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Baloo's Bugle

July 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 12
August 2006 Theme

Theme: Scouting It Out
Webelos: Naturalist & Forester
Tiger Cub


Glass of Water
Sam Houston Area Council

  • There is a glass of water in the middle of the stage.
  • First scout crawls across the floor crying for water.
  • He dies dramatically shortly after beginning his crawl.
  • The second person dies just short of the glass of water.
  • The third person on his last bit of strength really hams up his desperation as much as he can.
  • He reaches the water, takes out a comb, grooms his hair with the water, sighs with relief and goes off stage.

The Fishing Trip
Sam Houston Area Council

Cast:     4 to 8 Cub Scouts. 


  • Fishing gear,
  • A small row boat or cardboard silhouette of a boat, and
  • A sign that says "boat dock".


The scene starts with the boat about 10 feet away from the boat dock.

The Cub Scouts and their Den Chief are standing on shore waiting to get in the boat to go fishing.  This can be told by narrator or have the Cubs make up dialog (e.g. I am sure looking forward to going fishing, How do we get to the boat?, Is it time to go yet?,  I hope I don’t fall in)

  • The first Cub stops at the dock then walks out across the water and gets in the boat. 
  • Hey, wait for me! (he walks out to the boat)

Den Chief:  Oh well...  (steps into the water and pretends to fall in and drags himself back to shore)

  • Hey!  Wait up.  Here I come (walks out to the boat)

Den Chief    Tries and fails again. 

The sequence continues until all the boys are in the boat and only the Den Chief remains on shore.

Finally, one of the Cub Scouts says:  "Should we tell him where the rocks are?"

TATES Compass
Sam Houston Area Council

Setting: Compass store. 

  • Salesman has three brands of compass: e.g. REI, Silva, and Tates.
  • Every boy goes to the store and the salesman tries to sell them a compass, but he tells them not to buy the Tates brand, because although it is cheaper, it is inferior. 
  • Finally the last boy asks him why the Tates compass is so bad.  The punch line needs to be delivered slowly and clearly:  “Because he who has a Tates, is lost.”  (you know the old saying, “He who hesitates is lost.”?)

Strangers in a Strange Land
Baltimore Area Council

Before you read this one, look at the end.  The skit is cute bit it will need your Cubs imaginations to finish it.  CD

  • Are You sure that there’s nature around here?
  • Oh yeah . . . there’s nature all around. You’ve just got to watch for it.

Narrator:Unknown to these Cubs, they have just stepped into a world far different from the ordinary, a land of dreams and imagination. Welcome to the Cublight Zone. Doo-Bee-Doo-Bee-Doo-Bee-Doo-Bee Doo-Bee-Doo-Bee (Be Musical ! ! !)

  • Did you feel something weird just now?
  • No . . . (Whine) but I wish I was Home.

Scout 2:  Quiet, both of you. You’ll scare away all the animals.

Scout 3:  I still feel weird.

Scout 1:  (pointing) What’s that over there?

Scout 4:  I don’t know, but something sure smells awful.

Narrator: The cubs approach a turtle sitting on a pot. They move slowly (exaggerated) to get a better view. The step through a patch of bright green grass.

Grass:    Get off us you big oaf?!! (Cubs jump in unison)

Scout 3:   I think we better move. (Scout 4 runs toward the turtle, stumbles and falls at the feet of the turtle. The other scouts follow more slowly.)

Turtle:    You really aught to know better than to step on crab grass. There a mean sort, know what I mean? (Scout 1 shrugs his shoulders: 2 nods yes, 3 tips his head toward one shoulder, 4 shakes his head no) I knew that you could. (Scout 2 reaches for his book and starts to thumb through it.)

Scout 4:  I don’t like this place. Let’s go home.

Narrator:As the cubs look around, they realize that the path they followed from the campground has disappeared.

Turtle:   You’re not from around here, are you? (All nod yes except Scout 2 who still is thumbing through his book) I thought so. Well, in that case, you would be wish to find the Sage Brush. He will be able to tell you how to get home.

Scout 2:  Excuse me, Sir, but are you a stink pot turtle?

Turtle:   Yes, how did you know? (Cubs paw the ground with their toes)

Scout 3:  I bet its in his book. (Scout 2 nods reaches back to his hip pocket and drops the book. As the Scouts turn their heads, the turtle moves off stage. Scout 1 bends down to pick up the book as gofer wearing blue jeans steps in front of him.)

Scout 1:  Who are you?

Gopher:Who am I??? Eee-gads, can’t you tell????

Scout 3:  We’re strangers to this land.

Gopher:Everyone who’s anyone knows who I am??? (Shoving his paw into a pocket, he cocks his hip toward the boys) I’m a plain pocket gofer!!!!!

Scout 1:  Yes, you are: Could you tell us how to find the sage brush?

Gopher:Yes I can and no I won’t. (Off stage music, humming/tape, can be heard.) Bye guys.

Narrator:Gopher disappears through some tiger lily which snap and growl viscously at him.

Scout 4:  But I want to go home.

Scout 3 :I’m sure we’ll find a way.

Narrator:Using a compass, the boys travel through the forest, marking a trail as they go as they encounter some of its residence. They came across...(at this point any drawings of different creatures are shown to the audience with all four boys pointing at the picture as the narrator gives the name.) Weary, they stop beside the first sign of civilization they come across: a road. In the distance, they see a runner. After a few moments, the runner approaches them.

Runner:(Jogging in place) I say, you Gents look as if you could use a bit of help. How may I be of service?

Scout 1:  Yes, sir. Could you direct us to the sage brush.

Runner:Why sure. Follow this here road, and take a right at the first Y. Can’t miss it. The road dead ends at the sage brush’s headquarters.

Scout 3:  Thank you, very much. (Runner runs down the road)

Scout 4:  At last, someone normal.

Scout 2:  Yep, a typical roadrunner.

Narrator: After walking for a few moments the cubs come across a giant Y planted in the middle of the road.

Add your own ending.

Skit on Nature
Baltimore Area Council

The Den Leader (labeled Mother Nature) says “Everything living, and properly cared for, grows. There are things that a tree needs to grow. It needs warmth, water, care, and protection. Cub Scouts grow. What does a Cub Scout need to help him grow?

Cub #1: He needs food to grow. (perhaps this is the largest cub)

Cub #2:  He needs a home for shelter.

Cub #3:  He needs a man to be his friend.

Cub #4:  He needs to go to school to grow mentally.

Cub #5:  He needs to go to church to synagogue to help him grow spiritually.

Den Ldr: Where’s Johnny? Isn’t he in this skit?

Cub #6:  (hurrying on stage) Here I am. A Cub Scout needs to be needed.

Den Ldr:  It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!

Baltimore Area Council

Two guys come rushing forward from opposite sides of stage. One throws his arms out and grabs the other fellow, ‘“Thank God, I ran into you I’ve been wandering around out here for three days.” ‘I don’t know why you’re so excited about meeting me,” says the second guy. “I’ve been lost out here for over a week.” I

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