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


State Abbreviations

Jim Jones, Great Salt Lake Council

State/Possession                                  Abbreviation

ALABAMA                                                  AL

ALASKA                                                       AK

AMERICAN SAMOA                                AS

ARIZONA                                                     AZ

ARKANSAS                                                 AR

CALIFORNIA                                              CA

COLORADO                                                CO

CONNECTICUT                                         CT

DELAWARE                                                DE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA                     DC

FLORIDA                                                     FL

GEORGIA                                                     GA

GUAM                                                           GU

HAWAII                                                       HI

IDAHO                                                          ID

ILLINOIS                                                     IL

INDIANA                                                      IN

IOWA                                                            IA

KANSAS                                                       KS

KENTUCKY                                                 KY

LOUISIANA                                                 LA

MAINE                                                          ME

MARSHALL ISLANDS                             MH

MARYLAND                                               MD

MASSACHUSETTS                                   MA

MICHIGAN                                                 MI

MINNESOTA                                               MN

MISSISSIPPI                                               MS

MISSOURI                                                   MO

MONTANA                                                  MT

NEBRASKA                                                 NE

NEVADA                                                      NV

NEW HAMPSHIRE                                    NH

NEW JERSEY                                              NJ

NEW MEXICO                                            NM

NEW YORK                                                 NY

NORTH CAROLINA                                  NC

NORTH DAKOTA                                      ND


OHIO                                                             OH

OKLAHOMA                                               OK

OREGON                                                      OR

PALAU                                                          PW

PENNSYLVANIA                                       PA

PUERTO RICO                                            PR

RHODE ISLAND                                        RI

SOUTH CAROLINA                                  SC

SOUTH DAKOTA                                       SD

TENNESSEE                                                TN

TEXAS                                                          TX

UTAH                                                            UT

VERMONT                                                   VT

VIRGIN ISLANDS                                      VI

VIRGINIA                                                    VA

WASHINGTON                                           WA

WEST VIRGINIA                                       WV

WISCONSIN                                                WI

WYOMING                                                  WY

State Slogans and Nicknames

Jim Jones, Great Salt Lake Council

State  Slogan                                                                Nickname

AL      Share the Wonder                                         Cotton State

AK      Beyond Your Dreams,
            Within Your Reach                                       Last Frontier

AZ      The Grand Canyon State              Grand Canyon State

AR      The Natural State                                        Natural State

CA      Golden State                                       Find Yourself Here

CO      Enter a Higher State                              Centennial State

CT      Constitution State                                   Full of Surprises

DE      First State                                         Itís Good Being First

FL       Sunshine State                                           Sunshine State

GA      Georgia on My Mind                                     Peach State

HI       The Islands of Aloha                                     Aloha State

ID       Great Potatoes.  Tasty Destinations.             Gem State

IL       Right Here.  Right Now.                         Land of Lincoln

IA       Life Changing                                           Hawkeye State

IN       Restart Your Engines                                  Hoosier State

KS      Thereís No Place Like Home                Sunflower State

KY      Unbridled Spirit                                         Bluegrass State

LA      Come as you are.  Leave Different           Pelican State

ME     Worth a Visit, Worth a Lifetime             Pine Tree State

MD     Seize the Day Off                                       Old Line State

MA     Make It Yours                                                    Bay State

MI      Pure Michigan                              The Great Lakes State

MN     Explore Minnesota                                 North Star State

MS     Feels Like Coming Home                       Magnolia State

MO     Show Me State                                         Show-Me State

MT     Big Sky Country                                        Treasure State

NE      Possibilities Ö Endless                         Cornhusker State

NV      Wide Open                                                        Silver State

NH     Youíre Going to Love it Here                     Granite State

NJ       Come See For Yourself                               Garden State

NM     Land of Enchantment        The Land of Enchantment

NY      I Love New York                                  The Empire State

NC      A Better Place to Be                                  Tar Heel State

ND      Legendary                                          Peace Garden State

OH     so Much to Discover                                 Buckeye State

OK      Oklahoma is OK                                           Sooner State

OR      We Love Dreamers                                      Beaver State

PA      State of Independence                            Keystone State

RI       Unwind                                                            Ocean State

SC      Smiling Faces.  Beautiful Places.            Tar Heel State

SD      Great Faces.  Great Places.                       Artesian State

TN      The Stage Is Set For You                        Volunteer State

TX      State of the Arts                                       Lone Star State

UT      Life Elevated                                               Beehive State

VT      Vermont naturally                       Green Mountain State

VA      Virginia is for Lovers                          The Old Dominion

WA     Say WA!                                                    Evergreen State

WV     Open for business                                    Mountain State

WI      Stay Just a Little Bit Longer         Americaís Dairyland

WY     Like No Place on Earth                             Equality State

Trivia from Alabama to Wyoming.

Alice, Golden Empire Council

Alabama is the only state with all major natural resources needed to make iron and steel. It is also the largest supplier of cast-iron and steel pipe products.

When a scale map of Alaska is superimposed on a map of the 48 lower states, Alaska extends from coast to coast. Alaska is over twice the size of Texas.

The original London Bridge was shipped stone-by-stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

You can look for precious gems, including diamonds, amethyst, garnet, jasper, agate and quartz at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.

The highest and lowest points in the continental United States are within 100 miles of one another in California.  Mount Whitney measures 14,495 feet and Bad Water in Death Valley is 282 feet below sea level.

The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver, Colorado is exactly 1 mile high above sea level.

Connecticut is home to the first hamburger (1895), Polaroid camera (1934), helicopter (1939), color television (1948), and  the first lollipop-making machine (1908).

The United States city with the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita is Clearwater, Florida.

Georgia was named for King George II of England, and is the nationís number one producer of peanuts, pecans and peaches.

Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee. There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.

In Idaho law forbids a citizen to give another citizen a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.

The ice cream "sundae" was named in Evanston, Ilinois. Town fathers passed an ordinance prohibiting the retailing of ice cream sodas on Sunday, so ingenious confectioners and drug store operators served ice cream Sundays, with the syrup of your choice without the soda. Objection was made to christening a dish after the Sabbath. So the spelling of "Sunday" was changed to sundae.

At the St. Louis World's Fair (Missouri) in 1904, Richard Blechyden, served tea with ice and invented iced tea. The ice cream cone was also invented at the 1904 Fair, when a vendor ran out of cups and rolled up waffles to hold ice cream.

The light bulb, phonograph (record player), motion picture projector were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park, New Jersey laboratory.

The Genesee River, New York State, is one of the few rivers in the world that flows south to north.

The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island, and El Paso is closer to Needles, California than it is to Dallas.

Wyoming has the lowest population of all 50 United States, but was the first state to give women the right to vote.

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