Baloo's Bugle

May 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 14, Issue 10
June 2008 Theme

Theme: Go For The Gold
Webelos: Traveler & Handyman
Tiger Cub Activities


Olympic Cities
Scouter Jim, Bountiful Utah

Olympic Summer Games

Athens 1896          Berlin 1936           Moscow 1980

Paris 1900             London 1948         Los Angeles 1984

St. Louis 1904       Helsinki 1952        Seoul 1988

London 1908         Melbourne 1956     Barcelona 1992

Stockholm 1912     Rome 1960           Atlanta 1996

Antwerp 1920        Tokyo 1964           Sydney 2000

Paris 1924             Mexico City 1968  Athens 2004

Amsterdam 1928    Munich 1972         Beijing 2008

Los Angeles 1932   Montreal 1976       London 2012

Olympic Winter Games:

Chamonix 1924                       Innsbruck 1976

St. Moritz 1928                       Lake Placid 1980

Lake Placid 1932                      Sarajevo 1984

Garmisch-                               Calgary 1988

Partenkirchen 1936                   Albertville 1992

St. Moritz 1948                       Lillehammer 1994

Oslo 1952                               Nagano 1998

Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956            Salt Lake City 2002

Squaw Valley 1960                   Torino 2006

Innsbruck 1964                        Vancouver 2010

Grenoble 1968                         Sochi 2014

Sapporo 1972

Fun Facts About the Olympics
Alice, Golden Empire Council

  • Because of World War I and World War II, there were no Olympic Games in 1916, 1940, or 1944.
  • In 490 BCE, Pheidippides, a Greek soldier, ran from Marathon to Athens (about 25 miles) over terrible terrain to let the people know their soldiers were victorious over the Persians, then fell to the ground dead.
  • The distance of a marathon was decided to be 26 miles and 385 yards because the British Royal Family requested the 1908 marathon to begin at Windsor Castle so their children could watch.  The distance to the Olympic Stadium was what became the standard marathon length in 1924.
  • Motor boating was an official sport at the 1908 Olympics.
  • The original Greek athletes played in the nude. The Greek root "gymnos" means nude and the word "gymnasium" literally means "school for naked exercise."
  • The Olympic flag was first flown during the 1920 Olympic Games.
  • Modern Olympic Gold Medals were originally made entirely out of real gold, until after 1912.
  • Ancient Greek Olympic athletes won a wreath of olive leaves – the first winner was a cook.
  • James B. Connolly (United States), winner of the hop, step, and jump (the first final event in the 1896 Olympics), was the first Olympic champion of the modern Olympic Games.
  • The original Olympic flame of ancient Greece was ignited by the sun and then kept burning until the closing of the Olympic Games.
  • The modern Olympic flame is lit at the ancient site of Olympia by women wearing ancient-style robes and using a curved mirror and the sun. The Olympic Torch is then passed from runner to runner from the ancient site of Olympia to the Olympic stadium in the hosting city, and kept lighted till the games end.
  • The Beijing Olympic motto of “One World, One Dream” was chose from over 210,000 entries submitted from around the world.
  • Pierre de Frédy, a French educator and sportsman, revived the Olympic Games in 1896 and designed the Olympic Flag in 1913-1914.
  • The Olympic Flag has five interlocking rings (blue, yellow, black, green and red) to represent Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe, the five parts of the world involved when the modern Olympics began.

Random Fun Facts
Grand Teton Council

  • In a year, a person's heart beats 40,000,000 times
  • A great reason to smile - You use an average of 43 muscles for a frown. You use an average of 17 muscles for a smile.
  • And then every two thousand frowns creates one wrinkle.
  • Fit people can burn more fat for longer periods of time than unfit people.
  • We call the hot, muggy days of summer "Dog days." This expression may have originated with the Romans who associated such weather with the influence of Sirius, the Dog Star, which is high in the sky during summer.

Sam Houston Area Council

Exercises alone won’t keep you physically fit.
Good personal health care should be practiced daily.

  • Bathe everyday, especially after exercising.
  • Wash your hair at least twice a week.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.
  • Wear clean socks and clean underwear daily.
  • Avoid eyestrain. Use good light.
  • Use only your own washcloth and towel.
  • Stand up straight, don’t slouch.
  • Get plenty of sleep –
         about 10 hours per night for Cub Scouts.
  • Trim your fingernails and toenails.
  • Wash your hands before eating.
  • Wash your hands after using the bathroom.
  • Protect your eyes! Don’t put anything in your ears!
  • Don’t drink or eat from someone else’s cup, plate or utensils. That’s an easy way to catch their germs and get sick.
  • Eat right! A balanced diet will make you feel good!
  • Get plenty of exercise to make you feel great!