July 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
August 2008 Theme
S'MORE SUMMER FUN
Forester & Naturalist
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATIONS & STORIES
IN SEARCH OF SUN SCREEN
Utah National Parks
audience into four parts. Assign each part a word and a response. Instruct
them they are to say the response whenever they hear the word. Practice as you
Vance "I love
Swim "Splash, splash,
Cub Scouts "Do your
The day of the summer Pack Meeting
was hot and dry. That was good because it was to be a SWIMming party. The
CUB SCOUTS and their families were to meet at the Miller's house at noon.
VANCE started getting ready at 9 o'clock in the morning. He loved to
SWIM. He had just completed SWIMming lessons at the local SWIMming
pool and had his card stating that VANCE had passed Advanced Beginners.
He knew all his Cub Scout friends would be surprised. It was just last year that
VANCE could not SWIM at all.
found his SWIMming suit and his towel and even his flip-flops without any
trouble. But search as he might he could not find his SUNSCREEN. This was
terrible. All the CUB SCOUTS had learned at one of the den meetings about
the importance of always using SUNSCREEN. VANCE knew that he must
protect his skin from the intense Utah sun while he was young so that he would
not get skin cancer when he got older. Also, he did not want to get bad sunburn.
One of his friends in CUB SCOUTS had fallen asleep in the sun and
couldn't sit down or lay in bed comfortably for a week!
"Where are you, SUNSCREEN?"
asked VANCE as he started looking through the house again. It was almost
time for the SWIMming party. He didn't want to be late. That was when he
found it. Way in the back of the bathroom drawer, there was the SUNSCREEN.
He grabbed it but to his dismay, the tube felt very light. Oh no! The
SUNSCREEN tube was empty. Try as he might, VANCE could not squeeze
out even one little drop. What could he do? There was not time to go to the
store before meeting the CUB SCOUTS for the SWIMming party. And he
knew he should never go SWIMming without his SUNSCREEN.
Just then VANCE’s big
brother Weston came bursting through the kitchen door. "What's the matter?" he
asked when he saw VANCE sitting dejectedly in the living room. "I'm all
out of SUNSCREEN so I can't go SWIMming with the CUB SCOUTS”
was the reply. "Here, you can use mine," said Weston, tossing his little brother
a new tube of SUNSCREEN. VANCE couldn’t believe it. Just that fast
his problem was solved. "Thanks, Wes'", VANCE shouted as he headed out
the door to the SWIMming party with the CUB SCOUTS. And for a
whole week he didn't say one bad thing about his brother!
A Lesson for the Big Bugs
Capital Area Council
Divide audience into four parts.
Assign each part a word and a response. Instruct them they are to say the
response whenever they hear the word. Practice as you make assignments.
Bees - Buzz-Buzz
Ants - Hup-2-3-4
Mosquitoes - Bite-e-Bite
Frog - Croak-Croak
Woods - All sounds together
This is a
story about Bill and his family and their adventure in the WOODS. One
fine spring day, Billy's family decided to go for a picnic in the WOODS,
where they could enjoy the outdoors. They packed a nice picnic basket and headed
out on their walk.
As soon as
they got to where they were going, they found a nice place to set up their
picnic. Billy and his brother went to the stream where they looked at a FROG.
They heard some BEES over by the wild flowers, and watched some ANTS
walking on ground. Being close to the water, they were also being bothered by
went back to the picnic area, they told their parents about the WOODS.
How they saw a FROG and how the MOSQUITOES were bothering them.
They said that the BEES didn't bother them and that the ANTS were
really hard workers. Dad listened closely as he as he unwrapped another sandwich
and carelessly threw his paper off to the side. Billy's little sister had just
finished a soda and dropped the can by a tree. Mom threw her paper napkin on the
ground and jumped up in disgust. "That is it!" she said. "I think the ANTS
are taking over the picnic."
out for a nap and had just dozed off when Billy's sister started to scream. She
had been stung by a BEE. While Mom took care of her, Dad tried to go back
to sleep. But he couldn't because the MOSQUITOES were pestering him.
Finally he decided that they had better go home.
protested. "Why do we have to go?” "Well, Billy," Dad replied, we don't seem to
be wanted here in the WOODS. We sure haven't been treated very well. The
MOSQUITOES are eating me alive. The ANTS took over the picnic. And
a BEE stung your sister."
Billy, "maybe the WOODS are trying to tell us something and the
MOSQUITOES, and the ANTS, and the BEES are trying to tell us
something.” "What is that?" asked Dad. "Well," said Billy, "just look around us
and you'll see we haven't been very nice visitors to the WOODS. Look at
all the trash we've thrown around. Seems to me we're the worst bugs of
So the family
started cleaning up the mess they'd made and afterwards they felt better. They
took a nice walk through the WOODS, listening to the sounds. They
actually enjoyed the buzzing of the BEES, the croaking of the FROGS,
and the ANTS at work.
returned home, they were tired, but happy they had learned an important lesson
that day. The worst kind of bug in the WOODS is a litterbug!
THE FARMER'S SECRET
Utah National Parks
Long ago, about the early 1930's,
there was a man lost in the back country of Georgia. Due to the fact that he was
a man, asking directions was beneath him, so instead he just wandered back roads
trying to find his way. Eventually he ran out of gas out in the middle of
nowhere, but he remembered passing a farmer's house not to far back, so he gets
out and starts walking. Finally he gets to the farmer's house; unfortunately it
is already extremely late at night, so the farmer invites him to stay the night.
The farmer shows him his room and
tells him that there is one condition to his staying and has the man follow him.
They go out to the barn. The farmer begins moving a huge quantity of hay bales
to the other side of the barn to reveal a rug. He rolls up the rug to reveal a
trap door. The farmer opens the door and he and the man proceed to walk down
They keep going down and down and
down (this part is very monotonous so I'll keep it as simple as that). Finally
at the bottom of the steps they come to a huge iron door. It takes both of them
to open it far enough to just squeeze through. The door opens up to a room
containing an extremely large maze. They work their way through the maze and to
another door, this one made of glass.
Again it takes the two of them to
open the glass door. In this room is a very large cage with a HUGE pink gorilla
in it. The farmer tells the man that he must never touch the gorilla. The man
agrees and they go back (you tell all the steps to getting back). They shut the
trap door, put the rug over it, and move all the hay back.
They go back to the house and go
to bed. But, the man cannot sleep due to the fact that he is concentrating so
greatly on what would happen if he were to touch the gorilla. He decides he is
going to go find out. He goes out to the barn. Moves the huge quantity of hay
bales to the other side of the barn to reveal the rug, this takes quite awhile
due to the amount of the hay. He rolls up the rug to reveal the trap door. The
man opens the door and he proceeds to walk down the many steps.
He keeps going down and down and
down and down and down and down and down and down, etc. Finally at the bottom of
the steps he comes to a huge iron door. It takes the man a great amount of
effort to just open the door enough to squeeze his body through with a minimal
amount of pain. The door opens up to the room containing the extremely large
maze. He begins to work his way through the maze and finally to the other door,
the one made of glass.
Again it takes him a great amount
of strength to open the glass door. He goes over to the cage, where the gorilla
remains asleep. He reaches his hand through the iron bars and lightly touches
the gorilla on his little toe. All of a sudden the gorilla awakes and goes into
The man runs to the glass door and
pushes it shut with a great amount of strength and adrenaline. Runs through the
maze, and just as he is about to go through the iron door hears the glass door
shatter. He again goes through the iron door and pushes it shut with a great
amount of strength and adrenaline.
He runs up the stairs and just as
he reaches the top he hears the iron door rip like a sheet of paper. He shuts
the trap door, but feels it’s meaningless to replace the hay if the gorilla
could just rip the iron door like that.
He runs down the road and out to
his truck, climbs in and attempts to start the engine forgetting that his truck
is out of gas. The gorilla runs up, RIPS the roof off of the truck, reaches in
and.... touches the man saying, "TAG, YOU'RE IT!
Sputo, Sputas, Sputat,
The Sound of Watermelon Seeds
Capital Area Council
Henry had a sweet slice of
watermelon. Henry’s sister and brother each had one, too. Henry’s sister took a
bite of watermelon and spat out the seeds. SPUTO, SPUTAS, SPUTAT! Henry’s
brother took a bite of watermelon and spat out the seeds. SPUTO, SPUTAS, SPUTAT!
Henry took a bite of watermelon and spat out the seeds. Dribble, drabble,
drop-drop-drop. They fell down to the ground in a sorry little heap by his
“Henry can’t spit watermelon
seeds,” Henry’s sister said. She wrinkled up her nose at Henry. “Henry can’t
spit watermelon seeds,” Henry’s brother agreed, and he spat one—SPUTO, SPUTAS,
SPUTAT! -- that sailed right over Henry’s head.
Henry said, “Sure, you can spit
watermelon seeds, but can you hit the metal bucket?” Henry’s sister tried. SPUTO,
SPUTAS, SPUTAT! RAT-A-TAT-A-TING! Henry’s brother tried. SPUTO, SPUTAS, SPUTAT!
RAT-A-TAT-A-TING! Henry tried. Dribble drabble drop-drop-drop. They fell
down to the ground in a sorry little heap at his feet.
Henry said, “Sure, you can hit the
bucket, but can you hit the birdbath?” Henry’s sister tried. SPUTO, SPUTAS,
SPUTAT! SPLOSH! Henry’s brother tried. SPUTO, SPUTAS, SPUTAT! SPLOSH! Henry
tried. Dribble drabble drop-drop-drop. They fell down to the ground in a
sorry little heap by his feet.
Henry said, “Sure, you can hit the
birdbath, but can you hit an ant hill between your feet? “ Henry’s sister tried.
She hit the metal bucket. SPUTO, SPUTAS, SPUTAT! RAT-A-TAT-A-TING! Henry’s
brother tried. He hit the birdbath. SPUTO, SPUTAS, SPUTAT! SPLOSH! Henry tried.
Dribble drabble drop-drop-drop. The seeds fell down to the ground
smack-dab in the middle of an anthill!
And do you know what? Henry got
himself another slice of watermelon and smiled the whole time he ate it.
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