Volume 6 Issue 1
August 1999

BALOO'S THOUGHTS

Welcome to the fun and fellowship of being a Cub Scout Leader. I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. Remember to get all that paperwork done for your Summertime Pack Awards.

Now is the time to call your council office and find out where & when monthly Roundtables are and when you can get trained. Your boys deserve trained leaders.

If Baloo's Bugle is new to you, I will tell you a little about what it is. Baloo's Bugle is a monthly handout for all Unit Leaders in Cub Scouting. The National Office in Texas sets out 12 monthly themes to plan out your monthly program for your Tigers, Cub and Webelos Scouts. You will find the most support for your program from these themes. Not only will you get ideas at your monthly roundtables, but also in Program Helps. Baloo's Bugle follows the themes and activity badges. For instance in this issue for the Tiger Cubs Big Idea #1 and #5 are covered. For Cub Leaders (Wolf and Bear) you will find ideas for the theme "Hey, Look Us Over". Then for Webelos Leaders the Activity Badges are Communicator and Scientist. Nearly every idea in Baloo's Bugle comes from leaders like you. I have many powwow books from which I get information and then leaders also send ideas to me.

Check out our home page at USSSP. Richard Diesslin (who does those great cartoons found at USSSP) has done some Excel & Lotus Advancement Tracking Spreadsheets for Wolf, Bear and Webelos. You will find these at http://usscouts.org/cubscouts/index.htm

Also we are approaching the time when many Packs will be inducting new Bobcats. Please take the time to read National's policy on turning Bobcats upside down at his ceremony. You can find it at http://usscouts.org/cubscouts/index.html

just scroll down a bit and you will find it. For those of you not online though, I will tell you that it is highly discouraged. You will need a PDF reader to print the letter. The information in the letter comes from the Risk Management and the Cub Scout Division of the BSA. Our thanks go to Mr. Calvin Gray who wrote to the BSA and got the response and sent it on to USSSP to share.

A coupon that is being offered by the BSA for the Cub Scout uniform. You can go to the official BSA site at this URL http://www.bsa.scouting.org/stuff/cubuniform/index.html and get a coupon for the uniform. With this coupon you can get the complete uniform for $36.00. This package includes a choice of blue Cub Scout trousers or shorts and blue Cub Scout long- or short-sleeved shirt. Uniform accessories and insignia not included. This offer is valid August 1 - November 30, 1999. Offer good only at participating Scouting retailers. Price of $36 does not include applicable sales taxes. You will need the Adobe PDF to download the coupon.

Materials found in Baloo's Bugle may be used by Scouters for Scouting activities provided that USSSP, Baloo's Bugle and the original contributors are cited as the source of the material.




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