go through the Alphabet with activities at your den meetings
during the month: A=Advertise the Blue & Gold by making posters, B=Begin
working on signing the National Anthem; C=Connect the Dots puzzle, D=Do a short
service project for your Chartered Organization, etc.
Decorate with scenic posters from across America – Request
from State Tourist bureaus online, check with a travel agent – these are often
available at no charge on request! Another good source of beautiful posters is
the Forestry Service.
Or decorate with flags from every state – you can print
them from online, or get blank ones online and let the boys color them in. Go
www.infoplease.com/states.html to get state flags and profiles of each
state. Also state mottos, geography.
Geo Map Quiz – Collect old maps, use them on the tables as
a center mat; cut out or block out the name and challenge each table to identify
where their map is from – winning table gets first chance at desserts! (Check
with AAA, stores that cater to recreational sports – they often have free maps
Mount a large map of the United States and have everyone mark
where they are from – supply yarn and colored pins so each family can mark
where family members have lived
Learn a new kind of ABC’s - Learn to use sign language to
spell out your name, a special message about America. See boy’s book or
clipart of sign language, including baby signing
Invite a guest expert to teach the boys how to hand sign the
National Anthem, or America the Beautiful – then have the music
playing in the background as the boys do the signing with their hands.
Celebrate Scout Week by doing a special service project in the
community. Be sure to wear uniforms or activity shirts if appropriate, and
add your service hours to the National BSA service website.
Put up a display featuring Scouting in your community –
check with your local library, or ask a local retailer if you can put a display
in their window. Be SURE to put up your display on time and take it down when
Have a Window Display Contest in your community – invite
other packs to find windows in local businesses where they can show off
Scouting. Invite local officials to judge the displays.
Participate in Scout Sunday or Sabbath – boys and leaders
can wear their uniforms, if appropriate in their religious venue. Some
communities also host a special interdenominational Scout Sunday, or have a
Scout Fireside on Sunday evening.
Outdoor Ideas for Everyone
Go outside and watch the weather (Achievement 5F).
Wolf Cub Scouts
Go fishing; in colder climates, go ice fishing
Bear Cub Scouts
Visit an historical place of interest in or near your town
or city (Achievement 3d).
Take a trip to a place that interests you by car, bus,
boat, train, or airplane.
State Quarter Neckerchief Slide
Template of your home state,
PVC pipe (for back of slide),
Hot glue gun
Cut out the project foam. Use the scissors to cut out the
design from the foam.
you could trace the state onto a piece of already cut out foam, and the slide is
square/diamond/circle in shape with the drawn state on it.
Hot glue the state quarter to the front of the foam piece.
Hot glue the PVC pipe piece to the back of the foam piece
Trace the quarter onto the back of the state
Cut out the circle shape from the foam.
Insert the quarter into the hole in the foam (so the quarter
is flush with the foam piece).
Glue a piece of foam across the back to anchor the quarter
Glue the PVC pipe onto the foam in the back of the state.
Where Is It Found?
Using a map of your city, locate where you are having your
den meetings. From there find and mark the following – the Court House, the
police station nearest your home, a fire station near your home, the Public
Libraries near your home, your school, local places of interest (bridges, parks,
monuments, canals, rivers, lakes, stadiums, theatres). How about where your
baseball team plays? Where did your den go on its last field trip? Try to figure
out how far some of these landmarks are from where you are by adding up the
miles noted on the map. How long would it take you to get there?
Give everyone a piece of paper, about 5” square.
At the signal to go, each player rips the paper, trying to make a
When 30 seconds are up, the judge calls “Time” and everyone has to
stop whether he is finished or not.
The judge then inspects the stars, giving a prize to the person
with the best star.
instructions to do this with one scissor snip go to
The trick is
the 8 1/2" by 10" (not 11") paper
Romp Across America Obstacle Course
Construct an obstacle course with items to represent
important things across America -
Statue of Liberty – Each Scout is given a small amount of
foil in order to make a liberty torch.
Go West Young Man –Each Cub is given a pretend horse and
runs a course that is marked by orange cones.
Crossing The Mississippi
River – Swimming pool filled with
water has several rocks strategically set inside; the scout crosses the pool by
stepping on the rocks.
Colorado Mines – Large cardboard boxes set up in a maze and
each Cub crawls through.
Gold Rush in California – Swimming pool filled with sand;
there just might be a chance of finding gold!
Logging In Washington – Swimming pool with 2 x 4” board
inside, symbolizing the logs. Cubs pretend to be loggers, as the walk on the
Take a hike with your Cubs through your neighborhood, yard,
or local park and ask them to try to find something that begins with a letter of
the alphabet--A, B, C. This can played as teams as a scavenger hunt too. Remind
your Cubs that working together as a team provides the best outcome.
Flag Heart Tie Slide
Wooden heart (2" at widest point)
Red, White & Blue Paint
Strip of suede or vinyl or PVC
Base coat the heart with white paint.
Then paint red stripes approximately 1/4 inch wide.
Paint the left upper corner of the heart blue.
Use the rounded tip of a paint brush to make the *stars* in the
field of blue.
Glue suede, vinyl or PVC pipe piece ob back for loop for
Shell macaroni & Spaghetti
Draw eagle on heavy cardboard.
Attach macaroni and straight spaghetti to cardboard with ordinary
white glue. The bird’s head is left bare except for shell macaroni beak and eye.
Elbow macaroni forms the upper wings and body.
Apply several layers to body area.
Complete the wings with alternating rows of spaghetti and shell
Cover the tail with spaghetti.
Add shell macaroni for talons.
Spray paint as desired,
This looks complicated but I am sure our inventive Den Leaders can see lots
of ways to simplify this.
(e.g. iron on stars versus sewing)
Two 1/2" silver jingle bells
Glue gun and glue sticks
Drill and drill bit,
Paintbrush & stencil brush
Beige garden glove w/ blue wrist band
Acrylic paints: dark red, white & blue
15 - 1" wood stars, 3/16” thick*
(Optional: 15 - 1" white star buttons)
96" length of 5/8” navy blue ribbon
96" length of 5/8” white ribbon
48" length of 5/8” dark red ribbon
Red crochet or heavy duty thread
1" letter stencil
Drill two holes in center of stars, approximately 1/4" apart.
Paint stars white. Let dry. See photo.
Paint fingers and thumb areas of glove dark red. Let dry.
Stencil “U. S. A.” on center top of glove, using navy blue to
stencil letters and dark red to paint periods.
Sew ribbons and stars on glove.
Cut navy blue and white ribbons in half.
Fold each ribbon length in half. See photo.
Place fold of one blue ribbon on front tip of little finger.
Place star on top of ribbon fold and stitch in place with
needle and thread, beginning at top of one hole and ending at top of other hole.
Tie thread in a knot at top of star. Clip ends.
Repeat same for remaining fingers and thumb alternating ribbon
Using photo as placement guide, sew five stars to front of
glove band beginning at top of one hole and ending at top of another hole, tying
threads in a knot at top of each star.
Repeat same for remaining stars for back of glove band.
Finish up. See photo.
For hanging loop,
Cut an 8" length from twine.
Glue each end of twine to inside sides of top of glove.
Cut two 5" lengths from thread
Thread one bell to center of one thread, tying bell to one end
of hanging loop in a bow.
Repeat same for end of hanging loop.
(Optional: Replace wood stars with buttons.)
Pony Bead Flag
31 Blue Pony Beads
38 Red Pony Beads
29 White Pony Beads
Fold your ribbon in half to find the center.
Use a half hitch to secure it to lanyard hook.
Lace beads using pattern above as guide.
Finish by tying off with a double knot.
Add beads on both ends.
Tie off and trim.
American Flag Pin
What you’ll need:
Coiless Safety Pin – 2 ¼”
4mm Round Beads
Safety Pins, Size 2
Each row hanging down is a size 2 pin with “E” beads strung on it.
Open these pins and string beads following the pattern shown. Keep
in mind that you are stringing the beads upside-down so you will start at the
top of each row and work down.
Then turn the pin upside down. Use pliers to squeeze the pin head
Note: Glass beads are irregular in size. It may look like the pins will
not close, but as long as the tip shows, you can usually just press the point
into the pin head opening. The pin will bend out slightly to fit the beads
snuggly into place.
Open up the coiless pin. You will need to bend it open to at least
a 60 degree angle to get the beads on.
Beginning with the beaded pin to the far right, thread the coil of
that beaded pin onto the coiless pin, around the bend and over to the head of
Slide on a 4 mm bead. Then the next beaded pin, followed by
another 4 mm bead.
Continue until you have threaded on all pins and finished off with
a final 4 mm bead.
These beads help hold the pins in place and keep them from sliding
around the coiless pin.
Black construction paper,
Lamp/light to use as a spotlight,
Have a boy sit in a chair or stand sideways to the wall about 1
foot away works well.
Have the lamp about 1-2 feet away from the boy.
Trace their silhouette on the black paper.
Have each boy cut out his silhouette.
Alternate Method - If it
is too hard to see the tracing on the black paper, then draw on white paper and
put the black and white paper together to cut out black silhouette.
Put together a box with basic craft items. Some good craft items
to have on hand are: foam sheets, stickers, felt, fabric scraps, scissors (both
paper and fabric), pom poms, plastic canvas, empty egg cartons, empty cereal
boxes, paper plates, brown paper bags (small and large), cookie cutters, plastic
lids, glue (hot, white, tacky and stick), markers, crayons, colored pencils and
tape (clear, masking, clear packing).
America is a nation of great variety. This month gives you an
opportunity to learn about this nation with your Cubs Scouts. If your or your
Cubs are planning vacations to other cities, find out about the city you or they
will be visiting. Take the time to learn about the history of that city,
- Sites and buildings and
people associated with that history.
- Try to learn about how
the city got its name.
- Find out about the ethnic
groups that live in the city and the influence they have had on the city’s
- You could learn about the
geography of the region the city is located in, such as the rivers and
streams, mountains, coastlines etc. and how these features affected the
city’s culture, economy and recreational activities.
- You also might want to
learn about the cultural activities of the city such music, dance, theaters,
museums, historical and ethnic celebrations, and the amusement parks the
people living there enjoy.
- While you are at it, try
to learn about the cities and towns you will be traveling through as well.
This can be an opportunity for a parent and or Cub leader to sit
down with their cubs and learn about many other cites in America as well.
Whether the city is the one they live in. It is the city that their parents,
grandparents or other relatives live in or the cities where their ancestors once
lived in. There is much to learn about.
Other places to learn about might include the nation’s capital,
the various state’s capitals, or even places that you might have heard about in
You could learn about places associated with important historical
figures, important battles associated with wars fought on American soil or other
important historical events.
You may even try to learn about a city you would to like visit
There are many resources you could turn to such as:
- Tourist Information
- Auto Clubs,
- Tourist Clubs,
- Travel Agents
- Genealogical Societies
- Historical Societies
- Cultural Associations
- College Geography
- Foreign Embassies
- Computer Programs And The
This would be a good month to work on the citizenship, geography,
and map and compass belt loops and pins and the Webelos traveler pin.
A website to go to for a good
starting point on US History is:
youngster will went one of these model ship doorstops for his room.
Our doorstop was
inspired by the "Constitution," famed for her exploits in naval battles and
affectionately nicknamed "Old Ironsides."
- The Hull
The hull of the
ship is made from two half-gallon plastic bleach bottles.
Soak to remove
labels and rinse thoroughly.
Cut one bottle in
half lengthwise, removing the handle completely, but leaving the
additional 1/2" strip across bottom of bottle.
Cut second bottle,
as shown, for the stern end of hull.
Cut several pairs
of corresponding holes in both sections of hull.
Overlap the two
and tie together through holes, very securely.
Seal by joining
with tape on the outside.
Step #2 - Guns
For guns, insert
matchsticks in holes punched along sides of the hull, about 1" from
had 44 guns.
Step #3 - The Mast
For the three
masts, use 1/4" dowels, making one mast 15" long and the other two
Set masts in
position in lumps of clay.
Step #4 - The Bowsprit
For the bowsprit, cut a 5"
piece of a pencil or a dowel, tapering one end to a point.
Insert bowsprit into the neck
of the bottle and tape to hold.
Paint masts and bowsprit.
Following directions on the
package, mix a batch of plaster of Paris.
Fill the hull to within 1/2"
of the top, being sure to cover end of bowsprit and partition between the two
sections of hull.
When completely dry, paint
hull and plaster deck.
Step #5 - Cabins
For cabins, glue on one or two
small cardboard boxes.
Step #6 - Sails
From paper, cut five sails for
longest mast, as follows: 4 1/2", 4", 3 1/2", 3", and 2 1/2" square. (Slightly
smaller for other masts.)
Punch a hole top and bottom of
Now slide sails onto masts
through holes, largest sail first, graduating sizes.
Push paper sails down gently,
so that each curves outward, as if blown by the wind.
Attach a triangular sail to
Cut a 5" square of paper, fold
in half diagonally,
Take a length of string and
run through fold, leaving extra string at each end.
Paste sail together with
string inside. Tie sail to bowsprit and to forward mast.
Step #7 - Anchors
Cut anchors from the sides of
Attach to ship with string
through holes cut in bow of ship.
Step #8 - Lifeboats
For lifeboats, cut 1/2" x 1
1/2" pieces from curved side of plastic bottles to correspond to lengthwise
curve of boat.
Overcast pieces together with
needle and double thread.
Insert matchstick pieces for
Use fine wire to form hooks,
as shown, to suspend lifeboats on side of hull.
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.