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


Happy Birthday

Sam Houston Area Council

Setting –

Five Scouts are needed with one of them selected to be the “singing telegram.” This Scout needs to be sure to wear a hat with a small sign on it that says “singing telegram.”

Scene –

A table with a birthday cake on it that notes how old Scouting is. A bright table cloth and balloons can add color and atmosphere. The four Scouts are gathered around talking when the “singing telegram” Scout (S.T. below) enters, and starts to sing.

S.T.:           Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you…

Cub #1:     Hey! What are you doing? What’s going on?

S.T.:           I’m delivering a singing telegram.

Cub #2:     To whom?

S.T.:           If you would listen to the end of my telegram, you’d find out. (starts to sing) Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday…

Cub #3:     Excuse me – what’s going on?

Cub #1:     He’s delivering a singing telegram to someone here, but he won’t tell us who.

S.T.:           If you’d just be patient a little while longer, you’d find out. (starts to sing) Happy birthday to you!...

Cub #4:     Hey! I heard singing. Who’s having a birthday?

Cub #2:     He won’t tell us. He says we have to wait.

Cub #3:     It’s not my birthday. Is it yours?

Cub #4:     Not mine!

Cub #1:     Not mine either!

S.T.:           (exasperated) If you could just wait a moment, I’m almost done with the song. (starts to sing) Happy birthday to…

Cub #3:     Come on, friend. Tell us who you’re singing for.

Cub #2:     Yeah, we really want to know!

Cub #4:     Are you sure he’s here tonight?

S.T.:           All right! All right! I’ll tell you! (All Scouts gather round and whisper.)

Now, all Scouts turn around and
face the rest of the group and shout

ALL:          Happy Birthday Cub Scouting!

Radio Wanderer

Sam Houston Area Council

Materials: a chair, a table, and a big radio

Setting – As many Scouts as there are in a den. Adapt this skit by adding lines or taking away lines. One Scout sits in front with the radio. Be sure to practice this – timing is very important. The other Scouts are behind the stage with a microphone. They are the radio voices.

Scene – Cub Scout #1 enters, sits in the chair, and turns on the radio. He changes the station often.

Cub #2: Today in Houston, Texas it will be hot and humid with a high of 95 degrees and a 30% chance of rain. Boy, do we need the rain, so everyone be sure to carry your …

(Cub #1 changes radio station.)

Cub #3: Alligators were seen again carefully crossing the streets in Destin, Florida yesterday afternoon, and while you may be tempted to get close and take some pictures, folks, please be careful! Alligators are known for their big…

(Cub #1 changes radio station.)

Cub #4: Hands the ball to number 16 on the basketball team and he easily dribbles down the court for a basket! This team is hot, ladies and gentlemen. With the win today, they are on their way to Los Angeles, California for …

(Cub #1 changes radio station.)

Cub #5: Ice Cream. Get your ice cream! Up here in Waterbury, Vermont at the Ben & Jerry’s factory, we are enjoying the tour of the world famous ice cream design studio. In fact, we’re about to get a chance to taste the newest flavor…

(Cub #1 changes radio station.)

Cub #6: Spongebob Squarepants is up next boys and girls and you won’t want to miss this episode. Right after a word from our sponsor, he and his buddy Patrick plan fun and adventure on a field trip to…

(Cub #1 changes radio station.)

Cub #7: The Mojave Desert in Arizona is the topic of our historical perspective this afternoon. Actually taking up parts of Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and Southern California, the Mojave Desert is named after the Mojave Native Americans, who occupy 51,000 square miles of this region. This desert will sometimes see snow in the winter, and many forms of wildlife like the…

(Cub #1 changes radio station.)

Cub #8: Cub Scouts of Pack ____ will be celebrating a Blue & Gold banquet this evening to highlight all the awesome achievements they have earned this past month. Cub Scouting is a great way to make new friends and try new activities. If you’re interested in joining, please call your local council office.

Cub #1: (Turns off the radio and turns to the audience and shrugs.) There are so many great shows on the radio – I can’t decide what to listen to.

See The USA

Catalina Council

Personnel: 6 Cubs Setting:

Boys asking questions could hold up a cardboard cutout in the shape of their states.

All:             See the USA in your Chevrolet. America is asking you to call. (This is repeated between each of the questions.)

Cub # 1:      I am known as the Garden State. People in my towns often work in factories. I was admitted to the Union in 1787. Who am I? (New Jersey)

Cub # 2:      I am in the Northwest and am known as the Evergreen State. People in my towns might work in the lumber industry. They might even make airplanes or computer software. I was admitted to the Union in 1889. Who am I? (Washington)

All:             See the USA in your Chevrolet. America is asking you to call.

Cub # 3:      I am on the banks of the Mississippi River. People in my towns are sometimes farmers who grow corn. My capital is Des Moines. I was admitted to the Union in 1846. Who am I? (Iowa)

All:             See the USA in your Chevrolet. America is asking you to call.

Cub # 4:      I am the largest state in the United States. Most of my land is still wilderness. The people in my towns work in the fishing industry. I was admitted to the Union in 1958. Who am I? (Alaska)

All:             See the USA in your Chevrolet. America is asking you to call.

Cub # 5:      I am known as the beehive State. People in my towns work on farms and in business. I was admitted to the Union in 1896. Who am I? (Utah)

All:             See the USA in your Chevrolet. America is asking you to call.

Cub # 6:      I am located in the Southwest. Within my borders are high plains, majestic mountains, and dry deserts. I was admitted to the Union on Valentine’s Day in 1912. Who am I? (Arizona)

All:             See the USA in your Chevrolet. America is asking you to call.


Great Salt Lake Council


·         Den Leader (DL) and 7 Cub Scouts

·         Curtains on stage - behind which is U.S. Flag (Either a painting, or a print or a real flag opened out flat - blue in upper left corner).

·         Artist’s Smock for each Cub, large paint brush and paper palettes.


DL:             We are honored to have as our guests a group of famous artists, who are going to combine their efforts and talents to paint us a great masterpiece. As they are introduced they will tell you what their contributions will be.

Cub # 1:      I will paint for you the tradition and charm of New England, showing you the fishing and boating industries of its rugged coast and its historic heritage. (Steps behind curtain.)

Cub # 2:      I will portray through my brush the tremendous harbors of New York City; the melting pot of peoples from many lands that make up its teeming population. (Steps behind curtain.)

Cub # 3:      My artistry will show you the charm of our Southland, the beauty of its magnolias and azaleas, the strength of its struggle through and after the Civil War years; and the contrast of the serenity of Kentucky’s bluegrass country with old New Orleans at Mardi Gras time. (Steps behind curtain.)

Cub # 4:      May I add to our canvas just a little of the beauty of our great Midwest; cosmopolitan Chicago; Detroit, the automobile capital of the world; the waving grain of the rolling plains; and the deep blue of the ten thousand lakes of Minnesota. (Steps behind curtain.)

Cub # 5:      Our great South and Mid-west will be a task to portray, BUT no mere picture can convey the majesty of the Grand Canyon, the beauty of the Painted Desert, the expansiveness of Texas or the splendor of the Colorado Rockies; the fantastic land of geysers, Yellowstone Park, or the Great Salt Lake in Utah. (Steps behind curtain.)

Cub # 6:      Our beautiful West Coast reaches from the hot Mexican border to the cold snows of Alaska. In between, we find Hollywood’s glamour, the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, towering redwood, sequoia, and Douglas fir trees, the beauty of Oregon’s Crater Lake, and majestic Mt. Rainier in Washington. Where once rough, tough gold prospectors were found in Alaska, now tourists spend happy summers experiencing, among other things, Denali and the wilderness of our largest state. (Steps behind curtain.)

Cub # 7:      I will complete our picture with the waves of the famous Waikiki Beach, with Diamond Head volcano in the background of the exotic metropolis of Honolulu. Our newest State, Hawaii, with its blue waters and active volcanoes makes for a lush tropical paradise. (Steps behind curtain.)

DL:             And now for the unveiling. May I present our great masterpiece!

As the curtains are slowly parted and “America the Beautiful” is played, the flag is solemnly shown,
 with the “artists” standing on each side of the
United States Flag they just “painted”.


Catalina Council

Characters: 7 Cubs, 6 wearing costumes depicting themes related to the states.  All seven carrying a letter spelling out America

Cub # 1:      Rhode Island:
Small in size, large in heart,
Freedom of worship gave us our start;
One of the original thirteen,
Home of Roger Williams and Nathaniel Greene;
Many Americans daily are fed,
By our state bird, the Rhode Island Red.

Cub # 2:      Mississippi:
Look away, look away, Dixieland
Many brave men at Tupelo and Vicksburg took their stand;
Magnolias still bloom and mockingbirds still sing,
But the Natchez Trace with voices no longer ring.

Cub # 3:      Colorado:
First came the real mountain men,
The trappers and traders
Then gold seekers and railroaders;
Finally coal miners gave way to skiers and oil,
John Denver sought and Robert Redford still seeks to save our soil.

Cub # 4:      Idaho:
The River of No Return halted Lewis & Clark temporarily,
Traders, farmers and sheepherders
followed their trail merrily;
Today, tourists gaze in awe
at the wonders they saw,
And even eat our famous potatoes raw!

Cub # 5:      Arizona:
Navajo, Hopi, Apache,
were led by Cochise and Geronimo;
Our large Indian population
continues to help us grow;
Copper, cotton, cattle, citrus and climate are the "C's"
That have proven to be economic key.

Cub # 6:      Alaska:
North to Alaska was the cry,
Gold fever was the reason why;
Seward's Folly was no more,
But it was 1959 before America officially opened its door;
The Alcan highway was the first link,
The pipeline added strength.

(Boys look for the missing letter)

Cub # 7:       "E": Isn't this neat?
Without me there is no America.
I represent Everyone,
And that's what makes America complete

Boys line up in proper order AM_RICA
 then E comes on last.


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