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Baloo's Bugle

January 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 13, Issue 6
February 2007 Theme

Theme: Aloha, Cub Scouts
Webelos: Scholar & Engiineer
Tiger Cub
Activities

SKITS

HAWAIIAN THEMED

Since this theme has not be used many times before, there is not a large amount of material to be found.  So be sure to check your Cub Scout Program Helps for more ideas.  If you do not have a copy, it is available on line at
http://www.scouting.org/cubscouts/resources/34304/index.jsp

Also, your RT Commissioner has theme related ideas from the CS RT Planning Guide.

Remembering Pearl Harbor Skit
Great Salt Lake Council

You can do this with 5 Cubs each having 3 parts or any combination of Cubs and parts you wish (e.g. 7 Cubs each having 2 parts and dropping one or combining or you reading one.) 

  • Around 750 AD, the Polynesians discovered the Hawaii Islands and gave them their name.
  • The British explorer, Captain James Cook discovered the islands in 1778. He renamed them The Sandwich Islands after Britain’s Earl of Sandwich.
  • In 1813, the first pineapple plants were introduced from Spain.
  • The first contract laborers from Japan arrived in 1885 to work on the sugar cane plantations.
  • In 1892, Macadamia nut trees are first planted in Hawaii.
  • Hawaii became a territory of the United States in 1900.
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the islands on July 26, 1934. He was the first US President to visit Hawaii.
  • Early on December 7th, in 1941, hundreds of Japanese planes flew over Hawaii and bombed United States warships at Pearl Harbor.
  • Approximately 100 ships of the U.S. Navy were present that morning, consisting of battleships, destroyers, cruisers, and various support ships.
  • It was a surprise attack and many ships were sunk.
  • The biggest loss was four battleships---the Arizona, the California, the Oklahoma, and the West Virginia.
  • When the Arizona went down, more than a thousand men were trapped inside. Most of the other ships were repaired and fought again. But the Arizona was left on the bottom, as a grave for its crew.
  • Today, a monument spans the water over the Arizona, in memory of all the men who died at Pearl Harbor.
  • On August 21, 1959, Hawaii was admitted to the union as our 50th state.
  • Hawaii is noted for its beautiful beaches, for pineapple, macadamia nuts and sugar cane. It is a solemn place to remember those who lost their lives defending our freedom.

Pat from Baltimore Area Council introduced these skits in the Baltimore Area Council Pow Wow Book with the following, “These skits are old standards that have been slightly modified for the “Aloha, Cub Scouts” theme.  Try your hand at making other skits fit this or other themes”

No Skit
Baltimore Area Council

Cub #1:   Oh, no!

Cub #2:   What's the matter?

Cub #1:   Whispers to Cub #2. No one hears them.

Cub #2:   Oh, no!

Cub #3:   What's the matter?

Cub #2:   Whispers to Cub #3. No one hears them.

(This continues down the line until each Cub has a turn.)

Next to last Cub, to last Cub:      Oh, no!

Last Cub          What's the matter?

Second to last Cub         (Whispers loud enough for everyone to hear) We couldn’t find a skit about Hawaii!

(Everyone exits)

The Echo
Baltimore Area Council

Set Up:  One person is hidden off stage to be the echo
The Cub Leader is leading a hike with his boys following.

Leader:    Well, boys, this Mauna Loa guide book says that from this point on the side of the volcano, you can hear a great echo.  I think I’ll try it out..

The following is a dialogue between the leader and the echo - a person out of the room or out of sight.

Leader:    Hello

Echo:      Hello

Leader:    Cheese

Echo:      Cheese

Leader:    Bologna

Echo:      (silence)

Leader:   (aside to boys) Hmmm… Let me try that again… (yells) Bologna

Echo:      (silence)

Leader:    (to group) It must not be working now. I'll try one more time.

Leader     (to echo) I am a great leader.

Echo:      Bologna

Airplane Short Runway
Baltimore Area Council

Cast:      2 scouts (If more are desired, they can be passengers, and provide suitable sound effects and actions.

               Seating for pilot and co-pilot, and for passengers, if required, and a compass and a roadmap.

Co-Pilot   (into Microphone): Ladies and Gentlemen, please fasten your seat belts, and I’m sure you know what to do with the seat backs and tray tables.  We’re on our final approach into Honolulu International Airtport.

Pilot:       Well, are we anywhere near the airport, co-pilot ?

Co-Pilot: (peering out the window) I don't know, this is my first trip to Hawaii.  I see lights over there to the port. That's likely it.  Bring 'er around and have a look.

Pilot:       (lurching plane hard to the left) Boy, I can't tell. I wish the company would get us some new maps. (shakes map for emphasis) The one I have ends just west of California and says, “Here there be sea-monsters.”

Co-Pilot: (pulling compass from pocket) Oh, I've got my trusty compass and the sun went down about 20 minutes ago, so we've got to be on course. (Excited) Look, see that spot down there, that must be it.

Pilot:       Okay, here we go. Give me 20 degrees flaps, I'm going in. (Puts plane into a nose dive, sound effects.)

Pilot:       This is going to be tough. Give me more flaps, cut back the engines. (Louder) More flaps, less throttle!

Co-Pilot: (Appropriate actions and sounds, acting panicky.)

Pilot:       QUICK, cut the engines, give me brakes. MORE BRAKES !

Both:       (Sighs of relief) We're down, we made it !

Pilot:       Boy that was a short runway!

Co-Pilot: (Looking right, then left) Yeah, but look how
wi-i-i-i-ide it is!

Here’s a challenge
Take last month’s Ice Fishing skit about keeping the worms warm and turn into a skit about fishing in Hawaii!!  Pat from Baltimore did it, you can, too!  CD

CUB SCOUT CLASSICS AND
BLUE & GOLD FAVORITES

The Blue and Gold Banquet

Characters: Some Cubs dressed as parents and seated at a table decorated for a Blue and Gold banquet. One Cub Scout dressed as a waiter with an apron and towel over his arm.  If you want, each table of “parents” can have its own waiter.

Narrator: It is the annual Blue and Gold banquet at pack ###.  Every year, the cub scouts at pack ### serve as waiters and cooks for their parents. The boys try very hard to do a good job, but every year a few little things do go wrong. Let’s see what is happening this year.

Parent 1: Excuse me, Johnny. Is this coffee or tea? It tastes like kerosene.

Waiter:    Then it’s coffee. The tea tastes like gasoline.

Parent 2: I hope you’ll hurry and bring my food. I’m so hungry I could eat a horse.

Waiter:    Then you’ve come to the right place!

Parent 3: Why do you have your fingers on top of my food?

Waiter:    (serving plate with his hand all over it) So it won’t fall on the floor again.

Parent 4: Why are you stomping on my steak?

Waiter:    (stomping something on floor) Because when you told me to bring you your food, you said to “step on it.”

Parent 5: I’m afraid there’s a fly in my soup.

Waiter:    Don’t worry. There’s no extra charge.

Parent 5: There really is a fly in my soup.

Waiter:    What did you expect at a Blue and Gold banquet---a humming bird?

Narrator: Ah yes. Another Blue and Gold banquet at Pack #. Good eating everyone.

Singing Telegram Skit

Cast:     5 Cubs

Set Up – One Cub (the Singer) is on stage, other come out at appropriate times and join him.  Timing is important so that the singer never gets to name to whom he is singing.

Singer: (singing) Happy Birthday to.......

Cub 1: HEY! What are you doing? What's going on here?

Singer: I'm delivering a singing telegram.

Cub 1: Who's it for?

Singer: If you'll wait a minute, you'll find out. (singing) Happy Birthday to......

Cub 2: What's all the noise? What's going on?

Cub 1: He says he's delivering a singing telegram to somebody, but he won't say who.

Singer: Just be patient and you'll find out.  Happy Birthday to.....

Cub 3: Who's having a birthday? I heard the singing, who is it?

Cub 1: He won't tell us, he says we have to wait.

Cub 3: It's not my birthday is it one of you?

Cub 1 & 2:        Not me, not me!

Singer: If you'll just wait, you'd find out..... Happy Birthday to....

Cub 4: I heard a lot of noise, what's going on?

Cub 1: It's a singing telegram for somebody.

Cub 2: And they are having a Birthday.

Cub 3: And he won't tell us who it is.

Cub 4: It's not mine is it yours?

Cub 1, 2, & 3:   No!

Singer: Alright, alright! I'll tell you (everyone gathers around and whisper, then turn around and say all together)

All        HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CUB SCOUTING!!!!!!

Happy Birthday to Us!

Equipment: “Birthday cake” made out of a cardboard box big enough for a small boy to hide inside, a note of paper on the top

Personnel: Six Cub Scouts, one hidden in the cake

Cub 1: Well. Here we are, but where’s Matt?

Cub 2: It’s just like him to invite us to a surprise party and then not be here!

Cub 3: Does anybody know whose birthday it is anyway?

Cub 4: It’s not mine.

(Other boys shake their heads.)

Cub 5: Who cares?  Here’s a big cake, so at least we’ll all get lots of it!

Cub 1: No kidding! It’s big enough to feed an army!

Cub 2: Not with you! I’ve seen you eat snacks at our den meetings!

Cub 1: I can’t help it – I’m a growing boy. The Law of the Pack says we should grow.

Cub 3: Yeah, but I think we’re supposed to grow up, not out!

Cub 4: Hey look! Here’s a note. (Picks up the note.)

Cub 5: Read it – maybe it will explain what this is all about.

Cub 4: (reading note) We’re a group of Cub Scouts true, it’s anniversary week, so lets all sing…

Cub 6: (Jumping out of the cake.) Happy Birthday to us! (Everybody joins in singing “Happy birthday to us, Happy birthday to us, Happy birthday to Scouting, Happy birthday to us!”)

Hiccup Skit
San Gabriel Valley-Long Beach Area-Laguna Hills Councils

Set Up: Sell this one as a time to think back about a time when you had the hiccups.

Lights go off and back on (Cub sits in a chair facing pack and hiccupping). Frustrated with the hiccupping he says, “I wish I could get rid of them.”

In back of him a person dressed in a mask, bandanna, or something like that sneaks up to scare the Cub. Just as he is about to scare the Cub, the Cub shouts, "I know, I’ll drink some water!"  Cub jumps up and the guy behind dives the other way to avoid being seen (remember to keep hiccupping).

Cub comes back with a glass of water, takes a sip, but hiccups really hard and throws the water behind him onto the guy as they began sneaking up on you again. (use opaque glass without water, the sneak should have a part of cut up sponge in hand  and when he makes to wipe his face squeeze the water out of the sponge).

Just as he/she is about to pounce on you again you stand and yell, "I know, I’ll stand on my head!"

You try this but hiccup again while upside down.  (Maybe have two other Cubs assist him in standing on hishead)

Same scenario, you try to breathe in paper bag…as he/she gets close you pop it in frustration and he/she grabs their ears like you just made them deaf.

Finally after he regroups, they sneak up on you for the last time and you turn and scream at him.  He jumps and you laugh and then realize you’ve lost your hiccups and leave excited.

Water Shortage At Scout Camp Skit
San Gabriel Valley-Long Beach Area-Laguna Hills Councils

Set Up:

This is a "picture if you will" skit of a water shortage at camp.

The scene opens with a glass of water on a table with a sign that reads, "water out of order, this is the last glass."

Guys enter one at a time all in jammies as if going to bed.  All look straight out into audience as if looking into a mirror and do different things with water.

  • Combs hair dipping (can pretend to dip) in and out of cup,
  • Cleans ears (fake it have flour on the Q-tip to cloud water),
  • Shaves (No blades using whipped cream),
  • Comes in to take aspirin and drinks the water!

 


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