Baloo's Bugle

October 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 15, Issue 3
November 2008 Theme

Theme: Seeds of Kindness
Webelos: Citizen and Communicator
Tiger Cub
Achievement 2


The Scout Law in Song

Heres the best way I know to teach a WEBELOS the Scout Law,  a song called Trusty Tommy  CD

The tune is Yankee Doodle

It s found at

Trusty Tommy 

TRUSTY Tommy was a Scout,

LOYAL to his mother,

HELPFUL to the folks about, and

FRIENDLY to his brother.
COURTEOUS to the girls he knew,

KIND unto his rabbit,

OBEDIENT to his father too, and

CHEERFUL in his habits.
THRIFTY saving for a need,

BRAVE, but not a faker,

CLEAN in thought and word and deed, and

REVERENT to his Maker. 

There is midi file for the tune at 

Square Knot Slide

Capital Area Council

Here's a simple square knot made by dyeing cotton rope in appropriate colors,

This should help you teach the square know to your Webelos Scouts


# 1.  Tie the knot, and use a little glue to hold it together.

# 2.  Attach a loop and you're set!

# 3.  If you're using nylon rope, you'll need to melt the rope ends a bit to prevent fraying.

# 4.  We used clothesline cut into 4-inch strips.

# 5.  We had to melt the ends to keep from fraying. Since most cheap clothesline is made from nylon, the adults should do this step so that the melted nylon does not burn the scouts.

# 6.  We then painted one strip blue and one strip yellow.

# 7.  After the paint dried, we assembled a square knot and fused a strip of clothesline on the back for the slider part."

Clove Hitch Neckerchief Slide


  Here is a slide from my friend Norm that may work to help your Webelos learn to tie the Clove Hitch. 

  Cut a 12 inch long piece of piece of rope

  Whip both ends

  Twist the rope and make two loops like so


  Place one end over the other, then over a 5/8 rod or dowel


  Pull tight

  Then remove it and tie it at the arrows


  Add glue to the inside and let it dry

  When dry, remove the tie strings

  It should look like this


Have you contacted a local Boy Scout troop yet??  Made all your arrangements for your outdoor adventure with them?  Please dont wait until January (unless you are in Hawaii or Florida) and then try and get it in before Blue & Gold? 




Baltimore Area Council

The requirements for the Craftsman activity badge include projects in wood, leather and tin. This activity helps the boys develop confidence in their abilities by encouraging them to use their talents and skills for more advanced handicraft projects, or perhaps to develop a hobby in one of these mediums.

Where to Go and What to Do

  Visit a furniture factory, sawmill, lumberyard, or cabinetmaker.

  Visit a tannery or leather goods manufacturer.

  Demonstrate the proper care and use of tools.

  Demonstrate metal work, using a tin snips and vise.

  Nave a nail-driving contest.

  Make a tool chest.

Carpenter's Level

Southern NJ Council


You can make a carpenter's level out of a glass tube - like dentists use or the kind of plastic tube a toothbrush comes in.

With the vial from the dentist's office, remove one rubber cork from the end. Rinse tube out good and then fill almost full of water and replace cork.

With a glass or plastic tube, cork one end, fill nearly full with water, then cork the end. (pic 1.)

Lay tube on a flat surface. If this surface is perfectly level, the bubble inside the tube will be exactly in the middle. If the surface is not quite level, the bubble will be off center one way or the other. (pic 2.)

Book Trough

Southern NJ Council


Copy picture and enlarge. Then trace diagram of book ends onto 3/8" board or plywood. Cut shelves from measurements. Make ends identical by clamping together before cutting and finishing.


Mountain Cabin Bookends

Baltimore Area Council

Using 3/4" wood, cut one back 4" x 6", one base 3" x 4", one cabin and one tree for each bookend. See pattern pieces

After making pieces, assemble and paint as desired.




You can work out a series of code signals with this two-tone code whistle. The twin tones make it penetrate a long distance. Each hole may be used independently or both may be blended.

Walnut, maple or birch are good hardwoods to use. Make sure the holes are completely free of sawdust. Round off all edges and sand it smooth, then attach a neck strap lanyard long enough so that you can tuck the whistle into your shirt pocket.

Note that the plugs are flattened off at the top. Plugs should make a tight fit for the best resonance.

1. Drill holes as indicated in piece of hardwood. Cut air escape notch.

2. Insert 1/4-inch plugs flush to straight cut of notch. Cut off excess wood.

Personal Bike Rack

Southern NJ Council


One 14" x 18" piece of 1/2" plywood;

One 1" x 2" x 2'; one 2" x 8" x 18"

No. 6 flathead screws (1-1 / 4" long);

Six-penny nails;

Varnish or paint;

White glue or powdered resin glue.

1.       Cut plywood triangles. Drill holes as show with a 5(32" drill bit. Paint or varnish the inside of plywood at this time. It will be difficult to do after rack is assembled.

2.       Cut the 1" x 2" pieces. Nail the two longest pieces at right angles.

3.       Cut the 2" x 8" piece. Attach the nailed 1"x2" with screws. Paint or varnish the 1" x 2" now. (Note the right angle is fastened to the 2" x 8" with screws from inside.)

4.       Fasten the plywood triangles in place with screws through pre-drilled holes. Don't forget the small piece of 1" x 2" that joins the tips of the triangle.

5.       Sand and complete paint or varnishing the piece.


Picture Frame House

Southern NJ Council




Leather Eyeglass Case

Baltimore Area Council


Measure eyeglasses and cut leather (a piece approximately 6 x 6") so glasses fit easily when case is folded. Fold leather and punch holes for lacing using the running stitch.

Cut simple design into head of a large nail with a file; then file off nail point. Dampen leather and use small hammer to tap the design on.

Wooden Trivet

Baltimore Area Council




1 dowel, 4' long, 1" diameter for each Webelos

Table saw, Sandpaper, Waxed paper, Carpenter's glue

Felt (approx. 6"X6")

Prior to the meeting - Cut the dowel into slices about 1 1/4" thick, using the table saw.  You will need 37 pieces for each Webelos.

Have the Webelos -

  1. Sand any rough edges.
  2. Lay a piece of waxed paper on the working surface. It can be easily removed from the trivet after the glue has dried.
  3. Begin gluing the slices together as shown in the picture.
  4. When glue has dried, pull away waxed paper and cut the felt piece to fit the back of the trivet.
  5. Glue felt in place.



Baltimore Area Council

The Boy Scout motto is Be Prepared.  It means that the Scout is always ready in mind and body to do his duty and to face danger, if necessary, to help other people.  He learns first aid.  He learns how to swim safely and how to ride his bicycle without danger to himself or others.  He also learns how to make his home safer and the safety rules for passengers in the car.  In earning the Readyman Activity Badge, you will get a faster start on being prepared as a Scout.  Many of the things you learn help you advance as a Boy Scout.

Den Activities

  Visit your local ambulance service or fire department rescue squad.

  Ask a member of the local Red Cross or emergency trauma team to visit your den and show you how to save lives by learning:  Hurry cases, shock, other minor emergencies.

  Learn how to get help from the local authorities such as the police, fire department, ambulance, or hospital, contact the police department to find out how to report or summon help in these situations.

  Consult with the local fire marshal, emergency services team, or police department to find out how to plan an emergency escape route, or find where most home accidents are likely to occur.

  Invite a member of the local Red Cross or a qualified swimming instructor who is a Water safety Instructor to show your den how to have a safe and fun time at the beach or the local pool.

  Build a buddy tag board and use it on an outing that involves water sports.

  Attend a Boy Scout first-aid demo.


General Directions for Giving First Aid - American Red Cross

  Keep the injured person lying down.

  Do not give liquids to an unconscious person.

  Restart breathing with mouth-to-mouth artificial respiration.

  Control bleeding by pressing on the wound.

  Dilute swallowed poisons and call the poison Control Center.

  Keep broken bones from moving.

  Cover burns with thick layers of cloth.

  Keep heart-attack cases quiet and give cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if it is necessary and if you have been trained.

  Keep a fainting victim lying flat.

  For eye injuries, pad and bandage both eyes.


Fire Prevention

Safety Comes First!

Kitchen Fire Extinguisher


  Glass bottle

  Red and black construction paper 

  Funnel (optional)

  Baking soda

  Black marker, scissors, glue


Wash and dry the bottle. 

Cover the outside with red paper; glue ends. 

Draw extinguisher shape on front of bottle. 

Write the words with black marker.

Fill the jar with baking soda (the funnel helps, if you have one). 

Place next to kitchen stove. 

If there should ever be a stove fire, pour the baking soda on the flames to put them out.

Possible Kit  (Its possible that what you forgot is here.)

35 mm film canister                          Rubber bands

Masking tape                                         thumb tacks

paper clips                                                 Band-Aids

piece of chalk                                         straight pins

Book matches                 Fishing line and fishhook

2 safety pins                           1 quarter and 1 dime

2 kitchen matches                                       2 stamps

1 pencil stub                                     1 piece of string


Wrap masking tape and rubber bands around the outside of the film canister and carefully put all other items into the canister. 

And its just possible that what you forgot is in there. 

You will survive a little longer.

Make Your Own First Aid Kit

What to Include:

For open wounds, cuts, skinned knees, and scratches

  • 1 box 12 adhesive compresses
  • 3 sizes sterile bandages
  • 3 sterile gauze squares
  • a small bottle antiseptic

For blisters

  • Adhesive compresses or gauze squares
  • narrow adhesive

For sprains

  • 1 triangular bandage
  • small scissors

For burns, sunburn

  • tube burn ointment 5%

For splinters

  • small tweezers
  • needle
  • matches to sterilize

For fainting

  • small bottle aromatic spirits of ammonia

For bites or stings

  • small box bicarbonate of soda

For toothache

  • small bottle oil of cloves

For plant poisoning

  • small bar yellow soap

Ideas for containers to use:

  • A cigar box, a tin cracker or candy box paint and decorate.  Put a list of what-to-do inside the lid.
  • Make a cloth case with a strap.
  • A cloth kit with pockets. Fold over the top, roll up, and tie.

Southern NJ Council

At your first meeting you will want the boys to explain what first aid is. FIRST AID is immediate help right after an injury. First aid isnt playing doctor. Its doing the things that must be done before expert help arrives. How will you act in an emergency? Would you know what to do? If you do, youll be cool and calm, because you know you can help. Your confidence will show and it will help the injured as you ease their pain and worry.


  Ask a First Aid Merit Badge Counselor from a Scout Troop in your area to attend the meeting and explain the items in a first aid kit, or have him shoe what to do for hurry cases.

  Invite a Scout Troop to your meeting to show first aid for cuts and scratches, burns and scalds, and choking.

  Invite a police officer to speak on bicycle safety.

  Have a swim instructor go over the safe swim defense plan.

  Visit a fire station with an E.M.S. Unit.

  Visit a hospital E.R. or an Emergency Clinic.

  Put together a first aid kit for you Pack to take on outings.

  Stage a mock disaster involving injuries and have the boys treat the injuries. This could be done in conjunction with a Patrol from a nearby Troop. With the Scouts demonstrating more complicated skills and acting the part of the injured.

  Attend A First aid Rally in your area

  Visit the local Red Cross office and learn about how the teach First Aid

  Plan a fire escape plan for your home.

First Aid Actions

Severe Bleeding - Do not take any objects out that may have caused the bleeding and do not try to wash the wound. With one hand take a gauze pad and apply pressure with your hand. With the opposite hand wrap the wound. Continue to add pressure. If the wound continues to bleed apply pressure to an artery and seek medical attention. While doing all of the above elevate the wound above the heart to help reduce bleeding.

Stopped Breath - It is not necessary to determine if the victim has a pulse or not. In the event that the victim has a pulse, one would begin doing rescue breathing which is a process of blowing air into the lungs every 5 seconds in a effort to try to get them to breathe on their own. In the vent that the victim has no pulse one would begin CPR which is a process of blowing air into the lungs and pumping the heart at the same time. It is best that you do not give rescue breathing or CPR if you have not been trained. The best thing for you to do is seek medical attention as soon as possible. The brain can only go without oxygen for 4 - 6 minutes without damage.

Internal Poisoning - Poisons can be swallowed, inhaled, absorbed or injected into ones system. It is important that you call the Poison Control Center and get instructions on how to handle the emergency. Dial 911.

Heart Attack - Seek medical attention as soon as possible. It may be necessary to apply CPR.

Shock - Shock is a normal reaction to many emergencies and is the process of the body shutting down the normal flow of blood on a temporary basis. To treat, ask the victim to line down on their back and elevate their feet slightly. If they are conscious, get them to take some deep breaths and give them some water to sip. If they suffer from chills, offer them a blanket. If shock continues, seek medical attention.

Cuts and Scratches - Wash with clear water and bandage. Watch and treat for infection.

Burns and Scalds - Burns can be obtained by heat, chemicals, and electricity or radiation. Rinse all burns with dear water and wrap with dean and dry bandages. All burns except some first degree burns needs to have medical attention.

Choking - As long as a victim can speak, breath, or cough, encourage them to continue coughing. If the victim shows signs of troubled breathing, apply abdominal thrusts until the object is dislodged.

Things to Make

Buddy Board and Tags: One of the eight parts of the Safe Swim Defense is the use of the buddy system. In this everyone pairs off BUDDY TAGS with another person of his own swimming ability. Buddies check in and out of the swim area together.

The swim supervisor issues everyone a buddy tag so that he knows at all times that certain Scouts are paired with certain others. No one swims without a buddy tag displayed in the proper spot.


Simple badge tags make good buddy tags. So do wooden tongue depressors stuck into the ground or sand beach near the swim area. Both may be marked in pencil or waterproof marker with the swimmers name and his classification: non-swimmer, beginner, or swimmer.

Display the buddy tags by hanging them on inverted cup hooks screwed into a rectangle of plywood. Buddies hang their tags on the same hook. Have Scouts make a buddy board. Cut the wood, drill holes as show, and mark off the areas of equal dimensions. Shellac or varnish the whole works. Your Scouts may also make buddy tags for your pack.

Car Breakdown Marker


Equipment Needed:

  5 Wooden paddles cut from 1/4 thick plywood/ wooden crate or similar


  3 large brass paper fasteners or 1/4 x 1 threaded stock,

  long bolts with wing nuts,

  Self-adhesive reflective tape, and

  Some strong twine.

Cut paddles as shown. Cover one side of 3 paddles with reflective tape. Drill 1/4 or 3/8 inch holes as shown. In actual use, bolt or fasten the paddles together into a triangle shape as Illustrated. Fasten rear supports by tying with twine. Place the warning marker about 100 behind the disabled car parked on the shoulder of the road. Reflective tape faces oncoming traffic. Weigh down the bottom rear support with a large rock or something similar.


Pressure Pad Relay:
Equipment - Each boy using his own neckerchief.
One boy lies about 30 feet in front of the team with arterial bleeding of the left wrist.
There is one judge for each victim.
On signal, the first boy from each team runs up and applies a pressure pad over the simulated would.
When correct, the judge yells off, the boy removes the pad and runs back to the team, tags off the next boy who repeats the operation.

Bandage Demonstration:
Equipment - As needed. One member of a den is the patient; the rest are first-aiders.
On go Number 1 runs to the patient and ties a head bandage and runs back;
Number 2 ties cross chest;
Number 3, thigh;
Number 4, ankle bandage;
Number 5, sling for arm; then
Numbers 6 and 7 go up and be chair carry transport for the patient back to the starting point. NO TIME ELEMENT (Note: In case of a small den, one or more boys may go up twice, until the project is completed).

Whats Wrong With Me?
Write down several different accidents or afflictions. (example: A broken legs A nose bleed, Choking, Shock, etc...) Place these in a hat and have the boys draw them out one at a time. The boy that drew will have to act out that particular problem. The first boy to identify the problem must show how to treat it, he now gets to pick and act out an accident.

Seat Webelos Scouts in a circle with one in the center.
The one in the center calls out one of the following and points to one of the seated players: Earth, Air, Water, or Fire. (If there are more than four players, the names may be repeated.)
As he points, he begins counting slowly to 10.
The player to whom he points must answer as follows:
Earth must name four animals,
Air must name four birds or flying insects,
Water must name four fish or sea creatures.
If Fire is called, he remains silent.
If the player succeeds before the count of 10, another seated player gets a turn, and the Webelos in the center remains there.
If the player fails, he becomes the new leader and the old leader takes his place in the circle.

Douse That Fire: Each team has a pail with a candle stub in a holder on the bottom. Fill the bucket to two inches below the candle wick and light the candle. Divide the den into two teams and give each team a cp and a jar of water. On signal, the first player on each team fills his cup, runs to the bucket, and empties the water into it. He then runs back with his cup and the next player repeats the action. Continue until one team has doused its fire by filling the bucket to candlewick level. A team is disqualified if a player pours water on the candle flame.

Fire Hazard Hunt: Prepare for this game by creating some fire hazards in and around your meeting place -- matches left carelessly within reach of children; outside door blocked by a chair, oily rags in a pile in the garage; grease spilled near stove burner, newspaper piled near furnace; fireplace screen away from fireplace; frayed electric cord, etc. Ask boys to find and list on paper as many hazards as they can find. At the end of the game, check findings and explain the hazards. Urge Webelos to check their own home.

Fireman. Save My Child: Divide den into two teams. One member of each team (the child) sits on an old throw rug or heavy cloth about 2 x 3 about 15 feet from his team. Each of the other players has a four foot length of rope. On signal, the boys tie their ropes together with square knots to form a rescue rope. When all ropes are tied, a player throws the rescue to the child and the team pulls him to safety. The den that ties all knots correctly and first pulls its child to safety is the winner.

The Search For Bigfoot Game: This is a series of tests for each den leading to the discovery of Bigfoot. It can be adapted to either indoors or outdoors, but if you have a choice, make it outdoors. The object of the hunt is to complete the tests and find Bigfoot in the shortest time.

Station #1: Climbing the Mountain - Build a string trail, with the string leading high and low between tree trunks, branches, etc. The den is blindfolded and each member follows the trail by sliding one hand along the string. (If indoors, run the string from chair to table to side of the room and back again.)

Station #2: One member of the den is lost and presumably injured in the mountains. That Cub Scout is sent some distance away and left lying on the ground. The other den members must find him, apply some simple-first aid, and bring him back to the stretcher made from two poles and a blanket.

Station #3: Finding Shelter - One the way up the mountain, a fierce storm stops the den. The boy must build a shelter with a blanket and a few poles that all den members can get under.

Station #4: After the storm, the den finds Bigfoots footprints near the camp. (The footprints are huge cardboard cutouts of an apes print and lead toward a wooded area or, toward another room.)

Station #5: As the den follows the footprints, the boys see Bigfoot (a leader in a fur coat and mask) scurrying off into the woods (or other room). Start dens at four or five minute intervals. Time each start. The winning den is the one which tags Bigfoot in the shortest time.



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