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Baloo's Bugle

June 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 11
July 2006 Theme

Theme: Red, White and Baloo
Webelos: Aquanaut & Geologist
Tiger Cub



Nancy Schwartz, Cubmaster, Pack 007,
Los Fierros District, Long Beach Area Council

CUB #1:   "Can you believe this is the last Pack meeting of the year?"

CUB #2:   "Lots of guys raced their cars in the Pinewood Derby."

CUB #3:   "Lots of guys earned awards."

CUB #4:   "Lots of guys went caroling at the hospital."

CUB #5:   "Lots of guys performed at the Blue & Gold Dinner."

CUB #6:   "I ATE at the Blue & Gold Dinner."

CUB #7:   "Isn't that what you USUALLY like to do?"

CUB # 6:  "Yah, but I'm still paper and bones!  Get it, paper & bones?  Hahahaha!"

CUB #1:   "And this year we're 75 years old!"

CUB #8:   "I'm only 9!"

CUB #1:   "I mean the Cub Scouts, silly!"

CUB #2:   "And it never would have happened if some guy could have read a map!"

CUB #1:   "That's right!  In 1909, a Chicago businessman named William Boyce was lost in a London fog.  A boy helped him to his destination, but refused a tip, explaining that Scouts do not accept money for doing a good turn.  Mr. Boyce was so impressed that he visited Lord Baden Powell, the founder of the Boy Scout program, and the following year he started the Boy Scouts of America."

CUB #3:   "But what about the Cub Scouts?"

CUB #4:   "That started in 1930."

CUB #5:   "There were only 5,000 that year."

CUB #8:   "Now there's 2 million!"

CUB #6:   "You'd need a lot of hot dogs and hamburgers to feed THAT group!"

CUB #7:   (Disgusted)  "Don't you ever think of anything but food?"

CUB #6:   "Sure...I think about dessert, too!  Hahahaha!"

CUB #1:   "OK you two...the point is, Cub Scouting continues to grow!  Our Pack _______ grew to _________ members this year.  And next year will be even better!"

CUB #2:   "More campouts!"

CUB #3    "More Pack meetings!"

CUB #4:   "More den field trips!"

CUB #5:   "More achievements!"'

CUB #7:   "More outdoor skills!"


CUB #8:   "And more FUN!"

CUB #1:   "And more new Cub Scout friends still to meet!  There's a lot happening tonight, so we'll say goodbye, and thanks for being a polite audience and listening to our skit...."



Flags of America
Baltimore Area Council

This can be done by having each Cub make a picture of one of the flags and then telling about it or by having the Cubmaster or another leader simply talk about the flags.  Besides a skit, it could serve well as an Opening or Closing.  Or maybe you would want to use it for run-ons, having a Cub run out periodically and tell about one flag.

Do you know that a hundred flags or more have waved over what is today the United States of America?  For almost 300 years, the flags of half a dozen foreign countries flew, at various times, over different parts of our country.  Explorers and military leaders planted their standards on American soil; During the Revolutionary War, still more flags were added, until finally our country emerged with one flag.

Thirteen of these flags have special historical significance. Every night of the year one of them is hoisted by a Scout honor guard, to wave beside a majestic American flag of today, with its 50 stars.  This ceremony takes place in the Flag Plaza of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.  This is one of only a few places in our country where the flag of the United States is flown 24 hours a day.

St. George Cross:  This was the first English flag used in North America. It was flown by John Cabot in 1497 under the reign of King Henry VII.

King’s Colors: In 1620 when the Mayflowers landed in America, a new flag was used for the colonies. Our English forefathers brought with them their nation’s flag, the British Union Jack, or King’s Colors. Obviously this flag did not fulfill the need of the independent desires of the colonies.

Cromwell Flag:  In 1707 Queen Anne adopted a new flag for England and her colonies. The King’s Colors were placed on d field of red. This was called the British Red Ensign or Cromwell Flag.

Continental Flag:  During the Revolutionary War, the colonists began un- furling new flags. Among them was the popular Continental Flag. It replaced the King’s Colors with a Pine Tree, symbolic of the New England way of life.

Rhode Island Flag:  In the early 177Os, resentment against the oppressive acts of the British Parliament led to acts of violence by early patriots. Such an incident occurred on June 10, 1772 when an angry group of Rhode Islanders captured and burned His Majesty’s revenue cutter, Gaspee. Their regimental flag was the basis for their state flag today.

Pine Tree Flag: In 1775 the colonies launched some floating batteries in the New England area. These vessels were put into service against the British shore defense. The flag flown on these ships was the famed Massachusetts Colony Flag or Pine Tree Flag.

Bunker Hill Flag: On the nights of June 16-17, 1775, the Americana fortified Bunker Hill overlooking Boston Harbor. The next day, the British attacked with 2400 men. Twice they were driven back. The Americans, short of powder and shot, had to withdraw on the third assault, but not before they had felled almost half the British force.

Gadsden Flag: The Southern Colonial States played an equally important part in writing our flag history. Colonel Gadsden of South Carolina designed the Snake Flag or Gadsden Flag as an answer to the British. It is said the inscription on the flag was a warning meaning it was dangerous to tread on the colonies.

Grand Union Flag: On January 1, 1776, the Continental Army came into formal existence. The next day, General Washington, commander in chief, accepted this flag “in compliment to the United States”. The 13 stripes signified the original 13 colonies.

Bennington Flag: This flag with its unusual arrangement of the stars and seven white and six red stripes, flew over military stores in Bennington, Vermont, in 1777. It was under this flag that General John Stark’s militia defeated a large British raiding force, thus protecting the precious military supplies that had been stored at Bennington,

Stars and Stripes: The first Stars and Stripes was adopted June 14, 1777, when the Continental Congress resolved that “the flag of the 13 United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white, and the union by 13 stars, white on a blue field representing a new constellation”.  The stars were arranged in a circle, presumably on the idea that no colony should take precedence.

Star Spangled Banner: Shortly before the War of 1812, two new states were added to the Union and the flag was changed from 13 to 15 stars and stripes. On September 13, 1814, when the British fleet attacked Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Francis Scott Key, a Washington lawyer, was detained on board a British ship during the bombardment. The sight of the American flag still waving the next morning inspired him to write our National Anthem.

Old Glory:  As the United States expanded and more states entered the Union, it became necessary to adopt a practical design to represent each new state. Fearing that too many stripes would eventually spoil the design of the flag, an 1818 law returned the flag to its original design of 13 stripes, and provided for a new star to be added to the blue field as each new state came into the Union. Our present 50 starred flag still follows this plan.


The Outhouse in the Pond
Alapaha Area Council

Cast:  A leader to be the father, and three boys to be his children. 

The father starts out alone and calls his children to come to him.  He is very angry.  They all line up behind him. 

Father:       As you know, someone has pushed the outhouse into the pond. (To first son) Was it you?

First Son:  No Father!

Father:       (To second son) Did you push the outhouse into the pond?

Second son:No Father! 

Father:       You! Then you pushed the outhouse in the pond!

Third son:No, I didn’t, Father!

Father:      You know, George Washington chopped down his father's cherry tree.  He told his father “I can not tell a lie.”  When his father heard this, he did not punish him, but he honored him for telling the truth. Now can someone tell me who did this?

Second son:I cannot tell a lie either, Father.  It was me!

Father:       Why you little! (He runs up and tries to chase his son. Other sons try to keep him off.)

Second son:Father! Why are you punishing me when I told you the truth? You said George Washington did not get punished!

Father:       George Washington's Father was not in the tree!


Lewis and Clark Get Lost
Baltimore Area Council

Characters: 4 Indians, Lewis and Clark

Setting: 4 Indians on stage, Lewis and Clark enter.

LEWIS:       Hello Indians, my name is Lewis.

CLARK:     And mine’s Clark, and we’re exploring our way across this new land.

INDIAN 1:   We don’t think it’s new land. We’ve lived here for many moons.

LEWIS:       Great! Then you should know your way around very well.

CLARK:     And that’s great because you see, we are lost.  Could you help us find our way to the Missouri River?

INDIAN 2:   Missouri River?  Never heard of it.

INDIAN 3:   Me either.  I’ve heard of the Misery River, but it’s downstream quite a ways.

INDIAN 4:   I once ate some liver from a cow from Missouri, but I guess you’re not looking for the Missouri Liver.

LEWIS:       You are all crazy.  Missouri River?  You’ve lived here all these years, and you can’t tell us how to get to the Missouri River?

CLARK:     You must not roam much.

INDIAN 1:   That may well be, but at least we aren’t lost!

Here it is again, with a different twist - CD


City Slickers
Baltimore Area Council

Cast:      Ma, Pa, Boy, Sis, all dressed as hillbillies. Two boys dressed as city slickers.

Props:    Large cardboard car cutout with handles on back. A log cabin prop or backdrop.

Setting:   Two city slickers drive up in front of log cabin and honk their horn.

MA:        (comes out of cabin) Howdy! What ya’ll want?

DRIVER: How do we get to Tulsa?

MA:        Well, I don’t rightly know, but I’ll ask my son. (yells into cabin) Sonny, how do ya’ll get to Tulsey?

BOY:       (comes out) Well, Ma, I don’t rightly know. I’ll ask Sis. (yells into cabin) Sis, how do ya’ll get to Tulsey?

SIS:         (comes out) I don’t rightly know. I’ll ask Pa. (yells) Pa, how do ya’ll get to Tulsey?

PA:         (comes out) Let me see now. I don’t rightly know how to get to Tulsey?

RIDER:    Boy! You people sure are dumb. You don’t know anything do you?

PA:         Well it’s this-a-way. We might not be right smart ... but we ain’t lost!


St. Louis Area Council

This could, also, be an excellent opening or closing ceremony  CD

Have each boy draw his letter and a picture on a card representing his verse.  Then have each boy recite a stanza, holding his card indicating the appropriate letter

  • A is for ADVANTAGES,
    We have so many more;
    Because we are Americans
    Let's give thanks therefore
  • M is for MAJORITY,
    Decision by the most;
    That's the rule we follow
    From coast to rugged coast.
  • E is for EDUCATION
    Available to all;
    So every last American Stands up
    straight and tall.
  • R is for RELIGION
    We worship as we will;
    A right we'll always cherish
    And let no evil kill.
    That our fathers once declared;
    Our nation rose to greatness
    Because these brave men dared.
  • C is for our CITIZENSHIP
    Of which we can be proud;
    So let's proclaim it daily
    And do it long and loud.
  • A is for ASSEMBLY.
    To gather as we might;
    That's another privilege,
    Another precious right.
  • N is for the NEWS,
    A press that's always free;
    A sentinel on watch
    To guard our liberty.
  • I is for IMPARTIAL
    Equal justice for us all;
    Law-the same for everyone,
    The great, the poor, the small.
  • S is for our SPEECH
    Though others disagree;
    You may still express yourself
    Because our speech is free.
  • M is for our MOTTO
    And that is why we say;
    “In God we trust,” to live
    The good American way.

CM:         Americanism is only a big word for many boys of Cub Scout age. Help your Cub Scouts to a better understanding by dramatizing the acrostic above.

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